Being single on Valentine’s Day is secretly awesome. You have to spend exactly $0 on someone else. You can buy a crappy box of chocolates without wondering if it’s good enough for a significant other — it’s good enough for you! And you don’t even have to think about sky-high prix-fixe menus for two.
It’s a time to forget about the romantic comedies that tell single America to sit on the couch with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s (you can do that any night of the week). Here are five plans for Valentine’s Day don’t require a plus one:
Missed Connections Party at Grand Central Station
One hundred years old and responsible for some pretty romantic movie scenes, Grand Central Station will host the annual Missed Connections party in the station’s Vanderbilt Hall. Along with poetry, art, music, and a special viewing of the Transit Museum’s Grand by Design exhibit, guests can snack on sweets from Zaro’s Bakery and Li-Lac Chocolates, and sip on beer from Brooklyn Brewery and Boylan Bottling Co. But beware, there will be designated “kissing rooms” and wedding photos on display. Just focus on finding that cute guy from the subway instead. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 89 E. 42nd St.
Power Ballads Sing-Along at Union Hall
Park Slope’s Union Hall is throwing its annual ode to power ballad music videos from the ’80s and ’90s on Thursday. They promise tunes from Journey, the Bangles, Aerosmith, R. Kelly, and way more. With lyrics posted on the screen, it’s like one big karaoke booth. Aside from a costume contest, air guitar competition, and prizes, themed drinks include the Eternal Flame, Kiss From a Rose, and More than Words. Plus free candy hearts! Tickets are $8. 702 Union St., Brooklyn
NYC’s Official Valentine’s Day Bar Crawl
If you’re feeling nostalgic for your college days, join a bunch of frat stars for a bar crawl in Midtown East. It may not be of Santacon proportions (thank goodness) but with drink specials at 10 bars and a slew of strangers not really looking for love, the $10 entrance might be worth it. Start at McFadden’s and follow the crowd. 800 Second Ave.
Unloveable at Bell House
The Smiths and Morrissey cover band are back for their annual Valentine’s Day show at Brooklyn’s Bell House. Comedian Dave Hill will make an appearance. Though there’s no deal on drinks — most cocktails are in the $10 range — the Rory Wallbanger made with almost everything behind the bar is sure to kick any broken heart into gear. Tickets are $15 at the door, but hanging out with Morrissey die-hards on February 14 is priceless. 149 7th St., Brooklyn
Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at Sunburnt Cow
Sunburnt Cow is the ultimate boozy brunch spot in Alphabet City. Since Hurricane Sandy, the Australian pub has only been open on the weekends for booze and brunch, but they’re making an exception this Thursday to host a party for singles starting at 8 p.m. Beers are $4, mixed drinks run at $6, and shots on the ice luge are free. Eat before you go since their dinner service is still not running. 137 Ave. C
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 12, 2013