Romantic Valentine’s Day Dates On A Dime

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — If you haven’t made plans for Valentine’s Day yet – don’t worry, the ladies at have some great ideas on how to have a romantic date on a dime.

Rachel Booth and Heather Walsh are cheap dates. Well, actually, it’s their job to find cheap activities for the website, and they’ve come up with some cool date ideas.

Check out their Affordable Valentine’s Day Date Guide at this link.

If you want to celebrate Valentine’s all day Saturday, start at Right by Nature in the Strip District to pick up lunch before heading to the Pittsburgh Opera’s Brown Bag Series. has an exclusive deal to get $20 worth of lunch food for only $10, and the Valentine-themed abbreviated opera is free.

Then, stroll downtown, stopping in the art galleries along the way – all free, of course. Parking is only $5 downtown on the weekend.

For dinner, check out the restaurant at one of Pittsburgh’s most luxurious, high-end hotels, The Renaissance.

Braddock’s Bar and Restaurant are hip and romantic, and they participate in the program.

With that, they figured out you can get a nice meal with wine for about $25, including a full tip.

Top off the night with free, live jazz and $5 chocolate raspberry martinis at the Backstage Bar in the Cultural District.

Of course, you can do just one of these things, but how much do you think it would it cost to do them all?

The LivingPittsburgh girls say it can be done for just $65 for two people.

If your idea of romance is melted chocolate, head over to the Melting Pot in Station Square for their late night deals on the weekend; it’s $38 after 10 p.m.

If you want to celebrate Valentine’s on Sunday, start out with brunch at the new Shiloh’s restaurant on Mount Washington.

From there, walk less than a block to the Duquesne Incline and take in the breathtaking view with a $6.50 roundtrip for two. (*Officials with the Port Authority say the Mon Incline will temporarily close through this weekend while work is conducted on its control system. A bus shuttle will serve the upper and lower stations during the work, which is scheduled to start Saturday morning at 1 a.m. The Mon Incline would resume service at 4 a.m. on Monday morning.)

Leave your car on Mount Washington where parking is free and take the incline to Station Square.

At the Pennsylvania Wine Cellar, you can taste wines and get your own personalized bottle.

Before you go, stop by Buco de Beppo for takeout with a coupon for $10 off $20 from the website.

Check out their guide to “A Pittsburgh Valentine’s Day Date From Top to Bottom” at this link.

Check out their guide to “A Pittsburgh Valentine’s Day Date with Dining & Dancing in the Cultural District” at this link.

You can then continue that date at home with a free movie from Redbox using the code at

For more visit, at this link.

  • Kelly

    There is no coupon on for Buca for $10 off $20

  • rachel

    It is on there – the link is in the featured date that Kristine talked about.

  • lindsay

    Skyvue Restaurant and Lounge in West Mifflin Pa is a great place to have a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. They have having many dinner specials for Valentine’s Day and a fullly stock bar with many wine choices. It’s a good idea to call ahead to make reservations the phone number is (412) 469-1119.

  • sad

    melting pot is booked all weekend, don’t bother

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