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Two on the Town
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Two on the Town

Thursday January 30, 2020

Grab your boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or a promising first date and head to Downtown LA for an unforgettable night of romance. From dancing and dining to snuggling and strolling, there's something for every heart in DTLA. Here are a few ideas to impress your recent crush or dazzle your one true love.

Chairs at The Edison
After-dinner drink at The Edison

A Romantic Walk

This romantic Downtown LA walk actually begins with a flight. The famed "shortest railway in the world", Angels Flight, takes the amorously inclined up 298 feet from S. Hill Street, across from Grand Central Market, to Bunker Hill. From there, it's a short stroll to the aptly named Grand Avenue, home to two world-class art galleries - MOCA and The Broad. Besides free admission at both, the art within (and without) is sure to inspire sparks and insight that will bring any couple closer together. After broadening your creative horizons and stealing kisses next to a Basquiat, stroll next door to the architectural wonder of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and treat yourself to an intimate meal for two at what many consider to be the best French restaurant in Los Angeles – Patina. With a sumptuous dinner behind you, take a stroll through the adjacent 12-acre Grand Park and gaze at the fountains before ending up at the electric and inventive, The Edison. This warm and welcoming speakeasy owes its illuminated industrial décor and mechanical artifacts to its previous life as a power plant – and boasts high-voltage cocktails to match.

Desserts at Bottega Louie
Handmade desserts at Bottega Louie

A Classic Pairing + Dessert

Ah, yes. The good old fashioned "Dinner and a Movie." The can't-fail Date Night combo takes on a new meaning at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at THE BLOC in Downtown LA. The wildly popular cinema chain is a one-stop solution for couples looking for a great movie and tasty dinner without navigating miles of driving and centimeters of parking. Located a couple hundred yards from the 7th St./Metro Center Station, getting here is a safe and easy breeze. Settle in and get comfy and close and watch one of the leading independent films or critically acclaimed Hollywood blockbusters while you enjoy a delicious dinner and a quality cocktail or craft beer delivered directly to your seat. After the film, make the short walk to the bustling DTLA favorite Bottega Louie for a hand-made dessert or a perfectly balanced cappuccino to close out the night with the one you love.

Dancers at the Cicada Restaurant and Club
The Cicada Restaurant and Club features classic big band orchestras

In The Mood for Music

If it's music that puts the beat in your feet, then DTLA is playing your song. Downtown LA boasts a rich range of musical venues perfect for the high-octane couple looking to set a dance floor alight or the more subdued duo hankering for some cheek-to-cheek dancing to old-timey classics. Take your footwork up a couple hundred notches and slide into the sleek, stylish, and unique Elevate. This 21st floor penthouse ultra-lounge spins popular dance hits and current hip-hop favorites in a high-fashion, upscale environment that overlooks the dazzling lights of Downtown LA. The glossy, sumptuously lit space offers private seating, bottle service, and a chance to forget the world below. Or put a little swing in your step at the 1930's inspired The Cicada Restaurant and Club, where classic big band orchestras fill the floor and glamour and grandeur are the order of the night. Surrounded by Art Deco opulence and a cool retro vibe, you'll want to dress to impress so you can dance yourself into the past in style! Whatever your melody and wherever your rhythm, Downtown LA has just the tune for any couple. Besides, you can hold hands and trade amorous whispers later; you've got some dancing to do!

Looking for more fun things to do in DTLA with the one that you love? Explore the Entertainment, Arts & Culture section of and find the perfect way for a couple to make the most of Downtown LA!