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Valentine's Day ideas in Los Angeles

Ready or not, Valentine's Day in Los Angeles is around the corner! Here are the best gifts, things to do, romantic restaurants and sexy bars for a hook up.

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Calling all red-blooded men and women looking for Valentine's Day ideas. Whether you plan to woo your beloved with sexy gifts or if you are looking for casual date ideas instead, we're ready to help you plan the perfect February 14. Unattached and dodging Cupid's arrows? We've got some fun anti-Valentine's Day ideas for celebrating it solo. Looking for love? Grab some friends and try out a few cheesy pick-up lines at the city's best singles bars. In love with LA? So are we! What's better than being in love with your city, with someone you love? Nothing.

Valentine's Day date ideas

Restaurants

Special Valentine's Day dinner menus

Skip the after-dinner dishes and head out for a romantic meal at a sexy spot

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Restaurants

The best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles

Lady and the Tramp had the right idea—what better way to celebrate with your significant other than sharing a romantic meal?

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Sex and dating

The best LA date ideas

The best classy, sexy, cheap, fun, open-ended or all of the above date ideas in one place

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Things to do

Romantic things to do for couples

Hoping to impress your honey on V-Day? Our guide to Valentine’s Day ideas and romantic things to do for couples has a bevy of ways to help you get closer. Give your SO one of these as a gift, or treat each other. LA is a romantic city every day of the year, but it really does Valentine's Day right (and so should you). Want more Valentine's Day ideas? We have tons more ideas for gifts and ideas right here.

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Blog

6 romantic film screenings over Valentine's Day weekend

Make a plan to catch one (or more) of these six romantic movies screening around the city

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Things to do

The best hikes with waterfalls

Five hiking trails in LA that’ll keep you cool by journey’s end with some of the area’s most impressive waterfalls

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LGBT

Best gay bars and clubs in Los Angeles

When it comes to gay hangouts in Los Angeles, options abound.

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Sex and dating

Best lesbian bars and pickup spots in Los Angeles

LA is brimming with babes who love babes; you just have to know where to look. If you're scratching your bangs and thinking, "if there are so many of them, why am I so single?", fear not. With these insider tips, finding her is easier than ever. This city is full of eligible queer bachelorettes, but you may need to think outside of the boozy box. So stop hiding in those dimly lit gay bars and come out, come out wherever you are! RECOMMENDED: See more of our best bars in Los Angeles Follow Jane Helpern on Twitter: @janeohelp

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Valentine's Day gift ideas

Shopping

Valentine's Day gifts for when it's complicated

Not quite in a relationship and not quite single? We get it.

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Shopping

The best LA experiences to give as gifts

You know us—we're all about experiences over things, especially when it comes to Los Angeles.

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Shopping

Valentine's Day gift ideas for him

None of these presents are over-the-top lovey-dovey—just thoughtful and cool.

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Shopping

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her

These unique, fun, and thoughtful Valentine's Day gifts for her will make her swoon, no gift receipt necessary.

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Shopping

The best lingerie shops in LA

We found the best lingerie stores for everything from eco-friendly fabrics to lacy bra-and-panty sets.

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Sex and dating

The best sex shops in LA, from romantic to raunchy

Whether you're looking to indulge a fringe fetish or just want to buy some lube for lots of missionary, we've got you covered.

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Where to shop

Shopping

The best gift shops

Find thoughtful gifts ideas for every person and every occasion at these shops

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Shopping

The best flower shops

We scoured the city for the best shops where you can walk in and pick up a bouquet (you can even design it yourself!) in place of a gift.

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Restaurants

The best chocolate shops

Diamonds are a girl's best friend? Please. Chocolate is the way to a lady's (and, what the hell, a fella's) heart.

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Shopping

The best jewelry stores

We're here to help, whether you’re looking for a unique gift or planning to pop the question

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Shopping

The best wine stores

Pay a visit to some of the best wine stores in LA, where you'll find not only a great selection of labels, but also stellar customer service.

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Restaurants

The best shops for French macarons

We taste-tested our way through boxes of macarons (Breaking news: There is such a thing as too much sugar) to find the best ones in the city

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Valentine's Day for singles

Things to do

Events and things to do for singles

Single on Valentine's Day? Don't worry. This holiday is for you too.

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Bars

Best singles bars in Los Angeles

The best places to pickup other lonely hearts looking for love (or lust).

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Things to do

10 great friend dates in LA for platonic pals

Coming up with friend date ideas is way lower maintenance than choosing a romantic restaurant or picking a first date spot.

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Shopping

Anti-Valentine’s Day gift ideas

Buy these great gifts for your friends, or for yourself. Who are we to judge?

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Valentine's Day fun

Blog

18 reasons LA is my valentine

LA, we're so in love with you.

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Things to do

20 things we'd like to see on candy hearts in LA

Have u heard? Conversation Hearts are ditching some of their classic slogans but these additions just don't cut it in Los Angeles

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Sex and dating

What do you (actually) want for Valentine's Day this year?

Angelenos confess on sticky notes.

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Things to do

The 25 toughest things about being single in LA

It's hard out there for a single guy or gal in Tinseltown. We sympathize.

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Romantic lists

Movies

The 50 most romantic movies of all time

Cuddle up for a marathon of love, lust and heartbreak in film.

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Music

The 50 best love songs of all time

Writing a good love song is a challenge that the greatest songwriters have wrestled with since the first caveman grunted a serenade to his beloved

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Music

The 50 sexiest songs ever

Music may very well be the food of love, but it's also—more deliciously—the food of loving.

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Music

The 50 best breakup songs ever recorded

Just in case you need it this year.

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Comments

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Carol E
Carol E

Couples, friends, platonics, old and young: Avoid the crowd! Instead, check out Hollywood's famous Catalina Jazz Club on Tuesday Feb 10 or Feb 11 and hear vocalist Maggy Simon sizzle in timeless romance as she sings some of the best love songs ever written!  In a show that evokes Judy Garland, Burt Bacharach, Mancini and "My Funny Valentine..." -- the list goes on. Just get cozy -- you know what I mean, on the 14th and celebrate early!  Call for tix (323)466-2210. $30 bucks plus 2 drink minimum. Show begins 8:30 -- Dinner at 7 (optional). 

Genus species
Genus species

A lot of people experience V.D. in L.A. I wouldn't exactly call it "romantic."