Here in L.A., it’s possible to have an ideal night out, no matter the status of your relationship.
If You’re Living the Single Life
Never mind the name—there’s no place better at turning strangers into not strangers than this rollicking-but-classy Hollywood piano bar known for group karaoke and late-night sing-alongs. Does the sexy singleton belting out Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” have the potential to be your lifelong duet partner? Take a shot, grab the mic, and see where the evening takes you.
If You’re Going on a First Date
Picking a first-date spot is a subtle art form: The place should be sophisticated but not stuffy; bustling but not crowded; lively but with quiet nooks for cozying up. Echo Park’s seductive and shockingly unpretentious craft beer and natural wine bar checks every box. Plus, the selection of vinos and suds is eclectic and (more importantly)
If You’re in a Committed Relationship
When you’re in it for the long haul, but not so in it that you’re coadopting a dog, you’ll want a bar that feels less like a pickup joint and more like your personal Cheers. Toast to monogamy at this sophisticated hideaway in Koreatown, known for its superb classic cocktails done with a little twist (there’s coconut-infused bourbon and apple brandy in the Old-Fashioned). Afterward, stumble into Cassell’s next door and share a late night patty melt.
If You’ve Hit a Major Milestone
Significant anniversaries call for a bougie meal with a side of champs. Get the best of both at Neal Fraser’s DTLA cathedral-turned-restaurant, where dinner kicks off with an “amuse booze” and ends with a Turkish coffee. Ignore the outrageous markup, and pop for a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé champagne ($162) to sip in between; it pairs perfectly with everlasting love.
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