10 Unique Valentine’s Date Ideas in Los Angeles, by Lara Oltz-Green
You want to be romantic, but don’t feel like the same old box of chocolates, the bouquet of flowers, and red bowtie will do the trick?
Let us guide you through 10 relevant unique ideas that are out of Valentine’s day social norm.
Rooftop Cinema is a much more romantic setting than an idea of going to the movies. You get a picturesque view of the LA skyline while snacking on bottomless popcorn, and cuddling under the stars. Rooftop Cinema Club has two locations, Hollywood and Downtown LA. The cinema provides guests with deck chairs and wireless headphones. They play new movies as well as classics and love seats for a few extra bucks.
Drink wine and hang with Stanley the Giraffe. After driving along a scenic road through Malibu, you’ll arrive at Malibu Wine Safaris, where you’ll jump in a jeep and venture on your safari tour. You’ll get to feed zebras and camels and hang with Stanley, Malibus most famous giraffe. You’ll sip a variety of wines between meeting the animals which beats your typical sit-down wine tasting.
Animal cafés offer customers the chance to cuddle adoptable cats and dogs whilst sipping on vanilla lattes. The Dog Cafe in Rampart Village costs $15/hour plus the cost of drinks. Crumbs & Whiskers on Melrose costs $22–25 for a 70-minute reservation. (make a reservation) If you wish to purchase drinks and snacks, you can have them delivered through Open Space LA. And if you really love the experience, you may just walk out as new pet parents.
The Pan Am Experience allows you to go back in time to where travel was romantic. You dine inside an exact replica of a 1970s Boeing 747 and get a sense of what it was like to fly first class with Pan Am back in the day. During your “flight,” you’ll have the freedom to order drinks from the open bar, devour chateaubriand carved seat-side by flight attendants wearing the iconic Pan Am uniforms, and even shop for old-school items from the duty-free cart. While there, you can also tour Air Hollywood studios, which features airplane sets that have been used in countless films and TV shows.
The Comedy Store on sunset gives of the same kind of ironic aroma like CBGB’s did to music. You know that most every comedian you know and love has busted their chops on this intimate stage, or they make a guest appearance to try out new jokes. Tip, always book the front row if you want more action.
Lake Shrine is a private Meditation Sanctuary and Temple open to the public. It is also home to a family of monks who appreciate your modest attire and respectful behavior. Lake Shrine consists of two separate levels: the Meditation Garden level and the Temple level, which are connected by multiple flights of stairs. There is no charge to visit Lake Shrine. Enter the Meditation Gardens through the Main Gate at 17190 W Sunset. Enter the Temple through the Temple Gate at 17080 W Sunset. Several flights of stairs connect the two levels.
Want to capture the aura of old Hollywood? Step back in time to the 1920s with swing dancing, fine dining, live bands, and swanky cocktails. The club even has a dress code, so make sure you are Packed Perfectly.
One of the most uniquely romantic dates in Los Angeles is a hot air balloon ride. While many of these aviation companies tend to offer primarily sunrise options in hopes of cooperative weather conditions, it is possible to find pilots who will embark on gorgeous sunset tours as well.
Want to spend some time in Topanga? Tucked beside the majestic Santa Monica Mountains, you can dine under the stars, surrounded by candlelight, whimsical décor, waterfalls, and twinkling string lights.
You may want to channel your parents and grandparents and try out the only drive-in theatre in LA. The retro-style set up offers a delightful blast-from-the-past feel, that will give you the feeling of how you may have been conceived. It has a full-service snack shack and a plethora of modern flicks and will be an instagramable experience.