Make Valentine’s Day memories in Downtown Indianapolis
Article by Jennifer Hanson
Fancy feasts and festivities Make reservations now for a special Valentine’s surprise Downtown.
Bring your valentine to the History Center at the Indiana Historical Society for “Anything Goes” Love Songs with Everett Greene Thursday, Feb. 10 from 7 – 10 p.m. For or as an IHS member, you can enjoy the performance plus dinner and dessert. Pre-paid reservations are required so call 232.1882 for reservations for more information.
Hemophilia of Indiana is holding its annual Hearts for Hemophilia Gala at the Historic Union Station-Crowne Plaza Friday, Feb. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. The night will include dinner, dancing and donating. Call 570.0039 for more information.
What better way to say I love you then with The Cabaret at the Columbia Club’s presentation of “Love Bein’ Here with You” Feb. 11 with Roy Geesa’s Cool City Band and featuring Shannon Forsell and Jimmy Guilford? For 0 per person, you can get a night filled with dinner and dancing.
The Capitol Grill at the Conrad wants you to treat your Valentine to an evening of romantic fine dining. Join Cupid Feb. 11 – 14 and enjoy the restaurant’s famous dry aged steaks or one of their many other entrees. Make reservations by calling 423.8790.
Enjoy a candlelight dinner for two at the Skyline Club for the Valentine’s Celebration Feb. 11, 12 and 14. Chef Scott will be presenting a special Valentine’s menu for 0 per couple. There will also be live music for listening and dancing. Reservations are required and limited. Call 263.500.
120 West Market Fresh Grill will have a special Valentine’s Day menu Saturday, Feb.12. The per person fixed menu will include five courses. Choose from the pan-seared salmon, 10 oz prime rib or duck breast entrees, and then enjoy the marriage of chocolate and coffee dessert. For more information and to get reservations, call 822.5824.
Celebrate the most romantic day of the year at Romance and Remembrance: Valentines and Vintages Feb. 12 hosted by the President Benjamin Harrison Home. Hear how President Benjamin Harrison and President John Adams expressed their love for their wives before emails and texting at the presidential love letter reading. Then stroll down to the Indianapolis Propylaeum Club for wine tasting and a dinner filled with presidential favorites. Couples can enjoy this evening for 0 per couple or 0 for member couples. Call 637.1888 for reservations.
Stop by the Rathskeller Feb. 12 for dinner and dancing at Love is all You Need, featuring live music from Living Proof. Reservations begin at 6 p.m. and for a couple, diners can enjoy a three-course meal and a split of champagne. After dinner, stay for the dancing. Call 636.0396 for reservations.
Enjoy a four course meal designed for two at Fortyfive Degrees Feb. 12 -14. The couples menu includes appetizer or sushi, salad or soup, entrée and dessert for .95. Make your reservations now by calling 634.4545.
Nourish Café at the Indianapolis Museum of Art is hosting a Valentine’s Day Brunch Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Not only can you enjoy the romantic brunch in the Deer Zink Events Pavilion, but you will also enjoy some of the city’s most breathtaking winter views. The brunch is for adults or for children ages 4 – 10. Call 923.1331, ext. 235 for reservations for more information.
The Smokehouse on Shelby and IMBIBE Bar will be open on Feb. 14 for your Valentine’s Day celebrations. Treat your Valentine to dinner and cocktails with a special for two menu and IMBIBE bar specials. Call 685.1959 for your reservations.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room will offer a fabulous four course dinner menu on Valentine’s Day. Choose from many fresh fish options or even a filet mignon and enjoy a New York cheese cake or chocolate mousse for dessert. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested by calling 955.2277.
Valentine’s Day at Euphoria will be filled with delectable delights. For per person, diners can pick from a set menu which includes sautéed shrimp, flat iron steak and poached salmon among other options. Call 955.2389 for reservations and to download the full menu.
Reserve a wonderful evening for two Feb. 14 at Hue for . Enjoy a four-course meal, live music by Andrew Young and one of the newest spaces in Downtown. Call 634.4834 for reservations.
The Eagles Nest Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency, voted the most romantic restaurant in Indianapolis, is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu. You’ll love Eagle’s Nests’ revolving view of Indianapolis and delicious chef’s specialties. Reservations usually fill up within the first week of February so be sure to call 616.6170.
Hoaglin To Go is offering a special carry-out dinner for two. Chicken/vegetarian options will be per couple and beef/seafood options will be per couple.
