13 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas That Don’t Include Alcohol But Do Guarantee Fun

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You may think Valentine’s Day and alcohol go hand-in-hand, but that’s not necessarily true. In fact, there are many Valentine’s Day date ideas that don’t include alcohol, because, TBH, you don’t need it to have fun. As someone who gave up alcohol for over a year, I know all about date ideas that don’t include it. At the time, my then-boyfriend drank it, but when I took a year-plus off from it, he did, too. Another year, I dated someone who didn’t like drinking, so I found myself not drinking either.

Whatever your reason is — whether you’re sober, on medication that prohibits alcohol, allergic, or just don’t like alcohol — there are many non-drinking options for Valentine’s Day dates and everyday dates. Personally, I feel it’s a great test when you can have a sober date, as then nothing clouds your judgment about your date, not even a shot’s worth of vodka. Plus, I’ve learned first-hand that dating someone sober is much better than dating someone who drinks too much.

Many singles nowadays don't want to drink alcohol on a date,” James Preece, aka The Dating Guru, tells Bustle. “Perhaps this is for health reasons or they just want to keep their heads clear. As a dating coach, I think this is a great idea. While alcohol can sometimes help with nerves, it can also end up ruining dates by making you say or do something you regret afterwards.”

Plus, alcohol can also affect you physically. “For some couples, Valentine’s Day is a definite planned sex night,” Clarissa Silva, behavioral scientist and author of the relationship blog, You’re Just A Dumbass, tells Bustle. “Although we commonly refer to it as a social lubricant, alcohol is a depressant that causes drowsiness and can play a role on your ability to have sex.”

Without further ado, here are 13 Valentine’s Day date ideas that don’t include alcohol and do guarantee fun.