On Friday, your love will flourish. The crescent flower that is your relationship will reach it’s annual peak of blossom. Couples wait for this day all year in anticipation of celebrating their love that they hold dear for each other. There is no day in our 365- day calendar that can come close to the expression of love that is Valentine’s Day. February comes and you have to wait a whole 13 days before you get to shower your loved one with gifts, prix-fixed menus and that teddy bear that she’ll probably one day being lay with while another guy spoons her. OK, that charades is over. Let’s be honest, it feels tense in a restaurant when it’s nothing but couples in a restaurant and every guy stressing about getting it perfect and spending his whole paycheck on the prix-fixed duct fat infused swordfish that he usually would never even consider. Poor bastard.

Grass really can be greener on the other side. Single people envy those that have that someone special to spend the day with while those in relationships yearn for the carefree lifestyle of saving hundreds of dollars and people able to go get crazy at the bar without having someone to check in with.  Let’s face it fellas, we get Valentine’s Day wrong nine times out of ten. We buy the wrong present, make sub par dinner reservations hoping she won’t notice that you’re taking her to Olive Garden while her best friend Carrie is getting spoiled at Chop’s Lobster Bar. I would love to conduct a survey of dudes that actually get laid on Valentine’s Day. I assume the results would be much lower than we expect.  Not to mention the pressure! There is so much on a guy’s shoulder to make this holiday the best. I would love to see women have to plan the night one year; just one! As I type this, I am giving a standing O for all my fellas out there that pour their heart and soul into V Day.

It’s never you, is it? We all have that buddy whose girlfriend is really cool and actually doesn’t care about Valentine’s Day. She calls it “Single’s Awareness Day” and they always end up doing something really cool on V-Day instead of expecting some big expression of his love to her. If only, right? Some of us are left in the trenches taking grenades while the special few are charging the hill and taking control of enemy territory. Nevertheless, whether you are in a relationship or are rocking the day solo, I’ve got your back. Here are some suggestions for the love birds or the solo falcon to have an A+ day.

If your lady friend is expecting you to dole out some money for dinner, HERE are the best pricey restaurants in Atlanta to blow your load (pun intended):

Not enough options? HERE are plenty more prix-fixe options that you won’t spare a penny on for the bill. Granted, some of the options on this list are pretty affordable and cool places to dine and wannabe-dash.

Maybe your’re single! Bless you, you lucky bastard. Don’t envy those in relationships. You get to watch what you want on TV and don’t have to share the bathroom with anyone. You are blessed and we vicariously live through your dubious ways.

HERE  are the best bars in Atlanta for singles on Valentine’s Day. Not enough options? HERE are some more options for your potential Valentine’s Day hookup. Go crazy and get some strange.

Or, just stay home, binge watch Netflix and drink beer. It’s just another day, honestly.