Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, but roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather round up your best gal pals and celebrate the joys of female friendship on Galentine’s Day, read on, because we’ve rounded up five fun ways to celebrate with your girls this year in Cincinnati!
If you and your gals want to be fancy, a classic way to spend the evening is dinner and drinks at a renowned restaurant. For one of the most accoladed restaurants in Cincinnati, you’ll want to head to Please in the Over-the-Rhine District. This past year, chef and owner Ryan Santos was a semifinalist for the James Beard Award Best Chef: Great Lakes category. You can currently book a private tasting experience for up to eight guests.
If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type restaurant, Tucker’s is the place to go. This family-owned joint has been serving up homestyle cooking since 1946. Despite the less-than-chic exterior, Tucker’s has long been a favorite of locals and visitors alike, having been featured in the New York Times, Bon Appetit, ChowHound, and more! If you go, it’s recommended that you try Cincinnati-style sausage, goetta, with your eggs. Besides, a great way to pay homage to the Parks and Recreation roots of Galentine’s Day is by celebrating in a diner!
If you’re trying to be safe due to COVID-19, an outdoor celebration is the way to go. And even in February, a picnic is a fun way to connect with your gals. Just bring a waterproof tarp for under your picnic blanket, some cozy blankets to snuggle in, and a thermos of hot cocoa! For the best location, have your gal pals meet you a bit outside downtown at Ault Park. The park is a lovely spot to relax and comes equipped with picnic tables and a historic pavilion. After you eat, you can take a stroll on one of the many trails that go through the park.
If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. Why not go retro and visit a roller-skating rink? Castle Skateland is a fun way to celebrate with your friends. This largest rink in the Tri-State area is family-owned and operated and features the latest music and special lighting effects. They also have food and games for when you want to take a break from skating. If you have a bunch of friends, on most nights you can book a private party for up to 50 people.
Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar
If you want something unique -and you have some gal pals who are musically inclined- head to Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar. The space can currently only support private parties due to COVID-19, but by booking the bar, you’ll be helping a small business stay afloat through tough times.
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