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 Philadelphia!
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 Philadelphia, you’ll want to head to Vetri Cucina. It’s a nationally recognized Italian restaurant that has been nominated for or won 15 James Beard awards between 2003 and 2019. It’s an intimate dining experience that will make for a lovely celebration with your friends, just be ready to pay higher-end prices.
Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat
If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type restaurant, Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat is the place to go. This diner specializes in yummy breakfast foods that are a mashup of the two owners’ Southern and Jewish roots. There are two locations, one in Center City (currently delivery only) and one in Northern Liberties. Guy Fieri has featured the diner on his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Besides, a great way to pay homage to the Parks and Recreation roots of Galentine’s Day is by celebrating in a diner -they even have waffles!
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 Fairmount Park, a lovely urban park spanning both banks of the Schuykill River. At over 2,000 acres, the park is huge, so after you eat, take a stroll on one of the many trails that go through the park.
Pep Bowl Philadelphia
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 a bit retro and party at the bowling alley? Pep Bowl in South Philly has a fun vintage style dating back to the 1950s. And by bowling there, you’ll be supporting their important mission of providing employment to people with developmental disabilities. Do note that since they’re operating at 50% capacity, you must make a reservation for your lane ahead of time.
If you want something unique to do -and you have some gal pals who are into crafts- head to Beadworks for a jewelry making party. They offer numerous party packages for adults that are completely customizable to your needs. You’re allowed to BYOB and refreshments, and their staff will be with you to teach you what to do to make the jewelry.
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