For my part, I highly recommend a Treat Yo Self Valentine’s Day. It’s no pressure, high reward and an easy way to take back a day that tries (and fails) to make you feel left out. So here are my picks for a Nashville Valentine’s date with the most likable Valentine around: you.
I’m not gonna advocate getting yourself a greeting card, but something with a little more staying power: a Belcourt membership card. Belcourt members get discounts on films and events and concessions, plus you’re helping support a fantastic part of Nashville culture. Awesome thing about this weekend, too: The Hillsboro Village theater is showing a mix of Oscar-nominated movies, like Boyhood and Birdman, so if you haven’t already caught them, you have a great excuse to catch up. If you haven’t tried going solo to see a movie, seriously, give it a try — no distractions, no one to plan around, just an ideal way to really dig into what you’re watching.
One more card: Here’s something that costs nothing, takes two seconds and gifts you with the potential for a card that’s worth a year of free barbecue. Edley’s (which has locations in East Nashville and 12 South) is hosting a contest, and all you need to do is share your name and email address. Two winners will be chosen Sunday, and will then be able to enjoy a free pork sandwich every week for the rest of 2015. Enter to win here.
Chocolate is kind of inextricably linked to Valentine’s Day, and I don’t vote you skip the tradition. Snag a box of Olive & Sinclair’s Smoked Nib Brittle, all for you. It’s sweet and buttery brittle with cacao nibs that are smoked at Allan Benton’s smokehouse (the Benton of Benton’s bacon fame) and rich O&S chocolate. It’s caramelly and chocolate and bacon-y, despite their being no meat in it. ($14.99 through Olive & Sinclair)
A date night isn’t always the best night to explore a bunch of different beers, what with the carbonation. Conveniently, since you’re on a non-date night (or a platonic date night), you have a perfect excuse for checking out opening day at the new Butchertown Hall restaurant and beer garden in Germantown. Check out the photo peek above — thinking the communal tables might be conducive to new friend-making. (Butchertown Hall is located at 1416 4th Ave. N.)
The after-dinner drinks
The somewhat newly opened Rudie’s Seafood, Sausage & Taproom in Inglewood has a special singles bar going on Valentine’s night that’s pretty clever. On the PA: ‘90s R&B hits. At the bar: a room full of attendees, all of whom are given a Valentine’s Day card that they can give to anyone they want, to exchange for a free drink. Pretty interesting way to break the V-Day ice… (Rudie’s is located at 1402 McGavock Pike.)
If you feel like singles-party bar hopping that night, since you’re already in East Nashville, hit Beyond the Edge down by 5 Points. They’ll have two-for-one beers and $3 well drinks from 7 to 10, plus games and prizes and other fun. (Beyond the Edge is located at 112 S 11th St.)
This whole day is kind of a gift for yourself, but if you’d like to indulge in an actual gift, too, I’d think about handing yourself the gift of knowledge. Specifically, knowledge of whiskey. Jon Yeager of PourTaste — who, as I mentioned in the other Valentine’s post, creates some of our city’s finest cocktail menus — leads a February 19 Whiskey 101 class at The Skillery in Germantown. You’ll learn the ins and outs of whiskey and how to make a bunch of different cocktails. Then you’ll make and taste a bunch of different cocktails. A pretty thoughtful gift, I think. ($35, via The Skillery)
What do you think of these choices? Any Nashville treats you're planning to give yourself on Valentine's Day? I'd love to hear your thoughts...
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