By Collin Kelley

Where to take your spouse, partner or significant on Valentine’s Day can be a tough decision. We compiled a list of ideas that make take some of the guess-work out of the most romantic date night of the year.

Dinner Dates

If taking your loved one to dinner is part of your special Valentine’s Day, Atlanta restaurants have got you covered. According to, more than 40 restaurants are offering Valentine’s Day specials, including prix fixe menus with four courses and more. A quick check shows 10 Degrees South, 4th & Swift, Bistro Niko, Kyma and Ray’s In The City are some of the favorites offering specials. Make your reservation today!

Now Showing
After dinner, a movie is another great date night option. You’ll have all the Oscar noms to pick from, such as Les Miserables, but opening just before and on Valentine’s Day are the new Die Hard flick with Bruce Willis, A Good Day to Die Hard, or perhaps zombies in love is more your style with Warm Bodies. Check your local listings for what’s playing at cinema near you.

A Night at the Theater

Keep it classy by taking your partner or spouse to a theatrical production, such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at The Fox Theatre ( The latest touring show just happens to open on Valentine’s Day. Or maybe you want something a little more edgy like, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a rock ‘n roll fantasia on America’s seventh president at Actor’s Express ( There’s also the world premiere of Bike America on the Alliance Theatre Hertz Stage ( about a young woman on an odyssey across the country.

Romance Blooms

The Atlanta Botanical Garden ( is hosting Valentines in the Garden on Feb. 14 from 7 to 11 p.m. with an evening of cocktails, dancing, desserts and live entertainment. Court in the candlelight and, of course, stop to smell the flowers. Admission is $30 per person.

Love & Marriage

If you really want to take the plunge on Valentine’s Day, historic Rhodes Hall can help. “Cupid at the Castle” ( will allow 14 couples to have intimate, 30-minute wedding ceremonies in the Victorian reception hall or under the arches of the front porch facing Peachtree Street. Bring your marriage license and up to 35 guests. The cost is $500 until Feb. 1 and $550 thereafter, but better hurry because these go quick.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.