Singled Out: Valentine’s Day for a Party of One Doesn’t Have to Be Lame

Whether you’re broken-hearted or psyched to be alone, these restaurants and bars have a bash for you
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If you’re single, and maybe even if you’re not, Valentine’s Day is an evening where you avoid some of your favorite bars and restaurants, leaving the tyranny of expensive prix-fixe dinners and ticketed parties to those pretending to be romantic with their significant other one night after they were out with their sidepiece.

But it turns out that the broken-hearted, cynical, and, yes, even the happily single can have a fine time going out on Saturday, February 14, to eating and drinking establishments all over the city without needing to bash a pinata in an Indian restaurant.

Bacari PDR will have an anti-Valentine’s Day gathering, with 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. food and drink specials including $6 small plates and $8 Love Me Tinder cocktails with spicy infused vodka as well as sour and bitter notes, because, well, you get it. Those who really want to black out their last breakup can pay $20 for 90 minutes of all-you-can-drink red, white, and bubbly wines, plus sangria and house beer.

Tom Bergin’s, the first-rate Irish bar on Fairfax Avenue, is inviting singles to use its fireplace to burn items that belonged to their former flames while enjoying cocktail specials like $5 “Bitter” Old Fashioneds and $8 Black Velvets (champagne and Guinness). It’s all part of the pub’s SAD (Single Awareness Day party), which also features a DJ spinning unromantic tunes. Or just come by for fish and chips and shepherd’s pie like it’s any other Saturday.

North Hollywood’s Tiki No will throw its Girl’s Night Sadie Hawkins party, aka the Tiki No Woman No Cry bash. (The bar will also be celebrating what would have been Bob Marley’s 70th birthday next week.) Drinks will include the My Bloody Valentine cocktail with Skyy blood orange vodka and the Gnarley Marley concoction with coconut rum. The Grilled Cheese Truck will take care of the munchies.

Those who are having a weekend-long pity party or need to re-evaluate their life choices after a rough Valentine’s Day can spend Sunday, February 15, at Chaya Venice, which is throwing its Broken Hearts Brunch bash. Guests are encouraged to wear pajamas, so come as you are and get $1 oysters and a glass of champagne.