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21 Bars Where You Can Forget It's Valentine's Day

Here's a list of great bars with zero Valentine's Day festivities planned.

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Valentine’s Day or Black Saturday is just around the corner. And for those looking to celebrate Saturday night like it’s Saturday night, try these Valentine’s Day-free drinkeries from coast to coast.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Harvard & Stone

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5221 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 466-6063
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With an R&D bar in the back serving one-off craft cocktails plus a front bar showcasing a live band, a DJ, and burlesque dancers climbing on the walls, this is the perfect spot to meet like-minded souls who are into adventure and culture.
3174 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 400-4748
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This is what happens when a trio of bartenders from the best places in town get together and create their own bar: Straightforward and expertly made cocktails plus a low-key vibe. “We do the same thing Saturday that we always do... Serve food til 1 a.m. and drinks til 1:30 a.m. No DJ or anything like that,” promises co-owner Ryan Fitzgerald.

3. Zig Zag Cafe

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1501 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 625-1146
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An eclectic crowd, a friendly and attentive staff, and well-crafted drinks make this intimate anti-Valentine watering hole at Pike Place Market worth seeking out.

4. The Belmont

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511 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
An attraction for a swell mix of locals, cocktail enthusiasts, and in-the-know tourists make this bar an excellent spot to meet someone new. Or, those who want to be alone can watch the old black and white movies on the back wall and order up a cookie dough pop tart which is said to taste like love.

5. Herbs & Rye

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3713 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 982-8036
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This Old Vegas-style cocktail bar is the go-to spot for nearly every Sin City bartender. With velvet walls and black leather booths, it’s suited for late-night lounging while sipping on classic cocktails from every era, the Gothic Age to the present.

6. Eastern Standard

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528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100
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Cozy up to Boston’s longest marble bar and order up one of the many well-made cocktails. They may take some time to make, but taking in the diverse mix of clientele consisting of sports fans, musicians, and corporate types will keep things interesting. Walk-ins are welcome but those staying for dinner should make a reservation.

7. Black Swan Saloon

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2708 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-4949
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Since it’s a small space, get here early for a spot at the bar. The skilled bartender, most likely Gabe the owner, will create the perfect tasty cure for what ails the lovesick and the bored.

8. Grand Prize Bar

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1010 Banks St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 526-4566
Drinkers can pass the time at this two-story bar finding their happy song on the kickass jukebox, chain smoking on the roof with new friends, or going back and forth from shots to craft cocktails and back. Or do it all.

9. The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar

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2718 J St
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 706-2275
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It’s business as usual at this Midtown barestaurant. And it offers so many ways to enjoy booze: signature cocktails, classic cocktails, shots, by the flight, and punch. Take a seat on the patio out front for people watching or out back for something cozy.

10. Boilermaker

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13 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 995-5400
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Every night’s a party at this East Village bar what with a drink menu consisting of inventive beer-and-shot pairings and cocktails on tap with smirky names like Group Sex on the Beach. Even though bottle service here is a six-pack of Miller High Life and whiskey shots, there are also crafted cocktails created by Erick Castro (The Rickhouse SF and Polite Provisions San Diego).

11. Half Step

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75 1/2 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 391-1877
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It’s a rare and beautiful thing to see a bar that showcases both ping pong tables and fine cocktail making. This destination spot for cocktail aficionados offers a swanky interior for contemplative sipping and tables out back for relaxing with buddies.

12. Teardrop Lounge

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1015 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 445-8109
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Ground zero for the craft cocktail scene in Portland, this serious cocktail bar is where a lot of the top bartenders in the area got their start. Drinkers can immerse themselves in classics dating as far back as 1891 and modern classics by bartender friends from around the country.

13. Rum Club

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720 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 467-2469
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Even though there’s no V Day plans set, owner Michael Shea says his bar is a hotspot for Tinder and Internet dates. “Cozy bar, approachable and not stuffy, singular experience, quality cocktails, very public and safe: Rum club has never been a pick up bar, there's nowhere to hide if you get shot down.”

