Remember when Valentine’s Day just meant a dozen roses and a Whitman’s sampler? Maybe you don’t–it’s been so long since the Hallmark holiday morphed from a day for lovers to a good excuse for girls’ night out and lonelyhearts-themed parties. Now that there are so many ways to celebrate or protest Valentine’s Day, we’ve narrowed the field down to 10 wildly different players, so you can take a chance on one.
1. Looking to Get Girly?
Try Girl Crush by Nice Package
The Love Shack, 161 Stockholm St
2/14, 1pm, $75
Grab your closest lady friends and treat yourself to brunch and bottomless cocktails from Chef Zoe Maya, yoga with Pop-Up Yoga NYC, custom poems by Haiku Guys, and wild manicures by Vanity Projects. It all goes down in the quirkily adorable Love Shack, made even cuter with additional décor (including gilded piñatas) by Svbscription x Confetti System.
2. Looking to Get Steamy?
Try Valentine’s Night at the Russian Baths
Brooklyn Banya, 602 Coney Island Ave
2/14, 7pm, $35 to $85
Underground nightlife impresarios Gemini & Scorpio are bringing back the legendary Valentine’s banya party. The fête will include Russian, Turkish, and Swedish steam rooms, a jacuzzi and cold plunge, Russian eats and a hookah lounge, not to mention a poolside dance floor, where you can get down to live Balkan brass bands and ethno-mesh DJs all night. Plus an open vodka bar from 9 to 10pm, and pierogies for all at 2am.
3. Looking to Get the Sparks Flying?
Try a Couples Welding Workshop
Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 92, corner of Flushing Ave & Corona Ave
2/14, 3pm, $60
If you want to surprise your paramour with a really unusual V-Day couples class, try getting hot and sweaty together with an acetylene torch. Artist and welder Susan Woods will oversee some serious crafting, teaching basic welding skills and metal fabrication techniques. Couples will build custom metal hearts to take home. (more…)