The pros and cons of being single can be endlessly debated, but pickin’s get slim around Valentine’s Day if you’re not coupled up. Fear not, these area venues have you covered with everything from anti-V-day celebrations to some really interesting ways to embrace your singularity. Here are Boston’s best Valentine’s Day parties for singles.
(Photo from Bell In Hand)

(Photo from Bell In Hand)

Flirt Fest
Bell In Hand Tavern
45-55 Union St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 227-2098

Price: $15
Date: Feb. 14

Boston’s Flirt Fest has been an anti-Valentine’s Day institution in the city for a number of years now, with successful singles nights held every year going back to 2009. The 2012 installment was held at the Bell In Hand Tavern on Union Street near Faneuil Hall. It brought together Boston’s flirt-friendly singles for a night of shenanigans designed to celebrate the single life and all of its respective freedoms. Judging by the amount of success enjoyed by Flirt Fest in the past, 2013 looks to be an even bigger and better year for Boston singles.

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Valentine’s Day Pub Crawl
Faneuil Hall
1 Faneuil Hall Market Place
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 723-9109

Price: $5 suggested donation
Date: Feb. 9

Boston’s Pub Crawl has existed since 2003, aiming to bring together Boston-area friends for a night of bar crawling — all while donating money to great causes and charities throughout the city. The Valentine’s Day Pub Crawl mixes together city singles for a crawl in the Faneuil Hall area, designed to drink away the holiday blues, while at the same time celebrating the single life in a boisterous group setting. As only one of the organization’s themed pub crawls, this Valentine’s Day party, featuring drink specials and free grub along the way, is a guaranteed good time for those looking for a little inebriated forgetfulness.

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Love Sux @ Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon
184 High St.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 292-4695

Date: Feb. 14
Price: free

In what has become a tradition for Boston’s Howl at the Moon location, Feb. 14 is yet another anti-Valentine’s Day celebration for the city’s dueling piano bar. It adapts themed drink specials — dedicated to ex-boy and girlfriends, naturally — to the menu, while Howl’s expert piano players regale the crowd with such anti-Valentine’s hits as Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” to the tune of clinking bottles and cans.

(Photo from: Gypsy Rose Dance Studio)

(Photo from: Gypsy Rose Dance Studio)

Single and Bitter Pole Dancing
Gypsy Rose Dance Studio
364 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 421-0000

Date: Feb. 12 to Feb. 14
Price: $40

It sure isn’t an average night out on a Valentine’s Day, but for the adventurous singles out there in Boston, the city’s Gypsy Rose Dance Studio — named after the godmother of burlesque, Gypsy Rose Lee — offers pole dancing classes for those seeking a sexy alternative to dreary solo dinners or drunken, possibly regrettable nights out on the town. The Gypsy Rose instructors provide customers with floor training and pole instruction during the 1.5-hour class, promising fond memories for many-a-Valentine’s Day to come.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at