Published Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 | 5:01 p.m.
Updated Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 | 5:30 p.m.
Chocolates and roses are so cliché. We live in Las Vegas, not Scranton, PA. There are other more exciting and creative ideas to showcase your adventurous spirit and impress your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ideas for romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day dates that don’t involve the usual button-busting box of chocolates or pink and red teddy bears.
Who needs a gondola ride when you can literally fall into each other’s arms while roller-skating downtown at Beauty Bar? The hipster hangout is hosting the first retro-inspired skate night, Down and Derby, where guests can rent skates or bring their own and skate the night away while enjoying the ‘70s roller disco themed décor.
The Soggy Dog in Henderson will offer a special Valentine’s Day event for pet lovers, The Soggy Dog Social. Pooches can be pampered with a dog wash and a tasty treat of Buddy Biscuits while the humans can snack on goodies from Cookies by Design. Couples and singles can meet other pet lovers and break the ice while giving Fido a blueberry facial.
It’s always easier to get out your true feelings after a few drinks. Bring your lover to Napoleon’s at Paris Las Vegas for Wine 101 and the chance to “Uncork Your Passion” with a wine tasting seminar hosted by a brand representative from Georges Duboeuf, one of the most famous wine merchants in France.
If you are looking for some more traditional ideas, consider some of these dinner ideas, family events, concerts and club parties to ensure a Valentine’s Day to remember.
Chris Isaak at The Orleans Showroom: Crooner Chris Isaak might make your date swoon with his good looks and deep voice, especially when he breaks into his hits like “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing.”
Richard Marx at Aliante Station: Richard Marx brings his adult contemporary pop rock blend to Aliante Station to show you he's still got the music that will rock your socks off and drive the ladies wild on Valentine's Day.
Jeremy Carr at Hawaiian Tropic Zone: Billboard recording artist Jeremy Carr will be serenading the crowd at the Planet Hollywood hot spot with his hits like “Deep at Night” and “Far Away.”
SteelHeart at Santa Fe Station: The metal rock band SteelHeart is headlining inside Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station on Valentine’s Day. After the how, head over to 4949 Lounge with the band for a “Cupid is Stupid” afterparty.
Stephen Marley at the House of Blues: One of Bob Marley’s famous offspring will be performing live at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Join Stephen Marley for a night of reggae tunes.
Billy Joel at the MGM Grand Garden Arena: Pop and rock legend Billy Joel will return to Las Vegas for a special Valentine's Day performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
3rd Annual Valentine’s Love Affair at the Orleans Arena: This Valentine's Day, make your lover's night by taking him or her to the 3rd Annual Valentine's Love Affair at the Orleans Arena. Listen to the sounds of ZAPP, Rose Royce, HeatWave, Tierra, Mary Jane Girls and more.
Katy Perry at Wasted Space: The Grammy award winning singer will be performing "I Kissed a Girl" as well as other hits from her debut album, One of the Boys. For table reservations call 702-693-4040.
Puscifer at the Pearl: Puscifer is Tool singer James Maynard Keenan's multifaceted, multimedia, multi-artist, and multi-personality project that has a rotating cast of players involved in the recordings including Mat Mitchell, Tim Alexander, Jonny Polonsky, Danny Lohner, Gil and Rani Sharone, Lustmord, Laura Milligan, Milla Jovovich, Lisa Germano, and Alan Moulder.
Cradle of Filth at the House of Blues: Cradle of Filth will give you an alternative to the lovey dovey concerts usually associated with Valentine's Day. The extreme metal band from England will be performing live along with Satyricon and Septicflesh. Catch Cradle of Filth at Zia Records on Sahara at 4:30 for a pre-show autograph signing.
My Naughty Valentine at CatHouse: This lingerie-themed nightclub is always ready for romance but this Valentine’s Day, enjoy a special lingerie fashion show from Fantasy Fairytails.
Khloe Kardashian's Anti-Valentine's Day Party: Reality starlet Khloe Kardashian of Keeping Up With the Kardashians will host an Anti-Valentine's Day Party at Tao for those who think Cupid is stupid.
Playboy Playmate Alison Waite at the Playboy Store: Playboy Playmate Miss May 2006 Alison Waite will be visiting the Playboy Store at the Caesars Palace this weekend.
Frederick's of Hollywood Valentine's Day party at Tao: Check out the sultry fashions from Frederick’s of Hollywood, or just get an eyeful of the ladies bathing in the bathtubs at this Venetian nightclub.
Saints or Sinners night at VooDoo Lounge: Enjoy your Valentine’s Day with an amazing view of Las Vegas from high atop the Rio at VooDoo Lounge’s Saints or Sinners party.
