In the Mood for Love

Customize the holiday of romance for your Valentine

Whether you are in the mood to woo your crush, enjoy a casual night with your sweetie, or celebrate your best gals this Valentine’s Day, Evansville has holiday options that fit the bill. Read on for a range of ideas.

Prime Time Pub and Grill, 8177 Bell Oaks Drive, Newburgh, Indiana, is kicking off Valentine’s celebrations early. Feb. 9-14, patrons can order a $59.99 dinner for two and choose from four starters, four entrees, and two desserts. Add a bottle of any house wine for $20, and you have got yourself a date night. Prime Time also hosts a Couples Trivia Night at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 benefiting the Warrick Humane Society.

Valentine’s Big Bingo at Jennings Street Public House, 300 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, Indiana, is sold out, but you can sign up for a wait list for the event at 7 p.m. Feb. 14. Admission is $10 for four people and $20 for 5-8 participants.

If your love has a sweet tooth, place an order for red velvet tiramisu cups, cream cheese cookies, Parisian chocolate raspberry macarons, heart-shaped tres leche, and three types of assorted gift boxes from Pangea Kitchen’s Gelateria, 111 S. Green River Road. Orders are due Feb. 10 for pickup on Valentine’s Day and pair well with cute scratch-off Valentine’s cards from Memo, 209 Main St. Not in the mood for love? Enjoy these treats over a Blind Date with a Book from Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s eight locations; Your Brother’s Bookstore, 504 Main St.; or Bluestocking Social, 606B S. Weinbach Ave. Crafters can partake in a Blind Date with a Craft at Newburgh Chandler Public Library, 4111 Lakeshore, Newburgh, Indiana, Feb. 12-29. Pick up a mystery craft bag and post a picture of the final product to be entered into a drawing for a gift card. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Like the idea of strolling with your honey? You have two to choose from. Historic Newburgh Inc. is hosting the Newburgh Chocolate Walk on Feb. 9-10 for $10, in which you can collect treats at participating downtown businesses. Proceeds benefit the Newburgh Area Food Pantry. Or head to Henderson, Kentucky, spend at least $25 at participating Cupid Shuffle merchants Feb. 9-14, and be entered in a contest to win a $50 Henderson Chamber of Commerce gift certificate.

Looking for a way to subtly break the ice with your potential significant other? Invite them to meet you for a seasonal drink at one of Honey Moon Coffee Co.’s four locations in Evansville and Newburgh. On the menu are a red velvet latte, strawberry cheesecake cold brew, and strawberry hot chocolate featuring Ghirardelli chocolate, whipped cream, and heart sprinkles. You could also send them a cuddlegram. For $100, the Vanderburgh Humane Society will stop by your loved one’s workplace with flowers, a personalized card, chocolates, and a 30-minute cuddle session with a puppy, kitten, or rabbit. Order by Feb. 10.

For those seeking fine dining options, Old National Events Plaza’s Valentine’s Day on the Bridge at 715 Locust St. on Feb. 14 is a top choice. For $300, couples are welcomed with flutes of champagne before sitting down to a five-course dinner featuring hand-selected wine pairings and red roses. After dining on the sky bridge against the Evansville skyline, say goodnight with a box of chocolate-covered strawberries to enjoy at home. Reservations start at 5 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.

Entwined, 303 Main St., plans a $125 six-course dinner Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Valentine’s-centric menu items include strawberry gazpacho, a charcuterie board of aged cheese and meats, pistachio sorbet, lemon caper prawns, and chocolate-dipped mixed berry shortcake. Main Street Food and Beverage, 900 Main St., hosts a three-course Valentine’s Day Dinner for $75. Ticket sales close at the end of the day Feb. 11.

Don’t miss Nick Nackery’s Love Bites Vampire Ball on Feb. 10 at 201 E. Virginia St. Starting at 6 p.m., the evening includes live music from DJ Spectrum Light and Sound, an aerial silk performance by Echo Vega, and food from Angelo’s and GaylaCake. Tickets start at $25.

