Love it or hate it, somehow, Valentine’s Day is upon us yet again. No matter your thoughts on the holiday—be it a Hallmark scam or the best day of the year—we’ve rounded up a list of fun things to do on February 14 (and the surrounding days) with your partner or gal pals that will bring some excitement to your life. Because hey, who couldn’t use some more fun? Here are 14 excellent ideas for how to spend Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles this year.
14 Excellent Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles This Year
1. Open Up A Date Night Box
These days, your home is so much more than just a place to sleep. It’s where you work, exercise and now, where you’ll have a memorable date night. This Valentine’s Day, Unfined Wines, is putting together a date night box that includes two bottles of their natural wine, two handcrafted chocolate bars from LetterPress and Love Lingual—a game perfect for date night, at any stage of your relationship.
2. Pay Homage To “ghost” At A Pottery Making Class
Visit Still Life Ceramics studio at the Row DTLA for a special Valentine’s Day Happy Hour class. The class is $60 per person, and all level ceramic makers are welcome. And yes, music from the classic rom-com Ghost will be playing in the background as you shape a heart shaped bowl with your beloved. If you feel compelled to recreate the famous pottery scene, no one will stop you.
3. Transform The Beach Into A Perfect Picnic
Los Angeles is filled with beaches where you can have yourself a picnic, but for Valentine's Day, Bliss Beach can help you plan one that is out of the ordinary. Forget sitting on towels or lugging heavy beach chairs, Bliss Beach provides all the furniture and items to create your own lounge on the beach—they’ve got beach umbrellas, daybeds, coolers, bluetooth speakers, beach rugs and even hardwood and a fire starter for their bonfire package. There are also options to add Instagram-worthy florals from Viola Floral and charcuterie boards through TYSMLA, if you really want to go all out. We suggest their Little Lounge setup ($375) or the Beach Picnic ($525) for an intimate Valentine’s Day for you and your bae. Their setups are available at Marina Del Rey, Will Rogers State Beach and Hermosa Beach.
4. Take A Cooking Class
Cooking class can be a great activity for couples or for the entire family. The Gourmandise School offers several Valentine’s Day cooking classes, including a dumpling making class on Valentine’s Day and a Parent & Child Valentine’s Day desserts class on Saturday February 12.
Sur La Table Cooking School at the Village at Topanga has a large variety of cooking classes throughout the weekend and on Valentine’s Day including Valentine's Day sweets, a chocolate making class and a class to make macaroons. On Valentine’s Day, the Date Night Bold Tuscan Flavors class has an Italian menu that rivals any top-notch restaurant.
We’re still living in a pandemic, so if you prefer to play chef in your own kitchen, Sur La Table also offers cooking classes online. Transform your home into a bakery with weekend offerings like Chocolate Lovers Lava Cake and Sweetheart Cookies. On Valentine’s Day there will be both an Italian and French date night option. For only $29, it’s one of the most affordable options out there on this night when so many restaurant menus jack up their prices.
5. Wine Tasting At San Antonio Winery
Downtown Los Angeles isn’t what typically comes to mind when you think of wineries, but when you can’t get to wine country and still want that experience, San Antonio Winery is a great option. In addition to their wine tasting room is their Italian restaurant, Maddalena. Come in for a tasting or enjoy a 4-course meal and wine dinner, Love on the Vine, on both Friday and Saturday of Valentine’s Day weekend.
6. Host A Galentine’s Day Gathering With Cocktail Courier
Ever since Sex and the City came back into our lives (thank you, And Just Like That), our cravings for Cosmos have been going strong. This Valentine’s Day, grab your best gals, and create your own Cosmos with the help of Cocktail Courier’s Absolut Cosmopolitan Cocktail Kit. The delivered-right-to-your-door kit includes all the ingredients you need to make nine drinks. Cheers to Carrie and crew while watching the series, or check out the latest must-see rom-com, Marry Me which will be available on Peacock (and in theaters) starting February 11.
7. Get Serenaded By Eric Mccormick
You know Eric McCormack (of Will and Grace fame) can make you laugh, but did you know he can also bring sweet music to your ears? He and some friends will bring love songs to you and your love, at Feinstein’s at Vitello’s, an intimate venue located above the Studio City Italian restaurant. FYI—proof of vaccine is required for entry.
