It's that time of year again. The Valentine's Day Bandit is preparing his/her/their Xerox printed hearts for distribution and Harmon's is about to have a very, very good month. Love is in the air or maybe it's just the humidity because damn it's been a warm winter this year. Of course, I'm talking about February 15th; the momentous holiday when all Valentine's Day candy goes on sale!!! But if you and your boo are looking for something to do on the 14th while you eagerly await the sugary sweet deals the next day, there's plenty to do around Portland and beyond in Maine to keep you busy!
Prime Rib Night
Nothing quite says true love like a 12/20 oz slab of medium-rare beef that you're both sure to get the meat sweats from. Otherside Diner is pairing up with Bunker Brewing Co. to bring you a Prime Rib Night: Valentine's Day Edition full of beers and steers that you and your stomach, I mean sweetie, won't soon forget!
February 14th, 5:30PM-8:30PM
500 Washington Ave, Portland, ME 04103
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Tiki Night: A Valentine's Day Celebration
at Little Giant
Grass skirts. Drinking fancy drinks out of a pineapple. 39-degree weather with a 40% chance of snow. These are the things we think about when we think of a tiki-themed Valentine's Day in Maine. Hula away those winter blues with your boo (or surf solo!) with a night of tiki-themed cocktails, tropical tasty treats and funky island beats. For $55 a person (drinks, tax, and gratuity not included) you can enjoy a Prix Fixe menu or just go a la carte. Whether or not you want to wear your coconut bra is up to you! Might be a little cold, though...
February 14th, 5PM-10PM
211 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04102
Valentine's Day at BistroPJ
Petite Jacqueline is always a prime date night choice. Who doesn't want fancy French cuisine without having to book out of PWM to France? But for Valentine's Day, they're rolling out a special snazzy new menu just for the occasion. Reservations are sure to fill up fast, so don't miss the chance to woo your special little croissant (What?) with a fancy dinner they'll remember til...well, next Valentine's Day.
February 14th, 5PM-9PM
46 Market Street, Portland, Maine 04101
Valentine's Day Dinner
Looking to avoid the crowds and prices of Portland but still want to enjoy some fine dining? look no further than Noble Kitchen Bar inside the newly renovated dining space of the Brunswick Hotel. Proving itself to be a heavy hitter in the Southern Maine area for fine dining, they're also rolling out a special Valentine's Day-themed menu that is sure to delight. If you're feeling super swanky, for an extra $20 you can treat yourself to a wine pairing for each course as well!
February 14th, 5PM-9PM
4 Noble St, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Looking to keep the party going after you roll yourself out the restaurant Friday night? I know you'll already be super busy snatching up all that 70% candy, but hear me out. There's more to Valentine's Day weekend than just the 14th here in Portland!
From Maine with Love
And when I say there's more to do, there's a LOT more to do. And Allagash knows this. From Feb 9th through the 14th, Allagash is feeling the love with a whole week of different heartfelt activities from chocolate-making classes to oysters to calligraphy classes and more! The schedule is as follows:
Sunday Feb. 9th:
They'll be kicking off their week of love with a focus on self-care at the brewery. A donation-based Yoga Class starts at 9:30 am, Massages by Melissa ($1 per minute) from 12:00pm-3:00pm. Treats, coffee, and music by Isaiah Bennett will also be available on the patio. Yoga Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/do-yoga-do-good-february-donation-yoga-at-allagash-tickets-89494407181
Monday Feb. 10th: A Valentine’s-card-making station free to all brewery visitors. Music and tasty beer to be found on the patio as well.
Tuesday Feb. 11th: From 6-8pm, they'll be hosting a Spent-Grain Baking Workshop. Guests will learn how to use spent grain for baking, and even take home their very own spent-grain cookie dough, for baking in their oven. Baking Class Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-brewer-to-baker-a-spent-grain-baking-class-tickets-90302598503 Wednesday Feb. 12th: Black Dinah Chocolates will be hosting a Truffle-Making Class from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Watch as Kate of Black Dinah walks the class through the basics on how to create beautiful truffles. Not to mention free samples for days! Chocolate Class Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/truffle-making-class-with-black-dinah-chocolates-tickets-89796803657 Thursday Feb. 13th: Allagash will be streaming When Harry Met Sally, all with a free Chocolate Fountain & Valentine's card making station. Beer & Chocolate flights will also be available all day long. Friday Feb 14th Allagash will be hosting our from Basket Island Oysters from 1:00pm to 3:00 PM with $1 oyster pairings with their assortment of tasty brews. That evening, they'll be hosting a calligraphy workshop with Oh Joy Calligraphy.
Calligraphy Workshop Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valentines-calligraphy-workshop-tickets-89267368101
Sound up your alley? Go to one, go to all! But most important, drink good beer with your loved ones.
50 Industrial Way, Portland, Maine 04103
Valentine's Day Chocolate Pairing Weekend
at Novare Res
Beer and chocolate. Need I say more? Starting at noon on Feb. 14th until they're out of chocolate on the 16th, custom made chocolates by Landry's Confections will be paired with a different beer from their selection all weekend! The beer selection is a as follows (chocolate pairings to be updated soon):
Brasserie Cantillon Kriek Gueuzerie Tilquin Mûre Tilquin (Draught Version) Bissell Brothers Seedier Superstition Meadery Blueberry Hex Lawson's Finest Liquids Fayston Maple Imperial Stout with Cherry, Chocolate, and Vanilla Bean on gravity CASK Barreled Souls Brewing Company / Dancing Gnome Beer Gnome's Soul Brasserie Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite (Nitro) Allagash Brewing Company I Believe in Love (Hand pulled cask version) Cigar City Brewing Cryptus Portus
Feb 14 at 12 PM – Feb 16 at 1 AM 4 Canal Plaza, Portland, Maine 04101
No Reservation Required
Valentine's Weekend Beer Float Party
Just when you told yourself you wouldn't eat another bite of your discount candy...suddenly, a Gelato Fiasco gelato beer float appears before you. You're powerless to its charms. Gelato Fiasco will be at Rising Tide on Saturday the 15th with a selection of handmade gelatos to be paired with a fresh Rising Tide beer. A nice way to cap off a weekend of indulgence, in my professional opinion. (Side note: not a professional)
Saturday Feb. 15th 4PM-7PM
103 Fox St, Portland, Maine 04101
No Reservation Required
I hope all you Franimals out there have a safe, lovely Valentine's Day whether it's with a partner, friend, the boys, the girls, or just on your living room couch pounding Reese's (no judgment, because that sounds awesome and I want that).