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 Denver!
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 Denver, you’ll want to head to Rioja, a Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Denver, located in historic Larimer square. The restaurant is known for its delicious wine selection and locally sourced ingredients. Chef Jennifer Jasinski made history in 2013 when she became the first woman in Denver to win the James Beard award for Best Chef Southwest!
The Bagel Deli and Restaurant
If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type restaurant, The Bagel Deli and Restaurant is the place to go. It’s a classic, family-run Jewish deli that has been a Denver staple for 53 years! They’re currently only doing takeout and delivery, so have your friends over to your house for a brunch gathering, and then pickup lox and bagels, challah French toast, cheesecake, and blintzes to feed everyone. You know it serves up good food when Guy Fieri has featured it on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Drives.
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 at Centennial Gardens. This 5-acre park is stately and well-manicured, but uses native plants in its formal beds. It’s a lovely spot to relax and you’ll feel transported to Versailles! After you eat, you can take a stroll on one of the paved trails that go through the park. Public restrooms are also available.
Bad Axe Throwing
If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. How about learning to hurl axes at targets? At Bad Axe Throwing, you can book a private lane for your group, and then all have fun throwing axes. Craft beer and wine are available for purchase, and you’re encouraged to bring your own snacks.
If you want something unique to do, you need to make a reservation at Upstairs Circus -a DIY crafting space with a bar! You and your gals can drink while you work on projects of your choice, from home goods, to wall art, to jewelry, to leatherwork. They’ll give you the supplies, tools, and instructions, and Creative Assistants are around to help you with your project and make sure you always have a cocktail on hand.
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