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Single Dudes: Where to Go For Valentine's Day, Plus A Condom Giveaway For The Worst Date Story Ever

Hey single fellows, got big plans for this weekend? If not, then we're here to save you from a weekend (and Monday) that will be dominated by four-course candlelit dinners, pink champagne, and annoying Hallmark cards that play crappy songs like "Walking on Sunshine." And as much as you might want to catch a movie with friends or grab a beer at a restaurant, you will be met at every turn by couples making out and fondling each other. Ick. Whether you're looking for love or just want cheap drinks and a lap dance, avoid the lovestruck zombies by checking out one of these single-friendly events.

Think of how many bad relationships you could have avoided if only the ladies came with warning signs. If you're single and contemplating a relationship or just a little fun, head to Brackets (5300 E. Mockingbird Lane) tomorrow night for the Stoplight Party, a mixer in which guests will wear colored napkins to indicate their relationship status. Those who are single will don green napkins, while those with more complicated love lives will wear yellow and those in relationships will wear red. You'll be able to discern who's free from who's a mess, and just remember there's always a hotel room waiting for you upstairs should you fall in love or get drunk.

You could sit on the couch tomorrow and enjoy a cold beer, or you could round up your friends for an afternoon of beer and darts at Ginger Man (2718 Boll St.). The pub is hosting a beer and chocolate tasting tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., and you'll have the chance to sample 10 beers paired with decadent Valentine's candy. Unlike all the other schmucks who are buying heart-shaped boxes of treats for their girlfriends, you get to eat all this chocolate yourself.

You don't have to hold a grudge against Cupid to attend the Anti-Valentine's Day Bash at The Men's Club (2340 Northwest Highway) on Monday night. The strip club is taking a stab at Cupid with $1.50 cocktails and domestic drafts until 8 p.m., and they're also offering a $6 "Strip It and Dip It" filet mignon and shrimp special until 10 p.m. But you're not there for the food, you're there for the view, so grab a VIP table for half price on Valentine's night. We're sure even your not-so-single friends will be trying to weasel their way out of dinner reservations to join you.

If you're looking for a last-minute Valentine, spend your Monday evening wooing and romancing the ladies at happy hour at Saint Ann (2501 Harwood St.). The restaurant will host a special cocktail hour for singles featuring a signature Valentine drink, the "Crush," made with Pama Pomegranate Liqueur. They'll also have dinner specials for couples in case you snag a date that evening.

Here at City of Ate, we're always looking for a good story, but we know you also like a few freebies. That's why we're giving away a little something that may come in handy on Valentine's Day, should you play your cards right. We want to hear about your worst date ever, whether it be a bad blind date or an evening that ended with you crying and naked. Share the details in the comments section below, and we'll announce a winner on Monday. The dude (or chick -- we want to hear your stories, too) with the most disastrous date story will receive a special prize courtesy of a Whole Foods promotion-- a box of vegan (yes, vegan) condoms and organic lube. These will come in handy for your next date, unless your story is so embarrassing that you've entered the priesthood.

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Elizabeth Bair
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