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World of Beer — Coconut Creek, 4437 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek. Open until 1 a.m. Thursday, February 14. 954-984-0300; worldofbeerusa.com.
If your lover loves good beer, treat them to an evening of craft brew. On V-day, Tap 42 will focus on fruit- and chocolate-inspired brews, with selections that include Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout, and Thomas Creek Chocolate Orange IPA, among others. These will be paired with special desserts, including some that incorporate the beer in the recipe. Meanwhile, World of Beer will host "A Rogue Valentine's Day" with special brews from Rogue Brewery, like Rogue Chocolate Stout and Rogue Double Chocolate Stout.
PICNIC ON THE BEACH
Why pay top dollar for a table with a beach view when you can cut out the middleman and go straight to the source. Picnic-friendly beaches from Hollywood to Lake Worth provide the perfect setting; you provide the wares. Start with a nice, heavy blanket and a quality picnic kit: the Picnic Time Malibu insulated cooler picnic tote with service for two ($71.08 on Amazon.com; available with one-day shipping) comes with a shoulder strap, reusable plates, acrylic wineglasses, flatware, and cotton napkins, plus special compartments for two bottles. On the topic of booze: Technically speaking, alcohol consumption on the beach is generally a no-no. If you're going to be naughty, leave the glass at home. Homemade sangria carried in a Thermos looks a lot like fruit juice. Just saying. Make the lunch yourself, or swing by Cheese Culture (813 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) and get an assortment of cheese and charcuterie to go.
Cupcake Couture, 328 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Open noon to 10 p.m. 561-276-2334; cupcakecoutureusa.com.
To the Moon Marketplace, 2205 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. 954-564-2987; tothemoonmarketplace.com.
Le Macaron French Pastries, E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 561-266-3860.
Screw dinner and get straight to dessert with an array of locally made (or purchased) sweets. Cupcake Couture will offer heart-shaped boxes filled with micro-mini cupcakes in Valentine's Day colors as well as rose-shaped cupcakes and regular cupcakes in holiday-appropriate colors. Sugar Mama Sweets will take custom orders for holiday-centric creations like pink, white, and red heart-shaped cookies ($30 for 15 to 20 cookies). To the Moon Marketplace, meanwhile, carries a mix of exotic candies, novelties, and treats, like Cherry Ripe, Arnott's TimTam, and Violet Crumble. Finally, the recently opened Le Macaron specializes in French cookies and chocolates that are just about too gorgeous to eat and too delicious to resist.
5 Points Lounge, 2608 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. 9 p.m. to close on Thursday, February 14. 305-803-9014; 5pointslounge.wordpress.com.
If all this lovey-dovey bullshit is too much to stomach, 5 Points Lounge will be all booze and loud music with its Anti-Valentine's Day Party. The Wholetones and Askultura will headline, and drink specials include $3 Yuengling and bleeding-heart sangria. On Friday (February 15), the bar will host "My Furry Valentine," starring the hairy, all-male cast of Hurly-Burly Burlesque. That party is at 9:30 p.m., with a $5 cover.