Valentine’s Day can be celebrated a number of ways, and Albuquerque area venues are giving you a variety of options. Here are a few.
BOARD GAME LOVE: Spend your Valentine’s Day playing your choice of board games starting at noon Thursday, Feb. 14, at Empire Board Game Library, 3503 E. Central. Couples will receive two unlimited game time passes and any two drinks, including those from the espresso bar, for $20. Two player game suggestions will be available, and staff will be on hand to teach how to play any of the games. Information, visit facebook.com/empirebgl.
CHOCOLATE LOVERS FUN: The ChocolateDude and Tractor Brewing Co. have joined forces to present a special Valentine’s Day chocolate and cocktail pairing. Four gourmet truffles created by The ChocolateDude will each be paired with crafted cocktails featuring Tractor distilled spirits. Guests can purchase a truffle selection of their choosing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Tractor Brewing Co.’s Wells Park, 1800 Fourth NW. Information, visit getplowed.com/wells-park.
COVERS BY LOVERS: Several Albuquerque musicians will join their significant others to perform their favorite songs together on stage. DJ Nicolatron also will be playing songs throughout the night and host a mini-dance party in the middle. Doors open at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Launchpad, 618 W. Central.
DINNER FOR LOVEBIRDS: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a exclusive dinner at The Crown Room inside The Downs Racetrack & Casino, 145 Louisiana NE. The dinner for two will be offered from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 for $65 per couple. The dinner will feature an appetizer of artichoke hearts with garlic cream sauce, a salad made of fresh beets, sweet potato, arugula, white balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, and olive oil topped with cilantro micro-greens. Diners also will have their choice of entree of either steak oscar or scallop spaghetti with bacon. A strawberry mousse cheesecake parfait ends the meal. For reservations, visit opentable.com.
LOVE IN THE ARCHIVES: This open house will showcase many decades of historical and digital memorabilia from the Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections. Fill in a dance card, win prizes, enjoy a 3-D heart printing demonstration and Valentine crafts from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 in the Frank Waters Room 105 at the Zimmerman Library on the University of New Mexico campus, 1900 Roma NE. Information, visit unmevents.unm.edu/site/library.
THAT’S A MORAY!: This adults-only Valentine’s Day will educate attendees about the exotic, erotic and curious romantic behavior of aquatic animals. A special menu also will be part of the event. Dinner includes an appetizer course, shared appetizer, dessert, and choice of entree including slow roasted beef rib-eye, blue corn- and piñon-crusted salmon, braised chicken or vegetarian pot pie. 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the ABQ BioPark Aquarium, 2601 Central NW, $75, plus fees. Tickets, holdmyticket.com. Information, visit abqbiopark.com.
UN-VALENTINE’S DAY TOUR: ABQ Trolley Co., and the Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory are offering a progressive Valentine’s Dinner tour beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Jump on the trolley at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, 800 Rio Grande NW, and head to savory, underground dining stops including the Dog House for Frito pie, Urban 360 Pizza Grill and Tap House for pizza and wings, and Red Door Brewing Co. for a food, beer and cookie pairing. Tickets are $50 each, plus fees, at holdmyticket.com. Information, visit Facebook.com and search “Un-Valentine’s Day Tour.”
VALENTINE’S DATE NIGHT AT TABLAO FLAMENCO: The Valentine’s Day package for singles includes one ticket to a Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque performance, two glasses of house wine or sangria and a tapas platter for $75, plus fees. The couples package includes two tickets, a tapas platter and a bottle of house wine or a pitcher of sangria for $141.34 per couple. Couples use ticket purchase code: VDAY19. The ages 21-and-older event begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at 800 Rio Grande NW. For tickets, visit holdmyticket.com. Information, visit tablaoflamenco.org.
HYATT REGENCY TAMAYA RESORT & SPA: Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage along the cottonwood bosque with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Follow up the ride with a four course, prix fixe menu at the Corn Maiden restaurant. Choose from scallops and prawns with chicos risotto, a grilled native filet with brown butter potatoes or a lavender-scarlet orange chicken with Sonoran wheat berries as your entree. Couples can indulge in Valentine’s-inspired treatments at Tamaya Mist Spa & Salon or book private yoga lessons throughout the month of February. To make a reservation for the Valentine’s Day dinner at Corn Maiden, reserve a carriage ride, or to book a stay at Hyatt Regency Tamaya, call 867-1234 or visit tamaya.regency.hyatt.com.
LATIN LOVE FEST 2019: Dance the night away to the music of Cuban salsa band Son Como Son. A one-hour dance lesson starts at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at QBar Lounge, 800 Rio Grande NW. The $12 cover includes the dance lesson, desserts and music. For more information, visit Facebook.com and search “Latin Love Fest 2019.”