This Valentine's, why be mediocre? Why not go the whole hog, be wild and adventurous and have an absolutely sparkling time. Here are a few ways to help you share the love
It's time to do the sexy dance
Okay, here's the bottom line. Valentine's could be about romance and all that jazz, but it's also about turning up the heat. And the best way to do that could be to dance! Head to Raasta to let choreographer Cornel Rodrigues teach you the sensuous Bachata and Salsa. We promise it will have you thinking all the thoughts you aren't supposed to, but are so fun, right?
WHERE: Raasta, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, SV Road, Khar West
Propose to bae on the beach
If you make the effort of taking a 40-minute boat ride from the Gateway of India, you could be having an intimate meal with your special someone on the beach. Kiki's offers stunning sea views. There is a fine dining five-course menu that includes Kobe Aubergine, Strawberry Kale Salad, and Seafood Linguinie with Truffle Oil. Maybe you can pop the big question? Just make sure she doesn't gulp the diamond down with her glass of wine!
WHERE: Kiki's Cafe & Deli, Mandwa Jetty
Make a relationship agreement?
If you are a culturally conscious couple, then why not watch a play and then spend the rest of the evening discussing it. Before you decide to disagree, that is. The Relationship Agreement, starring Sumona Chakravarti and Danesh Irani, asks pertinent questions such as “When your partner gives you a set of rules, a list of likes, dislikes, things they approve, disapprove, does it make your relationship better? Or worse?” This sounds too interesting to miss.
WHERE: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
ENTRY: Rs 300 to Rs 1,200
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Hatch an escape with your lover
Ok, so get this. You are in a room, not just any room, but a room themed as one in Narnia, or straight out of the London of Sherlock Holmes. You are also handcuffed to your Valentine. What will you do? Well, you can just snuggle and cuddle. But at the Amazing Escape, you need to find the clues and plan an escape. Yes, this one gets full points for being innovative.
WHERE: The Amazing Escape, Trade House,Kamala Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
ENTRY: Rs 2,500 per couple
Prove your love, renew your vows
If you have recently realised that being single sucks, and have new-found love for your husband/wife, why not get married again! No, you don't need to go to Goa, you can head to Dishkiyaoon's Mumbai Chapel! Complete with quirky vows to take, a special menu and secret vow sheets — this restobar will even take pictures and certify you are indeed hitched. There is live music too!
WHERE: Dishkiyaoon, Ground Floor, The Capital Building, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex
Some more chocolat, my lady?
If your girl is a pukka romantic, and a foodie, why not get her a five-course meal hamper with all that is aphrodisiacal? Equipped with table cloth (to lay down in your living room and pretend you are on a picnic), wine, chocolates and a three course meal — this one will help you score for sure. If you want to pretend it's all your doing, well that's cool too. There are chocolate dipped strawberries too. Do we need to say more?
WHERE: Poetry by Love and Cheesecake, Pali Darshan, 33rd road, opposite Mini Punjab, Bandra West
Why should girls have all the fun?
Hell no. So why not pamper our men for a change? We know they love beer, and what better way to win brownie points, than if you suggest that instead of having wine at some fancy restaurant, you head to a brewery. BrewBot is hosting Mumbai's first 'What Men Want' festival, which will host a seven-sin-related pop-up. The menu is high on steak and the playlist is rock music, so headbang together. Isn't
that a true sign of love?
WHERE: Brewbot, Morya Landmark 1, Off New Link Road, Andheri West
ENTRY: Rs 4,000 per couple (wine and beer unlimited)
Play some real-life Tinder
If you are moping about not having a date, then don't. You are single, and that's cause enough to celebrate. Mix & Mingle is organising a single's mixer, which will host entrepreneurs and working individuals over age groups of 25 to 50. There is a strict screening process so don't worry. All they ask of you is to keep an open mind, and not try and hog anyone's time. We suggest instead of swiping left on Tinder, head down to date the old fashioned way.
WHEN: February 19
WHERE: Venue to be disclosed after screening process is complete.