7 L.A. Date Night Ideas That Aren’t Dinner and a Movie
And not one of them involves awkward dinner silences
Maybe you’re in a long-married date rut. Or perhaps you’re looking for a way to spend an evening with a blind date. Or you’re just tired of eating, eating, eating. You’re in luck—you live in a major city with lots of entertainment outlets. Here, seven date night ideas that aren’t dinner and a movie.
Visit Griffith Observatory
Sure, it’s a hiking destination, but have you ever seen what Griffith Observatory can do at night? Besides the breathtaking view of city lights, there’s the fun of roaming around this 1930s icon and leaning back to enjoy the hour-long cosmic exploration shows inside the planetarium.
Every Thursday night, the hosts a lecture series with hotshot newsmakers (transgender teen Nicole Maines, celebrity photographer Chris Buck and more) in conversation. So whether it’s a blind date or a rare date night, get your culture injection.
Enjoy Comedy in a Comic Book Store
In the back of Meltdown Comics on Melrose, there’s a 100-seat makeshift Nerdist Showroom. Its got nightly live podcasts, film screenings where it’s OK to shout at the screen, improv nights and much more. Ah, it feels good to laugh again. Especially with your S.O.
Shake, Shake, Shake Your Booty on Skates
Relive all the trauma and glory of those middle school birthday parties at Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale. Thursdays have ’70s, ’80s and ’90s music, and Wednesdays are Rainbow Skate (the city’s original LGBTQ skate night). If you’re not roller-ready, try the adult class on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Take a Meditation Break
Cozy with batik cushions and pretty Persian rugs, Den Meditation has classes from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. that will gently guide you into stress-relieving ways to breathe, clear your mind and even use aromatherapy. Then, even if the date is a flop, you've got a funny Los Angeles cliché story.
Take in Some Mexican Wrestling
You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll be on the edge of your seat at Lucha VaVoom, the mash-up troupe in which masked wrestlers compete, with a few burlesque breaks in between matches and comedy talent commentators like Bobcat Goldthwait and Fred Armisen. The next matches are February 8 and 9, so there’s your Valentine’s Day.
Take a Super-Casual Cooking Class
The perfect cooking class for the recipe-averse, Hipcooks is a small group of people learning to make a special cuisine (Thai, Argentine or French, say) but without using measuring cups or spoons. There’s lots to talk about besides current events while you’re cooking with a glass of wine in hand.