Oh, Valentines Day. For some it is the most beloved holiday and for others they dread being alone. No matter what your views are on the holiday, let’s take a step back from it simply being a romantic holiday and think about how much love we can spread on this day, not only to our partner (if we have one) but to everyone around us.
A fault of this holiday is to put emphasis on only on the romantic aspect but I firmly believe that this holiday should be one about love to all. Think of friends and family on this day and be sure to reach out to those that might be alone. Call a friend, shoot someone a quick text, message a co-worker to let them know you’re thinking about them on this 14th.
And if you are in a relationship, awesome! Squeeze them tight and kiss them hard! It is so amazing to find someone and to share your life with them. Whether your relationship is just blossoming or if you have been together for years, be sure to express your genuine love and emotions for them on this day.
Here are some of our favorite spots in LA that are perfect for a night out with a group of your single friends or with your significant other. We’ve also added some places that you can hit up after your meal.
Far Bar (347 E. 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90012):
This cute bar was voted the Number 1 Bar in Downtown by LA Weekly in 2013 and right when you walk in, you understand why. The bar itself is almost tucked away in a little alley covered with lights up ahead. Making any night there picturesque. This spot is perfect is perfect to gather up a group a friends or to go to as a date spot. They have a great selection of Japanese beers (I would recommend a flight so that you can try a bit of each) and their wasabi fries are to die for! Their happy hour runs from 3 – 7 PM so if you’re trying to beat the happy hour crowds, that’s an option. After dinner there are a couple of options of where to take the night in this hip Little Tokyo spot. You could either take a short Uber ride to Urth Café (451 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013) where you can end the night with a coffee and sweet desert or if you’re too full from all the food and beer, try walking off you buzz at Grand Park (200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012). It’s only a short walk from Far Bar and the park, that’s located in front of City Hall, has a few benches to sit and enjoy the cityscape. With all of the lights and the bustling city around, makes for a modern and romantic date.
Coles (118 E. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90014):
Don’t be turned off by the dim lighting and the mellow ambiance, this place can also get lively. The best part about this bar is the hidden speakeasy in the back. Cole’s is known for a variety of drinks but their Old Fashion is a must! Another favorite at Coles is their French Dip. Maybe have a French Dip for dinner and a French kiss for dessert! Since Cole’s is right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, there are various things to do after but two of our favorite spots are near Cole’s. First, Las Perlas (107 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014), a hip mescal bar, is right across the street if you want to end the night with one of their signature tequila drinks or if you want to take the night in a more mellow direction, Bottega Louie (700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017) is only five blocks away to finish off the night with a yummy pastry and warm cup of coffee.
Rascal (801 S La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036):
This little spot on the corner of 8th and La Brea is also perfect for either an individual date or a group outing with single friends tonight. Tonight, like every night, they will be having happy hour until 7 which includes entrees and drinks, all for six bucks! If you don’t make it in time for happy hour, no worries, the drinks and plates are all reasonably priced and the ambiance is a young and lively one. The vibe is definitely one of a neighborhood hang out, with a cute ambiance, and friendly staff. There are some nights that it fills up quick, so I recommend making a reservation just to be safe. Just across the street there is a rock and roll dive bar named Little Bar (757 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036) or also across the way an elegant restaurant called Commerson (788 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036), where you can drop in for a quick cocktail and dessert that is open until one in the morning. Another option after leaving Rascal, is to take a short drive to the Urban Lights at the LACMA. This iconic spot is perfect for a couple of romantic pictures underneath the lights, and the best part, it’s free!
Hope these cute date spots are helpful and let us remember to not only spread love on February 14 but to live in love all year long. All we need is love!