Single? Don't sit around and mope! There's funny stuff, music and sexy burlesque to be had, and if you're attached and looking for dining recommendations, read Juliette Cassistre's Neighborhood Dining Guide devoted to V-Day destinations.
Head to New World for Beers for Tears, a night of silly romance and revelry hosted by beloved employee and comedian Steve Miller. DJ cub will provide the music with contributions from many of the bar's regulars, including a skit on love by Fuma bartender Charlie Doan, a few love songs by John Nowicki, embarrassing poems by Steve Lindow and Jen Pomeroy and many others. Bartender Dean Rosenberger says, "Think of a regulated open mic with offerings on embarrassing junior high expressions of love." Festivities begin at 7 p.m. and continue until close. New World is at 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Call 813-248-1969 for details.
Just a few feet around the corner, you can hit The Bricks hosts its Happy Brickentine's Day party with old school, dance and other styles by DJ OP 1; party for this one also begins at 7 p.m. Head there early because B.S., Seamus and Co. will be offering happy hour pricing all day and Valentine's food specials. Bricks is at 1327 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City. 813-247-1785.
WSJT-FM Play 98.7 offers a solution to the holiday that can be miserable for singles: Bitter Ball 2012, a party that celebrates being single, alone bitter, and having a way better time than all those couples with their roses and champagne. The event features the hosts of Play 98.7’s morning show “That Guy” Kramer: Steve Kramer, Holly O’Connor and Miguel Fuller. Acoustic performances from Scars on 45, an indie acoustic band from the U.K. that's even had a tune on the show Grey's Anatomy, and singer-songwriter Mikey Wax will start around 8 p.m. First drink is free for all ladies; 7 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Hawaiian Village at the Green Iguana by the Raymond James Stadium, 2520 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa (thehawaiianvillage.com).
Or drive apiece to Orbit 19 in Holiday for its Sexy-Psycho Valentine’s Day with edgy rockabilly music from The Living Deads (from Denver) and performances by the Burlesque Ladies and a Miss Orbit 19 2012 pinup contest. The winner receives a $500 gift certificate to the Don CeSar, an elegant sash, an enormous bouquet of flowers and a liter of Cointreau. The first 100 guests will receive a complimentary Cointreau Liqueur cupcake. There will be a photographer there documenting the event, as well. Dadia JanEvska owns the cool out-of-the-way haunt. Some may remember the lovely and sultry Eastern European from her art shows back in the '90s and serving stint at the old Ovo Cafe in Ybor. Begins at 9 p.m. 542 U.S. 19, Holiday, 727-505-5818 (orbit19lounge.com). Emma Gombert contributed to this report.