Valentine’s Day can turn people into nauseating couples or bitter singles. And the only ones who win (because love’s about winning) are those who drink cheap. Sure, it’d be nice to spend Friday with your out-of-your-league-but-slumming-it soul mate at that cute French place you’ve been dying to try, but discount beer’s just as good … right?
Herkimer Pub & Brewery
2922 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. • 612-821-0101 • www.theherkimer.com
If you’ve kissed your share of frogs — frogs that gave you syphilis, hit on your best friend and stole your mom’s car, ON YOUR BIRTHDAY — the Herkimer’s “Cupid Is Stupid” party is for you. The Lyn-Lake brewpub can cure what ails you (not the syphilis) with two-for-one taps and wells from 9-10 p.m. and other drink specials from 6 p.m. to midnight.
830 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. • 612-332-0835 • www.saloonmn.com
Sometimes love bites you in the ass. Other times you wear assless chaps to try to win a bar contest. Starting Friday at 8 p.m., the Saloon hosts a weekend-long kink competition to crown Mr. Twin Cities Leather. Aside from the skin, the downtown Minneapolis gay club offers two-for-one call-its from 5-9 p.m. Friday.
Cowboy Jack’s Bloomington
2801 Southtown Dr., Bloomington •952-955-8137 • www.theaftermidnightgroup.com
This suburban cowboy bar hosts a “stoplight” party at 9 p.m. Friday where participants wear the traffic-light color reflecting their relationship status/interest in being hit on (yellow for the hella douchey “it’s complicated”). The $2 calls, rails and select beers and $4 house wines from 10 p.m. to midnight should help with the awkwardness.