Los Angeles is well known for its diverse nightlife scene that includes energetic nightclubs, sophisticated lounges and secretive speakeasies that draw in visitors from all around the world. If you’re looking for a place to take that special someone for an intimate night out, narrowing down the perfect spot for a cozy night of drinks and conversation can be a tedious task. Duck into any of these cozy destinations to enjoy a warm, snuggly escape with your sweetheart.
Enjoy a night in Paris at this beautiful French-inspired bar in Downtown LA. Romance will be in the air with aged wooden accents and unique balcony seating perfect for people watching. Drinks made with seasonal ingredients will keep you refreshed in this elegant, refined space.
No More Heroes
This inviting neighborhood bar will make for the perfect date with a chic interior and friendly crowd. Inspired by music legends as modern-day heroes, you’ll be singing along to their playlist as you get to know your date night companion.
While the marquee in front often claims there’s “Nothing to see here,” there’s definitely an environment to enjoy once you pass through the curtains to Delilah. Make a reservation to cozy up over their delicious plates or grab a seat at the bar to whisper sweet nothings over drinks.
Head to Koreatown to check out this unassuming supperclub lounge with an elegant interior for drinks and dancing. Reserve a table for cocktails and bites during the week or get in close with your date on the dance floor during their energetic weekends.
Sunset & Vinyl
You’d never suspect a worthy bar to live atop a chain pizza place, but Sunset & Vinyl offers up an intimate, vintage escape for you and your beaux to get to know each other. Don’t worry about yelling over loud music here, the record player always has a new album playing to act as the perfect soundtrack to your night.
This neighborhood gem taps into West Hollywood history as its inspiration comes from being built on the site of a former train station. Snuggle up with a table for food inside the dining car-like interior or embrace a sunny day with craft cocktails on the outdoor patio.
One of Downtown LA’s favorites, this library-themed spot is great for ducking in on date night with a loved one. The dimly lit ambiance gives the feel of a vintage hideaway with plenty of books to browse if you’re in the mood.
Bibo Ergo Sum
With a name like “I drink therefore I am,” Bibo Ergo Sum’s award-winning cocktails are perfect to sip during your date night conversation. The knowledgeable bar staff will make you a quality concoction with the modern yet nostalgic décor bringing an added touch of sophistication to the space.
If you haven’t been to The Hudson, you’ve surely driven by with its prime location in the heart of West Hollywood. The nonchalant wooden building is home to a grub-worthy food menu along with a selection of microbrew beers that give you and your sweetheart plenty of options for a buzz.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find this sophisticated hidden gem tucked in the back of a hookah bar in West Hollywood. You’re sure to impress your date as the doorman walks you through a secret entrance to the marbled, contemporary space featuring a menu of innovative cocktails.
The Walker Inn
Make a reservation for a special night out at this Koreatown hot spot concealed inside of The Normandie Club. The attention to detail in the space is unmatched with their one-of-a-kind, smokey and mysterious drinks helping you cozy up in this award-winning lounge.
If you’re split between staying in to watch the game or taking your date out for the night, get the best of both worlds by visiting West Hollywood’s 40 Love. Their elegant take on a sports lounge means you’ll get to enjoy a chic night out with your date all while cheering on your favorite team.
Here and Now
The perfect place to break the ice on a first date in the Downtown Arts District, Here and Now’s welcoming environment is sure to calm any first date nerves along with sipping from their menu of LA-inspired craft cocktails.
You’ll be instantly transported to the study of a 19th Century English home when you enter into The Wellesbourne in West LA. Cuddle up by the fireplace with the surrounding walls of books and authentic English décor putting you in the mood for date night.
Know Where Bar
An unsuspecting East Hollywood hideaway, you’ll step into Know Where Bar and feel right at home with their inviting tropical, retro design. Duck in from the night’s weather and settle into the bar where you’ll find a menu of cocktails worth tasting.
The Nice Guy
Known for its “no photos” policy that attracts a clientele of high profile guests, you’ll be able to connect with your sweetheart uninterrupted when you make a reservation at The Nice Guy. Their American dining menu provides some comfort food to balance out the refined design.
In Sheeps Clothing
As the mysterious title suggests, you’d never suspect this lounge existed due to its unassuming entrance tucked inside of a pizza place Downtown. Drop by with a music-loving date as the space is focused on the sounds emitting from the record player behind the bar. Keep your voices down in this cool, vintage spot that’s sure to bring music to your ears.
Black Rabbit Rose
Add a spark to your date by watching one of Black Rabbit Rose’s magic shows in the intimate, 1930s-inspired theater space. You’ll be concealed in the darkness of the audience as you watch performers on stage, or can also grab a craft cocktail in the softly-lit adjoining lounge.
Head to the back of the historic Cole’s French Dip in Downtown LA to find The Varnish hiding behind the door of an old storage closet. This classic speakeasy-style hideaway is perfect for an cozy, rendezvous over drinks.
If you’ve got a taste for tacos and tequila, El Carmen has both along with a cozy atmosphere for sparks to fly. Choose from their unique variety of margarita flavors as you lean into your date over a shared taste of their signature plates.
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