Want to enjoy a night out on the town without breaking the bank this Valentine’s Day? San Diego is filled to the brim with a variety of specialty cocktails, singles soirees, and spa specials at a variety of prices. Whether you’re single or snuggled up, we’ve got you covered this year.
$50 and under
No Valentine? No problem. This year, enjoy a rooftop party complete with stunning views, live music, and specialty cocktails inspired by popular dating apps. Give love a shot while sipping on Theatre Box’s watermelon “Love Me Tinder,” their whisky berry “Rumble on Bumble,” or a smoke tree rosé and tequila “Coming Unhinged” cocktail. The Heartbreaker shot will also be available for $5.
Where: Theatre Box
When: February 14 at 5 p.m.
On a budget? Grab a single cocktail at Hope 46 in North Park before going home for popcorn and cuddles. This Valentine's Day, Hope 46 will mix up a one-of-a-kind Lavender Honey Rosé Spritz—crafted with Tito's, fresh lemon, lavender honey syrup, sparkling rosé, a dash of club soda, and topped with fresh lavender and edible flowers. (Okay, maybe not a single cocktail, but two or three…)
Where: Hope 46
When: February 14
Kick off your romantic weekend with a glass of award-winning Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. Feeling thirsty? Upgrade to their $15 wine flight. Bites from Pali Wine Co.’s Small Plates Menu are sure to pair perfectly. With the option of indoor seating or a rooftop deck overlooking Little Italy, the night is yours.
Where: Pali Wine Co.
When: February 14
Calling all San Diego singles! Spend this Valentine’s day in the midst of black roses, complimentary cookies, house music, and specialty drinks: including, $3 Cupid Shots, $7 Love Berry Potion, and $9 Ruffino Sparkling Rosé. For a free well shot, bring a photo of your ex to hang on the hotel’s “Their Loss Wall.”
Where: Porto Vista Hotel
When: February 14 at 6 p.m.
Get your dose of puppy love at Bub’s 6th annual Doggie Brunch—fully equipped with a bloody mary bar, raffle and prize giveaways, and of course, adoptable rescue dogs from Second Chance Dog Rescue.
Where: Bub's at The Ballpark
When: February 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Think you’ve been on a bad date? Make your way down to Herb & Eatery where stories compete for title of “worst date ever.”
Where: Herb & Eatery
When: February 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Calling all the single ladies… If you’re heading into the holidays without that someone special, head to Moonshine Flats where their auction will pair eight lucky ladies with the “Moonshine man of their dreams.” The evening will include line-dancing and happy hour pricing all night. Highest bidders will win a night of wining and dining with their man, and all proceeds go to the Big Josh Foundation. Will you accept this rose?
Where: Moonshine Flats
When: February 20 at 8:30 p.m.
Price: Free, bids at start $20
$50 to $100
Did you know February is whale watching season in San Diego? Dare adventurous with your honey and book a guided tour that explores La Jolla’s seven sea caves, getting up close and personal with California state fish, garibaldi, and sun bathing sea lions.
Where: Everyday California
Located in Banker’s Hill, experience an evening of romance, music, and dancing this year at the Abbey. You and your partner will enjoy a private candlelit table, free-flowing champagne, and plated appetizers and desserts. Must I say more?
Where: The Abbey on Fifth Avenue
When: February 14 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: General admission at $130 per couple
Fall in love all over again under the stars at Estancia La Jolla’s hacienda haven: Mustang & Burros. This year will feature a pre-fixe menu with an optional $25 wine pairing. Reservations can be made online or by calling Estancia La Jolla.
Where: Mustang & Burros
When: February 14
Price: $85+ per person
$100 to $150
Enjoy a special Valentine’s day dinner at San Diego Mission Bay Resort’s Acqua California Bistro. The evening will include a bottle of wine, two starters, dessert, and your choice of seafood paella, prosciutto and gruyere chicken roulade, or filet mignon and lobster. Reservations can be made online or by calling the San Diego Mission Bay Resort.
Where: San Diego Mission Bay Resort
When: February 13 to 15 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: $120 per couple
Spend the evening creating an up to par Valentine’s day dinner. Techniques for searing the perfect steak, creating the ultimate emulsion, and making delicious mashed potatoes are all tricks you and your partner will learn in this class. Visit Ranch 45’s website to reserve spots before the class fills.
Where: Ranch 45
When: February 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Price: $140 per couple
$150 and up
This year, pamper yourself, your favorite person, or both. At AquaVie Spa, pick between a massage and facial package or their ocean dew muscle recovery ritual. Add an Intraceuticals eye and lip treatment to any facial, as these specials are available all month.
Where: AquaVie Wellness & Spa
Experience true romance this Valentine’s Day with Bleu Bohème’s three-course candlelit dinner. Their specialty cocktail, The Martini d’Amour, is $14 and crafted by Cupid himself with Flor de Cana rum, Grand Marnier, Fonseca port #27, and fresh lime juice. Owner and executive chef, Ken Irvine, will feature pan-roasted Faroe Island salmon with crab, Parmesan dumplings with brussels sprouts, and New York strip crusted with black and green peppercorns among other plates. Reservations can be made online or by calling Bleu Bohème.
Where: Bleu Bohème
When: February 14, first seating at 4 p.m.
Price: $150 per couple, $75 per person
All aboard the love boat! Pick between one of Hornblower’s three specialty cruises this year: their Romantic Valentine on the San Diego Bay Dinner Cruise, San Diego Cupid’s Dinner Cruise, or the San Diego VIP Valentine’s Dinner Cruise.
Where: Pier 1, Hornblower Landing
When: February 14 and 15
Price: $169+ per person
Dine in Del Mar for two this year. At International Smoke, guests can indulge in an appetizer of smoked caviar, a surf and turf entrée dinner for two, and a delicious eight-layer chocolate cake accompanied by strawberry sorbet and a table-side champagne pour-over.
Where: International Smoke
When: February 14-16
Price: Smoked caviar for two $80, surf & turf for two $75; dessert $21