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Love at Latte Da

Love is in the air at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar, with fun, friendly and occasionally romantic events all month long. There’s always something happening at Latte Da—and here, in one convenient place, is a comprehensive list of all Latte Da’s February goings-on. There’s live music, poetry and storytelling, puppies, game night, trivia night, wine, art, and of course COFFEE! Latte Da has also got a full menu featuring some of the Couve’s best sandwiches—and some of its yummiest small plates and appetizers, perfect for date night with a glass of craft beer, cider, or fine wine. For more details, read on:

  • Monday, Feb. 6, Musicians’ Open Mic Night: come to perform…or to listen. All ages are welcome. Sign-ups start at 6 p.m. and music starts around 6:30 p.m. Full food and drink menu will be available.
  • Friday, Feb. 10, Spoken Word Writers’ Open Mic Night: enjoy a night of spoken-aloud poetry and short stories on February’s theme of “Love, Lust, and Obsession.” Sign-ups start at 5:30 p.m .and readings start at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 11, Pups & People Dog Meet-up: meet your two and four-legged neighbors at Latte Da’s furry, friendly get-together. Enjoy hot, homemade biscuits and gravy, or anything else from Latte Da’s morning menu. All ages are welcome and guests can buy a bandanas to benefit Must Love Dogs NW, a local dog rescue organization.
  • Friday, Feb. 17, Meet the Artist: each month, Latte Da features the work of a different local artist on its walls, which is not only fun to look at but also available for sale. February’s featured artists is Gina Kendall, and you can meet her starting at 5 p.m.—just in time for wine and beer, plus Latte Da’s selection of appetizers and small plates.
  • Saturday, Feb. 18, Game Night: enjoy a night of family-friendly fun, sandwiches, snacks, small plates, coffee, beer and wine. February’s games are backgammon and checkers. Games last from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 20, Trivia Night: come on down and show off your brain power from 6 to 8 p.m. while enjoying drinks and appetizers. There’s a 2$ suggested donation benefitting Must Love Dogs NW.
  • Thursday, Feb 23, Wine Tasting: a romantic wine tasting will be offered in Latta Da’s beautiful Tasting Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Four tastes are $12. Small appetizers will be provided. Bottles and glasses of the wines being poured will be available for purchase. Bring a date!
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, Sip & Paint: get step-by-step instruction to complete your own masterpiece, along with a glass of wine. Reserve your spot ahead of time in person at Latte Da or by calling 360-448-7651. Class runs from 5:45 to 8 p.m.
Latte Da, open most days from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is located in a cozy old home at 205 E. 39th St. in Vancouver and is an all-day destination for coffee, wine, light meals and live music. Street parking is available. For more details about these and other events, visit lattedacoffeehouse.com.
 

Wine, Art & Love at Cellar 55

What could be more romantic than something beautiful to look at, something delicious to drink, and to share it with the one you love? In honor of Valentine's Day weekend, Cellar 55 Tasting Room is offering an artisan craft show from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 1812 Washington St. in Vancouver's Uptown Village area.

The craft show will feature handmade wares from more than 10 local artisans. Vendors include AKC Images (photography, direct-to-wood prints), Designs by Debbie (jewelry and wine charms), Manja Creations (pasta and gourmet chocolates), Evy from the Heart (jewelry); Origami Owl (original, custom jewelry), Fouresse (gourmet olive oils and aged basalmic vinegars), and C’est la Vie (sweet and savory pastries and hot spiced cider). And here's a marvelous bonus: there's no admission charge! Support your local artists while drinking fabulous Washington wines. 

If you've already got plans for Sunday but are still looking for the perfect Valentine's Day spot, Cellar 55 is also offering an evening event with music, chocolate and more art—and more wine, naturally!—from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. Musician Anthony Utehs will be serenading sippers with romantic acoustic guitar music, and original art from Chris Eagon will be on display. But the romance doesn't stop there: sample the sumptuous "Brownies from Heaven," made by Bleu Door Bakery, which will be paired for your tasting pleasure with carefully chosen wines. (Yes, of course brownies and wine go together!)

Come early and catch the last 30 minutes of happy hour, which happens every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. (and from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays). All glasses of wine are discounted $1 to $1, and all appetizers are $1 less.