In what has to be one of the more entertaining pro forma Valentine’s Day stories out there, The Huffington Post decided to prowl dive bars to talk to talk love with the District’s purveyors of drink.

Specifically, they wanted to know: What does Feb. 14 look like from the other side of the bar?

Cheap beer: The ultimate matchmaker? (Toby Talbot/AP)

“If you have a one night stand on Valentine’s Day, you’ve just stooped to a whole new level of sadness,” Public’s Pablo Brown tells HuffPo’s Rachel Tepper.

This about sums it up.

Well, this too:

“Oh, well it’s chicken wing night. 25 cent wings!” Said Lucky Bar’s Chris Chernes.

The third bar to round out this piece is The Big Hunt, but if you’re single and can’t bring yourself to visit any of these Dupont Circle watering holes/unspecified circles of hell this Tuesday, here are some other ideas for Valentine’s Day, after the jump:

Be bitter instead of belligerent. Anti-Valentine’s Day options include the “Anti-Valentine’s Day Party” at Bar Pilar and “Valentine’s Day Boozer” at Phrase One. (On second thought, you’ll probably be both. There’s more “Anti V-Day” fare from Going Out Guide here.)

Make a good Anti-V-Day playlist. The Style Blog has an excellent starter playlist, featuring [of course] Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You.” Use #AntiVDaySongs on Twitter to contribute.

Serious question: Do people actually do this?

Call home. This applies to any day of the year, and it will usually make you feel a lot better.

Any other suggestions? Leave ‘em in the comments: