Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Naturally restaurants are a top destination, and I’ll share my picks, but for those seeking something a little different, take a look at my list below for some inspiration!
Tango at the Station! Union Station in DTLA
7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Metro Art Los Angeles presents a special evening of tango for Valentine’s Day in Union Station’s Historic Ticketing Hall! A free tango lesson will be followed by a milonga (tango social dancing), accompanied by live orchestra Tangótico, led by Matias Piegari and dance performances by Carlos Barrionuevo and Mayte Valdes.
7:30pm Doors open
8:00pm Dance lesson
9:00pm Tangótico + Milonga continues
Comedy Store – Valentine’s Day with Pauly Shore
The ultimate romantic comedy experience, the Main Room at The Comedy Store is one of the best showrooms in the country, with 14 of the Best of the Best in one big show. The original showroom of the famed Ciro’s nightclub, Mitzi Shore (Pauly Shore’s mother) transformed the Main Stage into a showcase for the highest caliber talent in the country. Sit back and enjoy a night of uproarious laughter with 300 of your new closest friends.
Valentine’s Day Dinner and (Swing) Dance
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
As part of their 100th anniversary celebration, Grand Central Market hosts a Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dance that recalls the romance of yesteryear. Dance the night away to the scintillating sounds of swing band, Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five featuring Hilary Alexander and enjoy menu specials sure to put you in the mood for love. You can even pick up a corsage for your sweetie from the Glasswing Floral and couples in retro finery can vie for the award for the best dressed duo.
Best part: No reservations necessary!
The Lady & The Tramp and The Notebook
Calling all movie lovers! Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day watching a classic romantic movie in a historic theatre? Take your pick from Lady & the Tramp to The Notebook!
From February 10-19, the classic The Lady & The Tramp will run at various times at the famed El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Book tickets in advance starting at $13 for a reserved seat or one of the VIP tickets at $22 includes VIP Preferred Seat, Popcorn in a El Capitan Theatre Souvenir Popcorn Tub & 20 oz. Drink.
Should The Notebook be more of your style, check out their showing on the 14th at 9 pm. General Admission tickets are $33. Or skip the ticket line, relax in reserved seating, and get a free photobooth print with a Premium Ticket for $85.
The Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at The Museum of Broken Relationships
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
This year’s anti-V-Day-bash will offer guests evening access to all of MOBR’s exhibits plus a fantastic assortment of entertainment that’s sure to make you forget about this whole true love thing. The festivities will include:
– DJ’s spinning anti-love anthems all night long.
– Food trucks Pico House and The NoMad Truck will be on hand with delicious bites for sale.
– A cash bar.
– A ‘wall o’ break-ups’ where visitors can offer testimonials of lost love (and even Instagram said messages if they choose).
– A special raffle with prizes from the MOBR gift shop.
– Hands down the most ‘anti’ Anti-Valentine’s Day atmosphere in L.A.
Tickets are just $27, and include one complimentary drink ticket per entry. Adventurous spirits will come alone, and even MORE daring souls might bring a date 😉
Concierge Picks for Most Romantic Restaurants
OK, so you’ve decided you want to go the traditional route of a dinner reservation. Perfect! The following are my picks for the most romantic restaurants in LA, but book fast as Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!
The Little Door specializes in French-Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy dinner surrounded by candlelight and excellent wine.
Il Piccolino is a hidden gem in LA. Known by the locals for its authentic Italian cuisine tucked away off of Robertson Blvd.
Gracias Madre’s beautiful patio makes it an ideal destination for Valentine’s Day. Their incredible vegan Mexican menu means you can keep it light at dinner. But don’t skimp on the drinks, as their cocktail selection is noteworthy.
Il Cielo is always at the top of the list for most romantic dining in LA. This Italian date spot is known as for its sparkly lights and delicious menu.