So you and your significant other are looking to spice things up this Valentine’s Day.
That whole romantic meal by candlelight thing is so blasé, expensive gifts have become too conformist for the special brand of magic you share, edible lingerie has had its day and the bubble bath mishaps of 2012 and 2015 were firm lessons that neither of you have a bathtub capable of comfortably fitting two people.
What to do? What to do?
Try this gem of an idea: spend the day in Virginia City getting sloppy, annihilated drunk…or at least appropriately tipsy for some passionate Valentine’s Day shenanigans.
If that sounds like your cup of romance, head on out for Virginia City’s Devil Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl from 11 am to 5 pm on February 13. Cups can be purchased for $20 online or $25 the day of the event. There are 10 participating saloons and people of all relationship statuses are welcomed equally (although their cups are color coordinated).
It’s the perfect saloon crawl for any couple looking to make this Valentine’s Day special. After all, is a single thing in the entire world more romantic than day drinking?
Dress the part
If you’re going to make the commitment to avoid being lame on Valentine’s Day and do something you both might actually enjoy, make sure you capture the spirit of the event and make the day something memorable (if, of course, you remember it at all).
Virginia City is built to resemble the mining boomtown it was in the 1800s, hence the presence of saloons and all sorts of haunted places. It’s a town with character and personality, so have some fun representing the culture of the saloon crawl’s host.
If you’re not dressed to the nines as some combination of “bar wench”, “floozy madam” and “bank robber”, what are you even doing with your life?
Con “that friend”
While no irresponsible human being says no to a good day drunk, the Devil Made Me Do It Saloon Crawl does present a few challenges. Namely, it’s a pub crawl, Reno patrons have to drive 45 minutes to get to Virginia City and drunk driving is stupid. So there’s that.
Not to worry, friends, because odds are you know somebody who can help. They’ll not have plans that weekend because they are hopelessly, irreversibly, and even pathetically alone. In fact, they likely have nothing better to do than eat copious amounts of chocolate and watch a shameful number of Gilmore Girls episodes anyway, so they’d love to be your designated driver. In case you haven’t figured it out yet: get one of your single friends to drive you.
It should be an easy sell. “Cupid Cups” can be purchased for your designated drivers for $10 and include free non-alcoholic beverages at participating locales. Beyond keeping their friends (you) safe, they are likely to find other good Samaritans/poor souls fulfilling the same duty. Some of them will be attractive and yearning for some loving to call their own after watching all the couples and their romantic canoodling. Since the event ends at 5 p.m., there’s plenty of time to drive you back to Reno and then meet up for drinks and a night of magic.
Boom, for $10 you got yourself a designated driver and your friend a chance at ending their loneliness.
Probably not, there’s a reason they’re single after all, but at least they can provide you and your significant other an afternoon of drunken fun.
Think of it like a tailgate for Valentine’s Day’s main event.