Where to Raise a Toast to Your Love This Valentine's Day in Denver

Shot in the heart
by Carrie Dow on Feb 9, 2016 in Roundups
Where to Raise a Toast to Your Love This Valentine's Day in Denver

Valentine’s is for lovers…lovers of good drinks that is! Denver is full of fun, fanciful, and delicious events for you and your Valentine to enjoy. Or perhaps there is a place to find a future Valentine. Check out these unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Denver.

bRUNch Running at Postino’s (2715 17th St.; 303-433-6363)
Enjoy Val’s Day with your “Sole” Mate at bRUNch Running’s Sole Mates bRUNch at Postino’s on February 14. The morning features a 5k or 10k run followed by an all-inclusive brunch featuring French Toast, paninis, scrambles, and other hardy foods. Quench your post-run thirst with healthy Mimosas, glasses of wine, or Great Divide’s Orabelle. Tickets are $25 and include the run, entrée, two drinks, and tax and gratuity. Check in is at 9:15 AM and a dollar from each ticket will benefit Metro Caring. Get tickets from BrunchRunning.com.

Cupid Crawl 2016 (Lower Downtown)
Want to have a good time for a good cause? Join the 2016 Cupid Crawl in LoDo, no Valentine needed. This bar crawl will happen on Saturday, February 13, from 12:30 to 5 PM. The fun starts at the Ginn Mill (2041 Larimer St.) and cost is $35 per person. Tickets include entry, beers at each bar, and a chance to make lots of new friends or meet that special someone. Participants will be sent off in teams of 3-8 from the start bar. After the crawl, join the party at Jackson’s Sports Bar (1520 20th St.) from 5 to 7 PM. Come dressed with a Valentine’s theme and get entered into the costume contest. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Autism Society of Colorado. Tickets are available at the ASC website.

Cook Street Culinary School (1937 Market St.; 303-308-9300)
Try something exotic for Valentine’s Day. Take your sweetie to a Wine and Chocolate Pairing class at Cook Street. Learn about the special blend that chocolate and wine can have together, much like you and your love. The class will pair five wines with a variety of chocolate desserts and discuss how the flavor and texture influence each. There will also be a selection of charcuterie, cheeses, and house-baked bread (but no dinner). Cost is $80 per person.

The Crimson Room (1403 Larimer St.; 720-639-6987)
Enjoy a little jazz with your Valentine behind the red door of The Crimson Room in Larimer Square. For Valentine’s Day, enjoy the Pink Lady Cocktail with vodka and pear liquor, fresh lemon, grenadine, and whipped egg white and pair it with a Cake Sphere Trio of white chocolate raspberry, chocolate peanut butter, and red velvet dipped in white chocolate. 

Denver Museum of Nature & Science (2001 Colorado Blvd.; 303-370-6000)
Looking for a love with smarts? Go to the Valentine’s Day Mash-Up on February 14 at 6 PM at DMNS for an education on love and chocolate. Listen to the lecture “Even Educated Fleas Do It,” an amusing and informative discussion of sex in the insect world. Then visit “Chocolate: The Exhibition” to learn how the humble cacao bean became a Valentine’s delight. Ticket includes cash bar, dessert, and admission to the exhibition. Cost is $20 for museum members and $25 for nonmembers.

Fado Irish Pub (1735 19th St.; 303-297-0066)
Forget Valentine’s Day at Fado’s Shot in the Heart Singles Mixer on Saturday, February 13. Enjoy DJ Dangerous Dan, champagne, and shot specials. The mixing starts at 8 PM and there is no cover.

Lola Fish House (1575 Boulder St.; 720-570-8686)
Give your sweetheart a sweet evening at Belola at Lola’s at the Chocolate & Cocktails Party. FYI – Belola is what the restaurant calls the dining room below the main restaurant. Bar Manager Alex and Pastry Chef Xan will lead a class of making decadent chocolate treats paired with fancy cocktails. Tasting starts at 6 PM. Call the restaurant at 720-570-8686 for pricing and reservations.

Lodo’s Bar & Grill (3053 W 104th Ave.; 303-635-8025)
Lodo’s in Westminster is the place to grab the girls and celebrate Galetine’s Day on Saturday afternoon, February 13. Leave the boyfriends and husbands at home and enjoy a brunch and painting class led by Creativity Uncorked. Take home your masterpiece and enjoy two brunch cocktails with tickets. Tickets are $45 per gal and can be purchased online. Painting and drinking start at 11 AM.