Find a reason to get close this Valentine’s Day as you cuddle up on a romantic carriage ride through Downtown! Make your reservations early by calling Yellow Rose Carriages at 634.3400 or Blue Ribbon Carriage Co. at 631.4169.
Celebrate with the artsSnuggle up with your loved one at the Tobias Theater on Feb. 11 and go back in time with the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Winter Nights film “Kiss me Deadly.” While the movie may not be the ultimate in romance, the dark Cold War-era thriller will give you a reason to get close. Tickets are or for members.
Gather up the little ones for My Little Valentine at the Children’s Museum Feb. 11. Have your young valentines bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal to create handmade valentines and enjoy teddy bear and valentine themed activities. Cost is youth for members and youth for nonmembers. Call 334.3322 for more information.
Treat your sweetheart to a night at the symphony at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. “Ashley Brown’s Broadway,” Feb. 11 – 13, will include performances of “My Funny Valentine” and “Got the World on a String.” Call 639.4300 for ticket information.
Visit the Indiana Repertory Theatre and see Going Solo: Fire in the Garden starting Feb. 12. The warm and funny piece portrays pregnancy, childbirth and first-time parenting. Call 635-5252 for show times and to purchase tickets.
Ever seen a puppet show? Peewinkle Puppets is having a Valentine’s Day Puppet Cabaret Feb. 13. Catch the show at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. for .
See Charlie Wilson Feb. 14 at the Old National Center Murat Theatre and enjoy a sweetheart pre-show dinner. Forty dollars will get you and your sweetheart complimentary parking, a rose and dinner before you see the show. Dinner starts two hours prior to the 8 p.m. performance. Call 231.0000 for ticket information.
Comedy Sportz is offering a special Valentine’s Day themed match on Feb. 14. Play Valentine-themed games including Love Song, Sideline Video Dating and Blind Date. ComedySportz turns 18 on Feb. 12, so the theatre is celebrating Feb. 10 – 12 with door prizes to those in attendance. Matches are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with an additional 10:30 p.m. show on Saturday. Tickets are for adults; for students, kids and seniors. Looking into the future, ComedySportz Indianapolis is the host of the 2011 World Comedy League Tournament July 20 – 23.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, learn how to have a successful marriage with Theatre on the Square’s A Contemporary American’s guide to a Successful Marriage now – Feb. 19. The comedy is set in the 1950s and follows an Iowa couple through for better and for worse. Call 685.tots for ticket information.
You and your honey can enjoy a romantic spin on the ice at the Indiana/World Skating Academy. Admission is just .50 a person, plus skate rental. For more information on public skate times call 237.5565.
Celebrating Late? Check out the Grammy Award winning King’s Singers at Christ Church Cathedral Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Hear music from Henry VII to Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Junior and Michael Bublé.
Make a weekend of itCelebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend long by staying at one of Downtown’s many first class hotels!
The Hilton Garden Inn has a special package that will make for a romantic Valentine getaway. The Sweet Slumber package is perfect for sweethearts and includes sparkling wine or cider, chocolate-covered strawberries and breakfast in the Great American Grill. Single on Valentine’s Day? The Ex-Valentine’s Day package will get you one drink in the hotel lounge, black heart cookies, FREE admission to Howl at the Moon and breakfast at the American Grill. Both packages are available Feb. 3 – 7 and Feb. 10 – 14. Call 955.9700 to reserve.
Join the Conrad for an innovative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Reserve your spot at Cooking by Candlelight Feb. 13 to share an intimate evening in the executive kitchen cooking a succulent meal with executive chef Michelle. Enjoy the fruits of your labor as you dine amongst candlelight and roses. Participants also receive a discounted room rate, 9 for Sunday night. Cost is 0 per couple and reservations are required by calling 524.2574.
Benefit the American Heart Association (AHA) and stay Downtown with the Hampton Inn’s Heart to Heart Package. Available Feb. 11 – 14, the package includes a donation to the Heart Association in the guest’s name, a dinner for two and game card at Jillian’s, an overnight room at the Hampton Inn and hot breakfast for two, a coupon book for Circle Center mall, chocolates, a keepsake photo and an AHA heart healthy cookbook. This package is available for 9. Call 261.1200 for your reservations.
The Canterbury Hotel is offering two special Valentine Packages. Enjoy a luxury suite or king room with a bottle of champagne and strawberries upon arrival, complimentary valet parking, access to the breakfast buffet and a special dinner for two at Turner’s Restaurant. Rates are 9 for the King Package and 9 for the Luxury Package. If you’re just looking for dinner for two, Turner’s has a Special Dinner Package for 0. Call 634.300 for reservations.
