Riding solo this Valentine’s Day? Congratulations, you get to spend more time with that special someone – yourself! To help you on your way, here are 14 things for singles to do on Valentine’s Day around Vancouver.
What: Speed Dating with pre-screened eligible singles at Lickerish, Vancouver’s freshest loft-style resto-lounge. Includes Valentine’s icebreaker game and a professional host. Bring a friend for a Dashing Duo discount.
Where: Lickerish Lounge – 903 Davie Street, Vancouver
What: The Robson Square Ice Rink wraps up its season on February 14. Skating is free with your own skates, and rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Square, Vancouver
When: The rink is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 9 am to 11 pm Fridays and Saturdays, until February 14.
What: Puzzled Pint is a casual, social puzzle solving event which happens at bars and pubs in multiple cities around the world. The Friday before each event, a location puzzle is posted. The solution to that puzzle will lead you to a local pub, bar or restaurant. On the night of the event, show up at the specified pub to to solve more puzzles in a relaxed atmosphere.
Where: To be discovered by you
When: The second Tuesday of every month
Cost: Free, though buying food and drinks at the pub, bar or restaurant is encouraged
What: In this tale of ‘buyer beware,’ dream house turns into nightmare ordeal for performer Karen Hines, a Dora Award-winning performer from Toronto. This ‘Theatre of Realty’ is all too plausible, as a cute coach house is riddled with hidden problems and threatens to drain the artist’s life savings. What’s better, the two-tier ticket pricing further pokes fun at the difference in experiences between homeowners (plush seating, premium vodka) and renters/everyone else (adequate seats, passable vodka).
Where: The Fishbowl – 100-1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island
What: A rom-com spliced with a disaster movie. Instant Theatre explores the romantic life of a single person through improvisation. The catch? Periodically, the host will ask the audience “What’s the worst that could happen?” and then the answer to that question actually happens.
What: The world is in need of a little more love these days, and there is no better way to spread the good vibes than with good old fashioned a dance party. The #SaveLove Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) is planned for Vancouver on Valentine’s Day and will also launch simultaneously in Austin, San Francisco, and New York.
What: A speed dating experience focused on a relaxing and welcoming environment. The evening will feature two seatings, which allows for a more “intimate” gathering. Each couple will get three minutes to get to know each other. Hosted by Nicole Alleyne.
Where: Moose’s Down Under – 830 West Pender Street, Vancouver
What: Cartems is hosting a special Valentine’s Day four-course donut tasting experience, hosted by co-owner and Executive Chef Rags. Savoury and sweet donut creations will be served along with wine and port pairings.
Where: Cartems Donuterie – 534 West Pender, Vancouver
What: Vancouver is home to some very romantic restaurants, and it’s time to treat yourself to an intimate ambiance, great food and drink, and impeccable lighting. From cozy French bistros to some of the most popular new spots in town, check out our list of 25 utterly romantic restaurants in Vancouver.
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.