(credit: The 1Up)
It’s the most romantic night of the year; time to leave the kiddos with a babysitter and venture out on the town for a special evening for two. Of course, you’ll want to make reservations at your favorite dinner spot, but what to do after dinner? Sure, you could catch a movie and then call it a night. Or you could fight a crowded bar for table and yell at each other over a cold glass of beer. Or you could forget those cliché date night ideas. Instead, try one of these great ideas for a different kind of Valentine’s Day outing.
Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80202
Located at the historic Clocktower in downtown Denver, Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret is like sneaking into a whimsical retreat, making it easy to escape for a night of romance and entertainment. The venue itself is beautiful, with gorgeous chandeliers, mosaic bars and a sensual atmosphere. The entertainment is always perfect for grown-ups too. On Friday nights, you’ll find the Midnite Martini’s Sexy Circus Sideshow, which is perfect after a romantic dinner with your sweetie. You’ll see a revolving group of acts to enjoy involving strong men, belly dancers, stilt walkers, comedians, musicians and even aerial artists. There is something for everyone, and it is perfect for a romantic night for two. Click here to see what Lannie’s has in store for Valentine’s Day.
1925 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
Did you grow up playing video games? Why not spend Valentine’s Day reliving your own childhood by enjoying tons of games in an all adult setting? The 1up is an arcade bar with more than 45 classic arcade games, three lanes of skeeball, 15 pinball machines and several giant sets of Jenga. With a full kitchen and plenty of adult beverages, you’ll have a blast remembering all of the tricks to beating your favorite games while spending time with your honey. Plus, the 1Up is adults only after 7 p.m. Just don’t tell the kids that you went out on a date night to play video games, they may be jealous.
The Brown Palace
321 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
What could be more romantic than an afternoon for two, sipping classic English tea in one of the most historic hotels in the country? Served every afternoon, this English tradition is a truly special way to spend time together on Valentine’s Day. You’ll also get to enjoy plenty of scones, pastries and other tea sandwiches while you select from a wide array of teas, plus Devonshire cream shipped directly from England. When you are done with your tea, you can stroll downtown Denver or even rent a room at this stunning hotel. What a perfectly romantic escape for two on one of the most special nights of the year.
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D Bar Desserts
1475 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
After dinner, you’ll want dessert, and no one in town serves up dessert like D Bar Desserts. Every evening this pastry shop transforms from a casual hangout to a beautiful dessert bar with plated dessert specials starting at 5 p.m. Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and dine on amazing desserts like crème brulee, pie spice soufflé, brioche bread pudding with brandy butter sauce or delectable molten chocolate cake. D Bar is also the home of Food Network Chef Keegan Gerhard, so you may even walk into a celeb sighting.
3200 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
Infinite Monkey Theorem is an urban winery with an unusual name. This local spot is a great place for a wine tasting on Valentine’s Day. Visit the Wine Lab, which is a quaint bar with an elegant interior, where you can sip a glass or share a bottle of delicious locally made wines. There is even a one-of-a-kind wine vending machine, selling wines in a can, but make no mistake – these wines are some of the best. If you have a larger group, you can schedule a private barrel tasting, or make reservations for two to spend 45 minutes with a knowledgeable guide to take you through a flight of wines.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.