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Solo on Valentine's Day? Sounds like a prime opportunity for a meat-fest.
Solo on Valentine's Day? Sounds like a prime opportunity for a meat-fest.
Photo credit: Lockhart Smokehouse

Where to Eat & Drink Alone on Valentine's Day

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Solo on Valentine's Day? Sounds like a prime opportunity for a meat-fest.
| Photo credit: Lockhart Smokehouse

Black Thursday approaches, and naturally a large portion of the city's restaurants will be overwhelmed by two-tops and candlelight as couples get all sappy and give one another gifts of cheap chocolate and ugly jewelry. Whether you're still reeling from a recent breakup or are embracing single life in the city, there's no reason to hibernate on Cupid's day of reckoning — here's a map of some of the best places to go solo on Valentine's Day.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Adair's Saloon

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2624 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 939-9900
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A big juicy burger and some live country music (starting at 9 p.m.) sound like an excellent way to pass Black Thursday. Be sure to leave your mark in Sharpie on the wall -- "M.E. WUZ HERE V-DAY 2013", or maybe just a simple "F--- CUPID".

2. Black Swan Saloon

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2708 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-4949
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Gabe will make you feel special by remembering your drink, even if it's only your second time in, and there's a TV to stare at to avoid awkwardness. Pro tip: The coffee bourbon goes down dangerously smooth.

3. Cosmo's

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1212 Skillman St.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-4200
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Order a "Stripper Sweat" (cranberry, vanilla vodka, St. Germain, and Fernet) and you can almost imagine your favorite scantily clad lady sitting right there next to you. See, you're not alone after all!

4. Jimmy's Food Store

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4901 Bryan St.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-6180
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An Italian Stallion (the sandwich, silly) and a glass of red wine are just what the doctor ordered. Grab a seat at one of the small tables or go home to Netflix the night away with your cat.

5. Lockhart Smokehouse

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400 W Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 944-5521
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Remember how your ex-girlfriend always used to lecture you about your diet? Forget her. Grab a seat at the bar and load up on meat, meat, and more meat while taking in whatever sporting event happens to be on the TV.

6. Oddfellows

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316 W. 7th St.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 944-5958
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Craft beer, cocktails, or coffee: pick your poison. There will definitely be a bearded barista who will more than likely be happy to regale you with a lesson in artisan coffeemaking.

7. Strangeways

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2429 N. Fitzhugh Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 823-7800
If you enjoy the sounds of Depeche Mode or The Smiths, Strangeways is an excellent low-key spot to drink the night away. Hunker down at the bar and start working your way through their obscure beer list.

8. Whole Foods Market

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8190 Park Ln., Suite 351
Dallas, TX 75231
Whole Foods has a bar with plenty of craft beer, and since it's inside a grocery store, people probably won't be cruising for dates -- which could be a good or a bad thing. Also, you can pick up some tofu ice cream sandwiches and Toms shoes on the way out, so how's that for one-stop shopping?

9. Windmill Lounge

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5320 Maple Av
Dallas, TX 75235
(214) 443-7818
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An obvious choice for solo drinking, the Windmill's bar is a perfect place to settle down with an Old Fashioned or four -- at least until someone plays Avril Lavigne on the jukebox.

10. Yumilicious

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3800 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 521-7888
Nothing like a quart of fro-yo to drown your sorrows -- or celebrate being able to spoil your dinner without anyone's disapproval. We humbly suggest the red velvet flavor with every candy topping available. Free wi-fi, so bring your laptop to cruise Match.com -- or not.

11. Yutaka Sushi Bistro

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2633 Mckinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 969-5533
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Grab a seat at the sushi bar and watch the sushi masters in action. Warm sake is a welcome companion, and feel free to treat yourself to the most expensive shit on the menu.

1. Adair's Saloon

2624 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226
A big juicy burger and some live country music (starting at 9 p.m.) sound like an excellent way to pass Black Thursday. Be sure to leave your mark in Sharpie on the wall -- "M.E. WUZ HERE V-DAY 2013", or maybe just a simple "F--- CUPID".
2624 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226

2. Black Swan Saloon

2708 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226
Gabe will make you feel special by remembering your drink, even if it's only your second time in, and there's a TV to stare at to avoid awkwardness. Pro tip: The coffee bourbon goes down dangerously smooth.
2708 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

3. Cosmo's

1212 Skillman St., Dallas, TX 75206
Order a "Stripper Sweat" (cranberry, vanilla vodka, St. Germain, and Fernet) and you can almost imagine your favorite scantily clad lady sitting right there next to you. See, you're not alone after all!
1212 Skillman St.
Dallas, TX 75206

4. Jimmy's Food Store

4901 Bryan St., Dallas, TX 75206
An Italian Stallion (the sandwich, silly) and a glass of red wine are just what the doctor ordered. Grab a seat at one of the small tables or go home to Netflix the night away with your cat.
4901 Bryan St.
Dallas, TX 75206

5. Lockhart Smokehouse

400 W Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208
Remember how your ex-girlfriend always used to lecture you about your diet? Forget her. Grab a seat at the bar and load up on meat, meat, and more meat while taking in whatever sporting event happens to be on the TV.
400 W Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208

6. Oddfellows

316 W. 7th St., Dallas, TX 75208
Craft beer, cocktails, or coffee: pick your poison. There will definitely be a bearded barista who will more than likely be happy to regale you with a lesson in artisan coffeemaking.
316 W. 7th St.
Dallas, TX 75208

7. Strangeways

2429 N. Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
If you enjoy the sounds of Depeche Mode or The Smiths, Strangeways is an excellent low-key spot to drink the night away. Hunker down at the bar and start working your way through their obscure beer list.
2429 N. Fitzhugh Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

8. Whole Foods Market

8190 Park Ln., Suite 351, Dallas, TX 75231
Whole Foods has a bar with plenty of craft beer, and since it's inside a grocery store, people probably won't be cruising for dates -- which could be a good or a bad thing. Also, you can pick up some tofu ice cream sandwiches and Toms shoes on the way out, so how's that for one-stop shopping?
8190 Park Ln., Suite 351
Dallas, TX 75231

9. Windmill Lounge

5320 Maple Av, Dallas, TX 75235
An obvious choice for solo drinking, the Windmill's bar is a perfect place to settle down with an Old Fashioned or four -- at least until someone plays Avril Lavigne on the jukebox.
5320 Maple Av
Dallas, TX 75235

10. Yumilicious

3800 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
Nothing like a quart of fro-yo to drown your sorrows -- or celebrate being able to spoil your dinner without anyone's disapproval. We humbly suggest the red velvet flavor with every candy topping available. Free wi-fi, so bring your laptop to cruise Match.com -- or not.
3800 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

11. Yutaka Sushi Bistro

2633 Mckinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Grab a seat at the sushi bar and watch the sushi masters in action. Warm sake is a welcome companion, and feel free to treat yourself to the most expensive shit on the menu.
2633 Mckinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

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