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Where to Avoid a Prix-Fixe, Couples-Only Valentine’s Day in Denver

Skip the three-course, wine-paired nonsense this year

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The chocolate tic-tac-toe bar is a holiday special dessert at Jovanina’s Broken Italian
| Jovanina’s Broken Italian [official]

Throughout February, Denver restaurants are awash with romantic prix-fixe menus and cutesy couples-only adventures. This one-event-fits-all model ignores any creative opportunities for couples, groups, friends, family, and singles to celebrate their love. Here are ten alternatives — not only falling on Valentine’s Day — to the typical Hallmark hype and fare.

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Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn

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For those looking to get out of town for Valentine’s Day, Colorado’s Marble Distilling in Carbondale is hosting a chocolate and spirit tasting, in addition to offering a “sleep and soak” package with Iron Mountain Hot Springs. The destination distillery conveniently offers guest rooms upstairs for a romantic getaway.

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Sloans Lake

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This Valentine’s Day, the Colfax movie house is playing “The Birdcage,” a comedy classic starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. While watching, viewers can dine on three (casual) courses — including a white wedding cake and chocolate babka bread pudding — that play on the film’s plot. Tickets for the 7 p.m. February 14 showing start at $60.

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Denver Beer Co

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Denver’s Chocolate Lab has created five chocolates to pair with five of the Platte Street brewery’s beers for a low-key Valentine’s celebration. Limited tickets cost $20 for five paired 4-ounce beers and chocolates. And in the brewery’s words: “A Valentine is not provided or required for this event.”

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Citizen Rail

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Though Citizen Rail is also offering a set menu, the Lonely Hearts Club is the place to be on Friday, February 15. The anti-Valentine’s Day, ‘90s-theme night features strawberry Jell-O shots, spiked punch, and a souvenir CD filled with ballads of the era.

Citizen Rail [official]

Jovanina's Broken Italian

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Without all the fuss, this new LoDo Italian restaurant adds a few different dishes to its menu for the holiday — mushroom soup, beet pasta, and a chocolate tic-tac-toe bar — for friends or family to enjoy together.

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the ART, a hotel

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The Broadway hotel is preparing an aphrodisiac-filled menu for the holiday. Featured arousing foods include arugula, pomegranate, and cinnamon, known to increase blood flow. Call the restaurant to reserve; the menu is available for $65 per person with wine pairings offered for an additional $35.

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The Source Hotel

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Instead of remaining stationary and sitting with a set menu, diners can walk throughout the Source Hotel with a glass of Champagne in hand and grab sweet treats like caramel and cardamom bonbons on Valentine’s Day or throughout the weekend, ending on Sunday, February 17.

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Zeppelin Station

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A “BAO-lentine’s” event at the industrial, international food hall combines five different dumplings, three bao buns, and two potstickers on a platter for participants. Cocktails and music round out the evening, which starts at 6 p.m.

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Dio Mio - Handmade Pasta

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The counter-service Italian restaurant serves Valentine’s Day family style, with a mix of old and new favorite dishes. The special menu features Delicata squash rings, Wagyu beef tartare, and oxtail Bolognese. Reservations are available from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Bar Helix

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Thursday nights are “Bougie Nights” at RiNo’s Bar Helix, where drinkers can get down to ‘70s and ‘80s disco, funk, and R&B with friends or loved ones. Go on Valentine’s for the $10 specialty cocktails and $8 Miller High Life 750 ml bottle service, you know, for the classiest of date nights.

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Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn

Marble Distilling [official]

For those looking to get out of town for Valentine’s Day, Colorado’s Marble Distilling in Carbondale is hosting a chocolate and spirit tasting, in addition to offering a “sleep and soak” package with Iron Mountain Hot Springs. The destination distillery conveniently offers guest rooms upstairs for a romantic getaway.

Marble Distilling [official]

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Sloans Lake

Alamo Drafthouse [official]

This Valentine’s Day, the Colfax movie house is playing “The Birdcage,” a comedy classic starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. While watching, viewers can dine on three (casual) courses — including a white wedding cake and chocolate babka bread pudding — that play on the film’s plot. Tickets for the 7 p.m. February 14 showing start at $60.

Alamo Drafthouse [official]

Denver Beer Co

Denver Beer Co/Facebook

Denver’s Chocolate Lab has created five chocolates to pair with five of the Platte Street brewery’s beers for a low-key Valentine’s celebration. Limited tickets cost $20 for five paired 4-ounce beers and chocolates. And in the brewery’s words: “A Valentine is not provided or required for this event.”

Denver Beer Co/Facebook

Citizen Rail

Citizen Rail [official]

Though Citizen Rail is also offering a set menu, the Lonely Hearts Club is the place to be on Friday, February 15. The anti-Valentine’s Day, ‘90s-theme night features strawberry Jell-O shots, spiked punch, and a souvenir CD filled with ballads of the era.

Citizen Rail [official]

Jovanina's Broken Italian

Jovanina’s Broken Italian [official]

Without all the fuss, this new LoDo Italian restaurant adds a few different dishes to its menu for the holiday — mushroom soup, beet pasta, and a chocolate tic-tac-toe bar — for friends or family to enjoy together.

Jovanina’s Broken Italian [official]

the ART, a hotel

FIRE at the ART [official]

The Broadway hotel is preparing an aphrodisiac-filled menu for the holiday. Featured arousing foods include arugula, pomegranate, and cinnamon, known to increase blood flow. Call the restaurant to reserve; the menu is available for $65 per person with wine pairings offered for an additional $35.

FIRE at the ART [official]

The Source Hotel

Safta [official]/ Jeremy Swanson

Instead of remaining stationary and sitting with a set menu, diners can walk throughout the Source Hotel with a glass of Champagne in hand and grab sweet treats like caramel and cardamom bonbons on Valentine’s Day or throughout the weekend, ending on Sunday, February 17.

Safta [official]/ Jeremy Swanson

Zeppelin Station

Zeppelin Station/Facebook

A “BAO-lentine’s” event at the industrial, international food hall combines five different dumplings, three bao buns, and two potstickers on a platter for participants. Cocktails and music round out the evening, which starts at 6 p.m.

Zeppelin Station/Facebook

Dio Mio - Handmade Pasta

Dio Mio/Facebook

The counter-service Italian restaurant serves Valentine’s Day family style, with a mix of old and new favorite dishes. The special menu features Delicata squash rings, Wagyu beef tartare, and oxtail Bolognese. Reservations are available from 5 to 8 p.m.

Dio Mio/Facebook

Bar Helix

Ryan Dearth/Eater

Thursday nights are “Bougie Nights” at RiNo’s Bar Helix, where drinkers can get down to ‘70s and ‘80s disco, funk, and R&B with friends or loved ones. Go on Valentine’s for the $10 specialty cocktails and $8 Miller High Life 750 ml bottle service, you know, for the classiest of date nights.

Ryan Dearth/Eater

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