Last-minute local ideas for Valentine’s Day

From flowers to happy hours to meteor showers, we’ve got ideas to make your Valentine’s Day special.


Our city is teeming with romantic potential.

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There’s no dodging Cupid’s arrow — Valentine’s Day is here. Whether you’re celebrating your friendships or sugaring up your sweetheart, we’ve got last-minute Valentine’s Day ideas that will have you loving love.

🌵 Get fantastical with botanicals

If you’re quick, you might have your pick of bouquets using same-day flower delivery. (We’re eyeing those locally designed arrangements.)

Or, get creative and nab a potted plant from these plant spots. Nothing says forever like a hardy succulent.

      🥂 Keep spirits up

      If you didn’t score reservations, don’t overthink… grab a drink. The following spots have weekday happy hours:

      • LouVino | Tues.-Sun., 4:30-6:30 p.m. | From the bar, enjoy $2 wines, bourbons + beers and from the kitchen, get snacks like fried green tomatoes and a mini charcuterie board for under $12.
      • El Mundo | Mon.-Fri., 4-5:30 p.m. | All you need to know about this well-stocked happy hour is that in addition to $5 margs, there’s 5+ meal deals including crispy tacos and steamed Atlantic mussels.
      • Troll Pub | Daily, Various times | It doesn’t matter what day of the week you walk into this bar under the Second Street Bridge because each day is a different kind of special, from $3 tequila shots on Mondays to $10 bottomless mimosas and bloody marys on Sundays.

      For more options, check out our happy hour guide.

      🌟 Go stargazing

      It doesn’t get much more idyllic than bundling up and looking at the stars. Grab some blankets (and maybe a hot drink) and head to one of these spots away from man-made light to take in the sky.

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