For those in a new (or undefined) relationship not quite ready to commit to the pressure of candlelight and rose petals, bring your not-quite Valentine to one of these more casual spots. And remember, you can always fall back on “this isn’t a date! We’re just grabbing tacos!”
1. Café Ynez
BYOT (tequila) to this tasty Mexican spot in Graduate Hospital (2025 Washington Ave.), where $30 will get you three courses of soup, salad, tacos and dessert. As for the tequila, that gets mixed with fresh fruit juice for margarita time.
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2. BRU Craft and Wurst
My Smutty Valentine kicks off at Bru (1318 Chestnut St.) 2 p.m., with 20 Smuttynose drafts for $5 apiece, including vintage selections. And no need to pretend to be a beer expert to impress your date: a Smuttynose Brewing Company rep will be on hand to guide you.
3. The Gaslight
Pretend it’s summer — and you love puns — at The Gaslight’s Everyone Gets Lei’d luau party (120 Market St.), starting at 11 p.m. Share a frozen What a Floozie cocktail with your lei partner: pineapple puree, coconut, lime, orange curaçao and spiced rum for $12, or for $25 get 2.5 servings poured into a pineapple.
4. P’unk Burger
The couple behind the SliCE pizza joints is opening their organically themed P’unk Burger (1823 E. Passyunk Ave.) just in time for V Day. Milkshakes will be buy one, get one half off. We’ll be the ones drinking two Speculoos shakes.
Or, stay in and order a heart-shaped “pizza-gram” from SliCE’s Rittenhouse or South Philly locations. Say you ordered it ironically.
5. Shake Shack
Bring your crush to any Shake Shack location and get a second shake free when you buy one. Share — don't drink them both.