Smell the Roses in Columbia SC This Valentine's Day
Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:00 AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Columbia has been struck with Cupid's arrow and we have everything you need to know to plan the perfect Valentine's Day.
Love is Brewing
Who says Valentine's Day has to be a fancy affair? Keep it casual and raise a glass to your beau over a couple of brews. Won't you Beer My Valentine? Say you will at Flying Saucer. Combine a few of your favorite things and enjoy some Evolution through Chocolate Beer & Chocolate Pairings at The Casual Pint or Conquest Brewing Company.
Focus on the fun! Grab a couple pints, listen to live music and prove how good a team you are as you conquer the scavenger hunt at Arts & Draughts.
Instead of committing to just one restaurant for your Valentine's Day meal, nosh on items from eight of Columbia's top notch establishments as you sample from South Carolina and Georgia breweries at the Smoke and Beer Festival.
Don't forget to show some love for the lady friends in your life! Celebrate Galentine's Day with beer and waffle pairings and a painting session.
Wine and Dine
Sidle up close to your sweetie for some pre-dinner nibbles and drinks. Prepare to be impressed by the chic new kid in town, Lula Drake Wine Parlour. The extensive and carefully-curated wine list is like none other around. Sip on a cocktail or two beneath fairy lights and bold artwork at Goat's. Spice things up with Spanish tapas or partake in an Evolution through Chocolate Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Gervais & Vine.
A "Hearty" Appetite
Indulging in an incredible meal is a Valentine's Day must. Make a reservation at Al's Upstairs, The Oak Table or Twisted Spur Brewing and enjoy special prix-fixe menus. You can't beat the al fresco ambience of the February Harvest Dinner at City Roots. Or, do it yourself! Participate in one of three classes being offered at Let's Cook Culinary Studio and take pride in a meal you prepared together.
The Cherry on Top
There's always room for dessert! Order a milkshake with two straws at Kaminsky's, share a sinfully good slice of cake at Nonnah's or stroll hand in hand with a couple of cones from Sweet Cream Co.
Dinner and a Show
Kick off Valentine's Day weekend with a planetarium show, a telescope viewing and more at Amore Under the Stars. Plan to attend If Loving You is Wrong for a catered dinner at Columbia Museum of Art. Bonus, your ticket also includes a showing of Shakespeare in Love at The Nick! Get caught up in the romance and cuddle your way through Valentine's Cinema: An Affair to Remember.
Think Outside the Box (of Chocolates)
Instead of tugging on the heartstrings this year, raise the hair on the back of your date's neck at My Deceased Valentine, tickle their funny bone at Katt Williams or draw their eye to your artistic masterpiece at a Valentine's Day-themed Studio Cellar painting class.
Home is Where the Heart Is
Staying in can be just as special. Pick out a beautiful bouquet of her favorite blooms at Blossom Shop or DeLoache Flowers. Next, pop open a nice bottle of wine expertly selected from the shelves of The Vino Garage. Finally, end the night on a sweet note with Cupcake's signature Red Velvet Heart Cakes.
The Whole Package
Go all out with the Romantic Valentine's Package at Embassy Suites, which includes a Deluxe King Suite, complimentary champagne and cocktails, dinner for two, a Valentine's Ball and more!