8. Go For Ice Cream
If you’re itching for an escape but hopping on a plane is not in the cards right now, here’s a simple alternative: treat your Valentine to ice cream inspired by travel and adventure at one of our favorite ice cream shops, Wanderlust Creamery. They will be offering two special Valentine’s Day flavors: Raspberry Lychee Rose Sorbet and Valentine’s Day Napoleon in addition to all of their signature flavors. (We recommend the South East Asian-inspired Pandan Tres Leches, which is sweet and creamy with pieces of sponge cake throughout.)
9. Have A Multi-course Meal At Home
If you’re accustomed to dining in sweatpants, you can continue to do so while still enjoying a unique Valentine’s Day meal. Sushi Sasabune in West LA has six different omakase options. Santa Monica restaurant Milo & Olive has a Lady and the Tramp take-home meal for $85 that besides for the obvious spaghetti and meatballs includes a salad, baguette, and mini chocolate cake with marshmallow sauce. Bon appétit.
10. Get Crafty With Maker’s Mess
Maker’s Mess, a creative arts studio downtown, is offering a ton of workshops this Valentine’s Day weekend. Get experimental (but keep it PG) at the Experimental Polaroid Workshop with Valley in Film on Saturday, February 12 or Sunday, February 13, take a Paper Mache class and create the adult-version of the gifts you used to make for your Valentine in grade school. For the full in-studio holiday schedule, visit their website here.
If you prefer to bring the crafts home, they’ve got a ton of DIY projects you can order in advance of the holiday. DIY your own beeswax candles before enjoying a candlelit dinner, or create adorable Scrabble-tile coasters and then indulge in some cocktails.
11. Get Drinks On A Rooftop
We’ve always thought Los Angeles needed more rooftop dining, and we’re thrilled to see more and more opening up. This Valentine’s Day, start your date on the rooftop of the once-music-studio-turned-hip-restaurant, Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood. Their cocktail menu includes music-themed creations like "Late Registration," featuring Gray Goose Vodka, vermouth, ginger, yellow watermelon and lime. Then, if you're looking for a full feast, their restaurant downstairs is hosting an Italian & Australian-inspired “Chef’s Menu for Lovers” ($120 per person) which includes five courses with unique items like potato scallops with whipped cod roe and Barolo Glazed Wagyu Cheek.
12. Indulge In A Massage
Maybe it’s been a rough year and you're in need of a human touch. Skip a last minute attempt at finding a date on Hinge and instead, treat yourself to a massage at The Now. They have locations all over Los Angeles and once you step inside, you’ll instantly be soothed by their nature-inspired interior. All massages can be customized with add-ons like a scalp massage or a soothing eye mask, so you can really show yourself some love.
For those in a relationship and looking to splurge, The Ritz Carlton is offering a Couple's Chemistry Package ($960 per couple). This includes a full-body massage, as well as a soaking bath, accompanied with rose tea and Champagne. Afterwards, enjoy a take-home treasure chest Modern Alchemy gift set containing the products utilized during the treatment, so you can recreate the experience at home (provided your Valentine picked up some masseuse skills).
13. See An Outdoor Movie
Movie theaters are so 2019. Impress your Valentine by visiting this new hot-spot, I|O Rooftop, now the largest rooftop in Hollywood. They will be hosting a movie night complete with a marathon of classic romantic films as well as a picnic setup. In addition to the films, you’ll be entertained by the citywide views, hand-crafted cocktails, chic atmosphere and hopefully, your date.
14. Say F.u. To Vday At The Breakup Bar
Head to Severance Wine Bar, recently relocated inside the Palihouse Hotel in West Hollywood, for an Anti-Valentine’s Day party. From now until Valentine’s Day, the Break Up Bar is celebrating the end of love. Check out their mini art exhibit including relics of Valentine’s Day past and a movie screen showing classic break-up movies (hello, Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaugh). Tickets are $22 and include a complimentary welcome drink. They have both outdoor and indoor reservations, and their menu includes small bites, desserts and tons of unique cocktails.
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