This Valentine’s Day, don’t spend the evening having a midrange red in a chain restaurant packed with tables shoved into twos. We scoured Fort Lauderdale for options with a bit of zing and pizzazz.


FL Mag Staff

Published date: 

Feb. 1, 2018

1. An Artsy Evening of Love
Every Wednesday night, the W Hotel hosts cool local artists for “the Studio,” an evening of live painting. This happens in the W’s amazing Living Room bar, which is always stylish and offers incredible views of the ocean. Oh, and did we mention the cocktail specials? Because there are cocktail specials. If your honey loves art – or even if you’re just looking for an excuse to buy something to replace those dogs playing poker on your living room wall, check out the W. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

2. A Sporty Celebration
The Run 4 Love 5K and 10K isn’t like your typical run. You sign up, pay the $22 fee and then run 5 or 10K at some point in February, reporting your results back to the organizers. Some of the money gets donated to Heart to Heart International. Organizers also send you two interlocking medals that, when put together, spell “love.” Awwww. The way it’s set, sure, technically you can do this whenever. But why not do it on the 14th and earn that nice dinner and champagne you’ll be having later? Search “Run 4 Love Fort Lauderdale” on Eventbrite for more information and to sign up.

3. A Rejuvenating Day of Amore
The recently opened Conrad Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach is the swanky new addition to Fort Lauderdale's beachside. You can read all about its food options in this month’s Chef’s Corner, but let us also tell you about the spa. Its massive menu of massages, facials and “wellbeing journeys” also offers couples’ treatments. And as mentioned in Chef’s Corner, the hotel’s Spinnaker Bar and Grill, which sits alongside its remarkable ocean-facing upper-deck pool, isn’t yet open to the general public. But pool and café are open to spa customers. For spa reservations, go to conradfortlauderdale.com.

4. A Wickedly Romantic Evening
As big musicals go, Wicked is not necessarily the most romantic. The story – essentially the poignant backstory of the Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West – has, however, been a massive hit on Broadway, in London’s West End and pretty much everywhere else it’s gone. And Valentine’s Day is the opening night of its three-week Broward Center run. And you can add in a three-course prix fixe dinner at the Broward Center’s restaurant, Marti’s New River Bistro, with views out over the river. For ticket and showtime information, see our Events guide.