Park Slope

Nontraditional Valentine’s Dates in Park Slope


origami heart via taros origami studio

Is the whole sit-down dinner date not really your thing? Or have you perhaps (whoops!) missed the window for Valentine’s reservations? No worries. There are plenty of options for celebrating your love in more creative ways. Here are our picks for alternative Valentine’s Day dates:

Valentine’s Day Special at The Painted Pot
Where: 72 Seventh Avenue at Berkeley Place
When: 6:00 -10:00 p.m.
What: Grab your sweetie and paint some pottery. It’ll be just like that scene in Ghost, except neither of you will be ghosts (I’m assuming). And you won’t be creating the pottery, just painting it. But still! So romantic! Complimentary wine and chocolates will be served.
How much: $8 studio fee per painter, individual prices range from $6-60 depending on the chosen piece of art.
Contact: (718) 768-8379

Where: Seventh Avenue between 14th & 15th Streets
When: 7:30 p.m.
What: Providing a new way to get all hot and sweaty with your partner, South Slope’s BODIESYNERGY is hosting a couple’s boxing night for all fitness levels. Boxing gloves and pads are provided. See what you and yours are made of.
How much: $35 per couple
Contact: Reservations required; email

Drop-In Origami at Taro’s Origami Studio
Where: 95 Seventh Avenue at Union Street
When: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
What: Drop in at the origami studio and try your hands at the art of paper folding. Just choose a template and color and get folding. Maybe even learn how to make this wreath of hearts! The studio also provides markers and stamps for decorating your creations.
How much: $10 per person for thirty minutes, materials included
Contact: (718) 360-5435


Valentine’s Day Champagne Soiree at Babeland
Where: 462 Bergen Street between 5th & Flatbush Avenues
When: Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m.
What: Babeland’s Soiree isn’t technically on Valentine’s Day, but it is worth a mention. Stop by alone, with friends, or with significant others to be wined and dined by the adult toy shop. Complimentary strawberries and champagne will be available, and the first ten customers will get gift bags. Learn about the many workshops and classes the shop offers and check out the inventory in a casual group setting.
How much: FREE
Contact: (718) 638-3820


Pork Slope After Dark 
Where: 247 Fifth Avenue between Carroll Street & Garfield Place
When: 9:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
What: While Thistle Hill Tavern & Talde are celebrating with the couples, Pork Slope is giving love to the singles crowd with what they’re calling their “meet market.” DJs are spinning all night and ladies get their first drink on the house. See you there.
How much: FREE
Contact: (718) 768-7675

Photo via Taro’s Origami Studio

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