Most typical date nights are found at the week's end, but local restaurants are serving up mid-week specials for two too good to ignore. Bust out that little black book (or Blackberry) and make a date for Tuesday night.
Zipp's Liquors - 2618 E. Franklin Ave. - 612.333.8686 - Third Tuesday Tasting - Free, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
First stop of the evening: Zipp's Liquors for the Triple T - a free tasting the third Tuesday of every month starting Jan. 20. Meander through the store sampling a unique selection of wine, beer and spirits from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.Al Vento - 5001 34th Ave. S - 612.724.3009 - Three-course meal, $20 each.
Chef-Owner Jon Hunt offers three-course Italian meals, featuring a rotating menu of bruschettas, salads and Al Vento's famous made-from-scratch pastas, for $20 each on Tuesday nights as part of an initiative to reinstate a little romance this wintery season.
Red Stag Supper Club - 509 1st Avenue NE - 612.767.7766 - Bottle of wine, two entrees and two desserts, $32 per couple, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Chef Brian Hauke and Sous Chef Jason Blair cook up a hearty entrée and a vegetarian/vegan alternative (rumor has it this week's specialty is a modern take on chicken potpie). Add in a bottle of red or white wine, selected to complement the meal, and desserts dreamt up by Pasty Chef Sarah Wallace, and voila: pure romance for $32 a couple.
20.21 Restaurant and Bar - 1750 Hennepin Ave. - 612.253.3410 - Bottle of wine and three-course dinner, $50 per couple.
If you're looking for an impressive view, head to 20.21 - Wolfgang Puck's restaurant in the Walker Art Center overlooking Hennepin Avenue. 20.21 kicks off its date night Tuesday, Jan. 20, featuring a three-course dinner for two paired with a bottle of wine for $50.Wilde Roast Café - 518 E. Hennepin Ave. - 612.331.4544 - Bottomless house red or white wine and any pizza or salad, $25 per couple. Monday - Thursday.
In the mood for something a little lighter and a bit more flexible (not to mention easier on your budget)? Check out Wilde Roast Café's dinner special any weeknight, Monday through Thursday. For $25 a couple, each person enjoys a bottomless glass of the house red or white wine and one of Wilde Roast's specialty pizzas or salads.
Riverview Theater - 3800 42nd Ave. S - 612.729.7369 - All shows, $2, Cash only.
Remember the classic dinner-and-a-movie date (when tickets only didn't cost $20)? Riverview Theater is vying to bring it back, screening everything from Hollywood blockbusters to niche art films in a 1950s-style auditorium complete with high-backed rocker seats and digital sound. Tickets are a bargain basement $2 on Tuesdays. Call 612.729.7369 or visit riverviewtheater.com for show times.