9 Date Ideas in Los Angeles That Aren’t Dinner and a Movie
Whether you’re long married or on a Bumble meetup, your time is too precious to waste on a boring night out. Here, nine fun date ideas in Los Angeles, including some out-there experiences (from sound baths to ax throwing) you probably haven’t tried.
1. Go On a Night Hike
Hiking is pretty basic for Angelenos. But night hiking? On Mulholland? That’s the best kind of extra. Nonprofit group TreePeople leads hour-long moonlight tours of its hillside trails (7:30 p.m., $5) on the third Friday of each month.
12601 Mulholland Dr., Beverly Hills; treepeople.org
2. WORK OUT YOUR AGGRESSION WITH AX THROWING
Hear tell, ax throwing is a woodsy Canadian drinking game that’s now all the rage among Brooklyn hipsters. We don’t know about that, but after we checked out the brand-new North Hollywood bar LA Ax, where we received a quick lesson and then commandeered one of 30 bowling-type lanes to chuck a sharp object at a target, we felt so much calmer. As well as ready for a zombie apocalypse.
7308 Coldwater Canyon Ave., North Hollywood; 888-979-5229 or la-ax.com
3. Chill Out With a Sound Bath
Sound baths are the wellness practice in which you recline on a mat, eyes closed, and let sounds of humming quartz bowls, vibrating gongs and rattling wooden sticks wash over you. Not only is it relaxing, but being quiet with your date is a great test of compatibility (and the pressure’s off to make sparkling conversation). Longtime sound bath practitioner and kundalini yoga teacher Ana Netanel leads sessions across town; on February 9, she’s leading a special session in a giant dome where you can watch a groovy light show while you relax.
Wisdome LA, 1147 Palmetto St.; shaktisoundbath.com
4. 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.
2800 E. Observatory Rd.; 213-473-0800 or griffithobservatory.org
5. 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.
5110 San Fernando Rd., Glendale; 818-241-3630 or moonlightrollerway.com
6. SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN BURLESQUE MEETS WRESTLING
You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll be on the edge of your seat at Lucha VaVoom, the mash-up troupe that’s like Glow mixed with Lucha Libre, with a few burlesque breaks in between matches. The next show is the Valentine’s Day–themed Pin-Ups & Pin-Downs on February 12 and 13 at the Mayan theater.
1038 S. Hill St.; luchavavoom.com
7. Participate in a VR Adventure
Nerd alert (and we say that admiringly): Dreamscape at the Westfield Century City mall is a virtual reality experience that’s called “free roam,” meaning you enter a cinematic world and participate in a story that’s been developed by top Hollywood moviemaking talent. You can tour a zoo filled with giant alien creatures or step through a movie screen to search for a cursed pearl. We like that this date has grown-up storytelling chops while still inspiring childlike glee.
Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd.; 424-603-2948 or dreamscapeimmersive.com
8. 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) 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.
Multiple locations; hipcooks.com
9. Dance in the Dark
The traveling dance party called Bootie L.A. is inexpensive (tickets are $10 or less), inclusive (all the orientations, baby) and colorful (the events have themes, welcome costumed patrons and include a troupe of profesh dancers). And the music is a clever and decidely non-recording artist sanctioned mash-up of performers and genres (think Swae Lee and Post Malone mixed with the Chainsmokers or an evening called, simply, Madonnapocalypse).
El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd.; bootiemashup.com