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.
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.
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.
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