Calling all red-blooded Angelenos 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. In love with L.A.? So are we! So this Valentine’s Day in L.A., what’s better than being in love with your city, with someone you love? Nothing.
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The best Valentine’s Day date ideas in L.A.
So you’ve got a Valentine, but now you need to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day date. Whether this is also your first date (ballsy) or that engagement ring has been on your finger for years, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show your significant other just how much they mean to you. So be thankful you’re not spending the day at a singles bar and start planning an epic time with these local Valentine’s Day date ideas. RECOMMENDED: Get more Valentine’s Day ideas here
The best date ideas in Los Angeles
Whether you’re already in the wedding planning stages with your significant other or are trying to woo someone new, there are so many date ideas in Los Angeles that it can be overwhelming. Here’s our guide to planning the best night out, from cheap and easy dates to some of the most romantic restaurants in L.A.
Best wedding proposal ideas in Los Angeles
Coming up with perfect wedding proposal ideas is tough—they need to be romantic, but not too cheesy. Special, but not over-thought. Do you do it in an intimate setting or a grand gesture? Luckily, there are tons of lovey-dovey things to do in Los Angeles, whether you want to pop the question at a romantic restaurant, on one the best beaches in LA or even at a comedy club. To help you make the best of it, here are our best wedding proposal ideas in LA that are sure to make your partner swoon. RECOMMENDED: A guide to wedding planning in Los Angeles
Valentine’s Day events and things to do for singles
Solo on V-Day? Whether you’re happily single, just dumped or dating long-distance, check out our list of Valentine's Day events and things to do where it’s alright to be a party of one (or a party of many, if you round up your untethered pals for a friend date) on February 14. Step away from that singles bar and check out these things to do for singles instead. RECOMMENDED: See more Valentine’s Day ideas in Los Angeles
5 ideas for celebrating Galentine’s Day in L.A. with your bestie
Lovers come and go, which is probably why at some point we decided to embrace a holiday devoted to the platonic loves of your life, Galentine’s Day (unofficially February 13, but we’re down to celebrate any day). Whether or not you have a significant other/first date/reliable friends-with-benefits to spend Valentine’s Day with, it’s important to give some love to the ones who’ll listen to you complain about said date without any judgment. If you’re looking for the ideal way to celebrate your lady friends this year, we’ve rounded up a few options that are sure to provide some seriously quality girl time. What: A Day of Pampering Where: Burke Williams Spa (925 N La Brea Ave) When: Whenever! Why: Couples massages are cool, but when it comes to primping, is there anyone better to get buffed and puffed with than your BFF? We didn’t think so. The luxurious and legendary Burke Williams spa is the perfect place to primp whether or not you’ve got a V-Day date in your future. We suggest the spa’s eco-friendly steam pedicure or pure relaxation massage. For a little extra incentive to spend your Galentine’s Day here, when you book a treatment that’s $75 or more, you also get access to amenities like a whirlpool, steam room and sauna. You’ll leave here a totally new women. What: Kittens & Cocktails Mixer Where: Individual Medley (3176 Glendale Blvd) When: Sunday, February 11 from 3 to 6pm Why: Kittens and cocktails? Okay, we’ll elaborate: The expertly curated Atwater Village boutique is bringing in a few furry friends from local rescue organization Luxe Paws to cuddle and kiss—yup, in a kitten kissing booth!—plus beverages to sip while you shop. To make things even sweeter (if that’s even possible), a portion of sales made during the event will go directly to Luxe Paws. Photograph: Courtesy Luxe Paws What: Lingerie Shopping Party Where: Botanica Workshop Studio (6189 N Figueroa St) When: Saturday, February 10 from noon to 6pm (reception 6 to 8pm) Why: We know that “lingerie shopping” probably sounds more like a traditional Valentine’s Day errand, but hear us out. Local, sustainable, and oh-so-comfy intimates brand Botanica Workshop is opening its Highland Park studio for a public shopping party (including a section of discounted pieces) where in addition to perusing the organic cotton bralettes, recycled nylon swimwear, tie-dyed silk slips and more, you and your bestie can pick up chic kitchen goods (cookbooks, wood bowls, ceramics) from web shop Tenzo. If you RSVP, you can also enjoy complimentary treats, including crudité, black sesame chocolate cake and wine. Now who’s going with us? What: Watercolor Workshop Where: Makers Mess (602 N Hoover St) When: Tuesday, February 13 from 7 to 9pm (enroll by February 12) Why: If shopping and spas aren’t your thing, how about a little DIY night? Silver Lake’s creative hub Makers Mess is hosting a watercolor card workshop where you can get crafty and whip up your own valentines for your boo, your mom or even your dog (we’re not judging). Photograph: Courtesy Makers Mess What: Glam Grooming Where: Bumble Hive LA (8441 Melrose Pl) When: Wednesday, February 14 from 4pm to 7pm Why: Even though this technically falls on Valentine’s Day, brining your BFF to Bumble’s pop-up space on Melrose for complimentary hair and makeup touch-ups courtesy of Birchbox (book yours here) seems like the perfect way to spend the day—regardless of plans for romance for later. While you’re getting spruced up, you can build your very own Birchboxes with a little help from the brand’s creative directors Sara and Erin Foster, who you probably already follow on Instagram. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
The best bars for singles in L.A.
Dating in L.A. can be just as tough as being single in L.A., but there are plenty of other Angelenos riding solo who feel your pain. From beachside hangouts to stiff-drink happy-hour spots, L.A.’s bars are full of other singles ready to mingle. We’ve done some hopping around at the city’s buzziest watering holes—namely, some of the best beer bars, hotel bars and cocktail bars—to bring you the scoop on the where singles dating in L.A. can find Mr. or Ms. Right (or, let’s be honest, your next hookup). RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in Los Angeles
The best gay bars and clubs in Los Angeles
When it comes to gay bar and club options in Los Angeles, there’s lots to choose from—and not just in rainbow-dipped WeHo. To help you pick the best spots for dancing, boozing, flirting and cruising in Hollywood, Silver Lake and beyond, check out this list of our favorite gay bars and clubs in L.A.—there are even Pasadena, Venice and Valley options, for those sick of the WeHo scene. Now get out there, tiger.