02.01.13 at 11:38 a.m.
Lauren Covington
Valentine's Day 2013

Don’t be stuck in the dog house on Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re celebrating with a lover or saying bah-humbug to the holiday, we’ve got nearly a dozen ways to enjoy February 14.

Historic Night at Market Square

Bar hop from La Carafe, The OKRA Charity Saloon, Warren’s Inn and Char Bar for boozy delights and authentic neighborhood dives. But first, fill up on grub from Niko Niko’s, Frank’s Pizza or Mia Bella Trattoria. And if you’re in the mood to travel, grab a B-Cycle and cruise to the Flying Saucer or MKT Bar at Phoencia.


Luxury Romance Packages

February 8-9 at Hotel Icon

Indulge your other half in one of the city’s most romantic guestrooms with the Sheer Romance Package. Rekindle your love over strawberries and cream paired with a bottle of champagne upon arrival. After a three course dinner at Line & Lariat, soak it all in with the Icon's signature Bath Butler including candles, oils, bath salts and rose petals and complete your journey with breakfast in bed at your leisure. Package also includes complimentary valet parking and 2 pm late checkout. Rates starting at $429 per couple.  

You’ll want to “Kiss and Tell” about your fabulous evening of romance with that special someone with the Kiss & Tell Package. Indulge your other half with one dozen long-stem roses in one of the city’s most romantic overnight accommodations. Rekindle your love over a bottle of chilled champagne with strawberries and cream. Package also includes complimentary valet parking and breakfast for two in bed from Line & Lariat restaurant. Rates starting at $299 per couple.


Buffalo Bayou Cupid Cruise

February 14 at Allen’s Landing - 6-7:30 pm

UPDATE: The Cupid Cruise is SOLD OUT.

Take a cozy cruise with your valentine! Bubbly beverages and chocolate bites are provided on this romantic evening boat ride with spectacular views of downtown. Seating is limited, so secure your spot by calling Trudi Smith at 713.752.0314. Cruise is $40 per person and the meeting spot is at Allen’s Landing. 


Saint Arnold Beer & Cheese Pairing

February 14 at Saint Arnold Brewing Company - 6-8 pm

Saint Arnold will be pairing their delectable brews with Texas-made cheeses brought together by the Houston Dairy Maids. An evening perfect for couples and those without dates. The brewery will have a few of the cheesemakers on hand to discuss the cheeses, and we'll be talking about the beers. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased online.


Love Songs with Ana Maria Martinez

February 14 & 15 at Wortham Center

Mercury performs works by Handel and his contemporaries with one of the world’s most sought-after sopranos. What better way to celebrate love than with Ana María Martínez! Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased online.


Brewery Incubator Beer & Cheese Dinner

February 14 at the Kitchen Incubator

This is the Valentine's Day event for anyone who says they don't go out on Valentine's Day. Enjoy a full, extravagant Beer Pairing Dinner at the Chef's Table or for a more casual late night, and try cheese and chocolate beer pairing flights in the Tap Room until Midnight. More info.


Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet

February 14-17 at Jones Hall

Houston Symphony retells the stories of William Shakespeare’s most cherished characters. Romeo and Juliet’s romantic encounters will populate your imagination as you hear Prokofiev’s riveting score based on the story of the ill-fated lovers. Plus, hear Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, written as a present to his wife Cosima and performed the morning of her birthday by a small ensemble as his beloved awoke from her sleep. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online.

Bonus Points: Reserve a table down the street from Jones Hall at The Capitol at St. Germain. The swanky restaurant is offering a four-course chef-driven Valentine’s Day menu for $69 per person. Price includes champagne!


Hearsay Gastro Lounge

February 14 at Hearsay

This historic district gem is offering a 4-course menu complete with a complimentary glass of wine. $65 per person. 713.225.8079.


Sweet Treats for Your Sweet Heart Cooking & Crafting Class

Wednesday, February 13 at Kitchen Incubator

Create hand decorated Valentine cookies, chocolates with gold dust and more exotic special treats like cardamom heart scones with rose petal jam and heart-shaped brie truffles. This hands-on cooking class combines cooking with crafting as we'll have stations set up to make your own cards and decorate gift boxes with cute and romantic crafting supplies. Valentine's Gifts aren't just for your sweetheart, either. Bring a group of girlfriends and create the makings of your own special Valentine's Day party. This party is BYOB so don't forget to bring plenty of bubbly!

Beer & Cheese, Cupid Cruise, Houston, Houston Symphony, Market Square, Mercury Baroque, Romeo & Juliet, Saint Arnold, Valentine's Day
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