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5 Romance-Free Things to Do on Valentine's Day

Just because you're skipping Valentine's Day this year doesn't mean you can't have a good time.

By Abby Ledoux January 30, 2018 Published in the February 2018 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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This Valentine's Day, relax and have a cold one at Axelrad.

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Skipping Valentine’s Day this year? That doesn’t mean you have to hide out on a perfectly good Wednesday night. Put down the Russell Stover’s, turn off the rom-com, and consider these romance-free February 14 suggestions:

Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings

7 p.m., Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St.

Yes, it was sexy when Beyoncé namedropped the team in “Countdown." Never mind that, though. A basketball game is still a safe anti-V-Day bet.

Trivia, Steak and Cold Brew

8–11 p.m., Little Woodrow’s Midtown, 2306 Brazos St.

There’s nothing like a 22-ounce “big ass beer” to make the day more bearable. Why not combine it with a hunk of beef and some trivia?

Jazz Wednesdays

6:30 p.m., Axelrad Beer Garden, 1517 Alabama St.

We can tell you from experience that this weekly happening has nothing to do with that scene in Sex and the City when Carrie’s new musician beau plays her like a bass. There will be no such nauseating behavior at this pleasant outdoor beer garden.


7:30 p.m., Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway

What says “single” better than “one-woman show”? Hell-raising former Texas governor Ann Richards finds new life in this one-woman show written by Holland Taylor and starring Sally Edmundson.

The Dinner Detective

7–10 p.m., DoubleTree Hotel, 400 Dallas St.

Yes, it’s dubbed a Valentine’s Day Show, but how romantic can homicide really be? Like all the productions here, this four-act mystery, performed over a four-course meal in which actors dine among the audience, is based on an actual cold case.

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