10 things to do this Valentine’s Day in Brooklyn and beyond

Skyline Drive-In

Whether you’ve been counting down the days or it’s completely slipped your mind, there are countless unique things to do right here in Brooklyn this Valentine’s Day. Check out these well-known (and not so well-known) locations that will make this Valentine’s Day special.

A walk on the sweet side in Dumbo

Take your partner for a romantic brunch at Butler Cake Shop and Espresso Bar, with the Brooklyn Bridge over head. Depending on the snow, you can end your date with a calm stroll across the water line, hitting Empire Fulton Ferry State Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park, all just a few blocks away.

Make headlines in Carroll Gardens

Step back in time this Valentine’s Day at Yesterday’s News antique store on Court Street, followed by lunch from Le Petit Café, where you feel like you’re sitting in the middle of a marvelous indoor French garden. There is limited seating, so make sure to book reservations ahead of time!

Sing your heart out in Manhattan

Maybe you want to get out of the borough and see a good show, but Broadway can get expensive! We recommend you hit this Marie’s Crisis, the Broadway Showtune’s Sing-Along Piano Bar instead. Owned in the 1800’s by Marie Dumont, this intimate West Village bar has spunk and class. Although Happy Hour is Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm, you and your partner might be up singing all night, as the bar stays open seven days a week from 4 pm to 4 am.

Dine in, then drive-in in Greenpoint

Looking for some incredible views without having to leave the borough? Overlook the city while watching a modern film at the Skyline Drive-In. Viewers can drive in, bike in, or walk in, being a great place for Valentine’s Day snuggles. The three movies playing on the 14th will be “Spiderman: No Way Home,” “The Notebook,” and (of course) “Valentine’s Day,” all playing at 7:30 pm. This will be perfect place to watch Noah and Allie, while consumed by your own love story in front of the beautiful New York skyline sunset. Tickets start at just $20.

Get creative in East Williamsburg

DenArt Body Painting Studio

Looking for something a little more intimate? DenArt Body Painting Studio provides glow in the dark paint for you to paint your partner. Although going shirtless is allowed, it is not mandatory. You can book a private or group session online at denartny.com.

Share a few laughs in Williamsburg

They say laughter is the best medicine. Maybe this Valentine’s Day you and your partner want a good laugh. Check out the local Old Man Hustle Comedy Club, with a 1 drink minimum policy under reservation!

Take a shot at love in Downtown Brooklyn

For finer tastes, hit the Kings County Distillery, the oldest and largest whiskey distillery in New York. You can book tours and tastings for you and your partner this Valentine’s Day at kingscountydistillery.com.

What’s old is new at City Reliquary

Gawk at classic New York artifacts at City Reliquary, stepping back into the 1900s of Brooklyn. General admission is $7 at this funky museum, the perfect kind of hole-in-the-wall place for you and your partner to explore.

Get your coffee fix in Cobble Hill

The unique and urban Swallow Café is a great place for young couples to sit and talk over gourmet coffees and teas. When you finish, take a romantic walk around Cobble Hill admiring the old brownstone architecture. 

Spend to your heart’s content at Atlantic Center Mall

Want to do some walking but not necessarily outside? Do some bargain — or window! — shopping at the five-floor Atlantic Center Mall, including stores like Target, DSW, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, and, for the sake of the holiday, maybe even Victoria’s Secret.