14. Twelve Mile Limit

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500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-8114
Forget Valentine’s Day, this slightly divey cocktail-serious bar will be throwing a huge Endymion party which celebrates a Mardi Gras parade that rolls near the bar. Food trucks, drinks, and live music.

15. Analogue

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2523 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 904-8567
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Settle into this low-key bar helmed by two Violet Hour vets for not only the best Cajun food in town, but excellent cocktails. Just knock back some Malort to forget it's Valentine's Day.

16. Slippery Slope

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2357 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 799-8504
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Get down on the dance floor with bottled cocktail in hand at this Logan Square anti-nightclub. Valentine night is “No Frills” resident party with DJs mixing hip-hop and ’80s music.

17. The Sugar House

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2130 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-0123
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With over 100 cocktails, a menu that changes seasonally, and a huge spirits selection, Sugar House offers plenty of opportunity for swanky sippers to imbibe. There’s even a punch service to split a half bowl (three to four drinkers) or a full bowl (six servings) with new and old friends.

18. Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.

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112 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 467-3277
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This “best bars” list regular operates on a 50/50 basis with half reservations and half walk-ins. Either way, it’s where to go for carefully crafted cocktails made by confident bartenders who care.

19. Proof and Provision

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659 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 897-1991
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Take cover at this basement bar located in the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel and pass the time with a game of shuffleboard while sipping on barrel-aged cocktails.

20. Sycamore Den

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3391 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 563-9019
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With lava rock and banjos abound, this funky 1970s-style cocktail lounge is one of those places that folks go to make new friends. The ambiance may be light and fun but the cocktails here, despite names like Genever Lopez and Sext on the Beach, are serious, created by celebrated local barman Eric Johnson. Most importantly, they have a s’mores platter.

21. The Bearded Lady's Jewel Box

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644 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
Jovial host and owner Nathaniel Meiklejohn sets the mood for his Kickstarter-funded bar, an unpretentious spot with an eclectic crowd and inventive cocktails.

1. Harvard & Stone

5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
With an R&D bar in the back serving one-off craft cocktails plus a front bar showcasing a live band, a DJ, and burlesque dancers climbing on the walls, this is the perfect spot to meet like-minded souls who are into adventure and culture.
5221 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2. ABV

3174 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
This is what happens when a trio of bartenders from the best places in town get together and create their own bar: Straightforward and expertly made cocktails plus a low-key vibe. “We do the same thing Saturday that we always do... Serve food til 1 a.m. and drinks til 1:30 a.m. No DJ or anything like that,” promises co-owner Ryan Fitzgerald.
3174 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

3. Zig Zag Cafe

1501 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
An eclectic crowd, a friendly and attentive staff, and well-crafted drinks make this intimate anti-Valentine watering hole at Pike Place Market worth seeking out.
1501 Western Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

4. The Belmont

511 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
An attraction for a swell mix of locals, cocktail enthusiasts, and in-the-know tourists make this bar an excellent spot to meet someone new. Or, those who want to be alone can watch the old black and white movies on the back wall and order up a cookie dough pop tart which is said to taste like love.
511 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Herbs & Rye

3713 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102
This Old Vegas-style cocktail bar is the go-to spot for nearly every Sin City bartender. With velvet walls and black leather booths, it’s suited for late-night lounging while sipping on classic cocktails from every era, the Gothic Age to the present.
3713 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89102

6. Eastern Standard

528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
Cozy up to Boston’s longest marble bar and order up one of the many well-made cocktails. They may take some time to make, but taking in the diverse mix of clientele consisting of sports fans, musicians, and corporate types will keep things interesting. Walk-ins are welcome but those staying for dinner should make a reservation.
528 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215

7. Black Swan Saloon

2708 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Since it’s a small space, get here early for a spot at the bar. The skilled bartender, most likely Gabe the owner, will create the perfect tasty cure for what ails the lovesick and the bored.
2708 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

