5 Valentine's Day date ideas

Dinner and a movie is so last year


Valentine’s Day is Sunday, which means a large portion of people everywhere, including UB students, will spend the day silently cursing the couples they see before running home to watch a Lifetime movie marathon with a gallon of ice cream by their sides. For those of us who are lucky enough to not spend our Valentine’s in a haze of bitter frustration and loneliness, here are some date ideas outside of the usual “dinner and a movie.”

Niagara Falls

Going to The Falls is probably one of the most cliché Valentine’s Day date ideas in the Buffalo area. But clichés exist for a reason. And the reason behind this one is Niagara Falls is beautiful.

Some might argue that this idea has a lot of drawbacks since The Falls will most likely be crowded and cold. But you’re from UB – crowded and cold aren’t words that scare you. Plus the view is totally worth it.

Added bonus: if an unfortunate argument breaks out and you no longer like looking at your date, you can avoid eye contact and glare passive aggressively at the roaring water.

Frigid romance is only a half-hour drive from North Campus. Bundle up and head out.

Kegs and Eggs

Instead of planning an entire date for the day of Valentine’s Day, attend a pre-planned day full of food, beer and fun.

The Resurgence Brewing Company in downtown Buffalo is having a “Kegs and Eggs” event for the big day. The event is semi-annual, but this one in particular will feature a special menu, live music and even Saturday morning cartoons.

Kegs and Eggs will take place from 12-5 p.m., leaving plenty of time for a more romantic style dinner or even better, a food coma nap.

This event is perfect for either a significant other or just a group of friends looking to commiserate for the holiday.

Go to a Sabres game

If you and your significant other are fans of hockey – or really any sport – a Sabres game can be a perfect date night. Show your Buffalo spirit, eat some stadium food and enjoy watching the Sabres beat the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

If you buy tickets today the price still isn’t too bad – $60 – but hey, nothing is too good for the man/woman in your life on this special Hallmark holiday.

Bonus points if you don’t know anything about hockey and do a little research beforehand to sound like you know what you’re talking about.


It might sound boring or unromantic to go to a bowling alley on Valentine’s Day, but any date will be boring and unromantic if you’re a boring person. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.

Knocking down some pins can be a great way to spend time with the person you love. Grab your significant other, head to a nearby lane and shove your feet into a pair of those shoes with questionable fungus content all to celebrate love.

Spend the night in

Some people spend weeks planning the perfect Valentine’s Day date. But this is college – ain’t nobody got time for that. Syllabus week is over and the semester is starting to get busy enough that most of us barely have enough time to fit everything in, let alone plan fancy dates.

If the stress of Valentine’s Day is too much for you and your date won’t think you’re cheap for doing so, plan on staying in this year. You’ll get to dodge the crowded restaurants and spend more time alone with the person you love most.

You could watch a movie and cook a delicious meal together or order pizza if that’s what you’re feeling – the food options are endless because you’re not locked into a specific restaurant.

John Jacobs is the assistant features editor and can be reached at john.jacobs@ubspectrum.com.