Heidi and Spencer host a Valentine's Day party at Pure: Reality show sweethearts Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt will host a special Valentine's Day party at Pure.
Bridget Marquardt hosts a Valentine's Day party at Studio 54: Blonde bombshell Bridget Marquardt of The Girls Next Door will host a Valentine's Day party at Studio 54.
Valentine's Day of Love Luncheon at Derfelt Senior Citizens Center: Sign up at the Derfelt Senior Center for this Valentine’s Day luncheon where couples and singles can meet and mingle at the nearby Lorenzi Park.
Cupid's Cuties Workshop at Becker Community School: Children and families can get together to decorate cookies and make Valentine’s cards.
Sweetheart Craft Workshop at Doolittle Community Center: Create a craft for your sweetie and enjoy some Valentine’s Day treats.
Mi Amore Chocolate Party at Centennial Hills Active Adult Center: Who doesn’t like fondue? Get in the mood for Valentine’s Day with a chocolate dipping extravaganza at Centennial Hills Active Adult Center.
Valentine Cookie Decorating Workshop at Las Vegas Senior Center: Break out the sprinkles and frosting, it’s time to make the tastiest looking heart shaped cookie imaginable!
Lieburn Valentine's Luncheon at the Howard Lieburn Senior Center: Celebrate the holiday with some sweet treats with friends at the Howard Lieburn Senior Center.
Valentine Lunch Party at the Leid Community School: Children can get together to exchange Valentines and enjoy a special luncheon.
St. Sharbel Mission Valentine's Day Party: Enjoy a buffet dinner and refreshments at St. Sharbel Mission, A Maronite Catholic Church in the Silverado Neighborhood. Proceeds from the event will go toward renovating the church hall’s kitchen area.
Pre-Valentine Day Social at the Doolittle Community Center: Enjoy entertainment, finger foods, games, and raffle prizes at the Pre-Valentine Day Social at the Doolittle Community Center.
Valentine's Day Dance at the Rafael Rivera Community Center: Enjoy a youth dance, a dance off and a cutest couple contest at the Valentine’s Day Dance at the Rafael Rivera Community Center.
Fourth Annual Chocolate Festival at the East Las Vegas Community Center: Sample a plethora of dark, milk and white chocolate treats at this tasty event.
St. Valentine's Day Dance at The Charleston Heights Arts Center: Dance to Big Band-era music by the Carl Grove Combo at the St. Valentine's Day Dance at The Charleston Heights Arts Center.
Special dinner ideas:
Valentine's Day Champagne Dinner at Marche Bacchus: In addition to the regular dinner menu, Chef Jean Paul has created a very special Valentine's Day menu including a four course dinner and a bottle of champagne per couple at Marche Bacchus.
Via Brasil Valentine's Day Special: Nothing says I love you like meat on a stick! Enjoy a full Brazilian Rodizio dinner plus champagne and dessert featuring a scrumptious chocolate fountain.
Medici Café and Terrace Valentine's Day special: Medici Café and Terrace will offer a special Valentine’s Day menu including a sumptuous chocolate dessert experience from renowned pastry chef Chris Hanmer.
Valentine's Dinner at Cafe Martorano: Cafe Martorano at the Rio offers not only delicious Italian cuisine, but also entertainment from a DJ spinning old-school R&B, soul and motown for your special dinner date.
Valentine’s Day dinner at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant: Dine on scrumptious French cuisine at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas where you can dine with an unrivaled view of The Strip.
Valentine's Day at the Little White Wedding Chapel: Get married or renew your vows at a historic Vegas landmark where stars like Michael Jordan, Frank Sinatra and Britney Spears have all said “I do.”
Defending the Caveman show and wedding: Defending the Caveman, Broadway's smash hit about relationships, will be celebrating Valentine's Day with a wedding. Las Vegas residents Mickie Hollander (72) and Gene Adler (80) will be united in matrimony following the 3 p.m. performance ofDefending the Caveman, their favorite show. Join the couple for the show and their special nuptuials.
Valentine's Day at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel: If you are looking to get married on Valentine's Day in Las Vegas, why not have Elvis do the honors? Brides and grooms-to-be can choose from several themed wedding packages on Valentine's Day including the "My heart belongs to you" Visions from the King package with an Elvis impersonator minister sings several of The King's greatest hits while he makes your vows official.
Valentine Mass Vow Renewal at the JW Marriott Las Vegas: JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa and Beasley’s Greatest Hits 96.3 KKLZ-FM will begiving 48 couples a Friday the 13th to remember. In celebration of Valentine’s 2009, these couples will pledge their love with the Reverend Mike O’Brian (KKLZ’s very own morning co-host) officiating.
Mytae Carrasco contributed to this post