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It’s a Date: 5 Fun Ideas for Spending Valentine’s Day in Houston

It’s cuffing season, y’all! You can tell by the weather… and the fact that Valentine’s Day is *just* around the corner. I have a few ideas for how to spend it that aren’t your run-of-the-mill dinner or drinks (which are also totally acceptable for a date in Houston — we have amazing dinner and drinks!)

By the way, I’ve got some other V-day content for ya — while these articles are older and might be somewhat out of date, they might make for some fun inspo for how to spend the holiday!

Anyways, on to the fresh content! Here are my five best recs for a fun date!

Pixar Putt

Nothing says cute date like putt-putt! I mean seriously — pretend you’re high school sweethearts and maybe put something in a bet for the loser to do for the winner? Winner gets to pick the Pixar movie he/she desperately craves after playing the 18-hole course?

Plus, the pop-up is running a special! Purchase your Pixar Putt tickets for Friday, February 11th, or Saturday, February 12th, and receive free access to The Grove’s rooftop from 5-10 PM to enjoy a complimentary Valentine’s Day dessert bar, cash bar, and gorgeous views of Downtown Houston.

  • Date cost: $66 (for 2 tickets)
  • Before/after: If you’re not taking up the Grove’s special, maybe plan a picnic in Discovery Green or even book a room at the Marriott Marquis!
  • Other important info: BOOK IN ADVANCE! Pixar Putt’s hours are Monday-Wednesday, 3-10 PM, Thursday-Friday, 3-11 PM, Saturday-Sunday, 10AM-10 PM. (After Dark 18+ Only on Thursday-Saturday, 7-11 PM).
  • Book now!

Explore Space

Hey, how about a date that’s out of this world? The Infinite is an incredible experience and perfect for a date night. The whole shebang is around an hour — it starts with interactive VR where you’re walking around the ISS, then you sit for another type of VR program, and finally you walk through a space themed multimedia art exhibit!

  • Date cost: $72 (for two tickets)
  • Before/after: Pregame with beer at one of my fave spots Holler Brewery (closer) or Buffalo Bayou (a bit further of a walk)
  • Other important info: Wear comfy shoes and be sure to browse Sawyer Yards after!
  • Book now!

Get Crafty

You know what they say – crafts make the heart grow fonder. OK, no one says that, but I still think it’s super fun to do some crafting together! I love The Rustic Brush because not everyone has to do the same thing! Which is nice for a date night especially if the couple is already cohabitating, y’know?

The Galleria location will have DIY workshops all weekend (Friday, February 11th – Monday, February 14th) celebrating Valentine’s Day with free food and beverages for all guests.  Bring your bestie or your loved one to make a beautiful piece of home decor with your own hands – stain it, build it with power tools, and paint it!  You must book ahead to reserve your spot and choose your project. 

  • Date cost: $90+ (Prices start at $45/person)
  • Before/after: Not exactly nextdoor, but The Rustic (you see what I did here, right?) would be a perfect meet-up or post painting dinner/drinks featuring live music! Rustic squared kind of night!
  • Other important info: Browse online for some inspo or to plan ahead for what you want to make!
  • Book now!

Dine In The Dark

I have to preface this with it might not be possible to make this a date on or around V-Day but I have to say it’s SUCH a fun activity so I’m including it anyways!

Mastrano’s is such an incredible neighborhood eatery in the Heights, and Fever (a national brand that coordinates pop-up experiences) is partnering up with the restaurant for semi-monthly dining in the dark dinners!

  • Date cost: $160 (includes 2 tickets and 3 courses each)
  • Before/after: Sonoma is just down the street for another glass of wine!
  • Other important info: Drinks aren’t included — it’s $27 for the 2-drink pairing
  • Book now!

Axe Throwing

I’ve gone axe throwing on a date before — it was early on and it was SO fun to have something to do that wasn’t just staring at each other over a couple of drinks and asking how many siblings you have. Plus, you learn a new skill and get to compete a bit!

Psss… all my single lads/ladies! Feb. 11 is their singles night for $40!

  • Date cost: Usual price is $25 pp but during V-day weekend, it’s $35 and you get a drink included in that!
  • Before/after: Guess what… Urban Axes is in a strip of spots that has a cidery (City Orchard), a brewery (Urban South), and a BBQ spot (Fainmous BBQ). Take your pick — I love all three!
  • Other important info: Closed toed shoes are required and the whole place is cashless!
  • Book now!

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