Apparently 5.5 million New Yorkers are single. Phew! So, if you didn't get struck by Cupid's arrow, instead of feeling all torn up inside this Valentine's Day, we're inviting all the sassy singletons to band together in solidarity. Whether you're looking for a crazy dance party for you and your single pals, an anti-Valentine's movie marathon, a comedy show to beat the down-on-love blues, or the chance to have a one-night stand on the quick, we understand how important it is to avoid vomit-inducing couples at any cost. If you can't join 'em, beat 'em...isn't that the expression?
Click through to peep our guide to six anti-Valentine's Day events to get a heart-on all by yourself!
Believe it or not some of us actually LIKE being single, and we don't need some pre-fab Hallmark holiday to encourage us to show love to our favorite people: ourselves! If you're looking to dance your single heart out with Brooklyn locals, BK Hookup is hosting a Pre V-Day Dance Party Meatup at The Bell House. Come just for the party, or arrive early for a couple rounds of speed dating!
Sunday February 13th, 7 p.m., The Bell House, 149 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) Gowanus; 718- 643-6510.
Just because you don't have a date it certainly doesn't mean you're desperate enough to go home and watch porn alone. You may, however, consider getting your rocks off and your cupcakes on at the Short and Sweet Erotica For Valentines Day reading (plus cupcake party!) at Bluestockings bookstore and cafe, hosted by erotic writer Rachel Kramer Bussel.
Monday, February 14th, 7 p.m. Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street (between Stanton and Rivington streets); 212-777-6028.
Fans of True Blood, Twilight, and Vampire Diaries know that love bites...and we're totally into it. Put on your vampire costume and dance the night away like Edward and Bella on prom night at this years Anti-Valentine's Endless Night Vampire Ball.
Saturday, Feb 12, 10:00 p.m., Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette Street (between Walker and White streets); 212-584-5492.
Library Bar's executive chef Mark Spagenthal understands that when you' re not stressing about the post dinner make-out sesh, dinner can be much more fun. That' s why he' s stocked the Anti -Valentines Day Menu with all sorts of delicious grub that will make your breath gnarly (roasted garlic) and your bib messy (BBQ spareribs). Singletons dig in!
Monday February 14th, The Library Bar at The Paramount Hotel, 235 West 46th Street (at 8th Avenue); 212-764- 5500.
Let's laugh about it: the heartaches, heartbreaks and blunders all seem so funny at The Rejection Show , a collection of comedic performances from the book, Rejected: Tales of the Failed Dumped & Canceled.
Monday February 14th, 8:00 p.m., The Bell House 149 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd avenues) Gowanus; 718-643-6510.
Play With Yourself
For this education, no date is necessary. What single person isn't interested in sex and chocolate? Babeland offers a workshop to teach us how our two favorite things can be better together! With free mimosas snacks and samples, this sex-ed adventure is way to sweet to miss.
V-Day Sexy Sunday: Sex & Chocolate, Sunday, February 13, 12:30PM, Babeland, 94 Rivington Street (between Ludlow and Orchard streets); 212-375-1701.
Instead of sticking pins into your voodoo doll and plotting revenge on your evil ex, get boozy with your friends and take that aggression out on some rare steak instead! At Rare Bar & Grill's Un-Valentine's Day dinner, groups of 6 singles or more get half priced cocktails with any entrée. Being single has its perks after all!
Rare Bar and Grill, 152 W 26th St (between 6th and 7th avenues); 212-807-7273.