Feb. 09, 2015

Audrey Jensen
ajensen4@uccs.edu

Knowing that Colorado Springs has been rated 11 out of 150 highly populated cities for “Best City for Singles” might encourage those unattached to be hopeful this Valentine’s Day.

Personal finance social media site WalletHub conducted a study in 2014 to calculate the best cities for singles in America. They based their research on two factors: the economics of dating and the romance or fun of dating.

Whether you decide to celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, single or taken, there are decently priced venues that are entertaining places to hang out at with a group of friends or your significant other.

If you are searching for an exciting night out on Feb. 14, there are several spots worth looking into:

For a restaurant close to UCCS with a Mediterranean atmosphere and inspired dishes ranging from $8 to $30 go to Caspian Café located on 4375 Sinton Road.

The dinner menu ranges from Mediterranean pizza to fried calamari. For desserts, Caspian Café makes baklava, chocolate mousse, sorbet and more.

Caspian Café also provides happy hour every Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m with wines, martinis and beer. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 4-8 p.m.

Another restaurant worth trying with friends or your date in downtown Colorado Springs is Rasta Pasta. The restaurant serves Caribbean and Italian inspired pasta dishes and the bar serves a variety of beers including Jamaican beer. The menu also provides vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

The inside is filled with reggae themed decorations and music creating a laid-back atmosphere for guests. All dishes include homemade salad dressing and natural, antibiotic and non-hormonal chicken fresh from Patuxent Farms in Colorado.

The dishes are moderately priced and the happy hour is 4-6 p.m. Rasta Pasta is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located on 405 N. Tejon St.

Located on 901 Academy Blvd. is Colorado Springs’ dollar theater, Picture Show. Tickets are $1.75 regularly and $1 on Tuesdays for movies that have been in theaters for a while.

Although not as cheap as Picture Show, a theater that is showing new films is the Kimball’s Peak Three Theater located on 127 E. Kiowa St.

This small theater has three screens and only shows four films at the most. The theater features a bar with beer, wine and liquor to take into the theater as well as popcorn and fountain drinks.

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend, it is a good chance to take a visit to Mueller State Park or Silver Cascade Falls. The Student Outdoor Learning Experience office hosts a snowshoeing trip that day as well.

These restaurants, theaters and trips in Colorado Springs can be a great way to meet other students or put together a group of people and enjoy Valentine’s Day.