VALENTINE'S DAY MEMORIES

Check out these unique ways to celebrate this special holiday throughout the Twin Cities

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By Aubrey Schield

Depending on your current circumstances (cough, single or taken) tomorrow can be either a day of wondrous, starry-eyed amore or, well, just another Tuesday in February. We believe the holiday should be enjoyed by all, no matter what your relationship status says on Facebook. That’s why we have compiled a list of unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2017. Enjoy a concert, a delectable meal, extreme sports and, of course, refreshing libations at these events around town.

For the head bangers…
Japandroids at First Avenue
Every Twin Citian’s favorite live music venue, First Avenue, is hosting an 18+ show featuring the nostalgic rock duo Japandroids. The band recently came out of a three-year hiatus with its newest album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life. Get your tickets here. | 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis, 800-514-3849, first-avenue.com

For those on a budget…
Psycho Suzi’s Cheap Date Night
Travel to a tropical paradise in the heart of the Midwest this Valentine’s Day. Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, our beloved, tacky tiki-laden Shangri-La on the Mississippi River, is offering bottles of wine and champagne for under $30. This might not be the fanciest way to celebrate, but, then again, if you were looking for hoity-toity, you probably wouldn’t go to Psycho Suzi’s. | 1900 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis, 612-788-9069, psychosuzis.com

For the thrill seekers…
Vertical Endeavors
“Those who climb together stay together.” Celebrate the holiday with your significant other at the indoor rock climbing gym with buy one get one day passes at the St. Paul and Bloomington locations. | 9601 James Ave. S., Bloomington, 952-881-1110; 855 Phalen Boulevard, St. Paul, 651-776-1430, verticalendeavors.com

For the outdoor enthusiasts…
Minnehaha Falls Regional Park
This is a great option for those looking to celebrate outdoors while sticking to a tight budget. (You might also be interested in Psycho Suzi’s V-Day offer!) Go for a romantic stroll around Minnehaha Falls Regional Park and gaze at the magnificent, 53-foot waterfall surrounded by giant icicles. | 4801 S. Minnehaha Dr., Minneapolis, 612-230-6400

For the foodies…
Valentine’s Dinner at FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar
Book your reservation for a gourmet, three-course dinner featuring a surf ‘n’ turf main course with fresh water prawns and port braised beef coulotte along with a Valentine’s champagne flight. | Radisson Blu Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington, 952-851-4040, firelakerestaurant.com

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