Valentines Day is Coming. Here are some creative date ideas in Arlington and Alexandria

Let's be real for a second... going out to a restaurant is horrible on Valentine's Day.  It's crowded, staff is always over-stretched and over-worked and everyone else is doing it, so it's just not that special.  You want your date to think you actually put some thought into the day, so here are some creative alternatives to the boring dinner date.  

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Sportrock Climbing Center

Located in both Alexandria and Sterling, Sportrock is a rock climbing gym that offers roped and bouldering walls.  They offer a 2-hour first-timer classes that will focus on climbing technique that will not only teach a range of skill sets that are crucial for any climber, but also help acquaint you with Sportrock’s facilities.  This year, they are offering a Valentines Day Class for couples on 2/14 and 2/16 @ 7pm!  Get physical with your date this Valentines Day at Sportrock.  You may find a new shared interest with your Valentine!  They also have groupons every once in a while. 

The Princess Bride at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse

On Feb. 14, our favorite independent cinema will be showing the classic cult love story, "The Princess Bride" with a show at 7pm and 9:45pm.  Both shows will feature a short stand-up comedy set followed by a screening of "The Princess Bride".  You can order food AND adult beverages to be enjoyed and tickets are ONLY $10 - INCONCEIVABLE!  Get your tickets here.

Art Jamz Valentines Day Class

Art Jamz is  has regular 'freestyle sessions' which is like an elevated paint 'n' sip class.  This Feb. 14 they will have a flirtatious Valentine's Day Special – painting, music, drinks, light hors d'oeuvre and 3HRS of studio time. VDAY Special Freestyle Session start at 7PM and goes till 10PM. Find the flirtatious package that is right for you; you can choose from sharing a large canvas with your date, or you can each have your own. Lovely indeed! Reserve a spot here

Cathy Gorman Love Ballads at Freddie's Beach Bar

If a dinner date is a must, at least elevate it at Freddie's Beach Bar, Crystal City's premier LGBTQ, straight friendly restaurant and bar.  Celebrate Valentine's Day in style at Freddie's! At 6 p.m., there will be a special performance by singer Cathy Gorman, who will sing love ballads and soft rock selections. No cover.  More info here

With so many creative options in Northern Virginia, you can make this Valentine's Day memorable and fun!


Anita Workman