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You don’t need white tablecloths or an overpriced meal to impress a date. This year, leave the predictable date itinerary behind—here’s what to do (while saving some dough) on Valentine’s Day in some of America’s coolest cities.

Sample wine, cheese and theater in Austin

Your romantic day begins with a challenging, thought-provoking play at Austin‘s Zach Theater: Tribes ($29+). The story of a deaf man understanding the nature of community and belonging will give you plenty to talk about as you walkover to nearby House Wine and settle in for some of its namesake libation. This place is about as unpretentious as it is intimate—meaning you can relax and nibble on cheese plates, artisan pizza and s’mores in the dining room or patio. The staff will happily explain the wine list and offer suggestions as you two crazy kids giggle and blush, wiping melted marshmallows from your face. Best of all, you can get 10% off or BOGO dessert if you show them your ticket stub.

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Get artsy—then down-home—in New York

It’s not that often that you can do something in New York for literally $0. But welcome to Greater New York, MoMA PS1’s annual exhibit, which explores our contradictory desires for nostalgia and the new. See the works of emerging and established artists in this Long Island City mainstay before heading down to Williamsburg’s The Commodore. Once tucked into the low-key, no-frills bar, indulge in a little post-art-show conversation over a Tom Collins ($6) and a fried chicken plate with biscuits and hot sauce ($12). If the date’s going well, wander a few blocks to St. Mazie for some cheap-for-New-York cocktails ($10 apiece) and maybe even some live music.

Experience the refined and at-ease sides of Chicago

Joffrey’s Bold Moves marries visual art, groundbreaking musical compositions and history into a trio of visually stunning ballet performances. It’s also quite cheap for a production of this quality—tickets start at $58. Afterwards, you and your hungry date can head to Furious Spoon in Wicker Park for one of the city’s best bowls of ramen ($7–$12). After downing the last of your thick, savory tonkatsu broth, wander across the street to Revel Room. This dark, trendy bar will create an intimate setting for the last leg of yourdate. Toast to a successful evening—and the fact that (s)he is okay with watching you shamelessly slurp down noodles—with a craft beer ($5–$10) or a house cocktail ($10).

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Start your romancing early in Boston

This Valentine’s Day, start the festivities early, and with a kick! Sample some Spanish brunch options like breakfast lamb bocadillo ($13) and churros con chocolate ($8) at Jamaica Plain hotspot Tres Gatos. Then, head into Chinatown and the brisk outdoors for the Chinese New Year Parade to see lion dances, firecrackers and catchy drum beats as performers flood the streets. But your date isn’t over yet—make sure you dress warm, because it’ll be cold on the nearby Frog Pond ice rink. If you don’t have skates of your own, fear not (and channel any worries into not falling down). You can rent skates onsite for $12.

See Atlanta’s wild side

Craving a creative way to celebrate with your sweetheart in Atlanta? Start with a good, hearty lunch at bartaco. Then, after having your fill of shrimp bahn mi rice bowls ($8), al pastor tacos ($2.50) and mushroom mole tamales ($5), head on over to the High Museum of Art for the cheekily named heARTS in the City scavenger hunt ($50 per couple). From 1:00-4:00 p.m., you can scour the museum—filled with pieces by Georgia O’Keefe, Gerhard Richter and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec—to solve puzzles and complete challenges. Along the way, you’ll run into some tasty snacks, too.

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Pull out all the stops in Denver

Planning an old-fashioned, romantic date for your Valentine? Denver’s the perfect town. After enjoying an intimate feast at Osteria Marco—think butternut squash pizza with gorgonzola ($13) and meatball sliders ($7)—enjoy an intimate murder at Murder for Two, a ‘musical murder mystery’ whose intrigue and twists are playing out on the Garner Galleria Theatre’s stage. After this two-man ensemble solves the crime, harnessing only their wit and a piano, cab it over to The Bar Car for a sexy yet laid-back nightcap amid this beautiful, antique-inspired bar and its jukebox of ‘80s hits. We recommend the the Irish mule, made with a hardy splash of Jameson ($8).

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