Valentine’s Day, Shmalentine’s Day

Tips for single Haligonians on the day of love

Don’t be down in the dumps this Valentine’s Day, get out (or stay in) and have a good time. Photo: Andrea Gunn

Valentine’s Day is a holiday for lovers. Those of us lucky enough to have found their other half will likely spend the day exchanging saliva and wasting money on overpriced flowers and candlelight dinners. But what about the rest of the population? Surely there has to be something for the lonely, single folks to do on Feb. 14 while everyone else is out making googly eyes at their sweetheart. has compiled this handy list of suggestions for what single Haligonians can do this Valentine’s Day.

There are a number of events happening on Valentine’s Day weekend catered to single folks.

The Coast is holding a Singles Appreciation Night complete with craft beer, chocolate and piano music at the Gahan House Halifax. And at $12 a ticket, it’s still cheaper than a bouquet of roses.

The Stubborn Goat will be a couple-free zone this Feb. 14. The popular gastropub will be hosting a speed-dating event. It’s free to attend, but you must RSVP before Feb. 14. And if you don’t happen to meet that special someone, you can always drown your sorrows in their collection of tasty cocktails, on-tap beer and delicious bar food.

On Fri., Feb. 13, Yuk Yuk’s will be holding a singles meet and greet with mingling, drinks and appetizers followed by a comedy show. If ‘good sense of humour’ tops your list of datable qualities, this might be the event for you. The show is $18 to attend, but if you’re feeling particularly optimistic, you can purchase a package that includes a hotel room at the Westin. Yeah.

For the ladies, Mystic Harp Yoga is holding a Valentine’s Day yoga session that promises to “help you enhance your sexual energy, you will learn poses that increase libido, as well as open and strengthen the body.” The one-hour female-only session starts at 3 p.m. and costs $10 to attend.

Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to get on the pink-and-red bandwagon, there are plenty of everyday events you can take in on Feb. 14. It is a Saturday, after all!

See the Halifax Mooseheads take on the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at the Scotiabank Centre, check out some live music, or an exhibit at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia or the Dalhousie Art Gallery.

Think you need to get dressed up and go out to have a good time on Valentine’s? Think again. It’s a perfect opportunity to hang out in your underwear, order some takeout, and drink a bottle of wine without having to share. After all, who could possibly be more fun to hang out with than your bad self?

There’s no shortage of awesome takeout spots in Halifax, and more yummy local wine and craft beer than you can shake a stick at. Why not get some booze, order some pizzaChinese or sushi, and curl up with a book or throw on your favourite album. Whatever you do, treat yo’ self and have a happy Shmalentine’s Day.