February 13 is now and forever a very special day. It’s Galentine’s Day. A new, completely contrived holiday (thanks to our favorite fictional friend, Leslie Knope) created to celebrate female friendship. And we couldn’t be happier about it.
In honor of the date, we’ve rounded up 10 perfect spots from around the county where the ambience is fun and the drinks are delicious. So assemble your girls, and get ready to toast true blue female friendship.
Pietro Nolita, New York City
There likely isn’t a more perfect spot to spend Galentine’s Day in NYC than the elegantly pink Pietro Nolita, which has become as popular for its lovely decor as it has for its tasty menu of seasonal Italian fare and delicious cocktails.
Top of the Hub, Boston
Top of the Hub offers a laid back yet elegant atmosphere with an extensive cocktail list and stunning 360-degree views of Boston. In other words, it’s the perfect place to go dressed up to toast those you cherish most: your girlfriends.
If you and your BFFs are keeping things official and celebrating on February 13 (as Leslie would wish), the rustic and cozy Italian eatery, Balena, is here to help with this amazing Galentine’s Day offer: one pizza and two glasses of Prosecco for $20. Pizza, bubbly, and girltalk equals sheer bliss.
The 5 Spot, Nashville
Nashville is the place to be right now for anything girls: girls’ nights, girls’ weekends, bachelorette parties, you name it. And if you’re looking to celebrate your besties in true girls-night-out style, head on over to The 5 Spot for whatever your Galentine’s Day hearts desire: food, drinks, live music, and dancing are all on tap.
Here’s a fun spin for Galentine’s Day: How about a grown-up version of a favorite shared girl experience: sitting in a semi-circle in PJ’s, eating ice cream out the tub, and talking about everything under the sun. Sounds amazing, right? The PJs are optional, but a group gelato date to Gemelli for an inspired menu of gelato, cocktails, and coffee is a definite Galentine’s Day bucket list item.
Sawyer, Los Angeles
For a quieter, more intimate Galentine’s Day, Sawyer in Silverlake is the perfect spot for girlfriends to gather for light, delicious bites and elegant drinks in a gorgeous setting.
Milk Jar Cookies, Los Angeles
Galentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean cocktails—cookies are definitely an option! The completely charming Milk Jar Cookies is a spot-on destination if your friends are the type of girls who enjoy sitting around the kitchen table and chatting over dessert (ok, so all of us then).
Gitane, San Francisco
Our friends are the ones who remind us how smart, sexy, and cool we are, right? What better place to celebrate our collective amazingness than Gitane, an elegant yet playful cabaret-style restaurant and lounge that serves seasonal, upscale American cuisine and cocktails on cocktails on cocktails.
Toulouse Petit, Seattle
If you’re still deciding between a brunch, happy hour, or dinner with your girls, Toulouse Petit offers all three in a warm and stylish setting. From breakfast beignets and Creole Andouille hash to a late night Absinthe menu, their NOLA-inspired menu is on point for a celebratory Galentine’s Day feast.
The Butcher Shop, Miami
So Galentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, and The Butcher Shop offers half-price wine nights on Mondays. We do not have to be mathletes to figure out that is a very solid equation. (They also have an extensive menu of artisanal, seasonal fare.)