Come February 14, happy couples will be out in throngs. But for singles who don't want to stay home and sulk (or, for that matter, go out and face a barrage of PDA), there are plenty of events that are the exact opposite of lovey-dovey. Whether you want to celebrate your singularity or wallow in it, there's no need to hide on V-Day.
For those who harbor special hatred for the Hallmark holiday, anti-Valentine's gatherings are the way to go. Absinthe, a new Paris-chic bar and restaurant in the East Village, is hosting a four-course prix-fixe dinner for $45, highlighting bittersweet foods in honor of the evening. Meanwhile, The Sunburnt Cow throws its second-annual No Love at The Cow party, complete with a $20, all-you-can-drink-for-two-hours special and an "ice luge of love" for the coldhearted (and college-minded, we suppose). More positive partiers will want to hit up Webster Hall for Everybody Needs a Little Love, a bash for happy singles to find a new dancing partner (with the help of some liquid courage). And if you're looking for some educational fun, join Watson Adventures on its Naked at the Met Scavenger Hunt. There are three sessions, 6pm on Friday and 2pm and 5:30pm on Saturday, where you can scour the museum for nudity in the artwork. (Despite how it sounds, clothing is required—sorry to disappoint.)
If you're looking to avoid all the Manhattan merrymaking, book it to Brooklyn instead and celebrate music with friends and other fans. Trouble & Bass and Missbehave magazine are throwing a rager on the not-so-romantic night before Valentine's Day, Friday the 13th. Called Death Prom, the second-annual party at Studio B features sets by DJ Craze and others, a performance by Betty Black, an hour-long Red Stripe open bar starting at 10pm, giveaways and more. But if meeting people on the dance floor isn't your thing, let your wit do the work with Nerd Nite's special Valentine's speed dating on Friday night at Galapagos Art Space. (Read about our previous visit here.) And at BAMcafé Live, held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, this Saturday night's installment of Sounds Like Brooklyn features the bands Ninjasonik and Japanther, whose shows Vice describes as "chaotic and danger-charged lovefests." Or head to hipster haven Union Pool for underground acts Lights, Maxi Geil! & Playcolt and Katie Eastburn, and, afterward, let loose on one of Brooklyn's least judgmental dance floors, where there's no such thing as looking too silly while busting a move. If you have a few too many PBRs at the Pool, nurse yourself back to health on Sunday at The Bell House with its 10th-annual Love Hangover showcase. For just $10, enjoy an evening of love (and anti-love) duets performed by unexpected pairs. This year's lineup includes members of Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power and more.