7 anti-Valentine's Day events in Dubai

Not a fan of the February 14? Here's where to go

7 anti-Valentine's Day events in Dubai
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Couples around the city may be looking a last-minute deal on a Valentine's staycation, romantic setting or a private dinner date. However, for those who loathe February 14 there are also parties around the city to cater for you.

From smashing plate to a selection of free drinks, Dubai is fully embracing the Anti-Valentine's Day. Take a look at what's on offer below and prepare for those celebrations.

Bahri Bar
Ready to boogie down like you’re back in the ’80s for Valentine’s Day? No candle-lit dinners here, just a night filled with boogieing to nostalgic tracks. Be sure to dress up in your best ’80s outfit to win a best dressed competition as well. Ladies can get in free, and will even get three free drinks, while gents will have to pay Dhs100 for entry, but will get one welcome drink.
Free entry (ladies and three free drinks), Dhs100 (gents and one welcome drink). Thu Feb 14, 9pm-3am. Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqiem (04 432 3232).

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This laid-back bar in Dubai Media City is hosting a chilled-out Valentine’s with themed snacks and sharing platters from Dhs95.
From Dhs95. Thu Feb 14, 5pm-2am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

McGettigan’s
The popular Irish bar is hosting a Valentine’s night brunch, aimed at groups, in all three of its venues. It’s a bargainous Dhs230 and you’ll get three hours of drinks, as well as a three-course meal with dishes including sliders, crispy calamari, fish and chips and buffalo popcorn chicken. There’s also live entertainment and a DJ to get the party started.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs230 (house beverages). Thu Feb 14, 8pm-11pm. Cluster J, JLT, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim and Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.mcgettigans.com.

Long’s Bar
To all the singles out there, get your gang together for a weekend long Anti -Valentine’s Day celebration at Long’s Bar. Guests will get a buy one, get one free deal on all mixed drinks throughout the weekend, along with a night that will come alive from the beats of the resident DJ Mike that will have you on your feet from 9pm till midnight.
Thu Feb 14-Sat Feb 16, noon-3am. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.rotanatimes.com/towersrotana (04 312 2202).

Nezesaussi Grill Dubai Marina
Looking to avoid the romance? Head to Nezesaussi Grill Dubai Marina on the big day. Ladies get one free drink, while gents can get a beverage for just Dhs10.
From Dhs10. Thu Feb 15, 3pm-midnight. Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).

The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill
Valentine’s getting you down? Fret not, make a beeline for The Huddle. Both branches are throwing an ultimate “Anti-Valentine’s” bash, where you’ll get a special mixed-drink and free short measures.
Prices vary. Thu Feb 14, 7pm-3am. Citymax Bur Dubai (050 100 7065) Citymax Al Barsha at the Mall (050 100 7046).

The Smash Room
Fancy swinging a baseball bat at something? The Smash’s Room’s “Anti-Valentine’s Day” offer means can let out all those bad feelings – straight into a broken TV screen. And the best news? It’s cut price for Valentine’s Day. From Sunday February 10 until Thursday February 14, the smash-tastic venue is slashing off Dhs200, making prices from Dhs375 to Dhs175.
Dhs175. Sun Feb 10-Thu Feb 14. Call for times. Open 11am-10pm. Umm Suqeim Street (058 198 2323).

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