Party Crasher

10 Best Valentine's Day Parties in Phoenix

Partying at last year's Crush Arizona.
Partying at last year's Crush Arizona. Benjamin Leatherman
It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re willing to bet a few of you still haven’t figured out what you’re doing with your sweetheart yet. If that’s you, don’t panic (and don’t go on some wild spending spree at the drug store just yet).

The good news is that there are many parties and nightlife events happening around the Valley tonight, each offering their own particular verve and vibe.

Fang at Rips Ales & Cocktails
Feeling a bit frustrated over your love life? Work out some of your issues (or at least take your mind off of your drama) while thrasing about the dance floor at Rips as punk acts Fang and The Freeze perform. Local bands Dephinger, Man Hands, and Galoshes will open the evening, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Drink specials are also likely. Admission is $8.

Love Still Rocks at Trunk Space
The philosphy behind this indie rock event at the DIY space is both optimistic and twee as hell, according to its Facebook event page: “This Valentine's Day, don't feel alone or jaded because you don't have a partner. Know that love is always all around you, so why not just celebrate that?” The self-described “’70s psychedelic love show” will feature performances by Pro Teens, Desert Rituals, The Gay Boys, Derek, John Chanteuse, Metanoia, and The Groucho Marxists. The music starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $7.

Valentine's Day Singles Massacre Party at El Hefe Scottsdale
Expect high-energy sounds, a fun vibe, and plenty of eye candy at this special Valentine’s Day edition of El Hefe’s weekly Tuesdays AF party. The party gurus of Scottsdale Night will host the event, DJ Convince will provide the beats, and the bar will offer drink specials. The night kicks off at 8 p.m. Text 480-772-7613 for VIP service.

Anti-Valentine's Day Celebrations at Hula's Modern Tiki
Not feeling the whole Valentine’s Day thing? No problem. You won’t be the only ones, as we’re guessing there will be more than a few folks of the same mindset out there. And many of ‘em will be hanging out at Hula’s in either Phoenix or Scottsdale during its Anti-Valentine’s Day festivities tonight. Specialty cocktails will be served and patrons can dispose of photos of their respective exes in creative fashion at both locations: either pinning it to a voodoo doll at the Scottsdale spot or toss it into the fire pit at the Hula’s on Central Avenue. The party runs all day starting at 11 a.m. No cover.

Riot! Women’s Valentine's Dance Night at Palo Verde Lounge
Expect plenty of fun times and great tunes at the Palo Verde in Tempe during this Valentine's-themed edition of the all-inclusive and LGBTQ-friendly monthly dance party. Things get going at 9 p.m. and there’s no cover.

Valentine’s Prom at Cobra Arcade Bar
Bust out with your tux or taffeta and start practicing some awkward dance moves if you plan to attend this dance party. DJs Stoney Pie and Riot Earp will provide the soundtrack as singles and couples hit the dance floor and recreate the annual high school social rite we all had to endure. Throwback formal wear is encouraged. The party starts at 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Valentine's Day Party at Bonus Round
Love will be in the air at Bonus Round during this stylish shindig, as will the video game-inspired lounge and jazz tunes of Dratini on the Rocks. Valentine's Day themed libations like the Sweet-Tart and Cupid’s Arrow will be served and a session of “Netflix and Chill Speed Dating” will take place with sign-ups starting at 6:30 p.m. The rest of the party kicks off at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

V-Day Prom and Drag at The Rogue Bar
Need somewhere to take your punk rock girl? Consider hitting up this punk-themed prom at the Rogue that will feature music from T.O.S.O., Andy Warpigs, Ass Wipe Junkies, and Songs Lacking Talent. The fun starts at 8 p.m.

Valentine's Day Celebration at Blue Martini Lounge
Enjoy dinner, drinks, and dancing during a stylish affair featuring live entertainment by NEON, hot spins from DJ Groovetech, and various specials at this Phoenix nightspot. Happy hour will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and patrons can enjoy a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose paired with strawberries and a small dessert for $75. Reservations encouraged (call 480-638-2583 for more information).

Crush Arizona 2017
The annual Valentine’s-themed electronic dance music festival is so big, we’re willing to include it on this list despite the fact its taking place this weekend. This year's edition, which happens on Saturday, February 18, will include performances from Black Tiger Sex Machine, Chris Lorenzo, DVBBS, Jason Ross, SAYMYNAME, W&W, Yellow Claw and GTA. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the 18-and-over event goes until 2:30 a.m. General admission is $63 and VIP access for the 21-and-over crowd is $109.
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.