Thursday is Valentine’s Day, and if this is news to you, we sincerely hope it’s because you’re single.
If not, then there’s a pretty good chance you’re about to be, unless you can make a quick recovery and put together a romantic plan on short notice.
But don’t panic, because we’ve got you and your partner covered. You might have a hard time making a dinner reservation at the last minute, since everyone else already did that ages ago, but you may as well try, since there are seemingly numerous spots offering romantic three- or four-course Valentine’s Day dinners for two. Here’s a handy list of every Metro Vancouver eatery offering a prix-fixe menu for the special occasion.
If that falls through, however, then you’re going to have to get creative, and to that end, we’ve got a few options for you to investigate before falling back on the dreaded Netflix and chill combo.
Make it a prom night
Oh, you thought proms were just for high schoolers? Not so, my friend. The 19th Annual People’s Prom goes Thursday night at The Warehouse Eastside Studio, and this radical, queer, gender-bending prom for grown-ups is sure to be a sweet time. Romantic, too. Why, there’s a wheel of love, a makeout chopper, and a photo booth — all staples of romance. Plus you get deejays spinning great tunes the whole night through and, of course, the traditional coronation of prom royalty at the end of the night. You’ll even be treated to a fun and fabulous drag show celebrating boy bands throughout history. Honestly, if you’ve already made plans, you should cancel them and go to this instead. Pre-sale tickets are already sold out, but there will be more for sale at the door.
Where: The Warehouse Eastside Studio, 100 Powell St., Vancouver
When: 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Up the cheese factor at karaoke
Can’t get tickets to the night’s hot concert? Make your own music at Timber’s Cheesy Valentine’s Karaoke event, which combines two of the best things in the world: cheese fondue, and drunk people trying to sing Natalie Imbruglia’s Torn. Bring your date and vie for “Best Duet,” the winners of which will take home gift cards and other goodies. The best thing about this option? No cover. You just walk right in.
Where: Timber, 1300 Robston St., Vancouver
When: 8 p.m. – Midnight.
Stop in for a cup of cocoa
You know what’s really hot? Hot chocolate. It’s been especially hot for the past month, with the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival in full swing. The festival ends Thursday, which means this is your last chance to check out some of the incredibles concoctions the 29 participating vendors have whipped up. You probably won’t be able to hit all 29 — Vancouver music teacher Jenny Andersen did that, and it took her several weeks — but you might be able to draw up a map and visit a few of the most intriguing locations. A walking tour of Vancouver with multiple stops for hot chocolate sounds like a truly delectable Valentine’s Day.
Where: All over Metro Vancouver — there’s a map
When: All day
Cost: Two hot chocolates, unless you’re cheap
How about a burlesque show? Burlesque is kind of romantic
If you’re looking to set the mood, look no further than Burlesque Duos at the Rio Theatre. This beloved, annual East Vancouver Valentine’s Day tradition celebrates partnership, as pairs of dancers present some steamy, memorable and eye-popping numbers. Check out these acts: April O’Peel and Clare Voyeur. Vixen Von Flex and Diva Fandango. Melody Mangler and Bunny. Ava Lure and Justine Sane. I’ve never heard of any of them, but with stage names like that, you know they’re going to be good. There are still tickets for this Valentine’s Day event, so don’t delay, get a pair and see some pairs.
Where: Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
When: Doors at 7 p.m, show at 8 p.m.
Cost: $25 online, $30 at the door
Spend a night under the stars, but indoors
There are few activities quite as romantic as stargazing, but with the temperature hovering below freezing, it might not be the best night to lay out on the grass and look skyward. Fortunately, the Planetarium Star Theatre at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is indoors, and they’re ready for you. At Venus and Mars: A Love Story, you can spend an enchanted evening enjoying drinks, appetizers, live music and other romantic activities, plus you get to watch two astronomers debate which planet, Venus or Mars, is the best planet for colonization and love. Prepare to learn how sex works on Mars, which is the height of romance. You’re welcome.
If none of these options appeal to you, we have but one more suggestion: buy a big thing of chocolate and eat it with your partner by candlelight at the kitchen table. Everyone loves that. Happy Valentine’s Day.
Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
When: 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 – $35
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