Offering up unbeatable weather, the ocean, mountains, beautiful sunsets, and top-of-the-line wines, Los Angeles is like no other when you compare it to other cities around the U.S. and around the world. No matter where you decide to go, the city has a myriad of settings for a romantic evening for a first date or to reignite that flame. From Long Beach to Silverlake, here are date ideas that will surely impress.
Malibu Family Wines
32111 Mulholland Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
Malibu Wines not only delivers on incredible wines, but also on beautiful scenery. Tucked away in the mountains of Malibu, the winery offers an array of events that are perfect for a day date or a start of an evening date. With tastings seven days a week from 11 am-7 pm, they don’t ask for an admission fee either, just a minimum of one bottle purchase for each group. In addition to wine tasting, they have live music on weekends from 12-2 pm and 3-5 pm, where you can picnic while relaxing with an amazing bottle of wine.
2395 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
If wine tasting sound like a good idea, but the trek up to Malibu doesn’t, then head over to Silverlake Wines. Offering tastings on Thursdays, Mondays, and Sunday, it’s a fun environment to bring a date and to get to know someone. On Mondays, you will find tastings paired with snacks from Heirloom LA bread and farmhouse, along with the Let’s Be Frank Hot Dog truck parked out front on Thursdays. Sundays include four courses of food with a wine pairing at 3 pm too. If you chose to not feast at the food trucks or have the four courses, head to Gingergrass across the street for a casual meal of fresh Vietnamese food.
LACMA/Ray’s and Stark Bar
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
A museum for a date? It might not seem like the most fun spot to go to, but you’d be wrong in your assumption. Featuring ‘Urban Light,’ or the street light installation which is complete with 202 restored street lamps from the 1920s and 1930s, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) is an iconic Los Angeles landmark and a great romantic evening destination. Take photos under the lamps, and then walk through the halls of the LACMA before heading to the Ray’s and Stark Bar. Once there, you will have a view of Urban Light and can sip on some of Los Angeles’ best cocktails while eating dinner in an intimate outdoor setting.
Cinespia Cemetery Movie Screenings at Hollywood Forever
Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Offering Los Angeles residents entertainment in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery since 2002, Cinespia makes the movie going experience fun again. Instead of the usual movie in a theater which you’ve done so many times before, grab your date, a blanket, some food, and a bottle of wine to picnic among some famous tombstones while watching classic films outdoors under the stars. Make sure to get there early though so you can enjoy pre-show DJs and to avoid the long lines. Their cemetery movies are only in the summer though, so put this date idea in on your list once the warm weather and long summer days are back.
Six Taste Food Tours
For a unique and different date, discover Los Angeles’ food scene while on a double date. Six Taste Food Tours customizes itineraries for parties of four or more so you may explore different areas of Los Angeles including Hollywood, Santa Monica, Downtown, West LA, and more. In addition to finding new favorites and trying different cuisine, you will learn the history of Los Angeles’ food and its food influenced areas. During your tour, you will visit about six difference destinations, so come hungry and ready to eat.
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Operating since 1909 and offering a plethora of date night activities, The Santa Monica Pier is a perfect venue to take in a historic landmark while also being entertained. You and your date can satisfy all your cravings with restaurants like Mariasol Cocina Mexicana, Ristorante Al Mare, Pier Burger, The Albright, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rusty’s Surf Ranch, and even grab milkshakes at Soda Jerks. After you fill up, play arcade games, ride the gamous Santa Monica Ferris wheel and watch the waves crash at the pier as you overlook the Pacific ocean.
The Spare Room
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Found inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a gaming parlor and cocktail lounge that is unrivaled anywhere in the city. Inside the famous hotel, which was opened byh co-founders Marc Rose and Med Abrous in 2010, you’ll find a large menu of craft cocktails, punch bowls, custom designed board games like Battleship, Checkers, Monopoly, Scrabble, Jenga and much more including two bowling lanes that date back to early industrial America. One thing is for sure: The Spare Room is a small, semi-private, 1920’s styled night time spot, perfect for getting to know your date and keeping them entertained.
5437 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90803
For the ultimate romantic outing in Los Angeles, plan an hour cruise through the Naples canals in Long Beach in your very own Gondola. These unknown canals, even to Long Beach residents, are quiet and peaceful and will provide a beautiful backdrop to your date. Equipped with a cd player so that you may bring any music you would like to play while on your ride, Gondola Getaway’s also provide glasses and an ice bucket for you and your date so that you may enjoy some wine.
1418 Descanso Dr.
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
With more than 80 acres of gardens to take a stroll in, Descanso Gardens makes for a great place to go on a day date and take in the scenic beauty. Offering beautiful landscapes, you’ll want to make sure to wander through their new Oak Woodland garden, which features native plants, a Japanese garden, a rose garden and the California Natives Garden. After taking in all the foliage, tour the historic Boddy House, view the art exhibits at the Sturt Haaga Gallery, or grab lunch at the Descanso Café. Operated by Chef Joachim Splichal’s Patina Restaurant Group, this café provides a casual outdoor lunch spot that showcases a gourmet selection of fresh salads, sandwiches, homemade desserts, ice cream, beer and wine.
707 E 4th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90013
There’s nothing like a little flirting over some arcade games to get your competitive edge going. To work up some healthy competition, see if you or your date can beat the high scores on over 40 arcade games offered like AC/DC pinball, Addams Family pinball, Donkey Kong, Double Dragon, Frogger, Indian Jones pinball, Metallica Pro Pinball, Mortal Kombat II, Ms. Pac-Man, NBA Jam, and many more. After battling for the best scores, you can order up one of their many specialty cocktails or one of their cold brewed coffee drinks at the bar. They also have a tree covered patio and nightly DJs.