No matter what he says, he doesn’t really want to go see Les Miserables or any-musical-of-any-name with you. Period. Impress him with your decidedly intriguing itinerary for a date that is as enjoyable for him as it is for you. How’s that for compromise?
The Library Bar
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
At this bar, there is no menu to peruse, no Redbull to be ordered (if your date attempts to order it, that red flag should be waving). Instead, you’ll be greeted by the affable Chris Hewes (head bartender at Library Bar and quite possibly the Jiro Ono of cocktails). When asked why this is the perfect place for a guy friendly date, Chris summed it up very simply as a destination with “great booze, good vibes and no heroics.”
Not to be confused with the Downtown L.A. gastropub of the same name, this Hollywood bar is located in the historic lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel. The jewelry box-sized lounge offers a sophisticated mixology experience. Drinks are made “Omakase-style,” incorporating premium spirits, farmer’s market fresh ingredients and housemade syrups, such as Stevia-based Honeyleaf.
Trust the entire team behind the bar here (Alex Frost, Danvy Pham and Sheena Graves) to reinterpret your favorites with their expert twists. This is the place to discover flavor profiles and combinations you never knew you liked in a drink. Head to the lounge area and engage in some small talk with your date. If you have nothing in common, at the very least you’ll have an incredible cocktail in your hand.
8162 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Every woman wants a man with a good sense of humor. Release some unrestrained laughter together at “America’s premiere comedy showcase.” This Melrose institution has played host to comedy acts old and new (including recent sets by Bobby Lee, Daniel Tosh and Aziz Ansari).
To get priority seating for a show you can make reservations for pre-show drinks and dinner, both of which count toward the drink minimum. Upcoming special events include Jay Mohr and friends on Feb. 5 and Nick Swardson on Feb. 8 and 9. Check out the schedule on their website for the full lineup of events.
Hyde Lounge at STAPLES Center
1111 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
So he’s a Lakers fan. You? Not so much. But what if you could watch the game high atop the venue in ledge seats overlooking the arena? Hyde Lounge at Staples Center is located near the southwest entrance of Staples Center on Level C. Date-goers can equally enjoy the game in this luxuriously-appointed private lounge, complete with three bars, food and a place to dance after the game. If you’re looking to splurge on bottle service, you can relax in your own private area if you’re feeling indulgent.
The Spare Room
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (Mezzanine Level)
Hollywood, CA 90028
This modern day gaming parlor personifies the ultimate elevated “game night” experience. The Spare Room features a cocktail lounge, two vintage bowling lanes, Esquivel bowling shoes and sophisticated board game upgrades, such as the snakeskin lined Connect-Four. There is much to be appreciated in the eclectic décor of this space, where grown-ups of all ages come out to play.
Bike Curious Rentals
34 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291
Venice Beach is one of the top destinations to explore on two wheels. Head to this cleverly named bike rental shop and take your pick from a fleet of classic Greenline beach cruisers. Is he more of a fixie type? They’ve got those, too. With more than 250 bikes to choose from, you and your beau are sure to find one that suits both of you perfectly. Go for the full-day rental option and venture down “The Strand,” a bike path that boasts 22 coastal miles to explore.
Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Her fitness articles can be found on Examiner. Follow her on Twitter.