If you don’t have a date lined up for Valentine’s Day you’re in good company. Roughly half of Americans above the age of 16 are single, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So gather up your guy friends or girlfriends and take advantage of these 10 places to mingle if you’re still single.
FOR THE GUYS
- Any day is a good day to visit Martin House Brewing Company, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Beer My Valentine, like Martin House’s brews, is anything but conventional. From 6:30-8:30 p.m, the Riverside-based brewery will feature a “Dog Kissing Booth,” couples eating contest, and food for sale by Funky Town Food Truck Texas. As the Facebook invite says, “The event is for singles and couples alike. So don’t be shy.” The $10 cover includes three beers.
- Flying Saucer Fort Worth is hosting Cascade and Donut Flight, a food pairing of decadent pastries from Doughboy Donuts and, of course, beer. Portland-based Cascade Brewing is known for its wide array of sour ales. The sweet and sour culinary experience is one you won’t want to miss. Tuesday Night Trivia and DJ Red Sean round out the evening. Starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30.
- Cowtown Cycle Party blends sightseeing, recreational biking, and bar hopping all into one. Groups of eight to 16 adults have two hours to ride around central Fort Worth. Rental fee includes one driver. While on the bike, drinks are BYOB. No hard liquor or glass containers.
- Cutting Edge Haunted House offers a decidedly darker take on a holiday usually associated with stuffed animals and chocolate. You’ll want to be in a group for this bloody good time, because you never know what’s waiting around the corner. Tickets start at $29.95.
- Scat Jazz Lounge has a Valentine’s Day Soiree for jazz fans, coupled or otherwise. Songstress/actress Sheran Keyton will perform soulful original numbers. Pull up a chair, order a dry martini, and take in an evening of toe-tapping fun.
FOR THE GALS
- Cyndi Lauper coined it, but it’s always been true. Girls just wanna have fun. Varsity Tavern has a Single Ladies Party geared toward unattached females. The all-night extravaganza includes themed drink specials, live DJs and more. Who said Valentine’s Day is just for couples?
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- The Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of George and Ira Gershwin’s songs takes the stage at Bass Performance Hall just in time for Valentine’s Day. An American in Paris tells the story of an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and life in post-war Paris. The Wall Street Journal declared, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” The Broadway number is on its first national tour. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Performance Hall. Tickets start at $44.
- The motto says it all: "A little bit of paint, a little bit of wine, and a whole lot of fun." Painting with a Twist lets you channel your inner Monet in a fun group setting. A team of instructors will be on hand to guide you through the painting class. Two-hour sessions begin at $35. BYOB.
- Long week at work? Why not “wine” about it. Cowtown Winery is one of Fort Worth’s few full-production wineries. The Stockyards-based wine bar also features unique varietals, hot spiced wine, and Wine-A-Ritas (available in peach, Sangria, or blended). Tasting flights of three start at $6. On Tuesdays, bottles are 15 percent off and Wine-A-Ritas are $5. Cowtown Winery also hosts a 90-minute Stockyards Ghost Tour Thursday through Saturday.
- Tacos and margaritas. Now that I have your attention, Landmark Bar & Kitchen has a Tuesday special that brings together two of life’s greatest jobs. Enjoy $2 tacos and $4 ritas at this hot West 7th-area bar and restaurant. With outdoor activities like Giant Jenga and classic arcade games inside, it’s a one-stop shop for all your entertainment and culinary needs.