Any Angeleno knows that a hike up Runyon Canyon followed by brunch is a patented So-Cal date move. But for those who want to avoid the beaten path (or, in this case, trail) these offbeat L.A date activities are sure to impress.
Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce
5574 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, 90038
If Dita Von Teese makes either of you quiver this burlesque club is the place for you. A 1920s throwback with plush velvet everything and nightly shows that are sure to wow, come for a drink and stay through the night to dance up a storm courtesy of tunes by a live jazz trio.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, 90232
(310) 836-6131, MJT.org
Make your dates eyes light up like a kid on Christmas at this magical, dream-like museum more likely to impart wonder than wisdom. A unique blend of fact and fiction a stroll through this eccentric space will be like traveling back in time – and a good bet for your future.
1301 Abbott Kiney Blvd, Venice, 90291
(310) 396-5122, NiteSpa.com
If she likes being pampered when the sun is up, chances are she won’t object to it when it sets. This funky Venice spa mixes drinks and a DJ spins all while pampering to your hearts content. With specialized treatments for men and women you’ll leave even happier than when you arrived.
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8221 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, 90046
(323) 656-1010, ChateauMarmont.com
Hollywood royalty have wined dined and wrecked havoc here for years but its mythic history is only part of its sexy, mysterious allure. Foliage surrounds the romantic outdoor candle-lit dining area allowing for plenty of canoodling while a late night dip in the pool is never out of the question. This is the perfect spot to begin a love affair.
140 Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, 90212
(800) 670-6182, Maison140BeverlyHills.com
Although not the most famous of Los Angeles’ many hotels, this Beverly Hills hideaway is perfect to hole up in for a weekend and just order room service. No two rooms are the same in this boutique.
Casa Del Mar Hotel
1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 90405
(310) 581-5533, HotelCasaDelMar.com
This sweeping beachside hotel was built in 1926 and is the perfect place to whisk someone off for the weekend. The sand, the surf, the sun and the four-poster beds in many of rooms make for a very romantic vacation.
Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Here are three hot spots that might deliver on the love of your life, and will definitely deliver on the love of tonight.
101 West 2nd St. #101, Los Angeles, 90012
(213) 631-0000, EdisonDowntown.com
Located in the first building in Los Angeles to generate its own electricity, this nightspot is nothing short of electric. Dance to great tunes and then escape with your partner to The Furnace (formerly the building’s boiler room) for supper club faves like to-die-for mac n’ cheese.
7746 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, 90046
Come to Winston’s to watch a decidedly Hollywood (and very attractive) crowd shake what it’s mama gave it at this chic lounge. Small and intimate with brick-exposed walls, sleek leather banquettes, sparkling chandelier and mirrored walls it is always dark and always crowded, making it the perfect place for a little debauchery.
6533 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 90028
(323) 871-8634, 86Hollywood.com
This new Hollywood speakeasy brings back the jazz age and along with it a whole lot of sexy. A dapper good looking crowd heads down the stairs to sip classic cocktails like grasshoppers and sazeracs and listen to a live band while eyeing one another.
ROMANTIC DINNER A DEUX
Food and sex are said to go hand-in-hand, especially at these romantic L.A. eateries.
2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, 90046
(323) 654-8583, PeaceInTheCanyon.com
The name of this delicious Italian translates to “Peace,” but it should be called aphrodisiac. Located in a hideaway tucked off of Laurel Canyon boulevard its porch dotted with candles ensures that everyone looks uber-attractive as they dine on delectable, inventive Italian fare.
The Little Door
8164 West Third St, Los Angeles, 90048
(323) 951-1210, TheLittleDoor.com
Huge wooden double doors hide a diner’s paradise at this romantic French-Med restaurant. The highlight is the outdoor patio featuring a cozy backlit bar, gothic chandeliers and a flowing fountains that make couples feel like they’ve left Los Angeles behind.
Lou on Vine
724 Vine St, Hollywood, 90038
(323) 962-6369, LouOnVine.com
This tiny dark restaurant that feels like an artsy friend’s quirky apartment features a small menu and an ever-changing wine list attracting couples and groups alike. For foodies and their mates this charmed Hollywood spot is the perfect place to settle in with a flight of wine and exchange kisses till closing.
Spice up your bedroom, your skin and your love life with these fabulous sexy shops.
Coco De Mer
8618 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, 90069
(310) 652-0311, CocoDeMerUSA.com
This West Hollywood outpost of the British sex/lingerie emporium is chic and inventive. Featuring its own line of gorgeous underthings, dressing rooms feature a camera allowing shoppers to take video of themselves wearing said delights and project them into another room where their significant others can watch through peep holes – giving the expression peeping Tom a whole new meaning.
The Pleasure Chest
7733 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, 90046
(323) 650-1022, ThePleasureChest.com
There is no sex shop with a better selection – from videos to magazines to lingerie to toys this mecca of the naughty has something for everyone and even offers classes for those who want to, uh, further their education.
Santa Maria Novella
8411 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 90069
If you’re looking for lotions, soaps and perfumes to delight the senses and seduce a certain someone, look no further than this tiny apothecary. Its hard to come by products are imported from Italy where they have been made for centuries in Florence at the world’s oldest pharmacy. For the boys there are luxury, old fashioned shaving kits that will excite even the most macho.