Valentine's Day weekend guide, 2011
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Because Valentine's Day falls on a Monday this year, many area restaurants and businesses are taking this weekend to honor the annual day of love a little early. Lucky for you, this means a whole weekend's worth of specials to celebrate with your sweetie, including enchanting entertainment, dinner dates for two and romantic hotel packages.
If you're flying solo this year, there's ample opportunity to make a love connection or celebrate your singledom, too. Scope out your fellow singles at one of Milwaukee's singles nights, take in a show or give Valentine's Day the kiss off at an "anti-Valentine's" party.
Check out the list below for details on these and more events, and have a happy Valentine's (or un-Valentine's) Day.
720 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 292-3999
Embrace your love/hate relationship with Valentine's Day at Apartment 720's Love & Hate Valentine's Day Party on Friday. Enjoy $5 mixers of Three Olives Grape and Cherry, plus $100 bottles of Love (X-Rated) and Hate (Jack Daniels).
722 E. Burleigh St., (414) 372-7880
Those without romantic plans can head to Riverwest for the third annual My Bloody Valentine Dance Party. DJs Sleazy E, B-Rad and Stuart start spinning at 9 p.m. Saturday, so grab a glass of Love Potion #9 Punch for $3 and dance the night away.
Bella Vista Suites
335 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva, (800) 773-5119
Indulge in a blissful Valentine's Day weekend with Four Courses of Decadence at Baker House. Diners can enjoy an evening of live entertainment and gourmet fireside dining for $60.77 per person (price includes tax and gratuity), as well as a special Sunday Sweetheart Brunch for $22.95 per adult and $12.95 per child. Stay the weekend in one of Bella Vista's 39 suites and enjoy panoramic views overlooking the Lake and Seminary Park, in-suite Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces and other luxurious amenities.
Blackthorn Pub & Grill
750 N. Jefferson St., (414) 837-5511
Nurse your broken heart with night of live music, drink specials and a special presentation by Pure Romance at the Broken Hearts Singles Event this Saturday. Cash in on $5 X-Rated shots and cocktails, $5 white chocolate martinis and $5 Jameson shots and cocktails.
424 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 298-3196
Celebrate with the Stars atop The Pfister Hotel as one of the most romantic hot spots in the city celebrates Valentine's Day this Friday and Saturday (plus the holiday itself) with Beat the Clock happy hour, late night Sassy Hour and half off bottles of wine and champagne, which include complimentary chocolate covered strawberries. Enjoy music from Jenny Thiel on Friday, and Pat Peterson on Saturday.
Clifford's Supper Club
10418 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners, (414) 425-6226
Come celebrate Valentine's Day with the great '50s and '60s dance music of Jimmy "Big Bopper" Prince and The Starlites at Saturday's Valentine's Sock Hop. Tickets are $10 in advance online and $15 at the door. The joint gets hoppin' at 8 p.m.
Downtown Whitefish Bay
Silver Spring Drive
Enjoy free wine and chocolate as you stroll the shops and meet the owners on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Shop for unique gifts for that special someone (or yourself), including jewelry, chocolates, candles, home decor, purses, clothing, gift baskets and more.
G Daddy's BBC
2022 E. North Ave., (414) 272-7263
Hop aboard the Secret Bar Tour for the "Love Hurts" bar crawl Saturday at 3 p.m. For $25, guests receive round-trip travel to seven bars throughout the Milwaukee area, a custom event t-shirt, snacks and beverages en route and drink specials at each venue. Book early online to reserve your seat.
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-7250
Check in early or check out late this Valentine's weekend at Hilton Milwaukee. The Romance Package includes overnight accommodations, sparkling wine or cider upon arrival and breakfast for two. Reservations start at $179 per night.
Hubbard Park Lodge
3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood, (414) 332-4207
Enjoy a delicious ﬁve-course dinner and place a bid in the silent auction at Shorewood's enchanting landmark lodge this Saturday evening from 5 to 10 p.m. Proceeds from your $40 reservation (tax and gratuity extra) benefit Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. RSVPs are required; call the lodge to save your seat.
139 E. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 276-8686
Looking to say "Be Mine" on a budget? CLEAR and zenden will once again host Red Stiletto Night this Saturday. For every inch on her heel, she'll receive $1 off each drink purchased. Enjoy live music, a special Valentine's drink menu and a Chocolat Bar special in CLEAR and enter the Facebook photo contest for best stiletto. Visit zenden for live DJ music, drink specials and bottles of champagne starting at $75, too.
