Canoodling in the Crescent City: romantic spots for Valentine’s Day

More often than not, Valentine's Day gets overlooked because it falls on the day of one of your favorite parades, but this year, it shines all by itself before the big parades start.

by Mary Staes
February 6, 2019

Somewhere between the end of football season and Mardi Gras, usually there’s Valentine’s Day. Still, more often than not, it gets overlooked because of Carnival.

Here’s a list of places you can take your special someone for a romantic night on the town:

Bacchanal Wine


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The groundhog promised an early spring so bust out the rose’ tonight and dig some backyard jazz by Miles Berry at Bacchanal!

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Nested in the Marigny, this “wine laboratory” offers a store where you can buy a bottle of your favorite wine, grab a glass, and pop it open right there. The courtyard is a great place to hear live music and there’s seating upstairs to share a the plates available from the kitchen.

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
Getting there
600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Mon 12–10pm
Tue Closed
Wed-Thu 12–10pm
Fri-Sat 12–11pm
Sun 12–10pm
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City Park


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💪💚 🌳 📸: @jessehartsnola #neworleanscitypark

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City Park is full of romantic spots. From the carousel gardens, putt putt golf, Big Lake, and the porch swings across from Storyland you can always find gorgeous scenery to sit and enjoy a moment with bae.

City Park
Getting there
City Park, New Orleans, LA, USA

Fogo De Chao


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Taste how Brazilians do Bone-In.

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This date night hotspot is definitely one you want to plan for, with reservations and money set aside. It’s definitely not the price range of a spontaneous dinner, but who doesn’t want to splurge on Valentine’s Day? And if you dine at Fogo during Valentine’s Day weekend, you’ll get a free dining card for a meal on your next visit.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
Getting there
614 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, 5–10pm
Sat 11:30am–10:30pm
Sun 11:30am–9pm
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Monkey Board


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Blues and bubbly. 🥂🎷 We’ll see you at Monkey Board for Big Al & The Heavyweights from 7-10! Photo: @alexisdickie

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One of the hottest rooftop bars in the city, Monkey Board at the Troubadour Hotel serves up drinks and food. You can start your evening here with Happy Hour specials from 4-6 p.m.

Monkey Board
Getting there
1111 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Mon-Thu 4–10:30pm
Fri-Sat 4pm–12:30am
Sun 4–10:30pm
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Lake Pontchartrain Cruises

We’ve all gone to the lake to spend a little quality time with someone, but Lake Pontchartrain Cruises offers a different view with excursions on a 38-foot Sea Ray Sundancer yacht. Click here for more information.

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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