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10 Best Places in L.A. For a First Date

10 Best Places in L.A. For a First Date
Courtesy of Dave Welch

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Coffee dates are the worn-in blue jeans of the dating world: about as unoriginal as a third date at a sushi bar, but still used as the comfortable, familiar fallback of choice for an outing you've been on more times you care to admit. You (and the person you're meeting) can do better. Los Angeles has other, sometimes just-as-affordable locales to get to know a potential new paramour.

LACMA's Urban Lights
LACMA's Urban Lights
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10. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Meet under LACMA's Urban Lights display on Wilshire Boulevard and head inside to check out the art (the museum has free general admission on certain days), see a film or play, or listen to free concerts during the Sundays Live events. Afterward, get some drinks at the on-premises Stark Bar. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile. (323) 857-6197. More information: www.lacma.org.

10 Best Places in L.A. For a First Date
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9. First Fridays at Abbot Kinney

Because even if things don't go so well that you're picking out artwork for your future abode, you can still make small talk over people watching and food trucks at this monthly gathering on Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard. From 6 to 10 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Check out this slideshow for more photos of First Fridays.

10 Best Places in L.A. For a First Date
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8. Santa Monica Pier

Yes, it's cheesy and a bit old-fashioned, but an early evening stroll along the Santa Monica Pier with milk shakes or churros can invoke the ideas of young love and open opportunities. Ocean Ave and Colorado Blvd, Santa Monica. More information: santamonicapier.org.

10 Best Places in L.A. For a First Date
Liz Ohanesian

7. Blipsy Barcade

Think you got game? Put it to the test and see if you can find your princess (or prince) is in this Koreatown castle of arcade games and PBR tallboys. 369 N. Western Ave., Koreatown. (323) 461-7067. More information in L.A. Weekly's Squid Ink blog.

10 Best Places in L.A. For a First Date
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6. Wine tasting at Silverlake Wine

See how many senses take flight at one of Silverlake Wine's regular wine tasting events. If things go well, buy a bottle to share someplace more secluded. 2395 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake. (323) 662-9024. More information: silverlakewine.com.

10 Best Places in L.A. For a First Date
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5. The Last Bookstore

Pop in for a reading or performance at downtown's The Last Bookstore. Or wander the stacks to find some prose or music (the store also sells vinyl records) worth enjoying together. 435 S. Spring St., dwntwn. (213) 488-0599. More information: lastbookstorela.com.

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
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4. Griffith Park

Go for a hike or bike ride through this sprawling Los Feliz park. Not quite ready to sweat in front of each other? Stick to the zoo, the train ride or the merry-go-round. Or simply enjoy an afternoon picnic. 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Feliz. (323) 913-4688. More information: laparks.org.

Upright Citizens Brigade
Upright Citizens Brigade
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3. ASSSSCAT at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

Granted, a night of improv comedy isn't everyone's idea of a barrel of laughs. But if you and your date are the type of people who enjoy watching professional and up-and-coming comedic actors get themselves in awkward situations for the amusement of others, then this event at UCB Theatre is worth the wait in line. Afterward, head to nearby Birds Café and Bar for a post-show debriefing over pints and chicken wings. 5919 Franklin Ave., Los Feliz. (323) 908-8702. More information: losangeles.ucbtheatre.com.

10 Best Places in L.A. For a First Date
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2. L.A. Derby Dolls

Leave Staples Center to the celebrities and paparazzi. To really cheer on some hometown heroes, consider an outing to the Doll Factory, the L.A. Derby Dolls' banked track headquarters in downtown. Treat it like a Texas A&M football game and share a kiss every time the Dolls score. 1910 W. Temple Ave., Echo Park. (310) 285-3766. More information: derbydolls.com/la.

10 Best Places in L.A. For a First Date
Courtesy of Dave Welch

1. Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club

For a date that's really the bee's knees, spend the night on the dance floor at the Cicada's old-fashioned supper club in downtown. And if the date doesn't go well, you're at the perfect place to find a new dance partner. 617 S. Olive St., dwntwn. (213) 488-9488. More information: cicadaclub.com.

See also:

*10 Best L.A. Art Galleries For Partying

*10 Oddball L.A. Museums Worth Seeing

*10 Places in L.A. to Draw Nude Models

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Maxwell DeMille's Cicada Club

617 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

213-488-9488

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The Doll Factory

1910 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

310-285-3766

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L.A. Derby Dolls

1910 W. Temple Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

310-285-3766

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The Last Bookstore

453 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

213-488-0599

www.lastbookstorela.com

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Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-913-4688

www.laparks.orgdosparksgriffithPK

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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-644-4200

www.lazoo.org

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Silverlake Wine

2395 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039-3300

323-662-9024

www.silverlakewine.com

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Birds

5925 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

323-465-0175

www.birdshollywood.com

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Abbot Kinney Blvd.

1507 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90291

310-396-3772

www.abbotkinney.org

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Blipsy Barcade

369 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

323-461-7067


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