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Hate Valentine's Day? Find refuge at one of these events...

If you’re happily single or don’t believe in celebrating Valentine’s Day, we have put together a list of alternative things for you to do tomorrow night.

Image: CarbonNYC via Flickr/Creative Commons

HATE VALENTINE’S DAY? Maybe you’re happily single and not in the market for a partner, or you’re ensconced in a relationship where you lavish praise on your other half on more than just one day of the year.

Or maybe you think that Valentine’s Day is a load of sentimental muck cooked up to sell cards and chocolates…

Whatever the reason, there are plenty of alternative ways to spend tomorrow night that don’t involved packed restaurants or over-priced flowers.

  • Go people hunting

If you think love sucks, then head to the Project Arts Centre in 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Temple Bar tomorrow from 5.30pm to 8pm to forget romance and have fun with Love Sucks, two interactive games from Make and Do. This involves two games: Love at First Sight, where players try to seduce as many partners as they can (don’t worry – it’s a game, you won’t need to really seduce anyone); and Peoplehunt, which is a smartphone icebreaker game (bring your iphone for this one) by Crowdscanner. Find out more here.

  • Watch an Emile Zola film

What says ‘I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day’ better than watching an adaptation of an Émile Zola film about a priest who is in love with his friend’s wife and turns into a vampire after a failed medical experiment? Thirst, written, produced and directed by Park Chan-wook, can be watched in Seomra Spraoi tomorrow from 8pm – 10pm. For some post-Valentine’s Day highjinks, head to Seomra Spraoi on Thursday, February 16, 7pm – 10pm where the Vegan Workers Coop Cafe will host a Love Sick Cafe and Vegan Clothes Swap Disco from 6.30pm – 9pm.

  • Eat something unusual

If a standard restaurant is not your thing, bring your loved one – or just yourself – to Edible at the Science Gallery.  The special Valentine’s Day event is not your usual lovefest, as it focuses on genetics and beauty and sexual selection. By the latter, they don’t mean picking out a person in a club. You’ll even get to tuck into a tasty buffet, which will definitely get you in the Edible mood.

  • Watch Liam Neeson battle some wolves

If Valentine’s Day makes you want to hole yourself up in a darkened room, why not make that room a cinema and head to your local to watch Ireland’s own Liam Neeson battle some wolves in The Grey. This film is as anti-romantic as they come: a plane packed with oil-drillers crashes in a remote part of Alaska… in the middle of territory ‘owned’ by wolves. Fighting between man and wolf ensues.

  • Watch a match

You’re guaranteed to find very few couples watching a match when they could be at a restaurant making googly-eyes at each other. And we’d venture there won’t be much romance when the night’s Champions League games get underway. Find your local guys and gals watching the match and feel the passion of the moment when Lyon play APOEL and Leverkusen come up against Barcelona – both games kick off at 7.45pm.

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