The Singleton's Guide to Valentine's Day
Where to Go If You're Lover-less This Saturday
Catch The Virgins at The Music Hall of Williamsburg (Doors, 8PM, Show, 9PM. Tickets, $16 advance, $18 at the door. 66 North 6th St, Brooklyn). Just because you’re seeing The Virgins doesn’t mean you are one. Take solace in this fact. And it should be a great concert, plain and simple. Plus, attendance at this hipster haven gives you automatic street cred, which might encourage people to sleep with you.
Laugh it off with your other singleton friends at Jon Friedman’s annual Rejected: Valentine’s Day Heartbreak Haven. (Doors, 10:30PM, Tickets $10, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 West 26th St). The cult-favorite live comedy series, The Rejection Show, is celebrating the release of its new book, Rejected: Tales of the Failed Dumped & Canceled, with a night of heartbreak-related performances and stories from the book. For $10, you can drink beer (free after paying the cover), engage in love-song karaoke, and giggle at the heartbreak woes of others while simultaneously forgetting and/or contributing your own.
It’s not just Restaurant Week in NYC – it’s also Chocolate Week… Head to Chocolate and I to see participants and catch events ranging from a Luxury Chocolate Tour, to a chocolate menu (including themed cocktails) to indulge in at select W hotels. Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, which releases endorphins, so even though you may be single, you’ll get a sensual rush.
Raise a glass to the single life at Gen Art’s Anti-Valentine 09. (Doors, 8PM. Tickets, $5 suggested donation at the door. Sidebar @ M2 Ultra Lounge. 530 West 28th St). They don’t promise roses or chocolate, but they do promise a few hundred of your nearest and dearest soon-to-be friends. Plus, where else in the city can you get $5 vodka cocktails without having to promise the bartender a little something special afterwards?
Best Bars for Singles on V-Day. Some ideas:
Happy Ending (302 Broome St, (212) 334-9676). This former erotic massage parlor must have preserved some of its mojo, because the scene here is hopping any night of the week. Dance your troubles away at this LES mainstay, which is always packed with singles ready for an anonymous make-out session in the bar’s old steam rooms.
Down the Hatch (179 West 4th St, (212) 627-9747). The only bar in NYC that seems genetically programmed to receive the young, the horny, and the restless. Throw back some cheap drinks and see how many phone numbers you get. Just stay away from the bathroom.
The Anchor (310 Spring St, (212) 463-7406). This ultra-cool Soho bar brings new meaning to the singles scene: one that doesn’t involve $1 shots or $2 PBRs. Decorated with classy blue and white stripes and funky antler chandeliers, Anchor boasts shots named after its famous clientele. Hey, it wouldn’t hurt for your Sig. O to be famous, would it?
And for single non-straights, and their straight friends: Go sing show tunes at the top of your lungs at Marie’s Crisis (59 Grove St, near Seventh Avenue, 212-243-9323). Life is better with booze and Broadway, and this famous gay piano bar’s a real piece of New York history. And it’s cheap -- you can drink at least 20 bucks worth of alcohol before someone has to carry you out as you slur the words to “Anything Goes.”
Second photo by Abbey Braden