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Best double date ideas in Los Angeles

When you're looking to go out with your significant other and friends, here are the best double date ideas in L.A.

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By Stephanie Morino |

There are plenty of romantic restaurants and date ideas for when you and your significant other want a night out on the town just you two. But when you're looking to head out with your other coupled-up friends, what to do? Don't worry, we've got you covered with some of the best double date ideas in Los Angeles for couples of all stages. So while you can take the easy route and just head to a cocktail bar, we recommend choosing something from this list instead.

Best double date ideas in Los Angeles

Buzz Wine Beer Shop.
Photograph: Courtesy Buzz Wine Beer Shop

Go wine tasting

Los Angeles has plenty of spots to go wine tasting, and what better way to bond as a group than over discussions of whether the wine had a hint of fruit or vanilla? The conversations will get a lot more lively and entertaining as the day goes on, trust us.

Photograph: Courtesy Smog City Brewing Co.
Bars, Breweries

Drink up at a brewery

Not wine drinkers? Head to a brewery instead, many of which host brewery tours for those who are into the whole process of how that beer you're drinking is made. This is a great group activity, and each couple can take a growler (or two) home with them at the end of the date.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Have some fun at an arcade bar

If the members of your double date are a product of the '80s, we suggest heading to an arcade bar for some serious fun. Double dates can be awkward, especially if couples start arguing or you're not too familiar with each other, but an arcade bar can help stave off any bad vibes. Here, it's all about the fun.

Highland Park Bowl
Photograph: Wonho Frank Lee
Things to do, Games and hobbies

Grab a lane at Highland Park Bowl

Highland Park

Sure, there are plenty of places to go bowling, but Highland Park Bowl is beautiful and when you're tired from throwing all those strikes, there's a cool bar to keep the night going. Just don't let the games get too serious—this is friendly competition.

HipCooks LA
Photograph: Courtesy HipCooks LA
News, Eating

Sharpen your chef skills at a cooking class

You could just go to dinner, or you could make your dinner at a cooking class. Sit-down dinners rely on a lot of conversation filler, but at a cooking class, you'll be too busy having a blast in the kitchen for full-on conversations (which is especially helpful if the other couple loves to talk politics).

Murder Mystery Co.
Photograph: Courtesy Murder Mystery Co.

Find out whodunnit

Murder mystery shows are entertaining and also provide fun for groups as they work together to figure out whodunnit. There are a number of murder myster dinner shows in Los Angeles to pick from, all of which will provide a more unique double date experience than just dinner and a movie.

El Matador State Beach
Things to do

Have a beach day

The beach is great even solo, but if you're looking to have a full-on beach day (we're talking beach volleyball, surfing, barbecuing and some frisbee throwing), head to the ocean on your next double date!

California Adventure
Photograph: Sam Howzit/Flickr
Things to do

Head to an amusement park

Sometimes going to an amusement park like Knott's Berry Farm or Universal Studios seems like a hassle for just two people, but a group date somehow makes it all seem worth it. An added bonus: Now you'll have enough people for some of you to keep your place in line for the next ride while others grab the Dole Whip and hot dogs.

kalbi, soot bull jeep, koreatown, korean bbq
Photograph: Sara L

Share Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ is a communal, fun dining experience best done with a group. So if you're picking up something to eat on your double date, we suggest heading to one of these Korean BBQ spots—be sure to bring your appetite!

Speed Zone
Photograph: Courtesy Speed Zone
Things to do

Tap into your inner kid at Speed Zone

San Gabriel Valley

With four go-kart tracks, miniature golf courses, a mini bowling alley and an arcade of more than 100 video games, there's something for everyone at Speed Zone, so there's no way all parties of your double date won't have fun.

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