February 14 isn’t just for happy couples – there’s plenty of places you can go if you’re flying solo in the capital

PJ O’Reilly’s

If you’re unattached and want to avoid all those roses and love-struck couples on Valentine’s
this year, head to Irish pub PJ O’Reilly’s for their annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Protest Party on February 16. There’ll be music from Sweet Chilli Jam and prizes for the best dressed partygoers.
February 16
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs200. Tel: (02) 6950515. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. pjspubabudhabi.com


The Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi’s pub Heroes is also shunning the love bug this February – it’s hosting an anti-Valentine’s Day party on February 15, with music from The International Playboys.
February 15
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6166261. Taxi: Crowne Plaza. ichotelsgroup.com

Belgian Café Yas Island

Another anti-Valentine’s Day party, with special dishes for singles such as Selfish Shellfish, plus drinks deals from 8pm to 11pm.
February 14
Belgian Café Yas Island, Radisson Blu, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs69 (ladies), Dhs150 (men). Tel: (02) 6562000. Taxi: Yas Island. radissonblu.com


Abu Dhabi’s Irish pub is hosting a Traffic Light Party on February 15 for singles. Wear green if you’re single and looking to mingle, wear yellow if your situation is complicated, and wear red if you’re taken. There’s a three-hour drinks package for Dhs149 from 8pm to 11pm. There’s prizes for the best dressed.
February 15
Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi. Taxi: Al Raha Beach Hotel. Tel: (02) 6524333. mcgettigans.com


Singles can party at the Park Rotana’s anti-Valentine’s Day bash this week, where there’ll be live music from the house band, drinks deals and more.
February 13
Park Rotana, Al Matar, Abu Dhabi, free entry, 8pm to 3am. Tel: (02) 6573333. Taxi: Near Khalifa Park. rotana.com