14 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in the River Market

Posted on February 1, 2019

Whether you like to go all out with cards, candy, flowers and a fancy dinner date, or keep it low key and casual, the Little Rock River Market is the perfect location for your Valentine’s Day celebration.  However you plan to celebrate, we’re here to help you plan the perfect night.  First things first, where to eat!

Feeling fancy this Valentine’s Day?  Try an upscale eatery in the River Market District and take advantage of their valet parking services.  Don’t forget to make a reservation.

42 Bar and Table, Cache and Sonny Williams each offer spectacular dinner menus featuring some of Little Rock’s most celebrated chefs’ creations. Their servers know just the perfect wine or cocktail to pair with your selection. 

For a casual, yet upscale dining experience try these places:

Dizzy’s and Copper Grill both offer cozy environments and delicious fare that will make you forget you still have your flats on.   Reservations aren’t necessary, so no need to worry if the holiday sneaks up on you. Buenos Aires Grill is tucked away on the 500 block of President Clinton Avenue between the Museum of Discovery and Zeteo Coffee. Their authentic Argentinean food is crafted with passion from their favorite family recipes. 

Does your sweetheart have a sweet tooth?  If so, head on over to Kilwins where you can pick out the perfect sweet treat for your Valentine. If sweets aren’t their thing, you’ll find a great selection of wine at Stratton’s Market and expert staff who are eager to advise you on the perfect bottle to suit your bae’s tastes.

Speaking of gifts, the River Market District has the, “where to shop” question covered too.  Here you’ll find several retailers, three of which offer a wide variety of unique, whimsical gift options.  Pop in to The Barn Mercantile or Freckled Frog where you may find the perfect little thing to demonstrate your affection or check out the Bookstore at Library Square.  Or, a shopping trip to local boutiques Barakat Bespoke (for Him), Luv and Fringe (for Her) may be in order.

If your love language is expressed in quality time, give the gift of a day spent together touring the River or River Market District.  You can roll with 404 Tour Co., or ride or row with Rock Town River Outfitters.

Last but not least – be a nonconformist and celebrate Valentine’s the Tuesday before or after at Ron Robinson Theater at Date Night Tuesdays.  They’re showing The Notebook on the 12th and The Princess Bride on the 17th. 

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