It’s time to start thinking about your Valentine’s Day plans!
I know, I know: “But Kim,” you say, “it’s only JANUARY! I don’t need to worry about that yet!”
Well, my friend, I’m here to tell you that you most certainly do.
Valentine’s Day is in February. You live in St. Louis. It’s freaking cold here in February! You can’t just pop on down to the Botanical Gardens, or enjoy a nice stroll through Forest Park or the Zoo – it SUCKS here in February!
What you need are reservations.
Guaranteed indoor amusement, THAT’S what you need! And you need to book your date night soon! Because tickets will sell out, reservations will fill up, and you, my dear one, will be left watching Netflix and eating takeout if you don’t plan ahead.
Luckily for you, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best Valentine’s Day venues in the city!
All you have to do is pick your favorite and make your reservation before someone else beats you to it! Ready? Here we go:
The St. Louis Ballet presents: In It For Love
This show is a favorite that the St. Louis Ballet puts on every year at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. It runs on Saturday night (the 13th), and Sunday afternoon (the 14th). Tickets range from about $30-$50, and if you opt for the Saturday evening performance, you can add on dinner before the show! More info here.
Valentine’s Day at the Symphony
On Saturday night, John Elefante (Kansas!) is going to be signing with the STL Symphony for their night of Classic ROCK tributes! If that wasn’t cool enough, you can see a 3pm show on Sunday called “Las Vegas Valentine’s Songbook” featuring “Rat Pack favorites” such as “Luck be a Lady,” & “The Way You Look Tonight.” Best of all, you can call 314-878-6767 to reserve a brunch package at Patrick’s West Port before the Sunday concert! More info here.
Scotty McCreery at River City Casino
If your date is an American Idol fan, she is guaranteed to FREAK OUT over Scotty McCreery tickets on Valentine’s Day! Show starts at 8, so make dinner plans at Lewy Nine’s or 1904 Steak House before the concert. More info here.
Special Valentine’s Dinner at the Lemp Mansion
Is it beautiful and historic? Yes! Is it haunted? . . . . we’re not ruling it out. Stay the night at your own risk, but you can definitely dine here with your sweetie for a memorable experience. Their Valentine’s Day dinner includes an appetizer, entrees, salads, dessert, and champagne! Call (314) 664-8024 for reservations Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night (Sundays are always their family-style chicken dinner night, which might be a great date night, too!). More info here.
Dinner at Cedar Lake Cellars
Special Valentine’s Day dinner and wine at beautiful Cedar Lake Cellars prepared by the incredible Chef Lee! This is being offered Saturday and Sunday nights, in their rustic dining room with a big cozy stone fireplace, perfect for snuggling on a chilly February evening. $120 per couple, at 5pm or 7:30 each evening. More info here.
Tour the Chocolate Factory
This is some SERIOUS Willy Wonka shit right here! You can tour the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company factory, and see how the little gems are made right before your eyes, AND you can buy tickets TO THE TASTING ROOM! Yes! A tasting room! OMG! But, they are not open on Valentine’s Day (Sunday) 🙁 so you will need to visit Friday or Saturday. Reservations are required on Saturdays and strongly recommended all other days, so call them at 314-338-3501 to reserve your spot before their V-Day weekend tours fill up! More info here.
Dinner at Mount Pleasant Winery
This one is only on Saturday night, but Mount Pleasant Winery never disappoints and their Valentine’s Day Dinner in the Terrace Ballroom surely will be no exception. Champagne reception at 6, dinner at 7, with choices like stuffed pork loin, prime rib, salmon villagio, and pesto chicken (served with wine, of course). Salads and dessert are also included. This is a steal at $99 per couple, and seats will fill quickly at that rate. Call 636.482.WINE (cute, right?) to reserve your seats.
See a show at Blueberry Hill
If you’ve never been to Blueberry Hill in The Loop, well you’re probably not from around here. Grab dinner upstairs before Tor Miller’s show on Sunday night. It’s a casual place, but the burgers are great, the beer is cold, and it’s not the sort of place where you pop the question, so you can both just freakin’ relax and enjoy the evening! Book a night at the Moonrise Hotel afterward if you want to really impress her. More info here.
I hope this helps your planning efforts!
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by Kim Smith