In days of yore, Valentine’s Day was a ritual for lovers, wannabe lovers and those wishing to pledge their troth. Fortunately, its significance has expanded to show love, affection and caring for everyone in your life, not just your romantic interest. Singles have their own status in society, with innumerable establishments catering to their specific needs and desires, and vying for their patronage. This demographic keenly looks for and has a vast array of options to engage them on this night. And if inspiration does not strike, there are always night spots that welcome singles and provide an atmosphere for them to mingle, dance, imbibe and even perhaps find that special someone for this Valentine’s Day.
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.
Uncasville, CT 06382
Do Valentine’s Day differently in 2013 at this famous casino. Celebrate with the Harlem Globetrotters on the North American leg of their World Tour. Stars Globetrotters Scooter, Special K, Dizzy, Big Easy and Flight Time, among others, will team up with world-class rookies like Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, the world’s tallest pro at seven feet, eight inches; Jonte “Too Tall” Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at five feet, two inches; and Temple University’s Fatima “TNT” Maddox, the first female player in two decades and only the ninth female in the history of the team. The event starts at 7 p.m. on February 14. Get your tickets now.
350 Trolley Line Blvd.
Mashantucket, CT 06338
Foxwoods provides entertainment all year long. And on special occasions, it goes all out for an anything-but-ordinary entertainment experience that caters to all ages and interests. Connect with stars in the Fox and the MGM Grand Theaters. Laugh along with a comedian act at Comix. And dance Valentine’s night away with signature libations at hip nightclubs like Shrine and Scorpion Bar. Or pick a lane at High Rollers and bowl to your heart’s content. It will be your most memorable Valentine’s Day to date.
187 Allyn St.
Hartford, CT 06103
Black Bear Saloon is well known for its unique take on Valentine’s Day for singles. Among some fun celebrations in the past, it has held the Shred your Ex event, where you are supposed to take a photograph of said ex, shred it at the door and, having thrown off those old shackles, become completely free to mingle and look for greener pastures. Black Bear also sometimes participates in the Lonely Hearts Pub Crawl, where the superb featured drink specials and live DJ entertainment help the crawlers along.
356 Asylum St.
Hartford, CT 06103
This fun pub, which has been “oinkin’ and boinkin’” since 1997, will be doing so with even more gusto on Valentine’s Day. And the “no cover charge” policy along with the super-sized drinks start the evening off with a bang. Jukebox music and Pig’s Eye Pub’s hip DJ will have you bopping on the dance floor.
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5 Ives St.
Danbury, CT 06810
Two Steps Downtown Grille, housed in an 1884 firehouse, is located in the historic dining/entertainment district. Its regular weekly Trivia Trysts in a variety of categories take place every Thursday. This Valentine’s Day, the weekly event will take on even more festivity. Games are held in the bar and dining room while enjoying appetizers, drinks and dinner. Play as a team with family and friends. Prizes are $50, $25 and $10 off bar or dinner tabs, and could result in a free evening of total enjoyment.