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Valentine’s Day in Raleigh On Any Budget

Valentine’s Day is practically here and the pressure is on the plan the perfect experience out on the town, in and around Raleigh. However, whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or Singles Awareness Day, we are here to take the stress out of your planning. Here is a guide to planning the perfect Valentine’s Day date out in Raleigh, no matter your budget!


Boxcar Bar + Arcade

$1= 4 tokens
$3 Fireball shots
Open 4pm-2am

First, Boxcar Bar + Arcade is home to over 100 arcade games, including both classic and modern favorites. There are gaming consoles, pinball, skee ball, and air hockey to name a few. If you and your bae/beau/boo/BFF want a throwback Valentine’s Day in Raleigh filled with nostalgic games and cold beer on tap, head out to Boxcar Bar + Arcade.

For more information on games, tokens, and the bar menu, visit

Cupid’s Bash at Pullen Park


Do something different this Valentine’s Day at Pullen Park Amusements! Enjoy a day full of fun and romantic activities. Come and play the newlywed game on our event lawn at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to win cute prizes. Dance with your loved one at our romantically decorated island gazebo on the lake from 4 to 6 p.m. Craft adorable Valentine’s Day cards in the carousel and a take a ride on Cupid’s train around the park. Pullen Place Café will also be offering a variety of sweet treats for purchase to enjoy throughout the day.  For more information, visit

Adult Nights: Wild Love at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

$20/person Early Bird; $25/person at the door

Grab your Bae or your BFFs and join us for a Valentine’s Day to remember with Adult Nights: Wild Love! Learn about animal aphrodisiacs, femme fatales, baby daddies, monogamous mates, and the original Cupid’s Arrow. Make perfumes, dance in the globe, enjoy fresh flowers, and more! For more details and ticket information, visit



The Mayton Inn

Enjoy a 3-course meal at the Mayton Inn’s restaurant, The Verandah. Before the advent of air conditioning, most Southern homes featured a large covered verandah for welcoming guests and spending time outdoors in the relative shade. This was also a period without modern refrigeration or motorized vehicles, which meant food was prepared fresh, with locally- sourced ingredients. At Verandah, the staff strive to offer our guests a relaxed experience—contemporary southern casual fare enjoyed at yesterday’s pace. If you want to enjoy simple elegance at a relaxed pace the Valentine’s Day, reserve your table at Verandah today. Click here for the Valentine’s Day Menu

Raleigh Brews Cruise

$50/person; $25/ Designated Driver
Sat, Feb 15: 12:15pm-4:45pm

Raleigh Brews Cruise provides educational tours of the fantastic craft breweries in the Raleigh area. This is your chance to see behind the scenes of working craft breweries in the Triangle, including Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Fuquay Varina, and Holly Springs, and Wake Forest.

Do something different this Valentine’s Day weekend by taking a Raleigh Brews Cruise, starting from Little City Brewing. This tour will take guests from LCB to Carolina Brewing Company and then to Mason Jar Lager. Learn how beer is made and meet the people who make local beer great, tasting as you go. A true VIP experience that will forever change your perception of beer, especially craft beer. Raleigh Brews Cruise will give you a refreshing look at the best local breweries that give the Raleigh area its unique flavor! 
Book your tour today at

Lover’s Lament 2: A Murder Mystery

Singles: $110, Couples: $220; upgrades available
Aloft Hotel- Raleigh

From the same people that brought you Hotel Horror and Masquerade Murder, our Valentines Day Murder Mystery returns in time to increase our 2020 bodycount. In a unique approach to Murder Mystery Events, everyone will get to play a small role. You’ll get an envelope containing your “character bio” and your connection to the suspects. You will also get the opportunity to play a role in the investigation of the crime! Will you be a CSI Investigator? Interrogator? Forensic Analyst? That’s right, YOU get to be a part of the investigation!

In addition to playing a role in our immersive, real-life game of clue, all guests will also get access to a delicious buffet dinner, and well, expect some cool (and gory) special FX makeup 😉 Selfies are also welcome! Dress up in your favorite cocktail attire and leave the rest to the professionals. Aloft Hotel is also offering discounted room rates to anyone who wants to stay the night. Click here to reserve your room under the group rate: 
Reserve your tickets today!


Sullivan’s Steakhouse


A steakhouse experience should be unforgettable, especially on Valentine’s Day. Sullivan’s is rooted in the rich tradition of classic steakhouses, but with a lively twist that turns every meal into a night to remember. Step into an atmosphere of class and elegance for hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, and signature cocktails, that are sure to complete your Valentine’s Day experience. Unwind from the stresses and trials of daily life, on this night of romance, to the sounds of smooth jazz and succumb to the throws of romance. 

Click here to reserve a table: 
Take 20% off all digital gift cards with promo code “VALENTINE”. Purchase through Feb 13, 2020 to receive this offer. Click here to purchase your e-gift card:

Angus Barn

(avg cost of meal, not including drinks or dessert)

The Angus Barn Steakhouse is a Raleigh icon, serving American style cuisine. The menu  includes in-house aged steaks, fresh seafood, local grown vegetables and homemade desserts prepared by Iron Chef America winner, Walter J. Royal, and his staff. The Angus Barn offers fine dining with a southern, “down-home” feel. Valentine’s Day would not be complete without a filet mignon, served with their famous baked onion, and an after dinner drink at the Wild Turkey Lounge. To reserve your table, click here:

Feb 15: 7pm

Nothing says “be mine” more than an elegant wine cellar dinner for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy French cuisine, paired with the perfect wines and pampering from the world-class cellar service.

The Capital Grille

(avg cost of meal, not including drinks or dessert)

The Capital Grille is a fine dining restaurant known for its dry aged steaks, award-winning wine list and professional service in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. What better way to spend your Valentine’s Day, than at the mercy of scrumptious food and atmosphere-fostered romance. Reserve your table at:

Enjoy complimentary champagne on Valentine’s Eve (Feb 13) by reserving a table using the above link.

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