8. Grand Prize Bar

1010 Banks St, Houston, TX 77006
Drinkers can pass the time at this two-story bar finding their happy song on the kickass jukebox, chain smoking on the roof with new friends, or going back and forth from shots to craft cocktails and back. Or do it all.
1010 Banks St
Houston, TX 77006

9. The Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar

2718 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816
It’s business as usual at this Midtown barestaurant. And it offers so many ways to enjoy booze: signature cocktails, classic cocktails, shots, by the flight, and punch. Take a seat on the patio out front for people watching or out back for something cozy.
2718 J St
Sacramento, CA 95816

10. Boilermaker

13 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
Every night’s a party at this East Village bar what with a drink menu consisting of inventive beer-and-shot pairings and cocktails on tap with smirky names like Group Sex on the Beach. Even though bottle service here is a six-pack of Miller High Life and whiskey shots, there are also crafted cocktails created by Erick Castro (The Rickhouse SF and Polite Provisions San Diego).
13 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003

11. Half Step

75 1/2 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
It’s a rare and beautiful thing to see a bar that showcases both ping pong tables and fine cocktail making. This destination spot for cocktail aficionados offers a swanky interior for contemplative sipping and tables out back for relaxing with buddies.
75 1/2 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

12. Teardrop Lounge

1015 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209
Ground zero for the craft cocktail scene in Portland, this serious cocktail bar is where a lot of the top bartenders in the area got their start. Drinkers can immerse themselves in classics dating as far back as 1891 and modern classics by bartender friends from around the country.
1015 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209

13. Rum Club

720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Even though there’s no V Day plans set, owner Michael Shea says his bar is a hotspot for Tinder and Internet dates. “Cozy bar, approachable and not stuffy, singular experience, quality cocktails, very public and safe: Rum club has never been a pick up bar, there's nowhere to hide if you get shot down.”
720 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

14. Twelve Mile Limit

500 S Telemachus St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Forget Valentine’s Day, this slightly divey cocktail-serious bar will be throwing a huge Endymion party which celebrates a Mardi Gras parade that rolls near the bar. Food trucks, drinks, and live music.
500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119

15. Analogue

2523 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Settle into this low-key bar helmed by two Violet Hour vets for not only the best Cajun food in town, but excellent cocktails. Just knock back some Malort to forget it's Valentine's Day.
2523 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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16. Slippery Slope

2357 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Get down on the dance floor with bottled cocktail in hand at this Logan Square anti-nightclub. Valentine night is “No Frills” resident party with DJs mixing hip-hop and ’80s music.
2357 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

17. The Sugar House

2130 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
With over 100 cocktails, a menu that changes seasonally, and a huge spirits selection, Sugar House offers plenty of opportunity for swanky sippers to imbibe. There’s even a punch service to split a half bowl (three to four drinkers) or a full bowl (six servings) with new and old friends.
2130 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216

18. Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.

112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
This “best bars” list regular operates on a 50/50 basis with half reservations and half walk-ins. Either way, it’s where to go for carefully crafted cocktails made by confident bartenders who care.
112 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

19. Proof and Provision

659 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Take cover at this basement bar located in the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel and pass the time with a game of shuffleboard while sipping on barrel-aged cocktails.
659 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

20. Sycamore Den

3391 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
With lava rock and banjos abound, this funky 1970s-style cocktail lounge is one of those places that folks go to make new friends. The ambiance may be light and fun but the cocktails here, despite names like Genever Lopez and Sext on the Beach, are serious, created by celebrated local barman Eric Johnson. Most importantly, they have a s’mores platter.
3391 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

21. The Bearded Lady's Jewel Box

644 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Jovial host and owner Nathaniel Meiklejohn sets the mood for his Kickstarter-funded bar, an unpretentious spot with an eclectic crowd and inventive cocktails.
644 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

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