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Valentine’s Day Dates – Reloaded

8 Feb

We are one week away from Valentine’s Day!

When I started thinking about posts we could do about the big day I started thinking about date nights. It can be hard sometimes to come up with places to go that you don’t already frequent. So I started to think of places my husband and I enjoy going to when we want to do something out of the ordinary. Here is a list of places we enjoy and you might want to try out for your Valentine’s Day date.


Okay, this may totally seem cliché, but I am not talking the Melting Pot fondue (although there is nothing wrong with that) I am talking kitschy hole-in-the-wall type of places. Being based in Southern California, we are blessed with having tons of little eateries. If you do some digging, you may just find a fondue place that is not owned by a chain. Fondue is fun because you are basically eating cheese and dessert. Yes, you can go for the meat broth pots, but the cheese alone is amazing!

The reason my husband and I like doing this on occasion is because a restaurant like this is very intimate. You are in charge of preparing your food and can go at your own pace. Again, a great fondue place is normally filled with retro items, furniture and eclectic people.

Jazz Lounge

Find your local jazz lounge. Whether it is a hipster watering hole or an underground dive, it is sure to be a great way to spend your evening. Again, this is one of those places that normally affords you with interesting people watching, people are dressed up in their best attire, and you can wear your retro/repro best and not be out-of-place. My personal favorite lounge bar is the Hip Kitty in Claremont, California. It is not only a jazz lounge, but a fondue restaurant! We have celebrate many of my friends birthdays there.

Not only are you guaranteed to have some amazing music to listen to, lounges like these will usually have great bartenders! Ask what their house speciality cocktail is and try it, I am sure it will impress!

Go Dancing

If you are a normal person, your weekdays are jam-packed with work, friends, significant others, the gym, etc. How often do you get to slow down and enjoy the moment? This year for Valentine’s Day, take the chance to embrace the moment and dance. Sometimes when life is getting crazy, my husband and I go out on a Saturday and go dancing. Dancing is a great way to feel intimate and connected with your partner and you are also exercising and moving. We love finding a place with great music and other swing dancers. It is all about the environment and the crowd.

Try a local brewery or wine bar

Again, we are pretty lucky to live close to a college area where there are several streets of bars and night clubs. While we don’t especially love the crowds associated with college kids, it does allow us to be exposed to some boutique bars. For Valentine’s Day, you should take the risk and try that one bar that looks enticing with the weird name. Find out if the specialize in beer, wine, or whiskey. Normally if a place has a speciality you should be able to get an idea of what kind of clients it will attract.

The above picture is from a bar in Downtown Fullerton, California. Its speciality is Hops and Scotch – hence the name. Every time my husband and I have gone we are never disappointed in their choice of food and alcohol. The best part is that normally most of the crowd that frequents this place are older and more subdued.

What are you planning for Valentine’s Day? Are you going big and all out, or will you be spending the evening doing something more low-key. Share with us how you are planning on celebrating!


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