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Los Angeles is a great city but it’s not always easy to find the best of what it has to offer. That’s why I created this site – to share my discoveries about the best of Los Angeles with you.

There are already tons of restaurant review sites and sites covering attractions in L.A. But, when you go on a date, there are a lot of important factors that are often not covered.  For example, what else is there to do in the immediate area?  What is the ambiance like?  What is the parking situation like?  Is the restaurant too noisy for conversation?

While restaurant review sites do a good job of describing the food, they often neglect these factors.  Maybe the food is awesome, but maybe the parking is a nightmare. So, logistics on a date are very important on a date.

I believe that a great date moves from one fun place to the next, preferably without the hassle of driving and parking.  Maybe you’ll start with dinner, then go to a different place for dessert or drinks, then see some attractions nearby or do some activity, like playing pool, or going dancing, or sitting on a beach at night.  So, I try to give date itineraries, not just a single date idea.

Second, I believe that ambiance is really important. Yes, good food at a restaurant is awesome, but if the ambiance sucks, it can be a mood-killer unless you’re prepared for it.  And yes, sometimes it’s great to get some great ethnic food at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, but you will want to know in advance that it’s a hole-in-the-wall and prepare accordingly!

Finally, I believe that on a date, you need a mix of interesting sights and activities along with some quiet time to talk.  That’s why I think a movie, by itself, is a bad way to get to know someone.  So are loud dance clubs.  I think the most successful dates are ones where you can walk around and experience cool and interesting things, and learn more about each other.

I hope these ideas are helpful, and please leave your thoughts and suggestions as well.  I’d love to hear your great L.A. date ideas!

If you’d like to contact me, please comment below. You can find me on Instagram with more date ideas at brianshimla.

Thanks,
Brian

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Rae
Rae
8 months ago

Hey Brian! I have a boat in Long Beach that I started sharing with my neighbors for date nights during Covid lockdowns. It’s now evolved to a sunset wine date experience that I share with everyone. The boat doesn’t move. Just a change of venue to enjoy beautiful ocean views, wine, cheese, and listen to chill music with your partner! I think your readers will enjoy. Check out http://www.sunkissedmermaidtheboat.com

Sarah Hollenbeck
2 years ago

Hey Brian,

I wanted to reach out because I recently helped create a post on the most romantic fast food chains and other Valentine’s Day trends across the nation that I thought you might be interested in covering. You can read more here: https://postmates.com/featured/35a5ec68-0d9d-4ac5-b7f1-169fe623a569

Let me know if you are interested in covering or would like some custom copy sent your way!

Sarah

Author
2 years ago

Hi Brian,

We’d like to introduce you to ArtBar LA, the chill new spot in Los Angeles for art and music lovers.

ArtBarLA is a space for creative celebration located in Mar Vista! It is the best of what the Los Angeles art world has to offer, showcasing the work of all types of creatives. There is always an art exhibit on view in our gallery, where you can dance to the beat of artistic inspiration AND that of the DJ! ArtBarLA is a gathering place for the community, innovators and free thinkers in the art world. ArtBarLA is an open space for open minds. This sense of openness and innovation will bring something to the art world Los Angeles has yet to experience.

ArtBarLA is a delight to the senses, not limited to sight and sound, but taste as well. We have partnered with local breweries to provide fine artisan craft beers which can be consumed straight from the tap or bottle or enjoyed in a tasty beer cocktail. All beverages will be savored in our unique setting. Guests can sit back and relax in our whimsical bar and lounge area. Every piece of eclectic furniture has been carefully curated to provide a fun, playful experience.

ArtBar LA
https://www.artbarla.com/
12017 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
310-881-9312
Open Mon-Sat 4pm-2am
Open Sunday 11am-2am

Brian Shim
2 years ago
Reply to  Author

Thanks for commenting! I’ll try to check it out some time!

Best,
Brian

Omar
4 years ago

Hi Brian!

Our escape room is hosting a Singles Event this Sunday (Aug 12) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. I was wondering if you can post it on your events list! Thanks!

