Hitting the town for the day of love

Roses are red and violets are blue. Valentine’s Day is approaching, so what should you do? If you are without plans for Valentine’s Day, there is still time to decide what to do, but that time is running out. Whether you have someone special in your life, are just going alone or are hanging out with friends this year, we have great suggestions for everyone.

For the love birds:

1. The romantic dinner out on the town
Although Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, Saturday and Sunday are perfect opportunities for couples to enjoy a nice, romantic dinner. Junior Brad Delaney thinks downtown would be best.

“Valentine’s Day is more of a special occasion, so I’d go to a classier restaurant downtown probably,” Delaney said. “I feel that the girl likes it when their guy dresses up, so just a nicer restaurant.”

2. The romantic night in
To escape crowds this Valentine’s Day weekend, couples can always stay in and enjoy a nice dinner in the privacy of their own place.

We dare you to go all out—candlelight, Billie Holiday music and cooking your own homemade dinner.

3. Be artsy
Instead of long nights looking into each other’s eyes, how about a meaningful conversation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art or seeing a show at the Indiana Repertory Theatre? It’s bound to start an engaging dialogue, while still probably gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes.

For those riding solo:

1. Enjoy a night out with your crazy single friends
A night with friends on this Valentine’s Day is always a great choice for those who don’t have a current flame. A fine meal and good time can be had either out or staying in, but going out offers more choices.

Places like Bazbeaux Pizza and Buca di Beppo offer huge dishes that are relatively cheap when big parties are enjoying them together.

2. Delude yourself with stories of past romance
Another option is to go see one of the most famous teen movies to come out of the ‘80s, “Sixteen Candles.”

AMC Castleton Square 14 is showing the teen rom/com Sunday and Monday at 7 p.m. for all of us too young to have seen it in theaters the first time around. We can still appreciate the genius of Molly Ringwald, though, and that Jake Ryan was the original teenage heartthrob.

3. Distract yourself in good ol’ B-Rip
Seriously, there’s so much to do you’ll forget you’re alone and sad. Go make a teapot at Half Baked Pottery, browse through Broad Ripple Vintage or stuff yourself with the best ice cream we’ve ever tasted at BRICS.