Fun Begins Here: Alternative Valentine’s Day Ideas for Atlanta Singles

We're honoring Singles Awareness Day (S.A.D.) with endless opportunities surrounding the unavoidable Hallmark-romance-themed holiday.
  • Grab your friends and celebrate your single-ness. (Image courtesy of Seasons 52)
    Grab your friends and celebrate your single-ness. (Image courtesy of Seasons 52)

"Every kiss begins with K" commercials are running on TV, couples are showing PDA in Piedmont Park and cheap over-sized teddy bears holding plush red hearts are filling Kroger's holiday aisle shelves. This can only mean one thing: Single Awareness Day (S.A.D. for short) is upon us and you can't escape the signs. Now cookie dough and a heart-shaped box of assorted chocolates are creating a barrier between the bottles of red wine rolling around in your grocery cart (#NoJudgment), making you fully prepared to spend V-Day binge watching "American Crime Story" on Netflix. Lucky for the Lonely Hearts Club, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis with many opportunities to enjoy the independent lifestyle. So, rather than spending the Hallmark romance holiday chugging straight from the bottle and hurling an almost empty box of Russel Stovers at the Michael Bolton Valentine’s Day Special you decided to hate-watch instead, consider these single-friendly things to do around Atlanta.

Laugh It off.

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Your luck with dating may be pathetic, but it's hilariously pathetic. Share your dating failures while discovering your talent for stand-up at open-mic or watch others poke fun at romance during a live improv show. With comedy venues like Dad’s Garage, Highwire Comedy, Whole World Theatre and the Laughing Skull, Atlanta’s comedy scene is one of the best in the country. You can thank me later.

Comedy Shows: Bitter, Lonely Valentine’s Puke Fest, The Ex-Files, Perfect Strangers & Flying Giants!Date Night: A Sensual Comedy Experience

Eat your heart out.

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Why share your food when you can have it all to yourself? The only fork that touches your plate is your own. Treat yourself to a party of one or a date night out with friends to wine and dine. Atlanta knows how to comfort the heart with deliciousness.

Events: Oysterfest, Double Trouble at Dantanna's, Bachelor-themed menu at Tap, Ladies Night at Battle & Brew 

Treat yourself to retail therapy.

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Look in your closet, then look at your shoes, look at your wardrobe. You deserve something new. Whether it’s vintage couture or Calvin Klein, visit a local store instead of shopping online.

Shopping Areas: Atlantic Station, Lenox Square Mall, Ponce City Market, Little Five Points       

Blow off some steam.

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Be glad you’re single and don’t have to stress over buying a gift or making romantic plans. The only person who needs care and attention right now is you. Book a rightfully earned spa day because life’s greatest pleasure is soon to be a 30- to 60-minute-long deep tissue massage from Gareth the masseuse.

Spas: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, Nadia’s Studio & Gallery, Jon’ Ric International Luxury Salon & Wellness Spa, The Spa at Barnsley Resort

Meet someone new.

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Last, but not least, put yourself out there. Yes, this post is about enjoying being single, which also includes the excitement of meeting someone new and falling in love. So, dress to impress, put on some deodorant and shave because you’re a catch and have a personality worth sharing.

Events: Cupid’s Undie Run, Whiskey Blue’s 4th Annual Red Light Green Light Party, Third Wheel PartyValloween Dance Party, An Evening of Silly Love Songs

LGBT: Love on the Rocks, Stoplight Party with DJ Neon the Glowgobear, Valentine's Dance by WON Atlanta

Find more things to do in Atlanta this Valentine's Day here and share with us your V-Day/S.A.D. plans by tagging @DiscoverATL!

TJ Jackson is a digital marketing specialist with Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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