Love is in the air. Romance drips from every restaurant and nightclub in Augusta and Aiken on Saturday. Can't make up your mind on what to do with your sweetie for Valentine's Day? Here's a list of places you can go to heat up the heart of the one you want.
THE DANCE OF ROMANCE
HAVE A HEART: Get an early start on Valentine's Day and help charity at the American Heart Association's 1998 Heart Ball and Gala in the Garden. It's tonight at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, 2 10th St. Dinner will be followed with a dance featuring music by the Fantastic Shakers. Cocktails will be served at 7 p.m., and dinner starts at 8. Admission is $100 per person. For more information, call the American Heart Association, 855-5005.
VALENTINE'S DANCE: Head back to the dance floor at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Julian Smith Casino. The event is sponsored by the Medical College of Georgia Sertoma Club and the CSRA Shag Club. Admission is $10, but college students get in for $5 with a valid school ID.
THE SOUL BAR: 984 Broad St., 724-8880. The club is having the usual jam-packed $3 disco hell, but with a twist: Cupid Coco's going to spin a lot more slow songs than usual.
CLUB ESCAPE: 2546 Deans Bridge Road, 737-0844. Celebrating its grand reopening, the club will be giving red roses to the first 96 ladies who walk through the door. Admission is $10, which includes a champagne well, a buffet and Squeeze-8 playing rhythm and blues and old school to get your groove on.
WHISKEY JUNCTION: 1212-A Whiskey Road, Aiken, (803) 649-0794. It has the Jagerettes dancing, and Slamm will be playing.
LOVE POTION NUMBER NINE
RED LION PUB: 1936 Walton Way, 738-4243. Snap Dragon and Love Apple will be playing at 10:30 p.m. Admission is $4.
FOX'S LAIR: Telfair Inn, 349 Telfair St. 774-1004. You walk through the door, and somebody hands you a ticket. The couple with the winning ticket gets a free bottle of champagne. Roger Everson sings about the tiny bubbles.
B&D'S WET SPOT: 2623 Deans Bridge Road, 793-5111. Admission is $5, and the club is giving away prizes.
FOOD IS LOVE
THE FRENCH MARKET GRILL: 425 Highland Ave. 737-4865. Expect a 1 1/2 - to two-hour wait, the management says, and no reservations are being taken. On the menu for the night is a tenderloin and shrimp special for $17.95 and a filet and lobster special for $22.95.
UP YOUR ALLEY: 222 The Alley, Aiken. (803) 649-2603. If you're in the mood for love, the 25 items on the special menu are foods with reputed aphrodisiac effects, including chocolate, oysters, champagne, cinnamon and pine nuts.
CAFE DU TEAU: 1855 Central Ave. 733-3505. The restaurant is limiting its menu to favorites, including whole Maine lobster, lamb chops, venison tenderloin, fresh fish steaks and veal chops. Buzz Clifford will be tickling out some love tunes on those elevated ivories.
SEVEN GABLES RESTAURANT: 1208 Georgia Ave., North Augusta. 279-2876. All reservations are booked, but the restaurant is accepting walk-ins. Prices on the set menu range from $14.95 to $18.95. Entrees include Maryland crab cakes, chicken amorie, beef Wellington, chicken hunter (chicken and mixed vegetables), prime rib and stuffed shrimp.
THE WESTSIDE BOWERY: 151 Bee Lane, Aiken. (803) 648-2900. The romantic specials include a broiled fillet of salmon topped with a seafood mornay served over angel hair pasta with fresh sauteed vegetables for $17.95; and a breast of boneless, skinless chicken hunter style -- stuffed with wild rice and sausage, served with a rosemary shiitake sauce and sauteed fresh vegetables, potato or rice for $12.95. Dessert is a heart of red velvet, a red velvet cake served over vanilla sauce garnished with strawberry mousse and fancy cookies for $3.95.
COMEDY HOUSE THEATRE: 2740 Washington Road, 736-9190. Not sure if your honey really loves you? Hypnotist Gary Conrad can fix that. A prime rib or chicken cordon bleu dinner and show cost $40 a couple. Showtimes are at 8 and 10:30 p.m.