Valentine’s Day in Tacoma

Valentine’s Day in Tacoma

Tired of dinner and a movie? Do you need new ideas for your Valentine’s date night (or day)? You live in the right place. From fun filled frolic to close cozy corners, Tacoma is bursting with romantic locales and activities.

Take a walk on the waterfront:

You have great venues from which to choose. Head down to Point Defiance and walk along the boardwalk. Or choose Ruston Way and visit the parks and piers, maybe land at Point Ruston for a movie, a drink or dessert.  The Thea Foss Waterway is also a great choice. Park on Pacific Avenue, cross the Bridge of Glass and head down the stairs to view the outdoor art. Sure, it’s cold in February, but that gives you the opportunity to hold hands and get close while you take your romantic stroll.

Live music:

Live music is always a great choice. On Valentines Day you can catch the soft rock sounds of Air Supply at the Emerald Queen Casino. Need something a little harder? Try The Derelicts, Neutralboy, and George Inc at Jazzbones. G. Donnalsons features blues by James Haye on Tuesday nights if you want to go someplace a little cozier and quieter.

Play games:

If you’re into some fun and friendly competition, head to Dorkys. Don’t forget the quarters. Dorkys has old and new video games and air hockey. It’s all ages, so you can bring the whole family if you want or need to. They also serve beer, wine and have food selections.

Find a dark, cozy corner:

If you’re looking for someplace to snuggle closely while enjoying libations, Here is a great and eclectic list for you.

  • The Crown Bar:

    Accent lighting sets the mood at this small 6th Avenue spot. With a great happy hour menu, tasty food, and relaxed atmosphere, it’s a great place to get close – especially if you can snag a seat by the fireplace.

  • Peterson Brothers 1111:

    It may be a little louder than the Crown, but there are a few corners to nestle into. They have an awesome menu that ranges from salads, to sandwiches, to pasta with great daily specials and the drinks don’t suck either.

  • Asado:

    The restaurant can be a little spendy, so my advice is to take advantage of the happy hour in the bar, which runs from 2:30 – 6:30 (M-F). The food menu consists of first rate Argentine flavors and their cocktails are top notch. The lighting is muted, so be prepared to use your smart phone flashlight on the menu.

  • Knapps:

    The allure of Knapps may be mystifying to some, but the dimly lit, cozy, private booths, and killer drinks make it a great destination for Valentines date night. They also have a great “comfort food” menu. Play the jukebox from your seat and snuggle close while enjoying some of the best drinks in town.

Get a room:

Tacoma tourism is on the rise, and we’ve got some great hotels to accommodate. Get a fireplace suite on the water at the Silver Cloud on Ruston Way. Or if you prefer the downtown scene you can choose the “You’re Very Special Package” at Hotel Murano which includes overnight accommodations, champagne or sparkling cider, breakfast for two, complimentary parking (self or valet), evening turndown service and a late checkout of 1 p.m.  The Courtyard Marriot has suites with views of Mount Rainier or their historic Waddell Executive Suite.

Taste some wine:

You may want to Uber this one. Go on a wine tasting trek around the city. We have a plethora of wine bars/shops including G Donnalsons, El Tufo, Wildside, Black Door, and Tacoma Wine Merchants. Our city also boasts its own wineries – Ginko Forest, 21 Cellars, Vino Aquino, and Reed’s Sweet Wines. Check hours before heading out though, some of these establishments have hours better than bankers or are by appointment only.

Have an adventure:

Take your loved one to the new Adventures by Appointment. It consists of two escape rooms in which you must find clues and solve puzzles within a certain time to be released (I have no idea what happens if you fail mwaahaahaa).  It’s more than that though. Each room has its own plot, characters and a storyline added to make it an exhilarating, and maybe even a little frightening, experience.

As you can see, you don’t have to settle on the commonplace dinner and a movie, unless that’s your thing. Tacoma provides fun, entertaining, and romantic escapades for your date night. Take advantage of all our great city offers. Happy Valentines day.

Also see: Date Night in Tacoma

Also see: 101 Things to do in Tacoma


BY Megan Bostic for The Hume Group


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