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Published January 23, 2024
How to Celebrate Valentine's Day in LA
Your guide to the best Valentine's Day restaurants, activities, and date ideas in LA.💘
by Los Angeles Bucket List
Valentine's Day is around the corner, and thankfully, Los Angeles has all the ingredients you need to get the sparks flying with sparkling city lights and dreamy waterfront spots to explore and admire. Whether you're looking to go all out with chocolate, flowers, and the perfect romantic restaurant or want something a little more lowkey, there's no shortage of Valentine options for everyone.
Not feeling Valentine's Day this year? Gather the crew and take yourselves out to an epic group dinner. Or, celebrate Galentine's Day (officially February 13) and round up your besties for mimosas and bloody marys at one of LA's best brunch spots!
16 Ways to Spend Valentine's Day in Los Angeles
Wander Through the Exposition Park Rose Garden
Roses are pretty much synonymous with romance and Valentine's Day, so what better way to spend an afternoon with your date than touring the Exposition Park Rose Gardens? Dubbed one of the city's "best-kept secrets," this hidden gem is home to thousands of fragrant blooms, ranging in shades of deep reds to cheerful yellows and bright pinks to soft corals. Go in the late afternoon to experience an unforgettable golden hour—you bring the chocolates, the park will bring the roses.
Where: 701 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Grab Drinks at Sparkling Pink
This exclusive all-pink pop-up in the heart of West Hollywood is open every day in February. The intimate space is lavishly adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows, glittering garlands, and an array of dazzling pink decor, creating the perfect scene to celebrate time with your besties, date, or family. Tickets include a 90-minute reservation and a welcome cocktail. They also have brunch every Saturday!
Where: E.P. & L.P.: 603 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
Attend Cupid's Secret
Immerse yourself in Cupid’s Secret atop Beverly Center, a mesmerizing blend of famous love tales in Los Angeles. Enjoy live music, burlesque, and acrobatics, and choose from a multi-course aphrodisiac dinner or late-night shows with crafted cocktails and fine caviars. Just make sure to snag tickets fast—Cupid's Secret only runs from February 8th through the 18th.
Where: The Beverly Center: 8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Watch Movies at LoveStruck Cinema
If your idea of romance is snuggling up and watching a movie, this one's for you. Celebrate the holiday with screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a shadow cast and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet with a cabaret. Concessions and two full bars with specialty cocktails are available for purchase in the theater, and guests are welcome to bring in food from the nearby Central Market.
Where: The Million Dollar Theater: 307 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA
Visit The Crushed Singalong Heartbreak Bar
For a non-traditional Valentine's Day celebration, check out Crushed, a limited-time pop-up experience where you can sing your heartbreak away with a live pianist from your seat or on stage! Bring your friends, crush, or ex-lovers and enjoy themed cocktails/mocktails, photo ops, and activities like adding to the Crush List, taking photos on Cloud 9, and shredding love letters, photos, and mementos. A welcome shot is included with your ticket!
Where: Three Clubs: 1123 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA
Rent a Swan Boat at Echo Park Lake
Renting a Swan Boat and spending the afternoon pedaling around Echo Park Lake may be the most adorable date idea ever. The lake features an unbeatable view of the LA skyline and makes a great backdrop for your date. Go for an afternoon and pack a picnic (food and non-alcoholic drinks are allowed onboard), or wait until sunset and take a night ride with the boats all lit up! You can even play an interactive Find & Seek Trivia game included with your boat rental.
Where: Echo Park Lake: 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA
See TEASE If You Please
Happening only on Valentine's night, TEASE promises an opulent and sophisticated cabaret experience, celebrating vaudeville's past and future at The Orpheum Theatre with showgirls, burlesque, cirque performers, and comedic mayhem. Celebrate ten years of glamour, high-end production, and couture costuming, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day celebration!
Where: Orpheum Theatre: 842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA
Enjoy a Wine Tasting Together
Have fun sipping your way through a variety of wines during an exclusive tasting experience at Malibu Beer & Wine! Each experience includes a pre-set flight for two with a tasting note sheet so you can remember your favorite sips, plus a cheese and charcuterie board to nibble on and branded glassware to take home.
Where: 23130 Sherman Way, West Hills, CA
Have a Romantic Dinner at Zinqué
If you’re not catching a flight to the city of love, head to Zinqué in the Fashion District for the next best thing. Come for the authentic French cooking, stay for the romantic vibes both on their patio and inside. They have other locations around the area, but we think their DTLA one is extra romantic.
Where: 939 S Broadway St, Los Angeles, CA
Take a Guided Horse Trail Ride
Take a guided horseback ride with your boo through the Hollywood Hills and see some of LA''s most iconic landmarks, like the Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Sign. Schedule an evening tour to catch sunset views and romantic vibes, or go on a Saturday or Sunday morning and round out your day date at one of LA''s best brunch spots.
Where: Sunset Ranch Hollywood: 3400 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA
Take in the View at Castaway
Castaway has one of the best outdoor patios in the city, making it a perfect spot to enjoy a romantic date night out. Whether you’re with a first date or longtime partner, everyone will enjoy sinking into a plush cushion by the fireplace and sipping refreshing cocktails while taking in an unmatched view of the San Fernando Valley and DTLA from every seat.
Where: 1250 East Harvard Road
Take a Creative Sneaker Customization Workshop
Stylish couples will love this custom sneaker-decorating class, where you can create a unique work of art that you can wear! In this workshop, a pro from Majorwavez Lab will guide you through the process of sewing or painting your sneaks to create a one-of-a-kind design. The best part? Once you’re done, you can think of your date every time you rock your new kicks with your favorite outfit!
Where: Nesquik: 1457 Colorado Blvd., Unit 102, Los Angeles, CA
Take a Sunset Flight Tour
If you want to make a big, romantic gesture, taking a private plane ride over the city to watch the sunset should do the trick. Experience LA from a new perspective, where you'll catch views of Downtown Los Angeles, Dodger Stadium, Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Sign, and much more!
Where: 4015 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte, CA
Enjoy an Intimate Dinner at Formosa Cafe
Built in 1939, this Hollywood landmark spot serves Asian eats with a side of nostalgic decor. Cozy up with your date in an intimate, red leather booth, and choose from a menu that includes dim sum, tropical cocktails, and fan-favorite chili wontons. The history of famous guests (John Wayne, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra) is matched well by Formosa’s menu today—it was voted best in West Hollywood by Eater LA.
Where: 7156 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Spend an Evening at Bathtub Gin
Bathtub Gin is a Roaring Twenties-inspired speakeasy named after the homemade alcohol that was watered down in bathtubs during the years of Prohibition. Slink into this sultry and intimate spot on Melrose Avenue and enjoy an evening of jazz and burlesque while sipping craft cocktails. The iconic speakeasy is offering a special 4-course Valentine's menu featuring a variety of delicious menu items like prosciutto skewers, linguine pesto, pinot noir chicken marsala, chocolate fudge cake, and more.
Where: 7174 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Reserve a Private Gondola in Newport Beach
Picture this: You and your special someone, a platter of appetizers, and a romantic gondola ride through Newport Harbor. Choose an Antipasto or Dessert cruise—both include wine or champagne—or go more casual with a pizza cruise that includes a slice of gourmet cheesecake for dessert! The tours are hosted by a charming gondolier who will be happy to tell you about the history of gondolas or serenade you with a traditional Venetian tune.
Where: 200 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, CA
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