Stay the night and save with the Be Mine & Dine Package. Starting at $177 per night for a couple, the package includes overnight accommodations, chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, plus a $50 gift card for Kil@wat, CLEAR or zenden.
139 E. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 291-4793
Enjoy a five-course tasting menu and champagne pairings as you take in the brightly colored hues from the window overlooking the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Make it a night to remember with a complimentary photo of you and your sweetie, plus each lady in the restaurant will be treated to a rose. Reservations for Feb. 11-14 start at $65.
Mason Street Grill
425 E. Mason St., (414) 298-3131
Mason Street Grill is offering up a special three-course dinner and live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings in honor of Valentine's Day. Reserve seats for you and your sweetie starting at $79.
Miller Time Pub
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-2337
Single and looking to mingle? Miller Time Pub will be hosting its first-ever Beer Goggle Masquerade on Saturday. Guests will enjoy drink specials and will be given all the tools to decorate their very own set of beer goggles. Enter your goggles in the social media contest for a chance to win a $150 bar tab and complimentary nacho bar for up to 20 guests. As if that weren't enough love, the bar will also offer 4 oz. samples of 14 different tappers for only $1 each as part of February's "For The Love Of Beer" special.
633 N. 5th St., (414) 226-2467
Eat something sexy this Valentine's Day! Explore the ChopHouse's special aphrodisiac menu as you savor a sensual dinner with your special someone. Select two appetizers, an entree and dessert aphrodisiac samplers to share.
Milwaukee Gay Arts Center
703 S. 2nd St., (414) 383-3727
Show your love for Valentine's Day and the V-Day Campaign this weekend at "The Vagina Monologues," a poignant and hilarious tour of the ultimate forbidden zone. Performed with an entirely local cast, this annual performance is staged in conjunction with the 2011 V-Day Campaign to end violence toward women and girls around the world. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors.
Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W. Wells St., (414) 278-2702
This Valentine's Day, give that special someone the universe as the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium presents a special three-evening run of the Valentine's show "Romancing the Stars" this Saturday through Monday. Couples will embark on an out-of-this-world date, complete with a romantic tour of the universe and a look at which star clusters are actually "constellations of love." In the spirit of the holiday, a rose and chocolates will also be given to each couple. Admission is $20 per couple; children will not be admitted.
1330 E. Brady St., (414) 298-9185
Get revved up for the sexiest holiday on the calendar! Miss Groove is setting aside Thursday evening just for the guys to shop for their lovely ladies. Enjoy a beverage while sales associates and models help you select the perfect gift from 5 to 8 p.m., plus order a bouquet from Mari's Floral Design to go with your sweetie's new lingerie.
Mo's Irish Pub
142 W.Wisconsin Ave., (414) 272-0270
Get a jump on Valentine's Day with a special Early Love Bird Prix Fixe menu at Mo's downtown location. Savor champagne, dinner and a shared dessert for $40 per person. Reservations for the Early Love Bird menu are only available Saturday between 4 and 5:30 p.m.
For those of you looking to take your time, enjoy Mo's Valentine's Prix Fixe menu for $65 per person any time on Friday, Saturday or Monday evenings.
Mo's hasn't forgotten about you singles, either. Swing by Saturday starting at 8 p.m. for Singles Night and sample free tastes of Bacardi and Smirnoff flavors, plus Jameson at midnight and a free chalice of Stella Artois for 50 lucky guys. Fifty ladies will pick up a free "Goddess Bag" filled with gifts from Well Spa, Fred Boutique, Godiva Vodka, X-Rated Liqueur and more. Best of all, guests can play the Mo's Match Game and enjoy two levels of entertainment from DJs HaZe and Majic.
Notte Nite Lounge
1033 N. 3rd St., (414) 517-0024
If your single, mingling or just want to come out and have a good time, this is the party for you. Celebrate the Anti-Valentine's Day Party with $5 Grey Goose mixers, $100 bottles of Grey Goose and music by DJ Mighty Thor this Saturday from 9 p.m. to close.
One Sports Lounge
1003 Old World 3rd St., (414) 278-1111
Mingle with your fellow singles at a singles' night speed dating session and the Singles Date After Party this Sunday. Your $20 admission includes buffet and beverage. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2230 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 276-5140
The country's longest-running live performance and screening of the original, uncut "Rocky Horror Picture Show" celebrates their annual Valentine's Lingerie Show with the live cast of Sensual Daydreams this Saturday night. Enter to win prizes in the male and female lingerie contests before the screening, which starts at midnight.
