You are single or just met a girl in LA, but you’re clueless about the dating scene? LA dating has some not insignificant downsides. Everyone seems busy all the time, traffic is terrible, and people’s schedules are rarely compatible. Yet, you’d be happy to know there’s more good than bad. This guide to dating in Los Angeles might help you see that.
Make Friends First
Don’t be too focused on looking for a partner if you’re (still) at that stage. The odds aren’t in your favor, so try to improve them by making friends. This is one of the best ways to meet a girl. Find people you get on well and share interests with – chances are you’ll like their friends too.
Love Does not Always Transcend Barriers in LA
If you live in Highland Park but swipe right on someone in Santa Monica, the commute might leave you frustrated. Make sure you click because a bad date isn’t worth two hours in traffic in any way. Agree to meet in the middle or at least make sure the neighborhood has parking.
Don’t go to Just any Bar
There are lots of bars and clubs where you can meet someone or take them on a date if you’d rather do things the traditional way. They are typically busy, airy, hip, yet casual. Good ones are the Thirsty Crow, Everson Royce Bar, Block Party, and The Bungalow.
Great DJs and live music come together at Harvard and Stone, along with some mind-blowing novel cocktails. The World War II-themed two-story venue features suspender-clad bartenders and factory-like details. In the back, you’ll find a separate R&D bar, a great setting for a heart to heart talk.
Crowded clubs aren’t your thing? LA’s myriad of meetup groups will help you connect with people who share your interests. These include hobby- and area-specific Facebook groups. No matter your interest, there’s a group for it: comics, food, cooking, photography, hiking, and more.
An Original Date
Once you’re tired of the coffee and drinks bit, why not make a great impression on your girl by taking her to Black Rabbit Rose? They have fascinating magic shows augmented by splendid cocktails. You’ll be delighted by the rotating cast. One good way to see if you’re compatible is by taking her to an escape room, but they’re not for everyone. On the plus side, you can solve interesting puzzles together. If either of you is claustrophobic, however, you could be scarred for life. It’s best to go for neutral territory like a historical walking or architectural tour.
Whether single or in a relationship, spend your time doing things you enjoy. Sitting at home is a waste of time in a lively, vibrant city like Los Angeles. If all else fails, pay Hollywood’s Museum of Broken Relationships a visit. That should cheer you up.