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 Minneapolis!
If you and your gals want to be fancy, a classic way to spend the evening is dinner and drinks at a renowned restaurant. While that’s tricky right now due to COVID regulations, one of the most accoladed restaurants in Minneapolis, Hai Hai, has awesome take-out options. This Southeast Asian restaurant was named on “best new restaurant” lists by Thrillist, Eater, and Esquire in 2018. Its chef has also been a James Beard award finalist for Best Chef: Midwest in both 2020 and 2019. Get your Galentine’s party set up at your house and then pick up a Box of Joy (curated food that feeds 3-4 people) and a cocktail kit from Hai Hai.
Town Talk Diner & Gastropub
If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type restaurant, Town Talk Diner & Gastropub is the way to go. You’ll get all the fun aesthetic of a traditional diner but with elevated cuisine based on sustainable, local, seasonal ingredients. While today you’ll eat in the expanded 50-seat dining room, the restaurant retains plenty of the charm and history from its original 15-seat set-up. And if you like celebrity recommendations, Guy Fieri featured it on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, recommending the fried chicken and macaroni and cheese.
Gold Medal Park
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 Gold Medal Park -the name says it all, right? Here, you can take in lovely views of the Mississippi River and a large sculpture. Conveniently located downtown, this green space is near a bunch of yummy places where you can pick up take out, too, in case you don’t feel like packing picnic food.
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 some seasonally-appropriate ice skating? Parks across the city have outdoor ice-skating rinks open to the public. Just know that, due to COVID-19, you’ll need to bring your own skates.
If you want something unique to do, try a group crafting workshop at Socially Handcrafted. This fun, woman-owned DIY spot is located in the warehouse district of nearby Burnsville and is the perfect place for a girls’ night. You can book a private party here. Everyone will get to make and take home a fun project!
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