Seven Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day Single 

Dreading yet another Valentine’s Day with no significant other? Well, don’t. There are plenty of ways to show love to yourself this Feb. 14, and some of them even include freebies. 


Get pampered 

Whether you’re in the mood for a massage or a pedicure, or both, plenty of local salons offer Valentine’s Day deals for one. Both within 3 miles of campus, try Massage Circle for an affordable outing or Burke Williams for a higher-end experience. 

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Score free buffalo wings 

Still disgruntled over a breakup? Hooters is serving free wings to anyone who shreds a photo of their ex Feb. 14. As it stands, the deal is buy any 10 wings, get 10 boneless free. Participants can either upload a photo online or bring in a copy to the restaurant, the closest location in Anaheim. 

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Hang with UPB 

This year, University Program Board is hosting events to make everyone feel included in the holiday fun. Galentine’s Day, inspired by Parks and Recreation, is Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in AF 119A. There will be a waffle bar, mocktails and activities. On Wednesday, Will UPB My Valentine features popcorn, chocolate and the movie “Crazy, Stupid Love.” with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. 

Wine Wednesday 

Forget hump day, Wednesdays are for enjoying a glass of wine. Or two, or three. Personalize the experience. Share rose with some friends or curl up with a book and sip pinot. 

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Go on a blind date 

Feeling lonely? You’re probably not the only one. With apps like TinderBumble, and OkCupid, it is easier than ever to meet other singles looking for relationships. Even if you’re not ready to jump into something serious, between millions of users, there is one bound to say yes to an impromptu V-Day date. 

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Veg out on the couch 

Turn on Bridesmaids for a good laugh or watch the Notebook and let the tears flow. If you’re the binge-watching kind, Netflix and chill with yourself and finish a whole season of your favorite show. Whatever you decide, pair it with your favorite junk food and shamelessly eat your feelings. Text VALPAK to 727272 for a free Redbox rental. 

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Go outside 

As comforting as the previous option sounds, a healthier alternative is to get active! Or at least take in some nature. Have a beach day at Newport or Huntington. Venture to Peters Canyon or Irvine Regional Park. Take some time to appreciate Orange County’s 75-degree “winter” weather.  

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Attend an anti-Valentine’s celebration 

Instead of moping around alone, bask in your misery together with a bunch of other disgruntled singles. Hollywood’s Birds bar and restaurant is throwing their 23rd annual anti-Valentine’s bash, complete with voodoo dolls, pinatas and drink specials. If you want to stay local, Golden Road Brewing in Anaheim is having an event of their own. 

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However you decide to spend your Valentine’s Day, hopefully, by the end of the night, you’ll come out feeling like this. 

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Rylea Gillis

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