No romance needed—7 unique ways to celebrate “anti-Valentine’s Day” in Birmingham

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Let out all of the anti-Valentine’s Day rage. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on, but believe me when I say you don’t need to be boo’d up to celebrate the season of love. Whether you’re reeling from a romance gone wrong or want to show love to the friends in your life, we’ve got you covered. Here are 7 unique ways to celebrate “anti-Valentine’s Day” in Birmingham.

1. Treat yourself to a solo day in Birmingham

Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, so it’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a day all for you before or after work. Whether you take in the peaceful scenery at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens or browse records at Seasick Records, enjoy the opportunity to show love to number one in your life—you!

2. Get out your romance rage at Birmingham Rage Room or Civil Axe Throwing

Does the idea of Valentine’s Day in Birmingham bring up more feelings of anger than love? Let it all out at Birmingham’s Rage Room or Civil Axe Throwing, two local options that give you the chance to smash, throw and break your heart out.

3. Indulge in cuddles—puppy or kitten cuddles, that is

Craving some puppy love? You don’t have to be in a relationship to experience something sweet on Valentine’s Day in Birmingham. Instead, go solo or bring your BFFs to Gatos and Beans, Birmingham’s cat café where you can sip a cup of coffee while petting adorable kittens. Or, if you’re looking to bring a pet home to feel the love all the time, head to one of Birmingham’s amazing humane societies.

If you haven’t experienced the deliciousness that is a breakup cookie from Church Street Coffee & Books yet, trust me—you want to add this to your list. Grab a few as Valentine’s Day gifts for best friends or coworkers, and of course, make sure you get one (or two) for yourself. It’ll be the best ‘breakup” you have ever experienced.

5. Enjoy a 5-star meal with friends

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This could be the best meal you’ll have in Birmingham… so why save it for Valentine’s Day? (Miranda Shaffer / Bham Now)

Don’t wait for special occasions to enjoy an elevated meal. Miss the crowds and enjoy all the deliciousness by grabbing your loved ones and enjoying a Valentine’s-Day-level dinner… after Valentine’s Day. Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered:

6. Work out any anti-Valentine’s Day frustration at a fitness class

Looking for a fun way to show yourself love this Valentine’s Day? Birmingham has plenty of fun workout studios with classes that emphasize loving yourself and making healthy choices. Plus, killer playlists full of love songs and breakup anthems alike will fuel the workout. Here are a few of my top recommendations for a workout that will have you feelin’ the burn and the self-love:

7. Romanticize your own life with fresh flowers

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A must for romanticizing your life. (Beth Cunningham / Bham Now)

To me, Valentine’s Day is all about finding love in each little moment, whether or not you’re in a relationship. If you’re in an anti-Valentine’s Day mood, you can still find fun ways to celebrate love. Follow the TikTok trend of romanticizing your life, and buy fresh flowers to brighten up your home at your local Piggly Wiggly—no roses necessary.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day in Birmingham this year… or not? Tag @BhamNow to let us know!

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