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Five offbeat Vegas Valentine’s Day date spots

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Ethel M’s Lights of Love await.
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1. Absinthe

Nothing says love like circus and cabaret acts embroidered with gut-busting lewdness and profanity. It’s not first-date material, but if your date loves this show as much as you do, that’s a keeper. Caesars Palace, 855-234-7469.

2. Free admission day at Mob Museum

In recognition of its sixth anniversary, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement is offering free admission to Nevada residents from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.—and buy one, get one admissions for non-residents. It’s a steal. 300 Stewart Avenue, 702-229-2734.

3. Lights of Love at Ethel M Chocolates

The three-acre cactus garden will be covered in Valentine’s Day-themed lights for the week leading up to the big day. Complement that free experience with a $15 chocolate tasting. 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson, 702-435-2608.

4. Truffle Festival at Bazaar Meat

Throughout February, José Andrés is offering a truffle tasting menu featuring such rare delights as truffled shabu shabu de toro: bull sirloin, sliced thin and poached tableside in jamon and truffle broth with honshemiji mushrooms. Your taste buds will swear their eternal love to you. SLS Las Vegas, 702-761-7610.

5. Valentine’s Day menu at Fleur

Hubert Keller’s Fleur is serving up a three- ($75) –or-four-course ($95) special menu on the 14th, one that includes Wagyu beef carpaccio Lyonnaise, shrimp scampi, New Zealand grass fed New York strip, Valrhona dark chocolate soufflé and many other delicious options. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7200.

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