shutterstock_170539187For many, dressing up and going out for a romantic dinner is required for Valentine Day’s evening. This year, we’d like to suggest some more-laid back alternatives to the inevitably crowded restaurants.

For a more low-key, yet elegant experience, some Houston bars are dressing up for the evening and offering specialty menus and live music. One choice might be Anvil Bar & Refuge. Reserve a seat at a white-clothed table and settle in for jazz, champagne, roses, cocktails, a curated menu, and a pour from a fully-stocked bar cart. Tickets must be purchased in person in advance. 1424 Westheimer.

Public Services Wine + Whiskey honors the traditional Valentine color (red) with “Red Sauce Night.” Spaghetti and meatballs will be on the menu paired with Italian cocktails, wine, beer, and liqueurs. The historic location adds to the romance. Best to call in advance. 202 Travis.

If a casual evening of grazing appeals, food-hall Conservatory offers “Bite Me: A Valentine’s Day Affair” in conjunction with craft breweries Brash and Real Ale. Feast on food specialties from El Burro & the Bull and aRTe Pizzeria paired with wines from Noble Rot wine bar. 1010 Prairie.

Momo Food + Wine is also stepping up – but with a twist. They’ve axed dinner in favor of a foodie’s-dream package of s’mores for two with bourbon marshmallows, bacon, chocolate, and other treats, including wine. Again, please purchase tickets in advance. 4104 Fannin.

Hope we gave you some ideas and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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