Apr 20, 2024

Best Bars in LA for a First Date

Welcome to our guide on navigating Los Angeles' bar scene for an unforgettable first date. From cozy speakeasies to trendy rooftop bars, LA offers a variety of options to elevate your experience. These establishments are known for their entertainment, delicious cocktails, and intimate settings perfect for a first date.

Rhythm Room

Location: DTLA

Rhythm Room sets the stage for an engaging and unforgettable evening, ideal for getting to know someone! This underground speakeasy bar and lounge offers more than just cocktails—it's a playground of entertainment. Guests can challenge each other to games of pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, foosball, or even a round of Pictionary. Live performances by bands and jazz acts from Thursday to Sunday add a dynamic flair to the atmosphere. With its spacious layout, there's ample room to explore and have meaningful conversations, ensuring a pleasant experience throughout the night.


Bar Bohemian 

Location: Culver City

Perched atop Citizen Public Market, Bar Bohemian serves as an exquisite cocktail sanctuary. Indoors, the ambiance exudes cozy candlelit intimacy, while the outdoor patio offers a picturesque setting. Renowned for its avant-garde craft cocktail menu, Bar Bohemian even crafts personalized concoctions. Below, the market hosts enticing dining options ranging from fresh oysters to hand-pulled noodles. Nestled in the energetic downtown Culver area, it's surrounded by an array of bars and stores, inviting guests to explore and bop to their next destination.


Bodega Wine Bar

Location: Santa Monica

Bodega Wine Bar offers a relaxed and bubbly atmosphere with a great energy to kick off a first date. By day, it charms as a work focused coffee bar and transitions into an inviting wine haven as the afternoon unfolds. Beyond its impressive wine selection, Bodega also offers sake, soju, and beer. Specials include a great happy hour, Sunday Trivia night, and ½ off pizzas Monday night!



Location: DTLA

One of the best premier LA rooftop lounges can be found at Perch. With breathtaking views, upscale scenery accentuated by cozy fire pits, it is truly a tasteful and classy date vibe. Live music serenades guests every evening at 7pm with DJ’S taking over on the weekends. Perch offers multiple dining menus from brunch to a tempting late night menu. Below the rooftop, a beautiful main dining area awaits, complementing the venue’s allure. Nearby is also the Last Bookstore, one of the biggest used and new bookstores with art exhibits and gift stores. 


Lolo Wine Bar

Location: East Hollywood

Lolo stands out as a beacon of taste and sophistication in the realm of wine bars. Boasting one of the city's most extensive wine lists, it's a haven for dining enthusiasts, offering delightful selections including tantalizing orange wines paired with freshly crafted pastas. With a keen eye for detail, Lolo cultivates an ambiance of refinement and exclusivity, making it the perfect setting for intimate gatherings and small groups seeking privacy. Renowned for its upscale and sleek environment, this exquisite bar is also a celebrity hotspot.


Gran Blanco

Location: Venice

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in a relaxed boho vibe, Gran Blanco is the perfect Mediterranean getaway. Indulge in delectable late-night plates and a refreshing oasis of drinks. Situated near the Venice boardwalk, it's the ideal starting point for a night out, just steps away from the bustling nightlife. With its boho ambiance and stylish decor, Gran Blanco provides the ultimate setting to unwind and forge connections over leisurely lounging and conversation.


Spare Room

Location: Hollywood

At The Spare Room, sophistication meets playfulness in an elegant cocktail lounge and captivating gaming parlor. Here, two vintage bowling lanes and handcrafted board games add an extra layer of entertainment to your experience as you savor their award-winning craft cocktails. The ambiance is a blend of comfort and refinement, with upscale seating complemented by rustic woods and sumptuous leathers, setting the stage for an intimate and memorable evening.


The Phoenix Bar & Restaurant

Location: Beverly Grove

This hidden late night spot is an excellent date spot if you’re looking for some fun with a hint of privacy. The softly lit whisky bar leads to a beautiful and spacious outdoor patio. The Phoenix is a neighborhood favorite and always sets the tone for a lively night of revelry and connection. 


Blind Barber

Location: Highland Park, Culver City

Blind Barber serves as a barbershop in the day and a trendy speakeasy by night. It is popular amongst big cities like New York and Chicago, with two amazing locations in LA. The Highland Park location gives a hip and trendy aesthetic accompanied by comfy retro booths and a mid-century themed lounge area. The Culver location with red and yellow hues creates an understated late night getaway. Both are ideal for a date night with ample room to take a seat or join the dancefloor. 


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