Fall in love with the best eats, events and gifts for Valentine’s in Birmingham

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Here are your must-haves this Valentine’s Day. (Hannah Chambley / Bham Now)

February is here and that means it’s almost time for chocolates, flowers, cheesy romantic comedies and lots of love. If you’re wondering how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Birmingham, we’ve got you covered with everything from events to date night spots, plus where to buy the perfect gift for your loved ones. Keep reading to learn how to enter our Valentine’s Day Giveaway for a chance to win $470 from some of these spots!

Gift Ideas

Snag some flowers + wine at Piggly Wiggly

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Flowers and wine are a must for this holiday. (Beth Cunningham / Bham Now)

What is Valentine’s Day without wine and flowers? Whether you’re picking up a gift for that special someone, hosting a girls’ Galentines or treating yourself, The Pig is your one-stop shop.

Home to an extensive wine selection at several locations across Birmingham, The Pig has in-store experts to help you pick out the very best bottles. Peruse their flower section for beautiful bouquets to add to the ambiance and you’re good to go.

Buy something sweet at The Birmingham Candy Company

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Get something sweet for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. (Birmingham Candy Company / Facebook)

Nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like chocolate and sweets. This year you can skip the bland drugstore candy and opt for locally-made sweets at The Birmingham Candy Company. With everything from handmade truffles to caramel apples, your loved ones will be in for a sweet treat.

Find a cute fit for her

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Find your dream Valentine’s fit at Apricot Lane. (Apricot Lane Boutique / Facebook)

If your lady loves fashion, you need to stop by Apricot Lane Boutique this February. Get your partner the gift of a brand-new outfit and accessories this Valentine’s Day. Not sure of their style? Grab a gift card, so they can shop to their heart’s desire for everything from boots to dresses to jewelry.

Get help to buy your dream home

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Find your dream home this Valentine’s Day. (Jacob McAllister)

What better way to say I love you to a long-term partner than finding the perfect home for you both. If you and that special someone are looking to take the next step, you need to talk with Jacob McAllister of Keller Williams Vestavia Realty.

McAllister is a professional who knows what young couples want and need when it comes to buying in Birmingham. His local knowledge and personal commitment to getting to know his clients means he’ll find the communities that best complement your specific interests and career path.

Treat yourself at Sparrow Health and Performance

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Feel your best with Sparrow Health and Performance. (Sparrow Health & Performance)

Treat yourself or your partner this Valentine’s day with the gift of healthy skin. Having clear skin is a real confidence booster and with the Plason treatment at Sparrow Health and Performance you can kiss your acne goodbye. They use advanced plasma technology to stimulate skin regeneration and boost collagen for clearer, healthier skin.

Check out some of their current specials:

Our Specials:

  • Free glutathione add on with any IV purchase.
  • Free anti aging nitric oxide serum valued at $200 with any Plason package. (While supplies last)
  • Free Cryoskin facial with any Cryoskin package purchase.

Date Night: Romantic Restaurants

Take your date to one of Birmingham’s many famed local restaurants for a delicious meal and great conversation this Valentine’s Day weekend. Here are three of our top picks based on incredible food, drinks and ambiance.

Bettola

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The ambiance at Bettola is unmatched. (Miranda Shaffer / Bham Now)

Nothing says romance like dinner at Bettola. From the cozy, candlelit atmosphere to the rustic pasta dishes, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to an Italian spot off the streets of Rome. Order a drink from their extensive wine and cocktail selection and don’t miss out on the tiramisu for dessert.

The Fennec

Fennec
(Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

The Fennec is offering a special three-course menu this Valentine’s Day that you won’t want to miss. Here is a sneak peek at what’s on the menu:

1st Course

  • Crispy Pork Belly and Fried Gulf Oysters with lemon remoulade and chow chow
  • Haller’s Gumbo YaYa—braised duck, Andouille, Gulf oysters
  • Mixed Green Lettuces with toasted Marcona almonds, baby beets, orange supremes, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette

2nd Course

  • Whole roasted Branzino stuffed with fennel citrus, olives and fingerling potatoes
  • Hickory Grilled Dry-Aged Prime Ribeye with truffled mashed potatoes, haricots verts, baby carrots, blue cheese butter
  • Tanglewood Farms Roasted Chicken with baby root veggies and duck fat confit potatoes

3rd Course

  • Chocolate Pistachio Cake with strawberry buttercream, strawberry coulis and pistachio powder
  • Kona Coffee Crème Brûlée with brown sugar shortbread cookies and candied Kona Coffee beans

Umami Birmingham

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Welcome to sushi paradise. (Umami Birmingham)

Sushi is the perfect date night food, and when you head to Umami Birmingham, you’ll be tasting some of the best in town. Along with the delicious seafood selection, the menu also features a variety of other items, including dumplings, tacos, lobster, ramen and more.

Steel Gastropub

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Get something sweet and savory at Steel Gastropub. (Steel Gastropub / Facebook)

Enjoy an amazing dinner for two this Valentine’s Day with Steel Gastropub. Bonus: a glass of wine is included. Here’s a look at what they’ll have on their menu:

Appetizers

  • Gourmet Caesar Salad
  • Oyster Rockefeller or raw oysters

Entrees

  • Grilled steak served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, slow braised asparagus and lobster beurre blanc
  • Pan seared red snapper with grape tomato, fingerling potatoes, asparagus ragout and drizzled with salsa verde and sherry syrup

Dessert

  • New York cheesecake with berry compote, whipped cream and lemon zest
  • Deep forest chocolate cake drizzled with chocolate sauce served with minted ice cream and powdered sugar

Valentine Events

A Valentine’s Murder Mystery Dinner

Grab your partner for a night of mystery over dinner at the Arlington Antebellum Home in Birmingham. Experience a live who-done-it murder mystery performance through this interactive event. After dinner and the show, you’ll also get the chance to take a free Ghost Walk and Ghost Hunt of the historic 1840’s mansion.

Beer dinner at Back Forty

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A beer pairing is on the agenda this Valentine’s Day. (Back Forty Beer)

If you are a beer connoisseur this is the date for you. Back Forty will pair a combination of their selected beers and bubbly with an incredible food menu. This is a Valentine’s Day-only event so get your tickets soon.

Casablanca at the Alabama Theatre

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The historic Alabama Theatre should be on your Valentine’s Day destination list. (Bham Now)

Want a Valentine’s Day to remember? Up your movie-going game and catch a film at the beautiful, historic Alabama Theatre. They’ll be showing the romantic classic, Casablanca, on February 14.

Gothic Prom by Birmingham Oddities

Head back to prom this Valentine’s Day weekend and experience a live 80s cover band, taco bar dinner, spiked punch bowl drink specials and gothic decorations. More info

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