Ah, Valentine’s Day. When people work what mathematical combination of flowers, candy and dinner will precisely equal the level of feeling they have for their significant other—which is, of course, the precise equivalent of said significant other’s feelings, as indicated by their equation. Whether by choice, accident or geography, sometimes the luckiest people are the ones who don’t have to spend Valentine’s Day pleasing anyone but themselves.
When dining alone, you want someplace relaxed and that offers seating options other than a table for two. Standard & Pour has a bar where you can sit and chat with the affable bartenders or chill out in the lounge and take in views of the Valley. Since the format is small plates, you can sample several dishes without feeling like a wastrel or a glutton and pick one that will complement your selection, from the excellent cocktail menu. 11261 S. Eastern Ave., standardandpourlv.com
Finding the right bar for drinking alone is a delicate balance: not so busy that you feel like a wallflower, but not so quiet that you’re the only one there. A place where you could talk to someone if you wanted to, but just as easily be left alone. With its relaxed yet friendly vibe, Downtown’s ReBAR fits the bill. Plenty of art and tchotchkes, weird montages on the TV, friendly barkeeps and Main Street people-watching through the window mean that you won’t have to keep staring at your phone. 1225 S. Main St., facebook.com/rebarlv
You want a place where you can truly waste a good 30-plus minutes perusing and choosing. The Writer’s Block (1020 Fremont St., thewritersblock.org) and 11th Street Records (1023 Fremont St., 11thstreetrecords.com) are both crammed with treasures and conveniently located across the street from one another. Waste an afternoon flipping from the Beatles to Blondie to Biggie, spend an hour choosing between Norse Mythology and Insane Clown President—and wind up with both. Best of all, your purchases will keep you entertained even after you take them home.
With its self-guided nature and three floors of packed rooms, The Mob Museum is actually better enjoyed solo, where you can linger over or breeze through the many exhibits at your own pace. Bikers, flappers, G-men, slot cheats—all of their stories and artifacts are on display. And if you want to fire a Tommy gun, they’ve got one of those, too. 300 Stewart Ave., themobmuseum.org
Costa del Sur Spa in South Point Resort is a vast palace of pampering, with specific rooms for different treatments, from the Stone Massage to a Tidal Wave facial. And since the service is only part of the spa experience, be sure to leave time before and/or after to enjoy the jacuzzis, saunas, massaging whirlpools and scented showers. Costa del Sur offers monthly specials (starting at $65 for Sugar Kiss Body Exfoliation), as well as a 20% locals discount on regular services. 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, spacostadelsur.com
Who needs the outside world when you can sit on your couch without pants? Cuddle up with your libation of choice, whether it’s a chocolate milkshake or double bourbon neat and watch a movie such as Drive Angry, which has Nicholas Cage battling Satanists with one-liners and muscle cars, or Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Russ Meyer’s ’60s epic of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. Order in an extra-toppings pie from Naked City (nakedcitylv.com) or Broadway Pizza (broadwaypizzerialv.com) and eat the whole thing yourself.