Everyone likes a good date night, whether it’s a first date, you’ve been dating for years, or if you’ve been married for years! The challenging part is deciding what to do. With so many unique places, activities to try, and spaces to explore around the Los Angeles area, it can be hard finding something that both people agree on. Well, here are the top 10 date night ideas in the Los Angele area. We can’t help you decide which one to try first, though.
Take a Ride
Hop on the Pacific Surfliner and check out cities along the California coast. Take a morning trip starting at Union Station in LA, travel north through Hollywood, Simi Valley, Camarillo, Carpinteria, and stop at Santa Barbara for lunch. It’s the perfect way to hang out and see the incredible views of the coast. And Santa Barbara is full of great places to grab a bite to eat before getting back on the train, where you can sip at a beer or a glass of wine.
See a Movie
You can’t go wrong with this classic date night idea, but rather than going to a normal movie theater where you’re jabbing elbows with strangers, check out Rooftop Cinema Club locations in Hollywood and Downtown LA. Check out the best movies in luxury with personal wireless headphones, cozy deckchairs and blankets, classic food and drink options and, of course, some of the best views of Los Angeles. It’s romance waiting to happen.
If you’re aching to get out into nature, and are up for some adventure, go exploring in the Los Padres National Forest — and hang out with wolves! Through a program called IfOnly, you can get a guided hike and cozy up to some Ambassador Wolves. Your guide will teach you scientific facts about the wolves as well as other tidbits on California wildlife. And better yet, the proceeds go toward Project Wildsong, which seeks to inspire education surrounding the wolves.
Get a Drink
What does night doesn’t include eating and drinking? The key is to find a place that is unique and fun, like Lost Spirits Distillery in the Arts District of Los Angeles. You can simply sit and try out their award-winning rums and peated malt whiskeys, or you can go on an immersive journey and ride which is partly inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean to learn more about the history of the distilling process. Either way, you’re sure to have a blast.
Take a Tour
There are many cities throughout the U.S that can boast an immense history and feature underground tunnels and speakeasies. Perfect for those who want to learn more about LA’s history and see a side of the city that few get to explore, much less even know about! This adventurous date idea will guide you through secret passageways that were used to transport alcohol during Prohibition and the locations where people gathered to drink.
Eat it Up
When you’re hungry but can’t decide where to eat — take a food tour! If you’re a true foody, or just hungry, a guided tour will take you to various hidden gems throughout LA where you can taste real authentic foods, including Thai, Turkish, Mexican, and local Californian. Food tours are surprisingly affordable and you’re sure to be full of delicious foods after the night is over.
Bowl a Strike
Another classic, if not cliche date night idea is bowling! But like going to see a movie, it’s all about the location. If you’re into history, check out LA’s oldest bowling alley. What started in 1927 with doctors’ offices, a pharmacy, music store, and recreation space, eventually turned into a bowling alley and you can still see the original facade and interior design today. Grab a drink, maybe a snack, and don those ugly bowling shoes for a great time.
Check the Scene
The art scene, that is. And LA has an incredible art scene, including the Watts Towers. A series of towers built by Sam Rodia was originally called “nuestro Pueblo” or our town, is a collection of steel and mosaic structures. If you need even more art, there’s the Barnsdall Art Park, The Getty, The Broad, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Norton Simon Museum.
Scope it Out
Romantic and educational, look deep into the night sky at the Griffith Observatory. You can either hike or ride a car up, but expect exceptional views of the city and the stars. The free admission will allow you to look through telescopes, explore exhibits, and see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. And if you haven’t gotten enough views of LA, you’ll have a great view of the skyline and the famous Hollywood Sign.
A date night like no other, but an option that is becoming more and more popular are rage rooms. If you have some pent up frustration (hopefully not about how the date is going), let it all out in a private room where you can break stacks of plates, shot glasses, pound away at fax machines, and many other amazingly smashable objects. Rage rooms have become all the rage!
We may be a little biased, but we think our LA rage room is the best date night idea on the list. We offer a variety of rage packages, starting at 15 minutes, as well as smash parties, premium rage sessions, and of course, date night packages. Our date night package gives you 25 minutes to destroy 16 small items, 6 medium items, and 2 large items. We provide a range of items, all of them perfect to take a pipe, baseball bat, or ballet to. And don’t worry, we provide coveralls, hard hats with face masks, gloves, and vests to ensure all of the participants are safe in the rage room.
For a fun, definitely unique, and cathartic date night idea, book your date night at Rage Ground in Downtown LA! We can’t wait to help you release all of your frustrations.