A Single’s Guide to Valentine’s Day: 6 Ways to Have Fun

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It’s finally here: Valentine’s Day, a seemingly endless brouhaha over flowers, chocolates, and romantic dates. Some singles may lament that Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year, because wanting to unwind from the workweek, they find restaurants and bars infiltrated with couples celebrating love. But the holiday is so formulaic that it is easy to avoid the crush of couples and still have a good time. So for all you single folks out there, you could wallow in being single or you could try out one of these six options instead.

Image Credit: Colleen Casey

Source: Colleen Casey

1. Go out to dinner

Just avoid any restaurant that sounds French, romantic, expensive, or any other setting where a typical Valentine’s Day date would occur. As diners prepare to pair off in cozy booths, gather your fellow single friends for a night out at all of the other establishments and cuisines that don’t cater to couples. Dates are less likely to select restaurants serving food in a family style format, tapas, or buffet. Also likely to still have space? Burger joints, Mexican restaurants (tequila is so not Valentine’s Day material), and any place that prides itself on chicken wings (which no one eats in a romantic manner) will hopefully be roomier than the downtown bistro and a much better place to spend Valentine’s Day with friends or family.

2. Catch a show or head to an event

Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean the world stops spinning. Concerts, shows, movies, and other events will still take place, and not all will have lovey dovey overtones. Should you avoid the romantic comedy or Michael Bublé-esque singer? Probably, unless you don’t mind being subjected to dozens of people on dates surrounding you all evening.

Cities are even catering to the single crowd on Valentine’s Day now, using the theme to draw people in. An art show taking place on Saturday in Seattle is called the “Loves Me Not — an Anti-Valentine’s Day Celebration.” Washington, D.C., has a slew of options specifically meant for the non-Valentine crowd, as does Los Angeles, Austin, towns that have the Howl at the Moon piano bar, and probably most major U.S. cities.

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