The Haus Next Door

The quaint Undergrounds Coffeehaus on Oakland Boulevard beats any Starbucks-type coffee joint, even ones with a drive-through. For starters, the coffee is tastier: Some caffeinated gems are the iced chocolate cheesecake espresso, Turkish coffee, or the peanut butter latte. It also trumps the others with its service. The woman who runs the show, Aileen Liptak, has turned her Haus into a home for indie art shows, themed parties like the Gothic Christmas Party, and craft events like Stitch ’n’ Bitch. But during bitter economic times, what really makes this place stand out is the Haus’ loyal customers. From 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, there will be an art fundraiser called “Save the Last Sip!” At this event, local artists — and beloved Haus patrons — will donate a piece of art ranging from paintings to sculptures. Each piece will be 8-by-10 or smaller and priced at $50 or under. All proceeds will go to keeping the coffee brewing at Undergrounds Coffeehaus (2743 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). There’s no cover. Call 954-630-1900.
Sat., April 24, 8 p.m., 2010
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Mickie Centrone