From kitschy to swanky, South Florida venues go big for Valentine's Day on Friday, Feb. 14
Singles and Takens
Whether or not you subscribe to the whole Valentine's Day hoopla is not important when it comes to the "Red Light, Green Light" party at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at the Living Room at the W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., a self professed "anti-Valentine's Day affair," in which both single and taken types will sport a colored wristbands [green (single), yellow (on the fence) or red (off the market but obviously not enough to stay home and cozy up to your betrothed)] to mark their relationship status. As for what happens then, if anything at all, your guess is as good as ours, but the party also features party favors, Champagne specials and tunes by DJ Richie Rich. To purchase $15 tickets, go to fllnightlife.com.
Ok, so you weren't able to be married by Queen Latifah and Madonna at the Grammy's, but how about getting hitched on Valentine's Day at Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave., where there will be an ordained minister, certificates, bands, a photographer and even Elvis—the band. The bar is raffling off a night stay "at one of Miami's swankiest motels with flowers and a bottle of Champagne." To date, Tobacco Road has married more than 150 couples at this "Big Wedding Bash" In order for it to be official, however, you must bring courthouse papers to Tobacco Road. Party starts at 2 p.m. Admission is free until 9 p.m. and then it's $10 afterwards. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up. And mazel tov.
The Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave., presents a special Valentine's edition of their Full Moon party, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14 featuring acrobats, fire dancers and "romantic performances" by hubby and wife team Michelle Leshem and DJ Sean Drake (Ess & Emm). The party continues downstairs at FDR where the Prisoner of Love label will showcase three DJs from its funky deep house repertoire.
Unattached gals looking for a good time on Valentine's Day without having to deal with any of the cheese may want to consider heading to the WXYZ Bar at the Aloft Miami-Brickell Hotel, 1001 SW 2nd Ave., from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 where they'll receive cocktails, light hors d'oeuvres and a hands-on painting tutorial lead by "the tall , dark and handsome Christian Martinez Boito." There's no objection to objectifying on this night, is there? Cost is $40 for tickets.
Love, Exciting and New
Whatever your status is on Friday, when it comes to Bâoli's Love Boat party, 1906 Collins Ave., from 6 p.m. and on , it's smooth sailing as the Euro-centric haute spots is transformed into a very swanky vessel that may be in dry dock, but is hardly dry, if you know what we mean. The party, in honor of the Miami International Yacht and Boat Show, will take the nautical theme to the 'nth degree, minus the seasickness--well, that all depends on how much you drink. Tickets are $60 per person and include a glass of Champagne. To purchase, go to baolimiamicom.
Twenty Four, Eleven
What does $44 million in Miami get you besides one condo and a slew of sycophantic best friends? A high end strip club, that's what, but since it's $40+ million, you get to call it, according to the spin, "an adult entertainment destination [with] nudity in a cabaret style." That's the description of the 25,000 a 24-hour "dayclub, nightclub, and afterhours" club called E11EVEN (eleven), located in the space formerly known as Gold Rush at 29 NE 11th St. There, you'll find expensive, high tech sound, lighting and entertainment as well as "a bevy of the hottest dancers mixed with Cirque du Soleil-style performers" who will hover naked above what they are calling a "bottle service party pit that is equipped with a hydraulic stage." A private show costs in the environs of $450 for 30 minutes in a private room, ahem. There's even a rooftop restaurant with a separate entrance featuring a sassy ex Top Chef contestant, Carla Pellegrino. While it's not open for a few months, food will be available in side E11EVEN. Sounds fancy. Also sounds sort of like a long gone place called Karu & Y, but with naked people. There could the, er, rub. Hopefully for its sake, eleven will be a lucky number. In the meantime, there's no cover charge, though there may be one if someone famous happens to be performing or DJing. For VIP reservations and to play in that party pit, call 305-829-2911.
What a Feelin'
YoungArts Miami reminds us of the musical and TV show Fame, and if that dates us, so be it. Because it's true. The talent coming out of this organization nationally is unparalleled and if you don't believe us, see for yourselves at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at The Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., where the 2014 YoungArts winners in dance, music, theater and voice, many from South Florida, will perform a show directed by Sharon Counts. Tickets are only $10 and available at gusmancenter.org.