(let me know if you want a pic or video to go along with the posting) Thankssss!

https://www.theexitgame.com/singles-escape

Brian Shim
4 years ago
Reply to  Omar

Hi Omar,

Looks great, thanks for posting! Please feel free to share it on my Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/ladateideas/

Best,
Brian

daniela bommer
4 years ago

Hi Brian,
Thank you for such a great site! I’d love to have your viewers explore the art of ballroom dancing as a date night.

The Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Sherman Oaks, Ca is offering a complimentary evening of ballroom dancing for newcomers every Thursday from 8:30pm-10:00pm. Fun patterns and turns in dances like Salsa, Swing, Tango. These dances are taking over Los Angeles and when better to learn then summer. Exercise, meet new people and mingle to the most popular music and dances.

For them to rsvp they only need to call us at 818-78-Dance or visit our website http://www.arthurmurraythebest.com

Thank you again for such a great site. We know you have many options but if we get lucky enough to get an article on your website we will definitely share in all our networks. Have a great Thursday!

SD Museum of Art
SD Museum of Art
4 years ago

The San Diego Museum of Art is offering an enchanting way to celebrate romance this Valentine’s Day with an after-hours, love-themed art tour, gourmet picnic for two and live poetry performances. I’ve included all the details below for consideration in upcoming Valentine’s Day/events coverage.

Love-themed Art Tour: This after-hours, docent-led tour showcases the Museum’s most romantic and love-filled works of art. The works featured span centuries and geographies, including romantic works from the Edward Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings and exquisite engravings featuring the romantic entanglements of the gods and goddesses of the Greek and Roman pantheons.
Gourmet Picnic Basket: Following the tour dé romance, enjoy a romantic picnic basket meal for two at Panama 66, the restaurant located at the Museum’s sculpture garden. The picnics include gourmet sandwiches, a cheese or vegan plate, cookies and a bottle of wine or craft beer.
Live Poetry Performances: Relax in the sculpture garden while performers from the San Diego Shakespeare Society recite sonnets and passages–the most passionate ever written.

The after-hours art tours begin at 5:30 p.m., with the tour being offered every half hour until 7:30 p.m (exclusively on Feb. 14). The cost for the event is $110 for members and $125 for nonmembers; passes can be ordered through the Museum’s website.

Brian
4 years ago

Thanks for sharing! You might want to post this on this article:
https://www.ladateideas.com/best-san-diego-date-ideas/

Best,
Brian

Tyrone Brown
Tyrone Brown
4 years ago

Hi Brian,

This is all great stuff on your site! I’m working on a mobile app for sharing and discovering date ideas and would like to feature some of your ideas for our Los Angeles users if you don’t mind. Each entry would include a reference to this site, the article title and will include links back to each article. Please contact me at tyrone@partyof2app.com if interested. Thanks a lot!

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago

Hi Brian,

Do you have any recent articles?

Karen Cheung
7 years ago

Hi Brian!

I love your ideas on date nights, especially the Hollywood Bowl one. I believe a great date moves from one place to another as well without the hassle of parking and driving. This is where Luxe comes in – we make parking easy for you. Luxe is an on demand valet parking service that allows you to request your own personal valet via our mobile app, basically a parking spot in your pocket! Please contact for me for info, I’d love for you to try us out!

Look forward to connecting soon.

Best,
Karen

Karen Cheung
7 years ago
Reply to  Karen Cheung

Please contact me at kcheung@luxe.com if you’re interested.

Thanks!
Karen

TC
TC
7 years ago

Thank you for your site. I’ve been compiling mini lists for awhile. Glad someone was thoughtful enough to share with a large audience. I’ll be visiting often and letting my friends know about this!

Damien
7 years ago

Hi Brian

I reached out to you before to thank you for featuring my company, but I had another idea. If you’re interested I could offer a discount for our City Lights Tour to your subscribers/readers. It’s a night tour and I think it would be a great activity for a date. For details look on our website.

Let me know if you’re interested.

Thanks

Damien

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