The Pfister Hotel
424 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 273-8222
Enjoy overnight accommodations at the historic hotel, plus a Sunday Valentine's Day Brunch for two. Rooms start at $182 per night for a couple. Upgrade to a "Suite for Your Sweetie" package, which includes romantic amenities and a suite upgrade, for $40.
Saz's State House
5539 W. State St., (414) 453-2410
Saz's is opening at 4 p.m. on Monday to relieve the pressure of snagging a Valentine's Day table for two. Relax with a delicious meal off the regular menu, or choose from a list of Valentine's Day specials. Each dinner includes an appetizer of mozzarella marinara and a dessert, plus a special gift for the ladies.
1103 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 270-9653
You'll be seeing red this Valentine's Day as Suite hosts its Little Red Dress Party this Monday. Ladies, throw on your little red number for $2 call drinks all night long, plus $2 for any premium drink or shot before midnight and free X-Rated and Jameson from 10 to 11:30 p.m. with an invite. After midnight, everyone gets in on the deals with $4 premium drinks and shots.
217 N. Broadway, (414) 431-7944
Grab your headache bands and feather fans and hit the town for an old-fashioned Sunday night with your sweetie. RadioWHT: Wisconsin Hybrid Theater performs adaptations of classic 19th century stories, The M.U.T.E.S. put on their silent film-style sketch comedy and the Bootless Betties play their unique brand of hot jazz and swing tunes from the 1920s, '30s and '40s. Tickets are $20 for the performances, or $75 for dinner and the show for two in advance ($90 at the door). Dinner begins seating at 4:30 p.m.; the show goes on at 6:30.
5906 W. Vliet St., (414) 453-3128
The Brew City Bombshells Burlesque celebrates the upcoming Hallmark holiday with a sassy love-themed show this Saturday at 10 p.m. Don't have a certain special someone in your life? You won't feel left out for long as the Bombshells pay homage to anti-love, too. Cover is $10, or $8 if you dress like Abe Lincoln in honor of his birthday.
timothyj kitchen & bath, inc.
225 S. 2nd St., (414) 224-8552
Couples looking for a creative way to connect with their valentine are invited to an intimate Valentine's Day-inspired cooking experience starting at 6 p.m. Friday. Enjoy an evening of champagne while learning the tricks and techniques to preparing romantic delicacies such as live lobster, fresh oysters, seafood fondue and much more. After dinner, create your own sweet and savory chocolates. Cost is $160 per couple, which includes a special gift and food and drink for the evening.
Turner Hall Ballroom
1034 N. 4th St., (414) 272-1733
Hailed as the world's number-one dinner show, "Tony & Tina's Wedding" returns to Milwaukee for two weekends of fun and fine dining. The longest-running off-Broadway comedy in history features a night of laughs, coupled with delicious cuisine from Buca di Beppo's. Tickets start at $65, which include the cost of dinner.
718 E. Burleigh St.
TWO has a Valentine's "Bedroom Aperitif" package running Friday, Saturday and the actual Monday of Valentines Day. Choose two cocktails from the special lover's menu, share a fabulous dessert or two chocolate covered strawberries and receive a complimentary long stemmed rose for your honey, all for $25. TWO opens at 7 p.m.
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
2220 N. Terrace Ave., (414) 271-3656
Treat your valentine to an "Evening of Romantic Standards" at Villa Terrace, featuring the music of tenor Tim Rebers and pianist Maggie Rebers, hors d'oeuvres and complimentary champagne this Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cost is $30 for museum members and $35 for non-members.
788 N. Jackson St., (414) 312-8566
Whiskey Bar is the perfect for your pre- or post-dinner drink spot. Enjoy complimentary chocolates for couples before 10 p.m. on Saturday, plus music from DJ Steve Marxx and a drawing to win a romantic dinner for two at Kil@wat and a night's stay at the InterContinental at midnight.
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
1584 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 276-5760
Join the Conservatory's artist faculty this Sunday for "Songs From the Heart," a seasonal concert of songs, arias and ensembles chosen to celebrate the season of the heart. Delight in music selected from the highlights of classical, Broadway and popular music genres. Tickets to the 3 p.m. presentation are $8 general admission and $6 for students and seniors.
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