It’s okay to mope like Morrissey at Jammin’ Java, which hosts two cover bands performing the songs of the Smiths and Morrissey on Valentine’s Day. (Yui Mok/Associated Press )

There are parties where you can “shred your ex,” and others with a bitter-sweet theme, including a concert of covers of the most depressing music ever, courtesy of the Smiths.


Heart Break Ball at St. Stephens Church

Words Beats and Life’s DJ battle at St. Stephens Church is the opposite of romantic. It’s cool. Ditch the heels, put on some sneakers and get ready to dance.

Cupid is Stupid Anti-Valentine’s Day Drinkfest at Town Tavern

This party is billing itself as a perfect bash for “everyone who thinks Valentine’s Day is overrated.” Singles, or couples who refuse to be part of the Romance Industrial Complex, can head to Town Tavern for an open bar from 8 to 10 p.m., then $3 Cherry Bombs and other drink specials the rest of the evening.

The Shred Your Ex and Find Your Next party at the Bottom Line

Why seethe in silence on the weekend before Valentine’s Day when you could bring old photos, cards or e-mails from your ex and shred them publicly for all to see? Then grab some drinks and work on meeting your next: The bar offers $2.50 Miller Lites and $3 V-day shooters.


The Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at Bar Pilar

If you can pardon the dust of the ongoing remodel, Bar Pilar should have one of the hottest parties in town. Nix cupid in favor of a night of hilarious wallowing, with “bitter” and “sour”-themed cocktails and desserts and plenty of breakup songs. Think: Cupid’s Broken Arrow, a cocktail with rum, sugarcane citrus soda and housemade bitters, citrus-pickled melon and mint; and desserts such as the bittersweet chocolate terrine with burnt orange sabayon and maldon.

Is It Really So Strange? A Morrissey / Smiths Valentine at Jammin’ Java

“Do you wear black on the outside ‘cause black is how you feel on the inside?” That’s how Jammin’ Java is billing this show, the perfect event for cynics and Debbie Downers everywhere; tribute bands Speedway Operator and Spineless Swine perform the songs of Morrissey and the Smiths.

Valentine’s Day Boozer at Phase One

The country’s oldest lesbian bar gives cupid the kiss-off with this bash, offering $1 Bloody Valentine’s Day shots, $2 PBR pounders and $3 tequila shots and a night of dancing.

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