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Whether you're looking to make special Valentine's Day plans with your significant other or you just want to get turned up on a Saturday in mid-February, we've picked ten fun parties, concerts, and comedy shows happening in NYC that'll help you forget it's effin' freezing outside.
Erich Conrad and PAPER's own Drew Elliott host a special Valentine's Day incarnation of their raucous PrettyUgly party. With hosts like Mike Bailey-Gates and Hari Nef, and taglines like "get your heart on," the night is sure to be full of cute kids looking for love -- at least for the night.
Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel, 235 W 46th St, Manhattan; 11pm-4am
Valentine's Day and Fashion Week converge at Ladyfag's regular Holy Mountain party, inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 cult film of the same name. Expect costumes, masks, skulls, and psychedelic debauchery.
Slake, 251 W. 30th St., Manhattan; 11pm
38 Love Party
Bubblegum bass star QT will DJ the night alongside with Doss and Total Freedom. Get ready for some slow dances -- and a kissing booth -- all in a Chinese banquet hall.
China Chalet, 47 Broadway, Manhattan; 10pm-3am. Pre-sale tickets are sold out but you can still buy tickets at the door.
Never Sleep Alone
Single for Valentine's Day? Can't bear the wait for discounted chocolate? Roslyn Hart, aka sex therapist Dr. Alex Schiller, is here for you! In this risqué performance, lucky audience members are brought on stage to meet and find new love, or at least a new hookup. And yes, there is an after-party.
Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St., Manhattan; 9pm. Buy tickets HERE.
Pravda V-Day Dinner + Party
Downtown staple, Pravda, offers a two-part Valentine's Day celebration that brings together two of our favorite things: eating and dancing. Start the night off right and full with a three-course meal while listening to a guest performance by Courtney Graf. Then, to work off all the cocktails, head over to The Diamond Horseshoe -- also home to PrettyUgly tonight -- where MC BABËL will host ATMOSPHERE, a love-crazy dance party with great music and, of course, more booze. Pravda New York, 281 Lafayette Street, Manhattan; get tickets for dinner HERE and for dinner + the party HERE.
Anti V-day Cover Show
Record label Brooklyn TransCore and The Silent Barn host a night of cover bands taking on Joy Division, Goo Goo Dolls, and the Alkaline Trio. Recommended for those who consider Valentine's Day a capitalist construction but still want to dance.
The Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn; 10pm. Tickets are $7 at the door.
Paris Hilton at No. 8's The Heartbreak Hotel
As we told you back in October, Paris is BACK, y'all! Hang out with your favorite mid-aughts heiress-turned-DJ and sip cocktails while ogling well-dressed guests at this party at No. 8.
No. 8, 357 West 16th Street, Manhattan; to RSVP, contact concierge at: HeartbreakHotel@No8NY.com or 212-206-2096
The Rejection Show at Littlefield
Open invite to all the dateless rejects! And also the happy people! Come commiserate with a bunch of comedians giving snapshots of their own recent heartbreaks at The Rejection Show. Also up to bat: live music from The Reformed Whores, and with a band name like that...
Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn; Doors open at 7pm and you can get tickets HERE
Tunnel Vision at Bossa Nova Civic Club
If you're looking for something a little "heavier" on Valentine's Day, head to Bossa Nova for what they're billing as a "deathmatch" between DJ duo and collaborators Ital & Halal. Music starts at 10 PM.
Bossa Nova Civic Club, 1271 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
Rubulad "A Spy in the Warehouse of Love" Valentine's Day Party
Expect stilts, projections, "rock and roll burlesque," and more at this secret warehouse party. DJs Shakey and Dirty Finger will provide the soundtrack for trapeze acts and rides on a merry-go-round.
Go HERE to find out secret address. Doors at 9.