No matter how secure you might be with single life, Valentine’s Day always reminds you that one can be a lonely number. Rather than hosting a solo marathon of every season of Grey’s Anatomy with a two liter of Riunite California Red and a box of chocolate you bought for yourself, celebrate your single life at one of these five lovely events taking place in Denver on Valentine’s Day — no date required.
5) Mardi Gras Masquerade
The Denver Metro Social Club doesn’t care about Valentine’s Day — since it’s February, celebrate Mardi Gras! This second annual masquerade features contortionists, body paint and aerial dancers hanging from the ceiling of the Watering Bowl. General admission tickets are $15, but the $50 all-you-can-drink tickets will have you forgetting that anyone is celebrating a Hallmark holiday. Click here for tickets or more information. And don’t forget: Masks are required.
4) My Funky Valentine
If you’re in the mood to really treat yourself, My Funky Valentine at the Exdo Event Center is a lovely option. Small plates from some of Denver’s best chefs and unlimited alcohol samplings from Colorado vendors make this bash worth the price of a $45 ticket. The ‘70s-themed event includes a concert by Eddie Roberts’ West Coast Sounds (concert-only tickets are available for $20). For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. Bonus: You can nominate a friend to be chosen for a date in front of the entire audience.
3) Anti-Valentine’s Day at the ViewHouse
If you find yourself in the Ballpark neighborhood this Saturday, head to the ViewHouse for an Anti-Valentine’s Day party. Starting at 9 p.m., everybody will be toasting with alcohol rather than presenting flowers and chocolate. ViewHouse favorite DJ Squirt will provide beats for the night, and the only cost for admission is a normal Saturday night cover charge.
2) 5th Annual Single’s Day Soiree
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Being single always looks good when free shots and naked sushi are involved, right? The 5th Annual Single's Day Soiree kicks off at 9:30 p.m. at Epernay Lounge. You can enjoy free shots and a shot luge from Party Guru Productions all night, just in case you’re not just there to eat sushi from a naked model’s body. Tickets are only $15 for men and $10 for women, and can be purchased here. As an added bonus, ladies get two-for-one on admission if you purchase tickets before Saturday.
1) Valentine’s Day Bar Crawl
There’s no way around this: If you're single, getting drunk may be the best way to get through Valentine’s Day. Play Mile High is organizing this Valentine's Day Bar Crawl, which kicks off at Blake Street Tavern at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 through Friday, or $15 on Saturday. Each bar on the route features drink specials, costume contests and raffle prizes, including a $100 bar tab. Denver Bar Cart will give away a night-on-the-town package to the best costume at the end of the evening; since there are no rules, feel free to wear that Sailor Moon costume you thought you wouldn't use until Comic Con in May. Click here for tickets.