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Last-Minute Valentine's Day Events For Stragglers And Singles

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Whether you're in the honeymoon phase of your relationship or single and ready to mingle, we've got you covered for Valentine's Day. From an all-night Funky Sole dance party outdoors to Anti-Valentine's Day parties and an adult prom, here's a list of our favorite events taking place in the City of Angels over the Valentine's Day weekend.


Candy hearts (Photo by erin m via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
Valentine's Day Prom @ Alcove's Big Bar

We can't help but wonder if we redid our high school prom as adults, it would be way more fun. Well, now here's your chance to relive a night where you get all gussied up and don't have to spike your own drinks while you dance. Big Bar is holding their prom with the theme of "Carnival Cabaret." Staff will be dressed up in burlesque and cabaret costumes, and there will be a magician, fortune teller (with a smoking crystal ball), balloon artist, fun house mirrors, and a photo booth. In addition to some delicious libations, they'll also be making some absinthe cotton candy. This takes plan in the evening on Feb. 14 and you can find more info here.

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Big Bar is located at 1929 Hillhurst Ave. in Los Feliz, (323) 644-0100

Valentine's Day Comedy @ UCB

The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) has you covered for some laughs for the Valentine's Day week. On Feb. 13, they will be hosting a Valentine-themed comedy show with improv by the Last Day of School and stand-up from Brent Morin and Beth Sterling (who've both performed on Conan in the past). On Feb. 14, UCB also presents the "It's the Dating Game Show," an improv show in which an unsuspecting audience member gets a shot at love (well, it's mostly for laughs, but who knows?!).

UCB is located at 5919 Franklin Ave. in Hollywood, (323) 908-8702


Metro Red Line train (Photo by Gary Kavanagh via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Speed-Dating On The Metro Red Line

We're sure you've seen enough romantic movies where two strangers meet on a train, discover an instant connection and fall in love. Well, let's take that up a notch. The Metro Red Line is hosting a speed-dating event on Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. After you register for the event between 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. that day at specific train stops (more info about the train schedules for registration here), you step into the train cars that are decorated with hearts where you'll have 2-minute interviews with each date. You can play musical chairs or even board a different train to meet your match. And in case you're worried you might meet someone you'd rather not, the whole event is facilitated by Metro staff.

For more info on Metro Red Line's Speed-Dating event, visit their website

I Heart Santa Monica Party @ Wokano

The folks throwing Wokano's Valentine's Day bash don't care if you're single or coupled off—they mostly care that you're partying. The restaurant and bar's event happens from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on V-Day that includes complimentary manicures all night (for both women and men), photo booths, themed cocktails, and a DJ. The event costs $10 in advance and $15 at the door, which includes complimentary hors d'oeurves from 9 to 10 p.m. and a 2-for-1 oyster bar. Get more info here.

Wokano is located at 1415 5th St. in Santa Monica, (310) 458-3080

Anti-Valentine's Day Party @ Birds

The tagline for Birds' Anti-Valentine's Day Party is "No date? Us neither." Join them and other singles for some fun on Feb. 14 where they celebrate the opposite of love. From 8 p.m. until they close, they will be serving Blackheart Martinis and get to enact some "voodoo doll therapy." Oh, and person with the best "getting dumped" story wins a prize! See you win, even when you lose. More info on the event can be found here.

Birds is located at 5925 Franklin Ave. in Los Feliz, (323) 465-0175

Eternal Sunshine @ Cinefamily

It's hard to believe it's been a decade since director Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was released. And Cinefamily is celebrating the film's 10th anniversary with a screening of the film. They've already sold out on their Feb. 14 screening, but because of popular demand, they launched an encore presentation for Feb. 15 at 9:30 p.m. Hurry up and get your $12 tickets before you won't get to see Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet lock lips on the big screen in a story about love and trying to forget your love. More info on how to get tickets can be found here.

Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is located at 611 N Fairfax Ave. in Beverly Grove, (323) 655-2510

Valentine's Day Party @ Big Foot Lodge West

Celebrate being single at Big Foot Lodge West's V-Day party. Who knows? You just might find a lumberjack bachelor or a woodsy girl at this cabin-looking bar. The DJ will be spinning some good ol' break-up and love songs here.

Big Foot Lodge Westis located at 10939 Venice Blvd. in Palms, (310) 287-2200


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Love Boat Party @ Queen Mary

Get in the Queen Mary for free on Feb. 14? You had us at free... As part a promotion for New Ehrmann MIXIM's yogurt (that's put in heart-shaped containers), you can get free entrance to the Queen Mary (if you RSVP here). The boat will turn pink on V-Day in honor of the celebration that kicks off at 5 p.m. There will be a live Journey cover band, yogurt sampling (of course), and a "heart-shaped" fireworks show. The event will end at 10 p.m.

The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Hwy in Long Beach, (877) 342-0738

Drinks @ Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

Sometimes you just need a stiff drink on Valentine's Day. Head out to Plan Check for all-day happy hour on Feb. 14 from 11:30 a.m to 2 a.m. And they're not just any drinks; they're 2 for $14 special cocktails created by barman extraordinaire Michael Biancaniello.

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is located at 351 N Fairfax Ave. in Fairfax District, (310) 288-6500


Grand Park in downtown (Photo by Brent Goldman via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
Funky Sole @ Grand Park

If you've been to the Echo's weekly Funky Sole night, you know that you're in for some no-holds-barred dancing to some stellar soul music picks. On Feb. 14, Funky Sole will be taking their dancing shoes over to Grand Park's Performance Lawn from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The free event will have live music by Breakestra, Orgone and Funky Sole's DJs. A full bar will be provided by the Echo, food trucks will be there (including The Grilled Cheese Truck!), and there will be a free photo booth. So... get down with your funky self! Get more info about it here.

Grand Park is located at 200 North Grand Ave. in downtown,

Sexting Party @ The Abbey Food + Bar

We're living in the digital age, so we might as well embrace it. If you can't seem to get off your phone while looking for love, this gay bar is offering its 4th Annual Valentine's Day Sexting Party. If you spy someone you might have the hots for there, you text them a love note with an interactive code that will show up on the big screen so they and everyone in the bar can see. The Feb. 14 event launches at 8 p.m. More info here.

The Abbey Food + Bar is located at 692 N Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood, (310) 289-8410

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