Don’t be sad if you are single this Valentine’s Day! There are 10 great dining and drinking spots opening their doors to offer fun events for all the single ladies….and men.
1. Tom Bergin’s Public House
The historic Irish pub is celebrating an alternative to the romantic Valentine’s Day holiday with their second annual S.A.D. (Single Awareness Day) Party! From 5 to 11 p.m., come alone or bring your single friends to unite in singleness and listen to a DJ spin unromantic tunes, while sipping specialty cocktails. They will provide Fireball shots. Who knows, you might want to send one to a special someone who ignites sparks from across the bar. Grab a friend to enjoy the special “Cheap Date” menu for two at $30. It includes two Tom Bergin’s Burgers, two housemade fries, and two cans of beer in a Champagne ice bucket.
Before arriving do a Spring cleaning and bring your ex-boyfriend or girlfriend’s items – photos and letters to burn in the pub’s fireplace. There is also a donation collection box for gently used clothing and items to go to Goodwill. Get rid of both emotional and physical baggage! Guests are encouraged to book a reservation by calling the pub at 840 S. Fairfax. Ave. (323)936-7151 – http://www.tombergins.com.
2.It’s Fun to be Single
Harlowe brings #HarloweandChill for singles in lust- an evening of browsing and encouraged matchmaking. The bar offers Ladies & Gents cocktails – Try the Chick Flick with vodka, Elderflower, grapefruit, and orange bitters. The Leading Man is made with bourbon, Allspice Dram, lemon, and bitters. They will serve Aphrodisiac Oysters and Conversation Cupcakes crafted for guests to send across the bar to potential mates. Doors open at 5 p.m. on February 14 and the weekly Sunday Night Revue begins at 8:30pm featuring live music. 7321 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046 (323)876-5839 – http://harlowebar.com
3.Singles Awareness Day at The Bellwether
No Valentine on Feb. 14? No problem. Gather your group and head to Studio City where The Bellwether will be serving up Bloody Mary and Mimosa specials from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The “Singles Awareness Day Brunch” offers Mama Betty’s Bloody Mary made with house-infused habanero vodka, house bloody mary mix, and a bacon salt rim garnished with a mini BLT for $8. Mimosas are made with Prosecco and fresh-squeezed orange juice for $5. 13251 Ventura Blvd., Suite A (818) 285-8184 – http://thebellwetherla.com
4.The Garland Offers a Hollywood Style Venue-
Grab your single friends and dine in style at The Garland’s beloved restaurant, The Front Yard. Executive Chef Chris Turano is preparing a feast sure to excite and delight you. Begin with a seared jumbo scallop with cauliflower, golden raisins, crispy pork belly, and romanesco. For the main course, guests with have a choice between the grilled flat-iron with olive oil crushed potato, red wine braised cipollini onion and brussels sprouts or the crispy snapper with fava bean, baby turnip, watercress, and purple ninja radish. (818) 255-7290 or go to http://www.thefrontyardla.com.
5.Asian Inspired Valentine’s Dinner
On Sunday, Feb. 14 LP Rooftop in West Hollywood is crafting a “Not So Lonely Hearts” party presented by Tinder, for those who are single and ready to mingle. 603 N La Cienega Blvd. (310) 855-9955.
6.Singles Mingle at Shade Hotel
Manhattan Beach’s only luxury boutique hotel is playing Cupid for singles looking to meet their Valentine. The party will take place on Saturday, February 13 starting at 8 p.m. Guests will dance the night away to the sounds of a premier DJ and bottle service will also be available. This event is free to the public. 1221 N. Valley Drive in Manhattan Beach. To make bottle service reservations, please call Alexis at 310-469-3466. www.shadehotel.com.
7.Love & Salt
In addition to the regular a la carte menu at Chef Michael Fiorelli’s Cal-Ital hotspot in Manhattan Beach, singles can channel Dean Martin with a special three-course “That’s Amore!” menu featuring a selection of classic Italian favorites like Antipasto Salad, Eggplant Parmesan, Baked Ziti, and Tiramisu. Price is $45 per person with an optional bottle of the Love & Salt Dolcetto-Refosco blend for $45. The menu will be available for the duration of Valentine’s Day weekend, Friday, 2/12 – Sunday, 2/14. Available 5:30 pm – closing. 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd. (310) 545-5252 or via OpenTable
8.Win A Diamond Necklace on February 14
Stop by at Vintage Malibu & Malibu Country Mart’s for their Third Annual Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt. If you don’t have a loved one to buy you a gift, you may win the Grand prize will include $2,150 Vintage Malibu diamond pendant or other prizes from Malibu Country Mart. The 18k yellow gold diamond pendant is from the Kwiat Diamond Tag Collection. Race the clock and find three hidden jewelry boxes around Malibu Country Mart with prizes including a $500 gift card and $250 gift card to Malibu Country Mart. The grand prize will also be hidden in a jewelry box to find the diamond pendant. It starts Sunday, February 14 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Contest sign up is at Vintage Malibu no later than 11:00 a.m. to participate. You must be 18 years or older . There is no purchase of products or services required to enter the 11:00 -11:30 a.m. Scavenger Hunt. 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Suite 38 Malibu, CA 90265.
9.Esters Wine Shop & Bar
On February 14 friends, and singles can celebrate with a special Valentine’s Day Tasting at $25 per person from 3-5 p.m. Enjoy six pink wines ranging from sparkling to dry to sweet, alongside cheese and charcuterie and 10% off retail purchase of the wines poured. Throughout the day, Chef de Cuisine Jun Tan is offering sweets to-go or enjoy in-house like Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate Mousse and TCHO Champagne Truffles. 1314 Seventh Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 – (310)899-6900.
10.Singles Splurge at Salt & Straw
The small-batch ice cream purveyor known for an artisanal, chef-driven approach, offers an “L.A. Chocolatiers” series throughout February in observance of Valentine’s Day. Head ice cream maker Tyler Malek collaborated with five of his favorite local chocolate makers to craft the decadent lineup available by the scoop or in pints. Flavors include Compartes’ Coney Island, Ococoa’s Fig & Sesame Butter Cup; Twenty-Four Blackbirds’ Cardamom & Candied Cocoa Nibs; Bar Au Chocolat’s Date Night made with roasted chocolate ice cream mixed with sweet and fruity dates; and Chocovivo’s Olive Oil & Blood Orange Chocolate Milk Sorbet made with lightly stone-ground cacao beans doused in blood oranges and olive oil. 240 N. Larchmont Blvd., (323)466-0485; 1357 Abbot Kinney Blvd., (310)310-8429.