Let’s face it, if you are uncoupled, Valentine’s Day can suck. But don’t let this cliche lead you to stay home, watching a bad rom-com and crying into your wine this Feb. 14.
Whether you want revenge on an ex or just want to have a good time with your bromantic buddies or Galentine’s, embrace your independence and check out the best places to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles.
If you’ve ever had your heart broken around this time of year, Valentine’s Day can feel like pouring salt into an open wound. Don’t let those flowers and candy companies tell you how to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Embrace your single status at the Breakup Bar Popup, an anti-Valentine’s Day champagne celebration taking over space next to Severance Wine Bar. For two weeks only (now through Feb. 15), the space is transformed into a place to mend broken hearts and start anew. The bar features the Wall of Broken Relationships where guests can write a note to their ex about how they really feel and add it to the wall, classic breakup movies on a 10-foot projection screen, food and snacks from Severance’s menu and indulgence desserts such as chocolate strawberries, dark chocolate fondue, French macarons, burnt cheesecake, chocolate fountain, cookies and cakes. Of course, there are plenty of drinks to drown those single tears. Cheeky cocktails include the Cold Day In Hell with Amontillado & East India Sherry, rooibos & chamomile tea, lemon and ginger, the She Blinded Me With Science with champagne, ginger cranberry syrup, lemon and passion fruit, served in a beaker with eyedropper, Punch For Two For One which is an option of a Sherry Mai Tai or Sherry Painkiller, the Ghosted with Blackdog Cider, lemon and lavender foam and the I Dealt With Your Parents For Years with Caperitif, lime, grapefruit soda, habanero bitters and black salt rim. Hanging with single friends? Order the Serious Baggage, a special champagne punch meant for six to eight people, served in a suitcase. Wine, beer and champs are also available (guests can even get any bottle of champagne sabered tableside). Walk-ins welcome but reserved tickets are recommended. The price is $20 per person and includes a complimentary cocktail or sparkling wine flight.
7276 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, breakupbarla.com, @breakupbarla
BROKEN HEARTS CLUB AT CHOO CHOO CLUB
Choo Choo Cocktail Club is planning something special for Valentine’s Day – specifically for broken-hearted rebels and lovers. The ultra-stylish speakeasy (inside the newly opened Warrior) is ready to sign seal and deliver your sweet nothings or fierce farewells to that special someone or soon to be no one. There will be a poet on-site with a vintage typewriter who will put in writing “goodbye” or “hello” messages on the Broken Hearts Club Stationary Postcard that guests can mail out. Stamps will be provided or patrons can hold on to the postcard as a keepsake. There will also be plenty of cocktails and a DJ who will play fun love songs throughout the night. Cheers to not giving a f*k at the Broken Hearts Club.
8909 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, warriorlosangeles.com/choochoo, @thechoochooclub
If you don’t have a partner to make it “3rd Base” with this Valentine’s Day, the new Hollywood sports lounge has got you covered. Flirty festivities start on Friday with a Galentine’s Day brunch/lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring a $20 Bottomless Mimosas, complimentary chocolate-covered strawberries, complimentary massages in the VIP lounge, cute Valentine’s Day-themed décor, Valentine’s Day-themed specialty cocktails and a Elyx Chandelier Celebration complete with a $200 bottle of Elyx with select chocolates and sweets assortment. Then from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., guests can indulge in a romantic happy hour on Valentine’s Day to get your evening started with white wine or sparking that will be paired with chocolates.
Those who stay for dinner will have the opportunity to play along with the “Will You Be Mine Dinner …Next Week?” game and redeem a prize. At the end of the meal, your server or bartender will drop an envelope that encloses a surprise. However, there is a catch. The envelope must be returned unopened to the venue the following week in order to redeem the prize. Following the evening, there will be a moving screening held in the VIP theatre room at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Don’t forget to order their signature drink of the day, the Will You Take Me to 3rd? featuring Ketel One Vodka, lemon and house-made sweet lavender, where you will find Valentine’s treat at the bottom of your drink and win a prize.
After dinner, the fun really starts to pick up with “Surprise Dating” as everyone in the bar who would like to participate will receive a ticket with a number on it. If your number is called then you will meet up with your surprise date from the bar for your complimentary glass of champagne, the newly paired couple is then allowed to spend some time getting to know each other (for 3 minutes) in the champagne corner of the venue.
And if you just so happen to meet someone special while you are there, grab a To Go Late Night Picnic basket packed to go with a bottle of wine, strawberries and meal with a candle and to-go cups.
1562 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, 3rdbasela.com, @3rdbasela
VILLAGE PEOPLE VALENTINE’S PARTY AT MINIBAR
Stop in the name of love, or should we say lust! Retro-inspired cocktail spot MiniBar, located on the ground floor of the Best Western Hollywood Hills, is partnering with Compass Box Whisky for Valentine’s Day bash like no other. Starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, MiniBar will have some hot cops (aka- male go-go dancers) passing out drinks and citations. Late-night drink specials will be available including Compass Box Penicillin cocktails, Scotch cocktails and Compass Box highballs.
