Valentine’s Day is here! Yippee! Boo hiss! Somewhere in between! I don’t know what I will be doing for Valentine’s Day this year, because it looks like my partner will have to work [they just informed me while reading this over my shoulder, “I don’t have to work! I don’t think. I don’t know. I might.”] Last year we didn’t celebrate because we’d only been dating a few months and were in kind of a weird place. So now that I’ve overshared and revealed that I am probably not the best person to give advice about Valentine’s Day, here is some advice about what to do on Valentine’s Day! I do know how to do fun, romantic things for cheap, so I am presenting to you four affordable date ideas for the dreaded and/or eagerly anticipated day that is February 14.
This dive bar is perfect for a date. They have local, organic steaks ranging from $12.25-$19.50. You can’t beat a $12 steak (unless the steak is your sub, but that would be really weird). The Alley is famed for its walls covered in patrons’ yellowing business cards from over the years. The bar is also shaped like a treehouse of sorts. Take your sweetie to this magical little dive bar to cuddle up in a darkened booth for cheap, delicious steak and drinks. The Alley, 3325 Grand Ave., Oakland
Grand Lake Theatre
The historic Grand Lake Theatre is beautiful, cheaper than many other theaters, and they have a live organ player. If you see a matinee movie on Valentine’s Day, it’s only $5, and you don’t even have to pay extra for the organ player. Their website only shows movie listings up to Feb 12 right now, so hopefully they’re playing sexy, romantic movies on that day. I’ll get back to you. Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland
Did you know that many local tattoo shops do flash specials on holidays like Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Valentine’s Day? You choose from 10-20-ish pre-designed tattoos. What better way to bond with your valentine than get cheap matching novelty tattoos you will regret by next Valentine’s Day? Call up your favorite shop to see if they are running a special. I couldn’t find a place in Oakland but not all shops advertise these deals. Here are a couple options across the bridge:
It’s that time of year again to celebrate vaginas by watching people talk about theirs onstage. This could be a very romantic activity for those of you who enjoy vaginas and/or monologues. Here are some affordable, local options: