Anti-Valentine's Day Guide: Here's Your Singledom Cheat Sheet!

It’s no biggie if you’re rolling solo this Valentine’s Day. Think of it this way—you’re not "single," you’re free! Free to drink where you want, eat where you want, and dance where (and with whomever) you want. Plus, you’ve got us—your ever-loving style sweethearts—to show you and your unattached besties where to go all weekend—and Tuesday night. We’ve got martini parties, hot concerts at the Design District, and posh VIP dinners to help you revel in your freedom…and maybe stir up a little trouble, too. So, remember, since there’s no ball and chain tying you down, you can do whatever your little heart desires.
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Embrace the single life with these five fabulously fun V-Day plans.
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Play It By Ear
Yes, you could go see the new Judd Apatow rom-com or the latest Nicholas Sparks tear-jerker, but Katherine Heigl movies always make it to DVD, whereas the opportunity to watch these plays has a definite expiration date. Appropriately titled "Love Stories: An Evening of Short Plays About Flirtation, Romance, and Love," this series won't depress you, with six love stories by playwrights from NY, Seattle, Burbank, and, obvi, Miami. There's a suggested donation of $5 - $25, and it's cash only. Who can resist names like Mellow Yellow, La Vie En Rose, and Missed Connections.
Playground Theater, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores; 305-751-9550.
Shag, Baby
For those looking for a dash of Mardi Gras in their Valentine's, there's Tag-n-Shag at Fado Irish Pub. There'll be cheap drinks $4 Stellas and $3 Picklebacks, but more importantly there's a game. Oh yes, a dating game. Boys get blue beads, girls get pink— a bit cliché but we'll go with it—and if you find someone particularly attractive you're encouraged to give them your beads. The person with the most beads at the end of the night wins an $100 AMEX gift card. And presumably some very fun after-hours.
Fadó Irish Pub, 900 South Miami Avenue, Suite 200; 786-924-0972
Martini A-Go-Go
Take a weekly, gay martini party hosted by some fabulous and fun boys, mix it with V-Day, and what do you get? A Valentini (made with ginger-infused vodka, a splash of saki, a splash of lychee juice, and garnished with lychee), of course! This glam libation will be on tap at this "Bring Your Valentine"-themed bash, open to couples and singles alike. Ladies, we think it's time to meet your newest gay best friend. So much better than a Valentini Valentine.
Jeronimos, 814 First Street; 305-397-8382.
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Photo: Courtesy of Playground Theater, Steak, and Bar, Fadó Irish Pub, and Jeronimo's
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Lonely Hearts Club
It's an exclusive dinner and you'll need a reservation for a party of one. Oh, we're not kidding—The Lonely Hearts Dinner only accepts bookings for single seats, but one is definitely not the loneliest number at this shindig. For $65, guests will enjoy a private dining area and four fabulously-named courses like Love Shucks (a seafood tower) and, to end the night off, the Broken-Hearted Napoleon. Conversation, great food, and a chic restaurant with independent people? Going solo has seldom sounded better.
Edge, Steak, and Bar, 1435 Brickell Avenue on the 7th floor; 305-358-3535.
Tweet Sweet
When Valentine's Day falls during Social Media Week, you know there's bound to be a showing of #love by Miami's tweethearts. And for all those socially inclined but single, there's a tweet-up at The Stage, where you can enjoy a live performance by buzzed-about duo Michelle Forte and Chris Wynter. Don't be afraid to snap away while playing a few rounds of petanque, enjoying drink specials, and visiting that food truck—you may meet a cute boy with cool Instagram photos.
The Stage, 170 NE 38th Street; 305-576-9577.
Photo: Courtesy of Edge, Steak, and Bar and The Stage
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