Alice in Wonderland — Clifton's Republic promises V-Day revelers a wonderland of thematic options during its Mad Hatter's Sweetheart Soiree. For $25, you can go "through the Rabbit Hole" and into three of its refurbed vintage bars, with complimentary desserts, entertainment and other, more mysterious enticements. A cool $100 buys dinner for two with a live swing show in the Brookdale Ballroom, or seats at the tiki-themed Pacific Seas Punch Party. And for those who've always dreamed of spending $2,500 on a boat "ride" that doesn't leave downtown, you can sit in the vintage vessel at the center of the Pacific Seas for dinner, curated cocktails and entertainment — plus a souvenir "to remind you this really happened." Fine print: Entry to Clifton's Exposition Marketplace and Monarch Bar is free, starting at 5 p.m.
In a whimsical salute to love — and to the inexhaustible marketing potential of Lewis Carroll's