If you happened to score a last-minute babysitter this Valentine’s Day like I did, your first thoughts were probably (1) YES, and (2) shit. Any opportunity to go out like proper grown-ups should be accepted without question (thanks, Nana and GrandDad), but a Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday night means the only reservation you’re getting is a 9:30 at Buca di Beppo. Make the most of your unexpected freedom with one of Priss & Vinegar’s Valentine’s Day date ideas for the reservation-less:
Brave the looooong waits at restaurants that don’t take reservations. One of my favorite requests when dining out sans kids? Take me somewhere that’s super-annoying to bring children to. (Popular, wait list-only spots like Suppenküche, Mission Chinese Food and Pizzeria Delfina are fantastic examples.) I enjoy my sanity far too much to brave an hour-long wait with hungry children, but without kids? Whateva. I’ll happily wait for hours if there’s a martini in front of me and no one present that I’m responsible for keeping alive.
It’s Beer Week, people! Even if suds aren’t your jam, there are a ton of terrific Beer Week events city-wide worth considering. Priss & Vinegar’s pick? Head to Magnolia Brewery’s Strong Beer Ice Cream Massacre for a scoop made by local ice cream geniuses, Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous. Check out the full Beer Week calendar here.
Go somewhere incredibly unromantic. There’s always that handful of spots you love but never seem to make it to, either because they’re not kid-friendly or special enough to be date-worthy. Well, dive-y salt-and-pepper-crab restaurant and inconveniently located taqueria? You’re on. Or perhaps consider this itinerary for the drunkest and least-romantic date in history as dreamed up by my husband: start with a scorpion bowl at Trad’r Sam (pictured above in all its glory), then stroll to nearby Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant for one of the best tequila selections in San Francisco (and maybe some enchiladas), and then pour yourself into an Uber to make asses of yourselves in front of the babysitter. Good times.*
*It occurred to me upon completing this post that my husband and I sound like complete degenerates. We’re not, but every now and then feeling young and foolish for an evening is just the break one needs from the profound responsibility of parenting. Wishing you a romantic, silly, joyful time this Valentine’s Day!