"Every kiss begins with K" commercials are running on TV and cheap over-sized teddy bears holding plush red hearts are filling Kroger's holiday aisle, which can only mean one thing: It's Single Awareness Day (S.A.D. for short). 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), preparing you to spend V-Day binge-watching The Witcher on Netflix.
Luckily 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 some Lifetime movie you decided to hate-watch instead, consider these single-friendly things to do around Atlanta.
Fill Your Night with Laughs
(📷 Dad's Garage)
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, 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: Dad's Garage Valentine's Day Show, Loneliness, My Funny Valentine Comedy Jam, Ten Buck Comedy Night
Eat Your Heart Out
(📷 Buckhead Restaurants)
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.
Check out our Atlanta Dining Guide!
(📷 Ben Rose Photography)
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.
Our Favorite Shopping Areas: Atlantic Station, Lenox Square Mall, Ponce City Market, Little Five Points
Blow Off Some Steam
(📷 The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta)
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.
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Meet Someone New
(📷 Jonathan Torrell)
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, put on some deodorant and shave because you’re a catch and have a personality worth sharing.
Events: Cupid Undie Run, Biltong Bar - Buckhead's Tainted Love Party, Bless YR Heart: A Queer Valentine's Dance Party!, Could it Bae? Valentine's Day Edition, Fernbank After Dark: It's Electric, Solo Q: Single's Night, The Love Below Fest, Lonely Hearts Club Valentine's Day Beer Pairing
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 @DiscoverAtlanta!
TJ Jackson is a digital marketing specialist with Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.