6141 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, Minibarhollywood.com, @minibarhollywood
BROKEN HEARTS CIRCUS AT ANGEL CITY BREWERY
Dating in L.A. can certainly feel like a three-ring circus so step right up and embrace it at Angel City Brewery’s Broken Hearts Circus. From noon to 7 p.m. on Feb. 15, the free anti-love–themed event at the downtown, dog-friendly beer joint includes performances and entertainment such as burlesque, roaming magicians, contortionist, stilt walkers, wire walking and snake charmers, aerialists, sword swallowers and live art and mural painting by Jennifer Korsen. Of course, there will be plenty of for-purchase beer, plus bites from Downtown Taco Co., West Coast Pizza and a few circus-related food stalls. A Valentine’s Day Broken Hearts photo booth will be featured.
216 Alameda St., Los Angeles, Angelcitybrewery.com @angelcitybeer
SHRED YOUR EX AT EVER BAR
Ever Bar at the Kimpton’s Everly Hotel is never one to disappoint with a theme. This February, it’s reprising its annual party devoted to hating Valentine’s Day, complete with the opportunity to “shred your ex.” Bring any photos or love letters from your ex and the bar will put them through a brutal paper shredder and reward your suffering with a free shot.
1800 Argyle Ave., Los Angeles, Everlyhotelhollywood.com, @everbarla
SWEETHEARTS & SINGLES AT THE SHELBY
Whether you’re booed up or living it up, The Shelby’s Sweethearts & Singles bash is definitely one of the best places to be this Friday. Starting at 5 p.m., DJ Journey will be spinning the jams while the restaurant/bar will be serving up specials including a dozen oysters and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for $125, $20 bottles of house bubbly, $5 special singles shots and 20% off for groups of six or more who are single and ready to mingle. Email Nicky@TheShelbyLA.com for table reservations.
8445 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, theshelbyla.com, @theshelbyla
GALENTINE’S DAY + KILL THE FLAME AT PACIFIQUE
Friends often make the best Valentines so grab your crew and head to West Hollywood’s Pacifique on Feb. 14. Bring a party of three or more, and your table will get the sweet treatment with a complimentary bottle of bubbly and French chocolates. Guests can also expect one-night-only menu specials, a live jazz band and a rose wall for totally Instagramable photos. Reservations on Open Table are recommended.
Now if you are more of the scorned type this year, head to Pacifique the day after Valentine’s (Feb. 15) for its Kill The Flame night. Guests that bring a photo of their ex will be rewarded with a complimentary flaming cocktail, plus the joy of watching the pic burn! From 5 p.m. to close, the bar will feature a live DJ and serve $5 cocktail to officially singe the memory of your ex.
631 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, pacifiquela.com, @pacifiquela
ROOFTOP SINGLES AT E.P. & L.P.
Restaurant and rooftop bar E.P. & L.P. off Melrose Ave in West Hollywood will be hosting its L.P. Singleball on Friday at 9 p.m. The night will include beats by DJ Audiomoe, stunning rooftop views and even more stunning singles. The drinks, including the California Love made with white wine, rosé aperitif blend and seasonal fruit will be flowing so chat up someone new and get ready to party.
603 La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, eplosangeles.com, @eplosangeles
POUR YOUR HEART OUT AT IMPERIAL WESTERN
“Pour Your Heart Out” at Imperial Western this Valentine’s Day. Starting at 12 p.m. this Friday,, the multi-faceted brewery, cocktail concept, and restaurant at L.A.’s Union Station will be celebrating the day of love (or anti-love) with an all-day Happy Hour, Peach Sour Boilermaker cocktails and three for $30 Crowlers To Go.
800 N. Alameda St.. Los Angeles, imperialwestern.com, @imperialwestern
SINGLES AWARENESS AT SPRING STREET BAR
Love stinks, so let’s drink. Spring Street Bar is a friendly neighborhood bar and sandwich shop boasting 26 taps, a classic cocktail program, tried-and-true signature sandwiches, and a dog-friendly patio. This year, the neighborhood hotspot will start celebrating Singles Awareness Day at noon on Friday, offering Happy Hour until 7 p.m. and then some Singles’ cocktails specials from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
626-B S Spring St., Los Angeles, springstbar.com, @springstbar
GALENTINE’S DAY AT CRUMBS & WHISKERS
Don’t have a significant other this year? Who cares, a furry friend is even better! Crumbs & Whiskers is the famous cat cafe in West Hollywood where visitors can play, cuddle, take selfies with and even adopt adorable homeless kitties while sipping coffee and tea. On Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., the special spot will host its annual Galentine’s Party (although open to all genders), a night dedicated to love and friendship. Nothing says “I love you,” like a night with 20+ snuggly cats, delicious sweet treats and a free cafe beverage for everyone.
7924 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, crumbsandwhiskers.com, @crumbs_whiskers