Photo courtesy of Flickr / Jackie
Singles of St. Louis: you have no excuse to stay in this weekend.
The couples can keep the candy hearts, cheesy cards and candlelight dinners. You, however, are in for an entire weekend of movies, museums, mischief, maybe a little Tinder-style matchmaking — all the things that make celebrating freedom so fabulous. Don't call it Valentine's Day. Call it Singles Awareness Day, and own your status!
So what kind of singleton are you? Looking for love? There's an event for that. Burnt out on online dating? There's an event for that, too. Here are our six recommendations for singles of every stripe. Make a friend or two, have a one-night stand or go all out anti-Valentine's. There's something for everyone on this list.
1. For singles who are looking for a smart, culturally aware special someone
Few things are sexier than someone who knows a thing or two about art (well, there may be more than a few things, but that's besides the point). Relationship status doesn't matter at this Valentine's edition of "Drink in Art,"
an event held every Thursday night at the Contemporary Art Museum and Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Bring a friend or make a new one as you enjoy a special tour of their exhibitions and indulge in two-for-one happy hour specials at the CAM Cafe. Thurs. Feb. 11, 5 - 8 p.m., camstl.org, 314-535-4660. Pulitzer tour at 5:30 p.m. at 3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis. CAM tour at 6 p.m. at 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis.
2. For singles looking for a good time
The concept of Tinder isn't just for smartphones anymore. Make your way to Old Rock House for Swipe Right Night
, an evening of life-size Jenga, 4 Hands Brewing Company Drafts and TV's playing your favorite single life flicks, The 40-Year-Old Virgin
and Wedding Crashers
. Good times and bad decisions encouraged. Fri. Feb. 12, 8 p.m., oldrockhouse.com
. Old Rock House, 1200 S 7th St., St. Louis, 314-588-0505.
3. For singles looking to drown their anger
Okay, so you just want to party, plain and simple. We get it. Head to Howl at the Moon's annual Love SUX party
, where the single life is celebrated and a destroyed picture of your ex will get you free admission and prizes. Live music and games are sure to ensue — as well as texts from taken friends who wish they were there. Book your party ahead of time to take advantage of happy hour drink specials. Fri. Feb. 12, 7 p.m. - 3 a.m., howlatthemoon.com
. Howl at the Moon at Ballpark Village St. Louis, 601 Clark Ave., St. Louis, 314-736-4695.
4. For sex-positive singles, who know Valentine's Day really is amateur hour
Nowhere is your love life (or lack thereof) more accepted than at Shameless Grounds. Join your fellow sex-positive peeps for Sci-Friday
, a monthly event dedicated to cheesy 1950s science fiction classics. "Forbidden Planet" is on the Valentine's weekend agenda, along with popcorn and warm cookies. Fri. Feb. 12, 7:30 - 10 p.m., shamelessgrounds.com
. Shameless Grounds, 1901 Withnell Ave., St. Louis, 314-449-1240.
5. For singles looking for an endorphin fix (chocolate included!)
The only love you need for this event is a serious one for chocolate. Singles and couples alike will run and walk the historic streets of St. Louis at Run for the Chocolate
, a cocoa connoisseur's dream of a 5k. Runner categories will include "On the Market," "Off the Market," "Happy Couples" and "It's Complicated" (team of three). Expect 125 gallons of Bissinger's hot chocolate, customized chocolate finisher medals and chocolate goody bags. If that doesn't motivate you to run, nothing will. Sat. Feb. 13, 9 a.m., $35 - $120, runforthechocolate.com
. Bissinger’s Chocolate Factory, 1600 N. Broadway, St. Louis.
6. For singles who are pissed
Bitter from a breakup this V-day? Hooters is the place for you. As part of the restaurant's "Shred Your Ex"
promotion, patrons can bring a picture of their ex to shred at participating locations, or shred their ex-lover's mugshot online
. This very satisfying measure will get you 10 free boneless wings when you buy 10. Free food and free therapy — doesn't get much better than that. Sun., Feb. 14, various St. Louis locations, shredyourex.hooters.com