A Night Out

How to Spend a Solo Valentine’s Day in L.A.

There’s no need to hide if you’re not paired up. Grab a pal or go alone to these single-status-friendly spots.

Photo courtesy of Breakup Bar/Facebook

Valentine’s Day. Who needs it? Not you. Spend your night alone or with your besties at our top picks.

BreakUp Bar
Forget the flowers, candy, and candlelight. Whether you’re hoping to engage in some major Schadenfreude, commiserate, sharpen your curmudgeonly vibes, or just looking to cut someone loose in a cute way (wait, actually, that’s not a thing), this is your spot. Valentine’s Day is the last night of this pop-up, opened up by and next door to Severance Wine Bar. It’s the perfect way to ignore all the annoying crap about love. Reservations are highly recommended. 7276 Melrose Avenue

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Crumbs & Whiskers
Lattes, purrs, chilling the heck out…away from humans. That’s what Crumbs & Whiskers offers, and ideally you’ll go home with a nice caffeine buzz and maybe one of the kittens this cat café rescues daily. You can hang for 70 minutes in a regular session (reservations required) or drop in—depending on availability—for 15 minutes and $9. Guaranteed love on Valentine’s Day for the cat person in all of us. 7924 Melrose Avenue

Marty & Elayne at the Dresden
The preeminent old-school piano lounge, where every detail endearingly belongs to a bygone era, the Dresden is a great place to spend a solo Valentine’s Day. Revel in the super-retro dining room if you must, but the lounge room is truly where it’s at. With strong cocktails and a fun crowd, toast the bedazzled local legends Marty and Elayne, who have carried the jazz-act torch there for more than 35 years. 1760 North Vermont Avenue

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Maple at Descanso Gardens
An activity and a fabulous meal—doesn’t get better than that on a Valentine’s Day afternoon. Descanso Gardens’s on-site restaurant isn’t participating in the prix-fixe game this year, so dine à la carte and day-drink with friends (or on your own!). Take advantage of the surrounding beauty and follow a path or two through the stunning gardens once you’ve indulged in dessert. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge

Maggiano’s Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery
It’s hard to ruminate on your single status on the most romantic night of the year if you’re too busy looking over your shoulder to make sure a murderer isn’t sneaking up behind you. Enjoy a traditional Italian buffet, a few drinks, and a mystery for a raucous night of fun. Beware, you might even be the killer. The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Suite Z80

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”Mariah Garnett Picaresques. still, 2011″ Courtesy of Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

“Mariah Garnett: Trouble
This is the first institutional solo show by Los Angeles–based Garnett, and it includes a selection of her films, installations, and printed matter from 2010 to the present. Her work seeks to dismantle the power structures in mainstream cinema—the ones we keep hearing are being dismantled, yet nothing seems to change. As a queer filmmaker, Garnett includes herself as subject matter in a way that is reminiscent of a young Cindy Sherman. Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard

“Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s–Part 1”
The first part in a pair of shows celebrating the 25th year of Blum & Poe and its rooted history in Japan. Curator Mika Yoshitake presents a selected survey of Japanese art of the 1980s and ’90s, featuring more than 25 artists working in painting, sculpture, performance, sound, video, and photography. The themes throughout the exhibition focus on politics, transcending media, performance, and satire. Blum & Poe, 2727 South La Cienega Boulevard