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Valentine’s date ideas for partners, polycules, and pals

Man wearing red boxers that read "I'm with Cupid."
via Cupid’s Undie Run Facebook

It’s that time of year again when Cupid returns to shoot our butts full of his arrows. For the queer community, Valentine’s Day is significant in a variety of ways, from candle-lit dinners with romantic primaries to sex-capades with their polycules or snuggle-fests between aces.

In honor of this heartfelt holiday, we’ve collected an assortment of V-Day date ideas, ranging from sweet to spicy, to help you celebrate your love…

Cupid’s Undie Run, Various Cities

For LGBTQ lovers looking for a unique pre-Valentine’s Day activity, strip down to your skivvies and hit up Cupid’s Undie Run. This annual event, perfect for your partner(s), galentines, or platonic pals, is hosted simultaneously in 12 different cities across the country, including Atlanta, Boise, and Reno, to name a few. These scantily-clad fun run benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation, so you’ll be shaking your booty for a good cause. Plus, it’s a great excuse to flaunt that cute pair of Calvins.

Cosme, New York


Michelin-rated Mexican cantina 35 E 21st St · New York, NY 10010
(212) 913-9659

Gay Gothamites looking for a traditional Valentine’s Day date night, consider flitting over to the Flat Iron District for dinner at Cosme. Boasting a robust menu of locally sourced, Mexican-inspired contemporary cuisine, this Michelin-rated restaurant specializes in small plates perfect for sharing. Cosme also offers a variety of tequila and mezcal cocktails to help lower your inhibitions and get your blood pumping for any post-dinner debauchery.

The Penthouse at Mastro’s, Los Angeles

The Penthouse at Mastro’s

Snazzy steakhouse 246 N Canon Dr · Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 888-8782

High-end gays looking to flex their disposable income can take their beloved boy toys out to one of the most esteemed steak houses in Los Angeles. Round out your rib-eye repast with an order of their lobster mac-n-cheese. And be sure to leave room for their signature butter cake (it’s as rich as the sugar daddies footing the bills). Warning, Mastro’s adheres to a strict dress code, so ditch the denim and don your finest threads (or you will not make it past the bouncer).

Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana

Whether you are midwest ‘mos or just a bicoastal queer couple looking for a Valentine’s Day weekend away from the city, Whitefish provides a snow-swept retreat to crush powder during the day and cuddle up with your cutie at night. And if your muscles aren’t too sore from an afternoon of snowboarding, mosey over to Great Northern Bar & Grill for a stiff drink and listen to live music with the locals.

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