Krysta’s Picks – Tips for a Non-Dreadful Valentine’s Day

 cr: Krysta Veneruz

cr: Krysta Veneruz

Valentine’s Day normally goes one of three ways:
1. You have everything thoroughly planned and reserved to perfection (hurrah for you)
2. You procrastinate figuring things out until the day of and now your options are limited or non-existent and you fear the reaction from your friend/partner/beau-for-the-night
3. You’re a broke student, so you settle for a Netflix and pizza night

I write this for all the above scenarios, or anyone in need of a little help getting your V-day plans on track: here are a handful of ideas that won’t dig into your OSAP!

Hey Lucy Café
229 Carlton St.  OR  295 King St.
Hey Lucy is a great little wood-fire pizza joint, conveniently located near St. Andrew station or in Cabbagetown. The décor is funky and relaxed and the music is perfect to let loose in the early evening after work or school. Hey Lucy has a $5 martini list on Wednesdays, which makes it the perfect spot for Valentine’s Day this year! The dimmed lighting and wonderfully crafted cocktails are sure to set up a solid night! I ordered the vegan antipasto tray and it featured a load of delicious Mediterranean eats including roasted garlic, olive tapenade, hummus, pita, and grilled mushrooms. It’s a great little nook on King St. that’ll keep your wallet and tummy (whether you’re veg, vegan, or neither) happy.

TO Light Festival
Toronto Historic Distillery District
Didn’t get to check out the Christmas Market? No problem! The Light Festival is loaded with picture-perfect scenery and of course several of the shops will open so you can explore with your partner. Light Fest is not charging admission, so you’ll have plenty of “wallet room” for some drinks or desserts after your stroll. You can also check out Cocoa 70 to indulge your sweet tooth or El Catrin for tapas and cocktails, depending on the mood!

784 College St.  OR  1173 Queen St. E.
Paintlounge is a super fun spot when you’re looking for a low-key, coffee shop atmosphere sans the essay-writing.  For Valentine’s Day, they’re offering freestyle sessions and lessons (if you need a little help) for $40 a person, including HST. This is probably the priciest suggestion on this list, but this fee gives you access to all of their paints, brushes, and inspiration books! Along with your canvas, Paintlounge offers free coffee and tea to accompany you and your significant other on this special day. They also sell wine and beer for a few extra bucks for those wanting an extra incentive. Make sure to book your time slot online ahead of the date because they’re already filling up! As an express bonus, Paintlounge always has an awesome music selection fitting to the evening – time to get your creative on!

317 Dundas St. W.
Wednesdays are already the best day to hit up the AGO with your student card, because it’s free from 6 to 9pm. This week for Valentine’s, there will be 10 minute “on the dot” art talks, as well as “tours that include romantic tidbits to honour Valentine’s Day”. Take your artsy SO this V-day evening for something a little out of the ordinary. If you still need food (I get it you’re probably hangry after your lecture) then head to their FRANK bar, which holds drinks and shareable food portions (featuring Canadian specials like East Coast Oysters and baked brie).