If you're single and in need of a little help to get Cupid to notice you, my advice is don't stay in, moping about. Instead, get dressed up and head straight to a nightclub. And this year, I'm afraid to say, you may not be able to avoid it because Valentines Day falls on a Saturday.
So even if your usual hangout spots haven't got anything special planned Valentines Day at Belfast clubs will no doubt be rammed pack with hopeful hearts. That's just what happens on Valentines Day.
Belfast clubs have even gone so far as to put on some special events to help set their customers hearts all aflutter. At least if you're going out with the specific aim of hunting down a new girlfriend or boyfriend spending Valentines Day at Belfast clubs is probably your best bet.
For example, Box is hosting a special Valentines event called Love Box, as is Traks in Portrush. I like Traks' approach to Valentines Day, they're being all traditional and offering ladies some roses and a bottle of bubbly as well as giving away goody bags to the first 100 people through the door. Talk about spreading the love! And if there was a reason to spend Valentines at Belfast clubs this might be it!
Over at gay club, Mynt, they're embracing the Valentine vibe by turning their regular night Yello into a Valentines Ball with Rachel Barton and Dave Southwell. Another place that's sure to be hot and heavy is the Bambu Beach Club which, yes, is still open despite the rumours. La Lea is another of my favourite haunts, so I'll probably be ducking in to see if the regular set is there, and if they are, I'll be making eyes at a certain someone. If these aren't your scene, you could always head down to M Club where everyone seems to be on the pull 365 days of the year.
One peculiar event which caught my eye is at the Armargh Theatre and Arts Centre - it's called A Night For Swingin' Lovers, which sounds intriguing, but in reality is a night of swing music. Not one I'll be heading to. If, however, you're desperate to avoid all the slushy stuff, but you still want to spend Valentines Day at Belfast club without being forced into a Valentines event, you could head to a number of venues where they've decided 14th February should be business as usual. Katy Dalys is hosting their regular night - Rockd. Doubt you'll see anything heart-shaped there. Or you could go the hilariously titled tribute band - Iron On Maiden at the Empire Music Hall. Again, I don't think you'll find any Casanovas there.