Galentine’s Day? Bromancing? V-Day For the Unattached But Well-Friended Portlander

Valentine’s Day, unlike Paris, isn’t just for lovers.

By Caitlin Collins February 10, 2016

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We’re here to campaign for singles on Valentine’s Day. A good friend is worth celebrating. And with these ideas, you’ll be having a better time than your roommate and her boyfriend when they go to a dinner date. (Though, to be honest, Portland offers some good ones.)

Indifference is the opposite of love, and if there were an opposite of Valentine’s Day, it would probably involve monster trucks. Thanks to Monster Jam 2016, you and your special bro can watch monster vehicles race and freestyle at the Moda Center—February 13th and 14th, for your anti-cupid delight. 

Combining nostalgia, an alternative to selfies, and scavenger hunts, inventories every old-style photographic processing photobooth in town (currently 23 in Portland). Get silvery sepia prints of you and your squad to mount on your fridge. Extra points for devising props out of your surroundings.  

A more grown-up version of friendship bracelets would probably be a matching set of pins or patches to adorn outerwear and/or backpacks, etc. Nightwatch has rather zany, punk-inspired works of art available in pins and patches alike, and we’re especially fond of this optimistic pin from People I’ve Loved, available at East Burnside’s Palace boutique.

The patron saints of female friendship, Abbi and Ilana of Broad City, can grace your bestie’s shelf and guide their spirits with these religious-esque candles from Tender Loving Empire. Pay what you like, and 5% goes to charity. 

Bust out your cowboy boots and two-step in Southeast Portland’s honky-tonk gem, the Landmark Saloon. A live performance by the Saloon’s regular band, Ian Miller and Friends, will drown out the sounds of couples kissing all over town. Retire to their expansive back patio and sit by the fire with a glass of whiskey—and remember that it doesn’t have to be romance to be true love.


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