If you’re searching for fresh date ideas to make your sweetheart swoon, there’s no need to look any further than Los Angeles. A huge city packed with a myriad of things to see and do, LA can offer plenty of dating options that range from romantic outings to fun-induced thrills. The heart of the entertainment industry, this thriving metropolis knows how to impress with a variety of exciting activities and unique adventures. Whether you’re anticipating a blind date or planning a special date with a long-time significant other, if you want to score big points you must scroll down to see this list of top date night ideas in Los Angeles, California.
1. Snuggle under the night sky at Rooftop Cinema Club
Enjoy a blend of classic films and blockbuster movies in a breezy atmosphere at Rooftop Cinema Club. This fabulous outdoor moviegoing experience offers an out-of-the-ordinary setting for date night. The staff provides warm blankets, comfy deck chairs, and nifty wireless headphones. Two great locales are available. If you opt for the Downtown LA location, you can enjoy dinner and a movie with a line of tasty food trucks available. In Hollywood, the NeueHouse rooftop locale affords guests alcoholic beverages and yummy bar snacks. Both locations allow for an upgrade to a double deckchair-style loveseat so you can cozy up to your sweetie.
Rooftop Cinema Club
Address: 6121 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 and 4th floor, 888 South Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Website: Rooftop Cinema Club
For a supreme adrenaline rush, take an exhilarating helicopter tour. See this dazzling city from a different perspective when you board a helicopter helmed by a professionally trained pilot. Marvel at many of the landscapes’ iconic sights brilliantly illuminated when darkness takes over. You and your date can catch amazing views as you swoop past the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Hills, Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, Griffith Observatory, the Kodak Theater - home of the Academy Awards ceremony - and so much more!
Los Angeles at Night 30-Minute Helicopter Flight
Duration: 30 minute
3. Saddle up and ride at Sunset Ranch Hollywood
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
If you want to show off your horseback riding skills to your date then visit the laidback atmosphere of Sunset Ranch Hollywood. This western-style adventure on a rustic ranch features splendid day and nighttime horseback riding tours. The scenery through the wonderful Hollywood Hills is awesome, and the horses are well cared for by the attentive and knowledgeable staff. As an added bonus, guests can enjoy a delicious homestyle feast at the barbecue buffet.
Sunset Ranch Hollywood
Address: 3400 N Beachwood Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Website: Sunset Ranch Hollywood
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
Price: 50 - 125 USD
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4. Cozy up in the car at Electric Dusk Drive-In
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
If you want to shake up the typical date-night movie scene, head over to Electric Dusk Drive-In. The only drive-in left in Los Angeles, Electric Dusk Drive-In oozes nostalgia with a festive feel. From bygone era movies like the 1980s Gremlins and ET to the on-site snack shack supplied with yummy concession goodies, this retro-style drive-in theater is a pleasant step back in time. Open year-round, Electric Dusk Drive-In allows visitors to bring in outside food but no alcoholic drinks are permitted. Be aware that pricing is per person, not per car, and to listen to the feature presentation you have to tune your radio to FM station 88.3.
Electric Dusk Drive-In
Address: 2930 Fletcher Drive &, N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Website: Electric Dusk Drive-In
Price: 14 - 16 USD
5. Cuddle by a bonfire at Dockweiler State Beach
You’re sure to spark a romantic mood at Dockweiler State Beach when you light one of the beach’s collections of fire rings for a toasty bonfire. Don’t forget to bring weiners for hearty hotdogs and all the ingredients for gooey smores. Dockweiler State Beach also features 3.7 miles (5.95 kilometers) of sun-kissed shoreline and many amenities such as clean restrooms, efficient showers, picnic facilities, fun volleyball nets, and an extensive bike path. This beach setting is ideal for a day-long beach date that stretches into the night.
Dockweiler State Beach
Address: 12000 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Opening hours: 6am - 10pm (daily)
6. Have a drink in a swanky setting at the Know Where Bar
Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed
Key features of this 1930s-inspired bar are the cool, dimly-lit ambiance, the irresistible old-school cocktails prepared by expert bartenders, and the fine, old-school music on vinyl records played via a fanciful jukebox. The Know Where Bar is a one-of-a-kind establishment you and your date won’t forget. This bar is awash in stylish decor and rich velvet furnishings to please your eyes. The refined drink menu, on the other hand, will please your palate. Try the house-made sangria or order a specialty cocktail like the Gramercy - made with Hendrick’s gin, elderflower liqueur and passion fruit over ice.
The Know Where Bar
Address: 5634 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Website: The Know Where Bar
Opening hours: 5pm - 2am (daily)
7. Catch a movie at the cemetery via Cinespia
Surrounded by tall palm trees, polished headstones, and a large mausoleum wall that doubles as a film screen, Cinespia is one of the most unique moviegoing experiences in Los Angeles. Held at the famous Hollywood Forever Cemetery, this event began as an intimate viewing space for classic movies and has ballooned into a huge local phenomenon showcasing a variety of film genres. A rare setting for a date yet also an exciting gathering for film lovers, Cinespia encourages visitors to pack food and drinks - wine and beer are allowed - and enjoy a lovely picnic on the grassy cemetery grounds while screening such well-known movies as When Harry Met Sally, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, and The Sixth Sense.
Address: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Price: from 12 USD
Enjoy a fresh approach to sightseeing by participating in a fun-filled night tour of LA’s top tourist attractions. Schedule a date night like no other when you take part in exploring Tinseltown after the sun goes down. Admire views of neon-lit sights like the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame and the world-renown Hollywood Sign. This tour is an ideal way to experience the brilliance of the city at night and a great way to show your sweetie a good time.
Los Angeles By Night Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Nothing says romance like an inviting evening meal at sea. With Los Angeles Dinner Cruise, participants can indulge in a scrumptious and freshly made four-course dinner while cruising the scenic, tranquil Southern California waters. After the sun goes down, drink in views of the twinkling lights of the harbor while you and your sweetheart sip a glass of sparkling champagne. This exclusive adventure is sure to show any date how serious you are about spending top-quality time with them.
Los Angeles Dinner Cruise from Marina del Rey
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Impress your date by taking them to California’s tallest open-air observation deck. Enjoy expansive views of the city at OUE Skyspace LA. This exciting tourist attraction even offers - for an extra charge - the opportunity to slide from the 70th floor to the 69th floor via a 45-foot (14-meter) glass slide! OUE Skyspace LA also offers one of the highest bars in Southern California called Skyspace Bar. Enjoy delicious hand-crafted cocktails or sudsy craft beer from local breweries. When it’s time to dine, head over to OUE Skyspace’s 71Above restaurant where you can indulge in a delectable meal and admire stunning sunset views!
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Duration: 30 to 90 minutes
Date night fun in LA
From uncommon outdoor movie screenings and stunning rooftop adventures to cozy beachside activities, Los Angeles’ entertainment terrain can take your dating game from stale to exciting in a flash. Show someone the time of their life with a few of these awesome diversions in the City of Angels.