Chocolates, flowers and lingerie are getting tired, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the holiday de l’amour. As Valentine’s Day approaches, we’ve done a bit of legwork so you don’t have to.
Party like it’s 1987 at The People’s Prom. This is a Valentine’s shindig and grassroots community fundraiser where bad prom wear is mandated by a strict dress code. So pick up a snappy blue leisure suit from your nearest vintage shop. Take your best girl. Buy her a hilarious corsage, drink some cheap bubbly and dance with a bunch of strangers on the Drive. Afterwards you can skip the back of your dad’s Chevy, and go get lucky in the comfort of your own home. Tickets ($10) are only available at the door. Show up early. Event runs 8 pm to 1 am. The Grandview Legion, 2205 Commercial Drive.
Warm figs in chili honey and a reclining leather couch for two. If that doesn’t set the mood, we don’t know what will. Sanafir has a set (but still flexible) Valentine’s menu of three courses for $100 per couple (grilled scallops and blood orange salad, baby lobster tails, rack of lamb or swordfish, pomegranate-infused champagne are among a few choices). Call early to book one of the upper-floor couches. 1026 Granville Street, (604) 678-1049.
Kiss and Party
Try a more social vibe at Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar with the Valentine’s menu. In the 100-seat room with 40-foot bar, share appetizers such as Quebec foie gras or lobster brandy “cappuccino” with your date. A la carte menu includes veal, lamb, surf and turf or salmon, and the dessert platter for two offers chocolate-dipped strawberries and tiramisu. Head back to the AFTERglow Lounge following dinner and enjoy a few more cocktails. 1079 Mainland Street in Yaletown, (604) 602-0835.