Give traditional flowers a twist with a preview of the popular Orchid Escape exhibit at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, 1545 Mesker Park Drive, at 6 p.m. Feb. 10. For $75 per person, treat your sweetie to an opening night party with appetizers, dessert, two complimentary beverages, art demonstrations, silent auction, and rainforest orchids. A cash bar is available. Guests must be at least 21 years old and show photo ID.

Don’t forget how much your best friend loves you! From noon to 3 p.m. on Feb. 10, Myriad Brewing Company’s Newburgh location at 8245 High Pointe Drive hosts a “Smooches and Pooches” holiday version of its Mutts at Myriad recurring event. For $15, you and your pup can split a charcuterie board featuring chocolate for you and a dog-friendly menu for Fido. If you’d rather celebrate at home, Give a Dog a Bone, 5626 E. Virginia St., sells healthy pet treats for the special dog, cat, or piggy in your life.

In a multi-course dinner Feb. 14 from 5-9 p.m. at Schymik’s Kitchen, 1112 Parrett St., diners can select from three soup and salad options; small plates such as jerk chicken egg rolls or a half-dozen oysters; large plates featuring seafood paella, braised beef short rib, or glazed duck breast; and two dessert choices. Reservations are required.

Woo your sweetheart at Copper House’s four-course dinner with wine pairings at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at 1430 W. Franklin St. For $125 per person, tuck into menu items such as seared grit cake, blood orange and fennel salad, seared scallops and filet au poivre, and chocolate raspberry cake.

Dazzle your date with your best dance moves this Valentine’s weekend. at Metro Ballroom Dance Club’s monthly ballroom dancing event. DJ Rick Rideout will spin a collection of modern and classic music Feb. 10 from 7-10 p.m. at Westside Community Center, 2227 W. Michigan St., and guests can join for $10 per person. You also can boogie at Lamasco Bar and Grill’s Valentine’s Traffic Light Latin Dance, 1331 W. Franklin St. Evansville Latin Dance hosts this event from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Feb. 17. Entry costs $10.

Single this Valentine’s Day? Head to Mo’s House, 1114 Parrett St., at 6 p.m. on Feb. 14 for an evening of speed dating hosted by Megan Fulkerson of River City Romance. Or, grab your best friends for Galentine’s Day trivia at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at River City Coffee + Goods, 223 Main St. This “Parks and Recreation”-themed contest costs $2 per person, with a cash prize for first place, and is open to all ages. Merrymint Celebration Boutique & Event Space, 318 Walnut St., also hosts a Galentine’s Cookie Decorating Class from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 10 with The Whimsy Whisk featuring mocktails and snacks. Tickets cost $55.

The Ohio Valley Art League, at 101 N. Water St. in Henderson, Kentucky, will get you painting with For the Love of the HeART Galentine’s Day Paint & Sip on Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $65. Participants can enjoy brunch from Hometown Roots and canvas painting with The Foundry Center for the Arts.

In the mood for a little sports action? Fourteen dollars will get you two tickets to see the Evansville Thunderbolts take on the Quad City Storm from Moline, Illinois, for their Valentine’s Day hockey game at 7 p.m. at Ford Center, 1 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

For nature lovers, consider adopting a Northern Cardinal. A $60 donation to the Audubon Society helps the national organization’s conservation efforts with Indiana’s state bird. Along with a certificate and letter acknowledging the symbolic adoption, donors also receive a plush Northern Cardinal toy that plays a recording of its signature song.

Speaking of music, take a seat for Fever Productions’ latest candlelight concert at 6 or 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at Saint Benedict Cathedral, 1328 Lincoln Ave. This Valentine’s special includes Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s;” Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune, L.32;” Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” from “The Mission;” “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic;” Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Fantasy Overture” from “Romeo and Juliet;” and more. Tickets start at $23.


Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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