As February 14 looms, images of flowers, chocolates, and Hallmark greeting cards start to fill our minds, and the pressure is on to formulate the perfect date. From the classic romantics to the out-of-the-box thinkers, we’ve got a solution for everyone to spice up V-Day.
For the luxury lovers:The Eagle’s Nest (Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, One S. Capitol Ave., 317-632-1234)
The 360-degree skyline view will have your date in awe. Named one of America’s Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants by OpenTable, the restaurant produces local American cuisine. Did we mention the rooftop revolves? Aside from the panoramic dinner, the hotel offers a “Romance Package” for Valentine’s Day, including two breakfast coupons to One South Restaurant, champagne and strawberries, and a 1 p.m. late checkout.
For the artists:
Plat 99: Mixology Lounge (The Alexander, 333 S. Delaware St., 317-624-8200)
If you’re looking for a lighter plate while maintaining elegance and artisan drinks, stop in at this lounge at The Alexander. With design by internationally acclaimed artist Jorge Pardo, the venue was envisioned to serve as both “a lounge and a work of art.”
For the Downton Abbey fans:
A Royal Valentine’s Day Tea (The Indianapolis Propylaeum, 1410 N. Delaware St., 317-638-7881)
Opting out of the conventional evening of wine, toast your significant other to afternoon high tea at the Indianapolis Propylaeum on Saturday, February 13. If you’re feeling more traditional, the venue also offers a romantic candlelit dinner later in the day at its “A Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner.”
For the city slickers:
The Skyline Club (American Square, 317-263-5000)
Reserve your spot today for the club’s “Valentine’s Day Dinner” on Saturday, February 13, or Sunday, February 14, with a meal for two, an overlook of the city, and live music to top off the ambience.
For your inner kid:
Sub Zero (427 Massachusetts Ave., 317-252-0271)
Some might deem the season too chilly, but for the real ice-cream fanatics out there, try a new spin on a classic, playful date idea to pacify your after-dinner sweet tooth. Sub Zero uses liquid nitrogen to create their ice cream before your eyes, allowing for highly customizable creations.
For the sporty types:
Climb Time Indy (8750 Corporation Drive, 317-596-3330)
For those looking for something a little more active, swap the dress shoes for sneakers and get moving at Climb Time Indy. What better way to get a workout than sweating it out with your partner?
For the sentimentalists:
Once (Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., 317-940-9697)
The Broadway tour of this eight-time Tony Award–winner, including for Best Musical, takes the stage from Tuesday, February 9 through Sunday, February 14. Follow the unlikely story of two strangers, bonded by the power of music.
For those lost in a bygone era:
Sinatra Centennial: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, 317-639-4300)
Remembered for his crooning vocals and swooning fans, Frank “Ol’ Blue Eyes” Sinatra never falters when it comes to love songs. Join the ISO Friday, February 12, through Sunday, February 14, for a swingin’ night of the icon’s famous tunes.
For the cuddlers:
Old Northside Bed & Breakfast (1340 N. Alabama St., 317-635-9123)
Looking to extend the weekend with your sweetheart? Consider a longer, more intimate getaway at a bed-and-breakfast. Located in the historic Old Northside district, the Dewenter-Greenen House boasts six unique rooms, each with a specific theme. Whether you’re in the Hollywood Room plastered with old movie posters and headshots, or the Literary Room, decorated in a style reminiscent of some of Golden Age Indiana’s greatest writers, you’ll enjoy a quiet, cozy evening—a true escape.
No matter which direction you choose, you can’t go wrong by ending your evening with a casual stroll by the water along Central Canal. And, hey—it’s free!