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Drunk Painting Or Soap Football: Get Lovey-Dovey This Valentine’s Day With Offbeat Date Ideas

Navya posted on 10 February

As Cupid takes aim, you must be racking your brains to come up with an exclusive way to spend Valentine’s Day, this year. And if you are seemingly tired of the cliches — the chocolates and the candle-lit dinners — you should thank your stars that you live in Bangalore. Cause the city offers offbeat and quirky experiences that’ll make your Valentine’s Day unique. From shovelling down biryani at a wrestling pit to sliding through a football arena — this is going to be an unforgettable Valentine’s Day indeed.

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Dine At A Wrestling Pit

Photo: Shailaja Rangarajan

Photo: Shailaja Rangarajan

Cancel those reservations at that fancy restaurant, that’s already crowded with love-struck couples, and head to a wrestling pit for one of the best biryanis this city has to offer. A crumbling old building in busy Shivajinagar, the Ustad Pehlwan Kale Bhai Biryani {it’s close to Ellis Theatre} is a legend. This is a humble joint and you can perch on chairs in a courtyard, by the wrestling pit, to dig into some top-notch biryani, mutton chops, and shammi kebabs. However, make sure you get here on time {it’s only open in the afternoons} since they run out very soon. For more, click here.

Discover Bangalore With A Heritage Walk

Photo Source: Unhurried

Photo Source: Unhurried

This Valentine’s Day, team up with your significant other to fall in love with the city! There are plenty of outfits like the Bangalore Walks, Unhurried, and Bengaluru By Foot that conduct walks around the city’s many historical and interesting neighbourhoods. In fact, we are looking at their calendars around V-Day {love can be celebrated any day, right?} and they have plenty happening. There are food walks that take you through military hotels and through Johnson Market. There are also ones that introduce you to the military heritage of the city and the beautiful gardens we have.

Tour The Brain Museum

If you believe that love is nothing but a chemical reaction in your brain, take your romantic self to the Brain Museum at NIMHANS. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, you can sign up for guided tours that give you an insight into the workings of the grey cells that reside between your ears. After you’ve touched a real brain, you can hop over to the museum and gawk at over 400 specimens. For more, read here.

Cuddle Under The Stars At The Planetarium

This one’s a no-brainer really. After all, we’ve watched Ross and Rachel’s first date unfold under the stars in Friends. And while you can’t have the whole planetarium to yourself {nor the furry rug}, you can definitely swing by for a show for a cosy date this week. Under the starlit dome, you and your beloved can cosy up for an exploration of the universe. Here's the schedule.

Go Cycling In Nandi Hills

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Photo Source: ICYCLE.in

Add a bit of adventure to your romance-filled day with a cycling trip to the picture-perfect Nandi Hills, just outside Bangalore. Arrive at the base of the hills and head to the iCycle kiosk to rent out your wheels. From there, the both of you can make your way to the pinnacle and stop for plenty of kissy-face selfies too. Here’s more.

Sign Up For Soap Football

Create your very own frothy love story at a soap football arena. Be-Live It, off Sarjapur Road, offers you a football arena that comes covered in soapy water. You and your love can slip and slide through the foam while trying to score a goal. For those of you who love to have heaps of fun, this is a perfect date. Read more, here.

Find Your Target At The Shooting Ranges

If you want your aim to be as bang on as Cupid’s, then, stop by a shooting range. Of course, we don’t promote violence especially on the Day of Love. But this is a great opportunity for you and partner to team up and have a ball. Ranges like the Bangalore Rifle Shooters Academy and Nishanna Sports Shooting Academy offer recreational shooting facilities. Read more, here.

Horse Around At The Embassy International Riding School

Drive down to Embassy International Riding School, at the outskirts of the city, for a romantic date. Book one of their stylish tents and you can camp here for the day or the whole week. You can spend the day here take long walks, petting horses, and enjoying a fine Italian meal at their in-house restaurant - Ai Cavalli. For more, click here.

Stroll Under The Stars With Night Treks

Photo Source: BMC India

Photo Source: BMC India

Push you Valentine Day plans to the weekend and you can sign up for a night trek under the moonlit sky. Many of the popular trekking destinations, around Bangalore, are perfect for a night trek. And you choose between getaways like Antargange, Savandurga, and Ramanagara. For more, read here.

Drink, Paint, Love, At The Open Box

Everybody needs that bit of inspiration to paint. And there's no better inspiration than a glass of wine or beer. So to knock off that edge, The Open Box is teaming up with Paint-O-Holics to get you drinking, painting and dancing. There's of course, food, more drinks and a live band {the DJ will come on a bit later too}. And if Italians are to be believed, art, wine and music is pretty much all you need to fall in love. Ready? Check out the event here.

Check out our handy Valentine's Day guide here!