It’s true that single people tend to get melancholy around Valentine’s Day — even those really loving the single life.
Knowing this — and recognizing many singles stay home that night — several restaurants in Bay Shore have banded together for a first-ever singles pub crawl along Main Street called Valentine’s Day by the Bay.
The festivities kick off on Valentine’s Day, a Thursday, at 5 p.m. at The Penny Pub, where crawlers will be checking in and receiving a light-up heart pendant.
The necklace gets you the drink and food deals, but it serves as a sign that you’re single and — yeah, we’re gonna say it — ready to mingle.
“We wanted to give people different options for Valentine’s Day,” said Mike McElwee of the Bay Shore chamber’s Restaurant Committee, which is running the event. “Some people want more of a romantic sit-down, while others may look for a more casual experience. Bay shore provides something for everyone.”
Tickets are $10 each at Penny Pub and get you discounts at all the participating restaurants. (Scroll down for the list and the full schedule of options.)
The proceeds go to the the restaurant committee to help fund its downtown events, such as the Alive by the Bay summer festival series.
McElwee also used this week’s interview with GreaterBayshore to remind would-be romantics that several waterfront restaurants — The LakeHouse, Whalers, Captain Bill’s and Swept Away — are still open in winter. They are not part of the crawl.
Top: A file photo from a similar singles crawl that happened in Patchogue last Valentine’s Day night. (Credit: Benny Migliorino/Benny Migs Photo)
Scroll down for the full schedule and more details.