For many singles, there's perhaps no day of the year more dreaded than Valentine's Day. Logically, we all know that the holiday doesn't really mean anything — but that doesn't make being single on Valentine's Day any easier. Who wants to watch happy couples gallivant around, holding hands and feeding each other heart-shaped delicacies? I'll pass. Sure, there are a lot of perks of being perpetually single, but on February 14th, it's like every couple you pass on the street exists solely to remind you of your romantic failures — and how effing depressing is that?
But the good news is that if you're single this V-Day, you're hardly alone. There are millions of people out there in the same boat as you, so there's no need to shut yourself away all day, lamenting your single status. How you spend the holiday is up to you, but what's the harm in embracing the fact that you're single by getting all dressed up and hitting the town? Best case scenario, you meet someone great. Worst case scenario, you have a couple drinks, then crawl into bed at 1 a.m. with some chicken nuggets (which doesn't sound half-bad to me).
If you're in the NYC area, here are four alternative ways to spend your V-Day — but if you just want to stay in with wine and chocolate, no one's judging you.
1Party At Avec's Singles Mixer
When: Tuesday, February 14th, 7-11 p.m.
Where: Row NYC Hotel, Times Square
If you're in the mood to mingle, stop by Row NYC in Times Square for the Valentine's Day Singles Meetup. There will be themed cocktails like the 'Whiskey Me Away,' and even heart-shaped dessert pizzas. Plus, if you show that you use experiential dating app Avec, you get 20 percent off at Row NYC’s Sugar Factory location and District M, both located inside the hotel.
2Try Dine's V-Day Matchmaking Service
Dine, a food-centric dating app that focuses on helping people get offline and have real first dates, is offering a special Valentine's Day matchmaking service on their app to help anyone who's looking for a last-minute date for free.
3Go On A Virtual Reality Date At The League's "Love Without Limits" Parties
Dating app The League is hosting six Westworld-themed parties in the lead-up to Valentine's Day. This Friday, Monday and Tuesday, W hotels across the nation are playing host to Love Without Limits, a party for singles where guests will be matched up randomly using The League's algorithms before going on a 'blind' first date using Oculus Rift's VR headsets. One thing's guaranteed: it'll be unlike any other Valentine's Day party you got an invite to.
4Attend An Anti-Valentine's Day Party
When: Tuesday, February 14th, 8 p.m. - close
Where: Rochelle's, Nolita
The latest buzzworthy dating app, Hater, is all about bonding over the sh*t you hate. This V-Day, check out the 'Lovers and Haters' party, taking place at Rochelle's in NYC. From 8-10 p.m., there's a special "love bites" themed edition of their weekly show comedy. After that, you can stay and party all night while enjoying discounted drinks.
If you're not based in NYC, don't fret: you can totally plan your own V-Day bash. Whether you love or hate the holiday, embrace your singlehood this year and spend your Valentine's Day doing whatever it is that makes you the happiest — even if that means snuggling up with your pet and watching Titanic again.