4 Unique Valentine’s Date Ideas in Kansas City

Editor’s note: The following is a guest post from Shanley Cox of the Out to Eat blog, one of the most influential food and travel blogs in Kansas City. 

Searching for the perfect Valentine’s date destination? It’s time to think outside the box. Try one of these four date ideas if you want to fight fewer crowds, save money and impress your partner with something different.

1. André’s Confiserie Suisse

A woman sits at a table at Andre's drinking a hot drink and eating dessert

Who says you have to stick to tradition on Valentine’s Day? I say skip dinner and head straight to dessert at André’s Confiserie Suisse. The gourmet chocolate shop has a variety of heart-shaped pastries, chocolates and hot drinks for under $5. Plus, the South Plaza location offers a cafe with a full bar — including wine, cocktails and beer. Don’t miss the André’s Spiked Hot Chocolate ($7.50) made with the Bailey’s and the shops signature Swiss chocolate.

Where: 
South Plaza: 5018 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112
Overland Park: 4929 W 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66209
Open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Visit: André’s Confiserie Suisse

2. RND Corner Grille

A bowl of steak with fried eggs on top sitting on a table with a knife and fork next to it

It’s good to get away with the one you love, and Lawrence makes the perfect date day trip. The city is far enough away it feels like a mini vacation, minus the hassle of a plane ride. And there’s plenty to eat while you’re there. If you're making a day of it, start at RND Corner Grille for brunch. Located on the corner of 8th and Mass Street (in the former Esquina space), the restaurant has been beautifully transformed to include a black and white tiled bar, plush seating and a large outdoor patio.

Don’t miss RND Corner Grille’s Steak & Eggs ($15) made with local beef, arugula, tomato jam, fried potatoes, frizzled onions and two fried eggs. Wash it down with the Gran Reposado Margarita ($9) or the Beacham’s Brandy topped with a brûléed orange.

Where: 801 Massachusetts, Lawrence, KS 66044
Open Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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Visit: RND Corner Grille

3. Amigoni Urban Winery

A group of young women laughing and drinking wine at Amigoni Urban Winery

If you don’t have a hot date for Valentine’s Day, gather your fellow singles for a wine tasting at Amigoni Urban Winery. The Westbottoms winemaker offers a tasting room, private tours and blending classes for groups of all experience levels. Private tours start at $20 and classes start at $60 per person for groups of 10 or more. Additionally, Amigoni features $7 wine flights and $8 beer flights — plus a small menu of meats and local cheeses. I’m a big fan of the Urban Vaquero — a spicy, plum-forward red made with 90% Tempranillo and 10% Merlot.

Where: 1505 Genessee, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64102
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5 p.m. 

Visit: Amigoni Urban Winery

4. Boulevard Brewing Co.

The facade of the Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, MO

Why fight for a Valentine’s Day dinner reservation when there’s something even better brewing at Boulevard? The brewery offers $5 per person tours that are an hour long andt conclude with a sampling of Boulevard beers. And - better yet - if you go on a Wednesday, the tours are FREE. But the day doesn’t have to end there. Head across the street to the Boulevard Beer Hall for more beers, board games, foosball and (best of all) a photo booth. If you work up an appetite, the Beer Hall offers a variety of bar snacks like pretzel dogs and meat, cheese and veggie trays.

Where: 2501 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64108
Brewery tours happen Sunday - Friday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the entire day become available when doors open; first-come, first-served basis.

Visit: Boulevard Brewing Co.

What Valentine’s date idea is up your alley? Tell me about it in the comments below, or add some of your own ideas to the mix!

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