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Seattle Lovin' on Valentine's Day!

Feb 11, 2022 | Seattle Pride

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Enjoying Valentine’s Day can be tricky if you don’t have a significant other, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. February and Valentine’s Day are dedicated to the love between partners, friendships, family, and self-love. Seattle Pride celebrates all love and wants to share some ideas that can make this Valentine’s Day special for everyone in the LGBTQIA+ community.

For the couples

For those of you who still haven’t made a reservation (don't worry we won't tell) try some of these LGBTQIA+-owned restaurants!

  • Cafe Flora is providing a vegan, gluten-free four-course feast with the option of dine-in or takeout.
  • Harry's Beach House sits on Alki Beach and provides a beachy vibe to those who are willing to take the drive out to West Seattle.
  • Terra Plata specializes in earth to plate dishes inspired by the seasons. The restaurant’s outdoor seating is surrounded by a covered garden perfect for rainy Seattle in February.
  • Taqueria Cantina – Who says Mexican food can’t be Valentine’s Day dinner? We don’t buy into the tradition that Valentine’s Day dinner should gourmet French or Italian. If you and your special someone want Mexican, get Mexican!
  • Super Six – Escape the winter in the Pacific Northwest and let your tastebuds travel to the tropics at Super Six. This restaurant specialized in Hawaiian foods while using the great ingredients the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

If everything is booked up, don’t worry... you aren’t in trouble yet!
Sometimes even a little gesture can go a long way. A personal gift or a home-cooked meal can be just as special. Try some of these easy-to-make recipes that look, and taste, like they're straight out of a restaurant kitchen.

Risotto is one of the most misunderstood recipes out there. Warnings of burned rice or mushy texture have turned what is an easy-to-make recipe into a scary dish. In reality, risotto is a straightforward recipe with a taste that anyone can love.

Need a vegan option? Mediterranean Baked Sweet Potatoes provide a healthy meal that will hit every part of your palette.

For the singles

Go out with your friends. The love between your friends can be as strong if not stronger than the love between partners. Why not celebrate that? Take your friends and go have a blast. Valentine’s day falls on a Monday so that means you have Valentine’s Day and the whole weekend to celebrate! Whether it’s bars, dinner, or fun outings, Seattle Pride has you covered!

  • Unicorn on Capitol Hill is a destination spot for Seattle nightlife. From drag shows to karaoke, Unicorn will provide a fun night out with friends any night of the week.
  • Neighbours Nightclub & Lounge – has been a go-to spot in the LGBTQIA+ nightlife since 1983. With three stories of space, Neighbours has plenty of room to dance and hang out.
  • Saint John's Bar and Eatery – If you’re looking for something different from the normal bar scene, check out this dinosaur-themed restaurant and bar.

Who hurt you??

Need a healthy (and legal) way to get your anger out that someone may have caused you pain? Here are some ideas that might help you move on, or at least make you feel better:

  • Name a cockroach after your ex – Does your ex have more in common with a creepy-crawly pest than you once thought? You can now name a roach at The Bronx Zoo after one of your ex’s.
  • Valentine’s Day Axe Throwing – Need a way to get your anger out on Valentine’s Day? Blade and Timber on Capitol Hill is holding a Valentine’s Day axe throwing event with heart shaped targets.

First date ideas

Or, if you want to go out with someone, just make plans! Valentine’s Day is probably the most acceptable time to ask someone on a first date. It may sound crazy, but if you never ask, you’ll never get an answer. If it works in your favor and you get that first date, try out some of these cool spots!

  • The Flat Stick Pub - Combining minigolf with drinks, The Flat Stick Pub is a great place for a first date. Nothing like a little friendly competition over drinks to suppress the awkwardness of a first date.
  • Olympic Sculpture Park - Looking for something a little less competitive? Take a stroll through the Olympic Sculpture Park and marvel at the art and view of Puget Sound.
  • Elm Candle Bar – If you’re both feeling a little creative you can make your own candles or scents to take home at Elm Candle Bar.

For the “I’m not sure what we are...” situations

It may be cliche, but Valentine’s Day is a great time to tell someone how you feel. Whether it’s spilling your guts out or telling someone you appreciate them, this month is a perfect time to be honest with someone.

Valentine's Day is sure to bring out a lot of different feelings in everyone. Relationship or not, Valentine’s Day is about one thing: Love. It’s important to remember that there is always someone out there who loves you... like us, here, at Seattle Pride.