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Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Besties

Head to these singles or Galentine's celebrations instead of staying in this Valentine's Day.

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Who says Valentine’s day is just for romantic relationships? Celebrate your Galentine’s or your single status with these parties, dinners, and wine nights around the city.

Chicken + Whiskey 
When: February 9, 8 PM until close
Where: 70 N St., SE
Hit up C + W’s Stoplight Party and and wear either red, yellow, or green to indicate your relationship status. There will be DJ and specialty cocktails to sip on all night long.

El Techo 
When: February 14 
Where: 606 Florida Ave., NW 
If you are fresh off a breakup and still nursing some wounds, head to the patio of El Techo and get yourself a free tequila shot. El Techo will also offer Taco Tuesday deals like three tacos and a margarita for $22. Reservations can be made online.

Fight Club 
When: February 11, 8 PM to 1 AM
Where: 633 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Celebrate with fellow commitment-phobes at Fight Club’s first annual Anti-Commitment Ball. DJ Daniel Biltmore will be spinning all night and there will be jello shots abound. No ticket needed.

Hidden Creek Country Club 
When: February 11, 8 to 11 PM
Where: 1711 Clubhouse Road Reston
Come meet other singles at this event sponsored by Heart to Heart Dating Service. Enjoy two hours of complimentary cocktails and try to make this your last single Valentine’s Day. Tickets are $40 and are available online.

Immigrant Food+
When: February 11 to 18
Where: 1701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Head to this near-the-White House location for a wine night with your girls and order flights with all woman-produced wines. Galentines can order from a special menu that features a vegan lomo saltado and a creamy fondue created by recent James Beard semi-finalist Chef Enrique Limardo.

National Union Building 
When: February 12 and 13, 6:30 PM
Where: 918 F St., NW 
Grab your gang and head to the Galentine’s Day wine academy, where you’ll taste six wines and also be able to bring some home. Tickets are $45 and are available online.

When: February 11
Where: 806 15th St., NW
Gals and their pals can celebrate friendship with $2 oysters and $12 French 75’s and cosmos while they enjoy DJ Benay L. Walker spin some jazz-fusion. Reservations can be made online.

When: February 14, 6:30 to 8 PM
Where: 921 North Saint Asaph St., Alexandria  
Make your own terrarium at this Alexandria nursery. Guests will select from a variety of succulents and cacti and Valentine’s day details to decorate a six inch terrarium. Tickets are $26 and can be purchased online.

Shop Made in DC 
When: February 5, 3 to 5 PM
Where: 1304 Wisconsin Ave., NW 
Try something different to celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your crew and head to Georgetown for a watercoloring workshop. Paint hand-letter fun messages on heart shaped love notes to take home and learn skills the tricks of the trade from illustrator Rachel Heiss. Tickets are $39 and can be purchased online.

Seven Reasons 
When: February 14 
Where: 2208 14th St., NW 
Attend this singles-dinner named Cupid & Friends, brought to you by Chef Enrique Limardo. Latin American-inspired dishes like halibut tiradito with pineapple-lychee marinade and lomito con aligote, a beef tenderloin with yucca croquetas will be featured. Reservations are $210 and can be made online

The St. Regis 
When: February 10 through 14
Where: 901 Black Lives Matter Plaza, NW
Enjoy afternoon tea with your besties to celebrate with one another. Indulge in a selection of specialty teas, homemade scones, festive pastries and dessert and optional champagne. Reservations are $89 and can be made online.

Tower Club 
When: February 10, 6 to 8 PM
Where: 8000 Towers Crescent Drive #1700, Vienna
Celebrate your love for your friends at this year’s Night in Paris event. There will be mini desserts, chocolate strawberries, a specialty “lover’s cocktail,” and a sip-and-paint station. The Tower Club has a dress code. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online.

Whiskey and Oyster 
When: February 12 
Where: 301 John Carlyle St., Alexandria
Take you and your friends out to a Galentine’s brunch with plenty of mimosas. There will be special lemon blueberry beignets and eggs Benedicts available from 9 AM to 4 PM. Make sure to snag a reservation online.

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