Your guide to Valentine’s Day in Downtown Brooklyn
Ahh Valentine’s Day…a day set aside for expressions of love and affection for those with significant others – or a day to celebrate your single-dom and paint the town red with aplomb. No matter which camp you fall into, if it’s Valentine’s Day plans you’re after, we’ve got you covered:
Go wine tasting at Brooklyn Wine Exchange: Set the tone for Sunday by impressing your date with your extensive knowledge of Italian and Spanish wines at Brooklyn Wine Exchange’s complimentary wine tasting class, which takes place on Saturday at 4pm. Sip on Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain, and Champagne from France – three countries that have been defining romance for centuries.
Watch how the greats did it by catching an old flick at BAM: There’s nothing wrong with just catching a movie and munching on theater snacks, especially if it means seeing Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden one more time in their timeless, love-triangle romantic comedy, Sabrina, playing at various times on Sunday.
Get serenaded by Nas and Maxwell at Barclays Center: You don’t need to know how to play the guitar or carry a tone to serenade your significant other. Has John Cusack, a la Say Anything, taught you nothing? Take your date or grab a group of friends and go hear the sultry sounds of Maxwell, the rich melodies of Emeli Sande, and one of Brooklyn’s finest, Nas, for a Valentine’s Day Concert.
Do the classic dinner-and-a-date at these neighborhood spots: If we’re sticking to the classics here, Italian seems a sensible option and nobody does classic Italian better than Queen Restaurant. This second-generation white tablecloth restaurant has been serving the community for the past six decades. Want a little more rustic fare? Head over to our friends at Rucola in nearby Boerum Hill for an intimate Northern Italian meal.
Nightcap, anyone? Head to Livingston Manor: Think: rustic, candlelit cabin in the woods. Drop that vibe in the middle of Downtown Brooklyn, and you’ve got a feel for the charm of Livingston Manor. Besides being one of the few bars in the neighborhood with both an excellent beer list and cocktail menu to match, it’s got a heated patio to keep you feeling cozy amidst the glass high rises soaring overhead – the perfect place to end (or, ahem, start?) a romantic evening.