10 Unique Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day

By Melissa McCarthy | January 29, 2019

Illustration by Alex Schloer

Illustration by Alex Schloer

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 Eastside, for all you lovebirds out there.

There’s nothing more Valentine’s than eating too much chocolate. How about making too much chocolate? At the historic Boehm’s Candies, you can take a chocolate making class. It will start of with a tour of the chocolate factory (we promise, it’ll go better than the tour in Willy Wonka), then you’ll get to make an assortment of chocolate clusters, decorative bars, and more. You’ll leave with over a pound and a half of deliciously customized sweets. Issaquah, boehmscandies.com

Capri Cellars is a trendy bistro and wine bar in downtown Issaquah. The shop specializes in local Washington wines, so we recommend ordering a tasting flight to try as many of these complex and delicious wines as you can. Top it off with a charcuterie board or an order of burrata with prosciutto and fig jam, and you and your date won’t want this evening to end. Issaquah, capricellars.com

If you and your sweetie are cocktail connoisseurs, you can’t miss Bluewater Distilling in Everett. The distillery is an extension of their bar and bistro, so you’ll be sitting feet away from the origins of your beverage. But the real transformation happens when these liquors are mixed by the excellent bartenders at Bluewater. We recommend the raspberry limoncello drop for something sweet, citrusy, and all-around delectable. Everett, bluewaterdistilling.com

Summit Everett is a climbing gym and an ideal spot for a non-traditional date night. If you and your partner love being active together, this is the place for you. The massive facility offers something for every skill level of climber, and classes if you’re brand new to the activity. So, climb to the roof and reward yourselves with a high-altitude smooch this Valentine’s Day. Everett, summiteverett.com

If you and your sweetheart love spending the day doing puzzles or playing board games, book a night at Conundroom Escape Room in Redmond. 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. Redmond, conundroom.us

Were you looking for an excuse to try out a paint and sip studio? Well, now you have one. This Valentine’s Day, try out Canvas in Kirkland. This is the perfect date night for the artistic couple. They provide the paint, the wine and beer, and anything else you may need. You just bring the inspiration (a.k.a. your sweetheart). Kirkland, canvaskirkland.com

In case you missed the news, Teatro ZinZanni headquarters is now operating out of Woodinville. This is great news for us on the Eastside who love the spectacular. We suggest heading out to Woodinville early, finding a wine shop for a tasting or two, and then heading to the old Red Hook Brewery site for some amazing entertainment. Teatro ZinZanni will be performing the show Hollywood & Vine, and Chef Jason Wilson will be adding some special Valentine’s Day additions to the menu. Woodinville, zinzanni.com

In need of some relaxation this Valentine’s Day? Bring your date to Recoop Spa for a reinvigorating and romantic experience. The modern concept spa in Bellevue is offering a variety of Valentine’s specials: couple’s massages, side-by-side pedicures, and spa packages for two, to name a few. Love yourself and your sweetheart with some time spent at the spa. Bellevue, www.recoopspa.com

If the thing you adore most about your date is their laugh, take them out to The Parlour for a comedy show. This is an excellent activity for just about any date night, but this Valentine’s Day it’s a must. D.L. Hughley will be gracing the stage from Feb. 14-16. Hughley appeared in “The Original Kings of Comedy,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” and stars in the popular Comedy Central show, “Weekends at the DL.” His stand-up routine will surely have you and your date splitting at the sides. Bellevue, parlorlive.com

Lucky Strike is no ordinary bowling alley. It does have a 16-lane bowling alley and arcade, like some of the other establishments you may know. But it also has two dance floors with DJs getting the crowd going, mixologists on staff for excellent cocktails, and gorgeous modern décor. This date spot has it all. Bring your valentine to get the party started. Bellevue, luckystrikesocial.com