Punch Bowl Social (65 Broadway; 303-765-2695)
Get punched for Val’s Day, that is enjoy a delicious punch bowl cocktail with your sweetheart. February’s featured punch is the Loves Me, Loves Me Not made with Old Forrester Bourbon, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Teakoe High Tide Hibiscus Tea, and Cayenne Berry Syrup. Also, get your photo taken in front of the famous I Love You Wall and tag it online with #loverandhaters between January 29 and February 12 for a chance to win a $100 PBS gift card.

Viewhouse (Ballpark, 2015 Market St.; Centennial, 7101 S. Clinton St.)
Both location of the ViewHouse will celebrate sweeties all weekend long with a special Valentine’s Buffet Brunch Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 12-14. The featured Valentin’s Brunch cocktail is the Passion Fruit Mimosa for $4. Cost for adults is $28.95 and kids 6-12 are $9.95. Children six and under are free.

Looking for a romantic dinner for two? Reserve a table at one these fine establishments.

Cool River Café (8000 E Belleview Ave., Ste C; 303-771-4117)
Down in the DTC, Cool River is offering a romantic dinner for two with three courses featuring fillet mignon and 12 ounces of cold water lobster tail for $145 per couple. Add some red, white, or sparkle to your glasses for an additional cost. This special menu is available from February 5-14.

D Bar (494 E 19th Ave.; 303-861-4710)
One of Denver’s sweet spots, the D Bar is offering a special four-course dinner that will be topped off with the sweetest sweets in town. Cost is $100 per couple and includes a glass of bubbly (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations can be booked online through the website.

FIRE Lounge at The Art Hotel (1201 Broadway; 303-572-8000)
Take your Valentine to enjoy the romantic views from the fourth floor of The Art Hotel in the new FIRE Lounge. The prix fix menu includes Colorado Lamb Chop and a shared St. Valentine’s Cake in the shape of a heart. Cost is $69 per person, plus $40 for wine pairings. Guests can also enjoy “his and hers” cocktails. Called The Beauty and the Beast, the “His” cocktail includes Amaro Montenegro and Four Roses while “Hers” featured Woody Creek, St. Germain, and Lillet Rose. Both cocktails come with a red rose frozen inside a cylinder ice cube. Call 303-572-8000 to reserve.

Kachina Southwestern Grill (10600 Westminster Blvd.; 303-410-5812)
Up north you’ll be Howlin’ for Your Love both Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14, with a special Love Howlin’ menu that can be ordered a la carte or made into a three-course dinner for $45 per person. A selection of specially chosen wines can be paired with the meal for an additional cost. The bar is also offering a special Valentine’s cocktail. The Kokopelli is made with the guest’s choice of vodka or gin, hibiscus syrup, agave nectar, Peychaud bitters, and egg white and is only $10. Reservations encouraged.

Marlowe’s (501 16th St; 303-595-3700)
Book your Valentine’s Day Dinner either Saturday or Sunday in advance with Marlowe’s and be entered to win a bottle of champagne to enjoy with your meal. Call 303-595-3700.

Strange Craft Beer Company (1330 Zuni St.; 720-985-2337)
If you and your sweetie love a good beer, the Strange is Beautiful Beer Pairing Dinner will satisfy. Enjoy a four-course dinner paired with delicious Strange Craft brews such as ColoREDo, Breakfast Grapefruit IPA, Little Bit Bad Stout, and the Chocolate Raspberry Love Stout. Cost is $69 per person (excluding gratuity) and can be purchased online here. The dinner starts at 6:30 PM.

Tamayo (1400 Larimer St.; 720-946-1433)
Over in romantic Larimer Square, Tamayo is serving a special three-course dinner both Saturday and Sunday, February 13 and 14. Cost is $60 per person and reservations are required. Enjoy two featured cocktails that weekend, the Serrano Hibiscus Margarita for $13 or the Raspberry Kiss Martini for $12.

The Corner Office (1401 Curtis St.; 303-825-6500)
Enjoy a special Lover’s Day Dinner at The Corner Office with a three-course prix fixe menu for $50. The meal includes a glass of bubbly.

Viewhouse (Ballpark, 2015 Market St.; Centennial, 7101 S. Clinton St.)
Take your sweetie to either ViewHouse location for romantic views of the city and mountains along with a special Lover’s Menu all weekend long. The ViewHouse Valentine’s Day Menu includes a choice of appetizer, entrée, and shared dessert. Wine pairings for each course are optional. Reservations suggested so for Ballpark call 720-306-9008 and for Centennial call 303-790-VIEW.

Photo via Flickr user FrankGuido

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