Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, and if you’re dreading it because you don’t share our affinity for romantical dining or you find yourself without a plus-one, we’ve rounded up some fun ways to spend the day — and the days leading up to it. Read on for a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day celebrations for singles 2017.
Balena, Chicago, Illinois
Have a very Parks and Rec kinda day when you join the folks at Balena on the 13th. Coined by the character Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day celebrates the most important love of a lady’s life: her gal pals! Boka Restaurant Group’s Balena invites gal (and guy!) friends to celebrate camaraderie with a $20 for two glasses of Prosecco and a pizza offer from 5PM-9PM the night before Valentine’s Day. Make a reservation at Balena.
Petty Cash Taqueria, Los Angeles, California
How about a ‘No Pressure Valentine’s Day’? Escape the pressure of finding the perfect Valentine’s date and indulge in an affordable La Nina del Mezcal tasting with nachos for just $35 a person from 7PM-10:15PM on the 14th. Make a reservation at Petty Cash Taqueria.
Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar, Menlo Park, California
Do all things Cupid and red roses have you feeling queasy? Put down the Pepto and coat your stomach with the delicious “Heck no! Dismal Date” cocktail. This frothy pink beverage includes Vodka, Frangelico, Grenadine, and crème fraiche, served chilled and up with a mint leaf garnish. Make a reservation at Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar.
STK MIAMI, Miami Beach, Florida
Calling all The Bachelorette fans. Try to catch Josh Murray’s eye at the STK Miami Love Bites Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. With beats by DJ Sk1tty and a meet and greet with Josh, the gathering also features complimentary passed Champagne for the ladies from 6-8PM and an extended happy hour menu at the bar. RSVP to: STKRSVP@Workshopcollective.com. Make a reservation at STK Miami.
Brasserie S&P, San Francisco, California
In a true bromance? The elegant restaurant and bar/lounge inside Loews Regency San Francisco is serving up a fun for you and your real match made in heaven – your BFF. The PALentine’s Pairing, offered now through the 14th, features the playful and sweet cocktail, a blend of vodka, pomegranate juice, pinot grigio, white cacao and orange bitters. The cocktail is served with a mini basket of decadent truffle garlic fries complete with Mighty Mo sauce – and you don’t have to sweat having garlic breath. Make a reservation at Brasserie S&P.
The Late Late, New York, New York
The Late Late in Manhattan’s Lower East Side is hosting their first annual F*ck Valentine’s Party. From 4-8PM, there are two-for-one drinks and $10 dinner specials, such as a tacos and a beer or burger and a beer for a ten spot. Make a reservation at The Late Late.
Nikki Beach, Miami Beach, Florida
All the cool honeys will “bee” at Nikki Beach Miami Beach for the Valentine’s edition of the popular and delicious Amazing Sundays brunch. Ladies will enjoy special promotions throughout the day, including a complimentary cocktail voucher for women who show their Bumble app at the door to send to the honey of their choice, and a kissing booth for close encounters. Make a reservation at Nikki Beach.
Brother Jimmy’s, New York, New York
The Murray Hill location of beloved BBQ mecca Brother Jimmy’s is hosting a Nuts & Bolts Single’s Party Valentine’s Day. Each woman will be given a nut, each man a bolt, and they invite you to “mingle and screw your way around the party to find the right fit!” When you find your match, you will receive a raffle ticket to win prizes and a new nut or bolt! The party will also offer drink specials and live music. Tickets are available at the door. Make a reservation at Brother’ Jimmy’s.
Bodega Negra, New York, New York
Is your single status making you a bit crazy? Head over to Bodega Negra in Manhattan for ‘Loco Mondays’. Take in dinner and a show with a twist. Featuring contemporary Mexican fare, burlesque Day of the Dead Dancers and performers, and an array of cocktails prepared with Mexican spirits, what better way to celebrate Galentine’s Day, than with a night of margaritas, music, and a bit of mayhem? Make a reservation at Bodega Negra.
CAST at the Viceroy, Santa Monica
Wipe the slate clean at the Viceroy’s “Clean Slate” pre-Valentine’s Day soiree. It’s a new year, and we’ve all got a clean slate. Let the Three Day Rule matchmakers be your personal cupid as we take over the Viceroy Santa Monica hotel for a massive pre-Valentine’s bash! Bring your favorite wingman or wingwoman, grab a cocktail, and meet someone new! Want to come for free? Just bring a photograph of you with your ex and upon entering, throw it into the Burning Cauldron of Love! Make a reservation at CAST at the Viceroy.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Stamford, Connecticut
No date? No problem. “Eat, Drink and Be Messy” this Valentine’s Day with Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s low and slow ‘que and select beverage specials such as the U + Ur Hand whiskey sour, and the Cherry Popper old fashioned, and the Right Swipe vodka soda, while you Tinder away. Make a reservation at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
If Valentine’s Day is for the Mrs., then ORA thinks the day after should be for the mistresses. On February 15th, they’re hosting a cheeky Mistress’s Night Out featuring sounds by DJ Joe Maz. Couples can take covert pictures in ORA’s kissing booth, and drink “other woman” inspired cocktails like The Angelina by mixologist Rodger Gillespie. Doors open at 11PM.
And, don’t miss your chance to turn your most delicious food and drink photos into a cool grand in our #ValentinesDishPics giveaway.
Photo credit: Jessie Gibson (The Late Late).