Love is in the air Atlanta. You see it with the price uptick in fragrant flowers, the steadily declining inventory of dinner reservations at your favorite restaurants and the deluge of red at your local drug store. Yes, Valentine's Day is approaching. It’s the day to celebrate your significant other with copious amounts of chocolate, decadent dining options and little shiny things that sparkle – but what to do? No need to worry, TRACE has you covered. Whether you're happily attached or single and ready to mingle, our V-Day planning guide has your itinerary for immaculate dining options, lush spots for pre/post dinner Valentine drinks and events to keep the love going into the early morning.
You're going to want to queue up some soulful R&B, because TRACE is getting you in the mood for love this Valentine's Day. Aw, yeah! On top of our full menu of sustainable, farm-fresh fare, Chef Shean Suter is surprising patrons with two dinner specials guaranteed to get the heart pumping. There's Andouille and cornbread stuffed quail served on a seared grit cake with black pepper butter and a 16oz. bone-in NY strip steak with rutabaga gratin, baby Swiss chard and Jack Daniel's demi-glace. The boozy undertones continue in two cocktails that get the god of love's seal of approval. Allow the Cointreau-laced Cupid's Touch with lemon, champagne and cranberry-anise syrup/compote, and the Bourbons Kiss with Bulleit, Licor 43, lemon and champagne to relax your inhibitions.
The live sounds of acoustic guitar aficionado T. Collie will provide the soundtrack for the evening with free champagne cocktails for all the ladies from 5-11pm on Friday, February 13th and Valentine's Day. Cap off the night and take things back to your W Atlanta - Midtown room with the “Table for Two” package that includes: dinner for two at TRACE ($100 value), 20% off a Bliss Spa couples massage, comp valet parking and 2pm late check-out the next day.
You can also enter for your chance to win a Valentine's Day overnight stay at W Atlanta - Midtown. Who knows? You just might get lucky in more ways than one.
Roses are red, meat is red, so it’s only fitting that you wine and dine your lover with a delectable Valentine’s Day feast at BLT Steak. Chef de Cuisine Matt Ratcliffe has curated a three-course menu spread with a starter choice of grilled oysters with tasso ham, creamed collard greens and herb bread crumb or a baby artichoke Caesar salad with fingerling potatoes, caper berries and chardonnay vinaigrette. Main courses go by land and sea with a 12oz. 48-day dry aged Delmonico steak and poached Maine lobster “Carbonara.” Feel the love and pair either of the meaty masterpieces with truffle pomme Macaire or crispy Brussels sprouts. To end, seal the deal with lighter-than-air doughnuts with blood orange curd, crystalized berries and hot chocolate, or the equally decadent flourless chocolate cake with espresso cream and chocolate meringue.
Buckhead gastropub Cook Hall is getting the loving spirit on Friday, February 13th and Saturday, February 14th to celebrate all things Valentine’s Day. Your sweetheart will enjoy the curated selections of artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and DIY cocktails that you can prepare tableside. Feel free to get spontaneous and create a signature libation for your loved one. Fly even further by the seat of your pants with Chef David Gross’ Valentine-inspired Blackboard Specials. So expect a moving target of bites that are sure to echo the power of love.
To grease the wheels for a great evening, you don’t have to go far for a great cocktail, and GRAIN is your spot for Valentine’s Day pre-gaming. Whether you stop in to wet your whistle before dinner at TRACE (our V-day pick of course) or as a nightcap to follow, this intimate Midtown drinkery oozes style and sexiness. Show your date something new and order one of their edible cocktails. You heard that right, the cocktails are vacuumed sealed to infuse the flavor/booziness into the fruit(s) that compliment it like the apple Manhattan or the Asian pear mezcal margarita. Throw a couple of oysters into the mix and things may start to get interesting.
The Atlanta mainstay and dessert dynamo stands tall as the go-to destination for a cocktail or sweet slice of happiness to end your evening. Peer through the glass in awe at the sweet menagerie of sugary options to cap off your night. Or maybe you guys still have more to do, grab a cup of their signature coffee, espresso or latte to provide that extra boost of caffeine to take on the night.
Swipe Right, Crawl Left - Virginia Highlands
For the singles, get a dose of next generation matchmaking at the “Swipe Right, Crawl Left” Virginia Highlands bar crawl. Attendees are encouraged to use location-based dating Tinder, to find their special someone (for the night) and partake in complimentary Valentine’s Day themed shots, photo booth revelry and food/drink specials at each stop.
Whiskey Blue’s Second Annual Red Light, Green Light Party
For a color-coded good time, Whiskey Blue leveling the playing field at their Second Annual Red Light, Green Light Party. The rules are simple. Guests are provided with their choice of colored wristbands – red, green and yellow. Those wearing red are off the market and off limits, green wearers are single and ready to mingle and those donning yellow are on the fence. Watch yourself with those.
W Atlanta - Midtown's Between the Sheets/Who Needs Him Packages
If you’d rather not deal with the crowds and just want some one on one time with your significant other, there’s not better plan than /W Atlanta - Midtown's “Between the Sheets” package. Steal away to your luxury Midtown accommodations and enjoy a complimentary in-room movie, $50 in dining credit, valet parking and a bottle of bubbly accompanied with strawberries and whip cream. We’d prefer not to know what you going to do with that.
For those members of #teamsingle, there’s the “Who Needs Him/Her?” package. Just looking for an awesome GNO (Girl’s/Guy’s Night Out)? These boys will be boys/girl’s club packages feature four comp cocktails at TRACE and 20% of Bliss Spa. So let the love-stricken couples have their night, hanging with your besties or a few cocktails is where you want to be.
**Reservations are highly recommended