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Best Valentine’s Day Parties For Singles In Charlotte

January 31, 2013 8:00 AM

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Don’t have a big date for Valentine’s? Not to worry. The night doesn’t have to be a washout. Several clubs around Charlotte host parties on February 14th where you can celebrate your independence, have a great evening and even raise some money for a worthy cause.

Hartigan’s Irish Pub
601 S. Cedar St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 347-1841
www.hartigans.com

If your most significant other is your canine pal, head over to Hartigan’s “Love Stinks—Let’s Drink!” party, a karaoke fundraiser for a senior dog rescue group. On Valentine’s Day, the senior dogs will be outside to meet and greet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. when karaoke cranks up inside. Hosting the event is Roxy C. Moorecox, one of the city’s most talented and downright funny drag queens. Drink specials include jello shots and all money raised goes to the doggie retirement fund.

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Howl at the Moon
EpiCentre
210 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 936-4695
www.howlatthemoon.com

Doors open at 6 p.m. on February 14th for the annual “Luv Sux!” party at Howl at the Moon. Singles and couples are welcome to come howl out their relationship woes while enjoying special $3 Miller Light, $4 Skyy Vodka drinks or, for the truly heartbroken, an 86-ounce Bad Romance Bucket for $20. Bring a torn, burnt, shredded or otherwise mutilated picture of your ex for free admission and a chance to win a gift card. And don’t forget that list of love-em-and-leave-em songs to keep the dueling pianos rockin’ all night.

Level Bar
1820 South Blvd, Suite 106
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 823-6059
www.levelbar.net

Dance your cares away, and perhaps meet someone new, at “South Beach Thursday” hosted by Level Bar. The city’s hottest new night spot occupies the former Sunset Club location downstairs from the Pewter Rose. The owners of Level aim to recreate the sophistication, sexiness and uninhibited atmosphere of the clubs in Miami’s SoBe, complete with tufted white leather interior and deep blue lighting, so dress to impress. Those 18 and up are invited to party, and ladies are always free.

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Snug Harbor
1228 Gordon St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 333-9799
www.snugrock.com

Get “Shiprocked” with the wild tribe of Plaza-Midwood at the special anti-Valentine edition of this Thursday night institution. Hosted by Scott Weaver, part DJ, part make-up artist, part ringmaster, the Shiprocked juggernaut has been barreling on for over five years.  Expect go-go pirates, drag queens and plenty of unexpected sights you probably won’t see in other bars. The evening is for those 21 and up begins at 10 p.m. and is free for all.

Vida Mexican Kitchen & Cantina
EpiCentre
210 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 971-8432
www.vidacantina.com

Get a new perspective on life and love with a session of “Tequila Therapy” at Vida Cantina. Every Thursday, the bar’s signature margaritas are just $5, or indulge in whole pitchers of margaritas or sangria for $20. Pace yourself with a sampler of Vida’s three different guacamoles, an order of spicy green chile pork or some garlic shrimp. Later, head down College Street to Cosmos Cafe, where the salsa music starts at 10 p.m.

With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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