10 Unique Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What better excuse to try something new with your sweetie? We’ve compiled a list of ten exciting and unique date night ideas around the South Sound, for all you lovebirds out there.

Looking to ogle over your partner with a cocktail in hand? Alma Mater’s Matriarch Lounge is the perfect date spot for you. The low lighting and velvet furniture give this space a romantic atmosphere, and the drinks are unbeatable. We suggest trying the Blossom; notes of chamomile and honey give the bourbon a subtle smoothness. Catch a show in Alma Mater’s Fawcett Hall after the booze and bites. It will be a Valentine’s Day you won’t forget. Tacoma, almamatertacoma.com

If you and your date are foodies, we highly recommend trying Moshi Moshi in Tacoma’s Stadium District. This modern eatery specializes in ramen, but it’s exponentially better than the ramen that permeated your college days. These delicious bowls are packed with high-quality ingredients and unparalleled flavors. The Tonkotsu ramen has a broth made from pork bone and black garlic oil. Pork belly, mushroom, egg, and scallion are piled high over the house made noodles, topped with a healthy helping of seaweed nori. It’s our favorite, but frankly, everything on the menu is delicious. So, curl up next to your honey, share a few dumplings, and let the romance begin. Tacoma, moshitacoma.com

For the pair of movie lovers, we recommend catching an independent film at Tacoma’s Grand Cinema this Valentine’s Day. This theater is full of charm, delicious popcorn, and enchanting movies. When you get your tickets, stop by concessions before heading into the showing. The popcorn here is so much better than the chain theaters’, and you can pair it with a ginger pear cider to sip on during the screening.  Tacoma, grandcinema.com

Make this date night a unique one by playing tourist in your own city. Pretty Gritty Tours offers interesting and educational tours all over Tacoma. If your significant other is a beer lover, try the brewery tour. A history buff? Try the historical tour. How about a horror fan? They offer a spooky ghost tour too. Indulge your curiosities with this date night idea. Tacoma, prettygrittytours.com

If you and your sweetheart love spending the day doing puzzles or playing board games, book a night at Exit Puzzles, Olympia’s escape room experience. Test out those strategic muscles in this immersive experience. With only a limited amount of time, a storyline that places you in the setting, and a variety of well-hidden clues, you and your date will have to rely on each other to escape. Olympia, exitpuzzles.com

For one of the largest wine selections in the South Sound, visit Swing Wine Bar. They pour over 30 wines and sell over 200 different varieties. The classic décor and the pristine view overlooking Capitol Lake make this an excellent choice for a romantic evening. Try splitting one the many wine flights and an order of chocolate fondue, and your valentine will be swept off their feet. Olympia, swingwinebar.com

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than out dancing with your love? Try out Contra Dancing every first, second, and fourth Saturday with the Olympia Contra Dance Community. If you haven’t tried this style of folk dance, arrive half an hour early for the beginner’s orientation. But in no time, we’re sure you and your date will be whirling around the dance floor. Olympia, oly-wa.us/contradance

Do you and your partner have a bit of a wild side? If you’re always looking for the next adventure, you need to have a date night at the Grand Prix Raceway. This indoor kart racing track has professional racing vehicles. You’ll be flying around the track at maximum speeds for maximum fun. This is the perfect date for some exhilarating activities and an added dose of healthy competition. Lakewood, grandprixraceway.com

Asadero Sinaloa is one of our favorite restaurants in Kent. The Northern Mexican steakhouse cooks meats using the Sinaloan method — a combination of high heat and mesquite wood — making customers come back for more and more. With excellent flavors and heaping portions, this is great spot for a night out. You’ll understand why their motto is, “You should never leave Asadero hungry. Period.” Kent, asaderoprime.com

You and your valentine can’t swing a trip to Italy this season? Don’t fret. In our very own Gig Harbor marina, you can ride an authentic gondola originally manufactured in Venice, Italy. This is the height of romance in the area, and we’re so happy it exists. Get ready for some serenading and Venetian rowing with Gig Harbor Gondola, and you’ll forget you’re not in Venice this Valentine’s Day. Gig Harbor, gigharborgondola.com

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