January 19, 2018

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Updated: January 9, 2019

Every year I write a Valentine’s Day post, and this post from Valentine’s Day 2018 still has some great, timeless date ideas. I’ve updated it for 2019 with current shows in Omaha that have a bit of a romantic spin to them, too. Most of these ideas, though, work for date nights any day of the year. If you’re looking for specific types of dates, below, I offer some ideas for splurge-worth nights out, night outs for cocktail drinks, and free date night ideas.

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Date Night Splurges

Tasting Menu Dinner: Make a reservation for a restaurant like V. Mertz or Au Courant Regional Kitchen, and then opt for the tasting menu. I’m recommending those two since I’ve been to both recently, can vouch for their quality, AND if you have the Together A Greater Good app (TAGG), those restaurants will donate 5% of your receipt to the charity of your choice. Tasting menus are meant for slow eating, so dinner is your whole night out, probably.

Tip: Both places have menu items, so you don’t have to do the full tasting menu.

“I and You”: I love BlueBarn Theatre, so any time they have a show running around Valentine’s Day, you know I’m going to suggest it. “I and You” is said to be an “ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.” The closest performance to Valentine’s Day is on Feb. 15, 2019. Get your tickets at bluebarn.org.

“The Elixir of Love”: Opera Omaha is performing “L’Elisir D’Amore” (AKA “The Elixir of Love”) on Feb. 15 and 17, 2019 at the Orpheum Theater. It’s an update to Donizetti’s glittering bel canto opera, and is described as a light-hearted rom-com about young love at an American high school in the 1980s. If you’ve never been to an opera before, it would be a good intro. Tickets are available online through TicketOmaha.com.

Dinner at Lauritzen Gardens: Have dinner in one of Omaha’s most beautiful settings: Omaha’s botanical garden. There’s a Valentine’s Dinner planned for Feb. 14, 2019. Along with a fixed-price dinner, you’ll have the opportunity to stroll the gardens. Reservations are required and space is limited.

Valentine Tea & Chocolate Tastings: Chocolate Abeille has several Valentine Tea & Chocolate Tastings coming up, and they include Harney & Sons “Paris” tea, finger sandwiches, scones with cream and preserves, mini desserts (and, of course, chocolate). Sessions are Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

Date Night Drinks

It’s very rare that Mr. Wonderful and I go out and simply hang out over a drink. But it has happened. I think three years ago. Anyway…

Challenge The Bartender: It’s going to sound funny suggesting you go to a wine and booze shop for a date, but hear me out about going to Spirit World at Aksarben Village. I recommend you order some food, sit at their little bar, and have the bartender make you a new-to-you drink. When I told the bartender I didn’t like gin, he set out to prove me wrong. And I’m glad he did. Read about our date night at this locally-owned store here. Spirit World is another participating TAGG restaurant, so don’t forget to scan your receipt so 5% of your night out can go to charity!

Specialty Drinks: OK, even more rare for us is to go to a fancy craft cocktail bar and spend more than $10 on one drink. But, The Berry & Rye in the Old Market will wow you with their drinks. And the atmosphere is ideal for a date night. If you’re looking for unique places for a drink in Omaha, I’ve heard great things about the tiki bar Laka Lono Rum Club (which is just a stone’s throw from The Berry & Rye in the Old Market) and Omaha’s own speakeasy, Wicked Rabbit (you have to go through a cigar store and say the magic word to enter in the hidden bar).

Have A Free Drink Together: Download Libate, a local app that has a free or membership version. If you each have the app, you can go to one of the participating restaurants or bars and enjoy a complimentary drink. Oh My! Omaha readers can get a month FREE if you enter the coupon code OHMYOMAHA after you download the app!

Not a drinker? If you’re looking for healthy date night ideas, revisit this old favorite, 7 Healthy Date Ideas In Omaha.

Free Date Night

Heart and Soul: Valentine’s Day @ Joslyn – Live music by
Edem Soul Music will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the museum’s atrium. The performer sings in her native language, called “Ga,” originating from the Ga tribe of Ghana, West Africa, and plays the harp and ukulele. She received the 2017 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for Best Soul Artist and was the Omaha Capitol District’s Musician in Residence in 2018. While the performance is free, if you wish to see the exhibit “30 Americans” or hear the gallery talk at 5 p.m., you’ll need to pay $5. Food and drink available
for purchase.

Free Things To Do On Valentine’s Day: Ever since my penny-pinching days working at a newspaper, I’ve maintained a mental list of free things to do in Omaha. Some of my favorites make memorable date nights, including visiting KANEKO, which has a special exhibit called “Human Condition” that’s FREE to see. Check their hours, first, to see how late they’re open on Valentine’s Day. There are galleries near KANEKO that may be open that night, too, and you can stroll through them for FREE. Check out Bemis Contemporary Art Center, Artist Co-Op, or visit the shops at The Passageway.

– If you want more budget-friendly ideas, I suggest you read the post Cheap Date Nights In Omaha.

Your turn: What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Where do you recommend others go for Valentine’s Day?

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