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The Singles Guide To Partying On Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming, and the more red roses, heart-shaped balloons and chocolate-covered strawberries appear in shops, the stronger loved-up couples become.

As I see it, true love is some bullshit, created by companies to make more money. Luckily, for every candlelit dinner there’s a speed dating night, Galentine’s or Anti-V Day party to celebrate loving yourself.

Put down Tinder, because here are 10 events happening across Australia on Valentine’s Day that are perfect for singles:

Sydney

Valentine’s Party

Even if you don’t have a date at the start of V Day, you might have one by the strike of midnight.

The Coogee Bay Hotel is throwing a free party with a “drag clairvoyant”. Do I know what any of that means? No. Am I willing to put my love life for 2020 in the hands of this Co-Star Queen? Absolutely.

There’ll also be an express dating game, a roving love doctor, live entertainment, food and drink specials, giveaways and more.

LGB My Valentine QT

The Bank Hotel in Newtown is hosting a fast and flirty speed dating night. The event, hosted by Felicity Frockaccino, will run three sessions: Boy Kissy Boy, Girl Kissy Girl and Whoever Kissy Whoever.

 

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Melbourne

Friends With Benefits Party

A relationship is so much work (I’m told). Bring a friend to the Transit Rooftop Bar for a night of drinking, dancing and meeting new people with zero commitments. A ticket will cover your entry plus a friend’s and get you both a welcome cocktail and canapes.

Galentine’s Day

Ditch the chocolates, roses and romance and celebrate your best girlfriends at The Bridge Hotel. Take advantage of drink specials all night long, like $5 glasses of sparkling and rosé and $13 espresso martinis.

Plus if you set your group up with a bar tab before the event, the hotel will match it, up to $200.

 

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Brisbane

Retro’s Stupid Cupid Anti-V Day Party

Cupid is a baby, that means he’s stupid. Show him what you think of romance at Retro’s Anti-V Day party in Fortitude Valley. There’ll be promos and giveaways, and you can even book a Ladies VIP lounge for a free drink on arrival.

If you’re in the Gold Coast, Retro’s at Surfers Paradise is throwing a Traffic Light Party for the big day.

 

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Canberra

10 Things I Hate About You screening

American Express Openair Cinemas is putting on a special V Day screening of this classic film. You actually can’t be sad about being single when you’re watching Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles play paintball.


Adelaide

Not Today Cupid

The Anti-Valentine’s Day party at Mary’s Poppin is going to be one for the ages. Come with your BFFs for a night of shameless power ballads, live shows and DJ sets. Entry is free before 10pm.


Perth

Galentine’s Day Gala

Part of Fringe World Festival, this is a comedy show Leslie Knope would be proud of. Some of the funniest female comedians — local and visiting — will be taking to the stage on February 13, as is tradition for Galentine’s Day.


Darwin

Stupid Cupid Anti-Valentines Day

Another chance to show Cupid you don’t need love to be happy. Smith Street Social’s Anti Valentine’s Day party, hosted by drag queens, of course, will be a full night of live shows, naughty games and giveaways.

 

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Hobart

The Ultimate Break Up Party!

Flamingos Dance Bar is putting on a party for the broken hearted and everyone celebrating their single-dom. Party the night away with the Flamingo Queens, killer tunes and drag queen shows — the perfect antidote to a bad breakup.

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