Happenings: Valentine’s Day 2013, Part I

Whether your single and looking to mix & mingle, happily dodging Cupid’s arrow, or looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without all the pomp and circumstance, this list is for you! More traditional V-day happenings to come…




Contigo Austin is bucking the Valentine’s Day trend of over the top, gussied up dinners with a decidedly more laidback approach. Instead of romantic picnic tables for two, the rustic Texas inspired restaurant is hosting a family-style three course menu fit for singles, couples, and groups alike. There is plenty to fall in love with on the Un-Valentine’s menu with options like fried calamari salad, whole roasted quail, and French macaroons. The dinner is $35/pp and reservations are accepted/recommended by calling 512.614.2260 or contigoaustin@gmail.com.

Head back to a time where romance and flowing champagne weren’t reserved for just one day a year this Valentine’s Day! Join the Austin Influential Group for their Secret Society Ball at Swan Dive on Feb. 14 from 9pm-12am and help support Austin Pets Alive. Tickets to the event are $40/pp ($60/couple) in advance or $50/pp ($75/couple) at the door. More information about this event, including tickets, can be found here.

Let’s face it: no matter what your relationship status, Valentine’s Day is often a let down, just like, say, high school prom and men in tight polyester pants. Lower your expectations back down to level fun this Valentine’s by heading to Handlebar for the Valentine’s Day Soul Train Prom. The event will be host to flash back tracks, a soul train dance-off and groovy prizes. Get your groove thing on Thursday, February 14 from 8pm-2am. Handlebar is located at 121 E 5th Street, Austin, TX 78701. More details can be found here.

In.gredients is hosting a Valentine’s Day Singles Mixer complete with Happy Hour prices, mulled wine, cupcakes and games. Perfect chance to make a new friend or meet a hot date. The mixer will run from 7-10pm on Feb. 14. More details here. In.gredients is located at 2610 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78723.

If you are really, really over hearts with cutesy quotes and boxes of chocoloates, then head to Liberty Tavern on the 14th for the ‘I Hate Valentine’s Day’ gathering. From 5-10pm, meet some new friends and bond over your mutual disdain of all things Cupid-induced. Drinks will be half-priced, which is perfect if you are drinking to forget this unholy day. More information can be found here. Liberty Tavern is located at 500 E 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701. http://libertytaverntx.com

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