‘Round the Lou’ll-vul on Valentine’s Day

What is Valentine’s Day for me? I used to associate it with loneliness until I turned it around. Now I can say with smug satisfaction that it’s the day when my girlfriend and I recognize our anniversary. Every year, we have dinner plans at a different restaurant, but it’ll be a long free Saturday this year, which provides plenty of time to fit in something new. There are plenty of areas in our city to enjoy.

Germantown

I’ll begin with my own neighborhood. The Germantown area has many options, from morning hours to late at night. The excellent Nord’s Bakery, on South Preston Street, has doughnuts and cookies aplenty. The Fish House, on Winter Avenue, offers beignets and sausages for a decadent New Orleans style morning snack. For an evening of good G-Town drinkin’, Nachbar on Charles Street, is operational for a late afternoon beer, as is Four Pegs on Goss. Should the fun last into the night, you can make your way down to Oak Street where the new Kaiju dive bar has great beers on tap, with Japanese monster décor, and quite often, live bands. If you get that late-night burrito craving, but shouldn’t drive, do not fret! It can come to you! Especially if you take advantage of the New Wave Burrito delivery service, exclusive to the area!

Downtown

Downtown offers Louisville Horse Trams for a Victorian-style tour of the heart of our metro area. What a kitschy twist it would be to follow that with a snack or meal at White Castle, where they offer a Valentine’s Day special dining experience, with the formal touch of a decorated dining area, and table service. Reservations are available. If you’re in the mood for some live music, Fourth Street’s Mercury Ballroom will hold the event, “I Heart Heart” (a tribute to the band, Heart), and will feature some of Louisville’s finest musicians doing renditions of Nancy Wilson’s work.

Highlands

If you are soberly enticed to get a tattoo with your significant other, start off on Baxter Avenue in the highlands. Triumph Tattoo and Prophecy Studio is open with skilled artists ready to alter pigment to your specific tastes. Take a drive from there, down the same road until you reach Gardiner Lane, and enjoy the slick excitement of Ice Skating at the Alpine Ice Arena, where hand-holding and balance is essential.

It is also quite possible that a movie will be playing, on which your sweety and yourself both agree. “Fifty Shades of Grey” may be an option, but there’s always a chance Baxter Avenue Theaters will be playing a Midnight Show that particular Saturday night, and if they do, it’s bound to be something romantic.

South End

If you find yourself in the South End with a hankering for delicious seafood, look no further than Mike Linnig’s Restaurant, on Cane Run Road, for massive portions of fried deliciousness. If you’re feeling old and tired… like me, you may feel inclined to visit one of the many bingo halls in the area, such as the one on Greenwood Road, or Charity Hall Bingo, on Stephan Drive. There’s no sense in forgetting some of the best Asian food in our city at Vietnam Kitchen, found in the Iroquois Manor Shopping Center.

St. Matthews

St. Matthews has plenty to offer on this special day, from boutiques and shops to its two Malls, and a Cinemark movie theater with “Cinema XD” screens. There’s also Lazer Blaze, off Shelbyville Road, which features an arcade, mini golf, bumper cars and an excuse to shoot at one another. I’ve always wanted to do that.

Pinot’s Palette, on Hubbards Lane, offers painting classes on Valentine’s Day, including one with bottomless Mimosas in the afternoon and a Date Night Dark Chocolate special, where a couple can share a canvas and enjoy desserts, a chocolate fountain and drink specials.

Live music can be enjoyed at Gerstle’s, Tin Roof and Diamonds. Molly Malone’s, on the corner of Breckinridge Lane, offers a D.J. and dancing around 10 p.m.

East End

Further into the East End of Louisville, you can find some relaxation at Massage Envy Spa. If all that gets you properly loosened up, failsafe fun can be found when bowling at Kingpin Lanes, off of Shelbyville Road. At Park Place Drive is the Renaissance Fun Park, offering go-carts, laser-tag, an arcade and more. For a lunch or dinner, enjoy the scenic Captain’s Quarters off River Road.

Indiana

I can’t end this without mentioning our neighbors across the river. Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant is worth the trip during the winter –or go to the Derby Dinner Playhouse, which will be showing the rom-com play, “Skin Deep.” If you’re feeling lucky, the Horseshoe Casino welcomes you. And if you just want to have a GREAT time, go to New Albany and enjoy perfect food, and perfect beer, at the New Albanian Pizzeria and Public House (aka: Rich-O’s/Sportstime). I’ve never had a bad night there. VT