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What To Do On Valentine's Day, If You Hate Valentine's Day

Carolyn Alburger | February 12, 2013 | Story

Champagne Saber: After you learn how to wield a sharp champagne saber, a bouquet of red roses seems that much more passé. This Thursday at Maven, seventy-five bucks gets you a lesson in the dramatic art of champagne sabering—popping the top off a bottle of bubbly with a long and curved French knife. Maven’s bar master Kate Bolton leads the lesson, after which you can sit and enjoy the bottle of champagne with your party. Purchase ahead of time, and the restaurant will waive its no-reservations policy and block off a table for you. Walk-ins are also welcome. 598 Haight Street, 415-829-7982.

Tap Takeover: Since Valentine’s Day falls right smack in the middle of Beer Week, take advantage at Mission Cheese where beers from up-and-coming San Diego brewery Alesmith will fill all of the taps, all day long. Look out for their Horny Devil beer, which finished third in a NY Times taste test. Mission Cheese will offer a cheese flight specifically tailored to the beers on offer. More info here. 736 Valencia Street, 415-484-6553.

Firkins!: Starting at 11 a.m., beer geeks will gather at Magnolia Pub to sample a dozen or more real ales: pure, unpasteurized beers that fully mature without any artificial intervention. This piece has a lot more on firkins, or you can experience their magic for yourself on Thursday. Go early for maximized selection and minimized crowds. 1398 Haight Street, 415-864-7468.

Drink Deals: Royal Exchange throws its annual singles appreciation day on Valentine’s Day, featuring $3 cocktail specials with goofy titles like the Stupid Cupid, $4 pints of Firestone Pale 31, and bar bites like spinach dip and pork sliders for $4.95. The festivities go down during an extended happy hour period from 4 to 9 p.m. 301 Sacramento Street, 415-956-1710.

Beer and Chocolate: Check out the new Speakeasy Tap Room on Valentine’s Day and you’ll get to try four limited release beers paired with Soma-based Socola Chocolates. Keep to the theme by stopping next at Noc Noc, where chocolate stouts from Lips of Faith, Ommegang and Almanac will be on tap along with free Belgian chocolates. Speakeasy Tap Room, 1195 Evans Avenue, 415-642-3371. Noc Noc, 557 Haight Street, 415-861-5811.

Food Truck Party: The enormous pizzeria on wheels known as Del Popolo will be parked outside the South Park location of The American Grilled Cheese from 5 to 9 p.m. for a festive night full of cheese, carbs and locally made Pacific Brewing Laboratory beer. You can also hit up Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda for its annual Food Truck throw-down. Le Truc, Asena, Toque and Apron and Bombzie’s will be parked outside and the winery will pour pairings to match the food trucks’ fare. The American Grilled Cheese, 1 South Park Avenue, 415-243-0107. Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch Street, Alameda, 510-522-5700.

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