No Matter Your Relationship Status, Here Are Your Valentine's Day Plans.
There's no avoiding it: Whether you like it, February 14 continues to roll around, year after year, and regardless of if you're single and loving it or married for life, you're probably feeling pretty stuck over the fact that you're going to have to in some way acknowledge the day's significance. But here's the thing: No matter your exact set of circumstances, you don't have to let Valentine's Day define you. And you certainly don't have to hide away in your house all night in some sort of shame spiral.
Really, it doesn't matter whether you're looking to make a big impression on your S.O. or if you're just looking to blow the minds your Snapchat story viewers. There's more than one way to have fun this February 14.
We know this specifically because we spent a little time doing the dirty work for you, seeking out events that should suit you just fine, no matter your relationship status. Here's what we found.
• Sad Boys Club at The Prophet Bar. Here, there'll be Taylor Swift covers sung by sad screamo boys. Further explanation isn't really necessary for this one, is it?
• #CocktailsAndConnections Valentine's Day Mixer. Business and networking never ends for you, not even on Valentine's Day. Maybe this is why you're single? Whatever. There's not much left to do now except donning your semi-formal wear and making the most of it at this free-to-attend loft party in Downtown.
• 50 Shades of Red Valentine's Day Soiree at the Foundation Room Oh, you're the type that makes sure everyone else around you knows you're decidedly celebrating Singles Awareness Day this year? Commiserate with some like-minded singles at the House of Blues' Foundation Room. Oh, and wear red. It's kind of expected.
• Party Static (Album Release) at Three Links. Take a night off from the pressure of romance. Instead, enjoy a first look into local art-punk band Party Static's latest album at Three Links. As a bonus, ladies are a cheap date at this one. They get in for free.
• Love is in the Air at Texas Discovery Gardens. A lecture on insect reproduction, a sunset walk with other love bugs and plenty of champagne for drinking? Hey, nothing says, “I think I'm in like with you” like a night of entomology lessons and chocolate-covered insects. (Yes, they'll have those, too.)
• '80s Hair Metal Prom at Double Wide. Face it: Prom sucked the first time around. Hit the reset button here with a bunch of '80s tribute bands and a date you can actually stand.
• Dude, Sweet Chocolate and Beer Pairing at Dallas Beer Kitchen. You're quite the pair, huh? Hey, so are local chocolate and beer.
• Valentine's Day Comedy Celebration at Backdoor Comedy Club. Enjoy a night of fun with your loved one that includes champagne, chocolate and laughs.
• Valentine's Day in the Park at Klyde Warren Park. You've been together long enough now that you don't necessarily have to impress each other with a fancy dinner. No, grub from a food truck under the stars while sipping on champagne and being serenaded by the Mad Men Swing Band will do just fine.
• My Bloody Valentine at Alamo Drafthouse. Take a night off from the rom-coms for a screening of a film of a quite different nature. Y'know, on the most quote-unquote romantic night of the year. Just to prove you're over it.
• Valentine's Day Massacre at Moxley Manor. The only thing scarier than how well you two know each other at this point could maybe be a journey through this love-themed haunted house.
• Keith & Margot's Valentines Day Massacre at Omni Park West. Why not band together with your long-term partner in crime to solve a series of murders between courses of your three-course meal? Role-playing is something that old couples are into, right?
• Ricki Derek at Granada Theater. If tradition is your thing, take your lover over to Ricki Derek's performance of Rat Pack-era songs, which will be followed by a screening of Casablanca. It doesn't get much classier than that, folks. Plus, Ricki's been doing his V-Day thing for almost as long as you've been together. That said, he's switching things up this time around: As opposed to the now-closed Lakewood Theater, you'll be taking in his sweet and sultry songs at the Granada this time. Unlike your romance, not everything lasts forever, it seems.
• David Washburn Plays For Lovers at Twilite Lounge. Go on a romantic venture to Deep Ellum, where you'll be surrounded by some of the best jazz that Dallas has to offer in a bar that is meant to mimic the feel of New Orleans. Hey, it's a solid staycation option.
• Cupid's Undie Run at 6th Street Bar. Grab a team or go solo through the streets of Dallas in your skivvies to help fight off cellulite and raise money for Children's Tumor Foundation. It's a win-win.