Stay at the Westin and experience the Indulge Package. The 9 package includes a guest room with a Heavenly Bed, breakfast for two, champagne and chocolates and a 3 p.m. late checkout. Call 262.8100 for reservations.
The Omni Severin Hotel is offering a Sweet Rendezvous Romance Package through Feb. 14. The package includes Domaine Chandon Sparkling Wine and chocolate truffles upon arrival, breakfast for two with a bubbly morning cocktail called the Valentini, romantic turndown service and late checkout for 0. Planning on popping the question? Do it during your stay and receive a weekend night certificate from Omni.
Get the Amour Package at the Hyatt Regency for your Valentine’s stay in Downtown. The package includes breakfast coupons in One South Restaurant or in-room dining, champagne and strawberries and 1 p.m. late checkout. Rates are 9 or 9. Call 632.1234 to make reservations.
Check out the brand new JW Marriott and spend a night with a breathtaking view of Downtown. Rates start at 9. Call 888.236.2427 to make reservations.
The perfect Valentine’s Day gift Head over to Mass Ave and stop by Silver in the City for that perfect piece of jewelry this Valentine’s Day- whether it is a shiny piece of stunning silver jewelry or an eco-friendly Envirosax, there is something for every valentine. The shop features unique jewelry styles she will love! Call 955.9925 for more information. Also, stop by Circle Centre mall, with more than 100 shopping, dining and entertainment options.
Indulge your sweet tooth by picking up one of the many confections from The Best Chocolate in Town. Not sure what to get? Pick from a variety of pre-packaged chocolates in heart-shaped boxes or create your own custom heart-shaped box of chocolates. Or try the Grand Sampler. Weighing in at 1.5 pounds, this package includes 40 pieces of the freshest chocolate. Call 636.2800.
Browse Mass Ave Wine Shoppe and discover the diverse selection of unique wines and beers. Also, find meats, cheeses, crackers and teas- everything you need for entertaining guests or your special someone.
Arts A Poppin’ on Mass Ave is the place to go for your creative valentine. All art is made by local, regional and national artists. Pottery, jewelry, woodwork, metalwork, glasswork and more are offered at this unique shop. Call 686.6379 for more information.
Stop by EnFlora, Flowers for Business, located in the Chase Tower, to purchase beautiful floral displays for your special someone. Can’t make it in to the store? Have it delivered!
Who says red is the color of love? Have Blue, the most lovable member of the Indianapolis Colts, surprise your valentine with a McNamara floral arrangement, Tyler Mason Salon & Spa treatment and more! He will be making his way through the Circle City Feb. 11 & 14 to deliver the packages to unknowing recipients. Purchase a package for your sweetheart by calling 808.5264.
Enjoy Chocolate Lovers Weekend Feb. 13 & 14. Visit all six Indy Wine Trail wineries from noon – 6 p.m. to indulge in decadent chocolate paired perfectly with carefully crafted wines and receive an 18 oz balloon wine glass at the 6th winery. Tickets, which are good at all six wineries, are in advanced and day the day of. Call 888.VINO.INDY to reserve tickets. Visit Easley Winery and purchase a romantic Valentine gift for your sweetheart. Surprise the woman in your life with a dramatic champagne gift pack. Men will love Easley’s home brew gift set. Call 636.4516 for details.
For those who aren’t celebratingIf Valentine’s Day isn’t your favorite holiday or you’re not in the mood to celebrate head over to Howl at the Moon for the Anti-Valentine’s Day party Feb. 12. Drink specials include an ex-boyfriend cocktail or an 86 oz Hex your Ex bucket to share. Bring a mutilated picture of your ex to receive discounted admission and the best picture will win 0. For more information, call 955.0300.
Creation Café will also be hosting an Anti-Valentine’s day party on Feb. 12 where you can mingle with other non-celebrators, play games and enjoy food and drink specials all night long. Call 955.2389 for more information.
Recently jilted? Start off with sushi and dinner at Fortyfive Degrees starting at 4: 30 p.m. Remember to bring a picture of your ex so you can shred it at the door for the “SHRED YOUR X” event Feb. 12. Listen to music by DJ Z and have fun with your heartbreak. Call 634.4545 for reservations.
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Communications Director for Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. http://www.indydt.com