1st date

Curious where to go on a 1st date in LA? Three Day Rule’s Matchmakers compiled a list by neighborhood to take out the guessing. We also suggest to avoid coffee and restaurant chains, and choose somewhere with “mood” lighting if it’s an evening date. We all look better with a soft glow. If given the option, choose a corner booth or bar seats where you’re not directly across a table from each other like an interview. And when in doubt, one glass of wine or espresso somewhere dimly lit and classy is always a safe bet.

zinqueVenice/Santa Monica
Zinque Wine & Coffee Bar
The Misfit (great for happy hour)
Bodega Wine Bar
The Brilliantshine (craft cocktails)
Intelligentsia Coffee
Urth Caffe to go and walk on the beach

El Segundo/Playa Del Rey
Cinco
The Tripel
Playa Provisions (bar, cafe, and restaurant)

Culver City
The Alley Behind Fin (craft cocktails)
Waterloo & City (great for happy hour)
The Bar at The Culver Hotel (great for happy hour or late night)
Sara the Wine Bar (great for happy hour)
Ugo Wine Bar & Cafe (wine tasting by the ounce, cafe, and espresso bar)

Espresso-Profeta-16-of-17_thumbWest LA/Westwood
Upper West
Napa Valley Grille (great early and late happy hour)
The Wellsbourne (craft cocktails)
Profeta (cute espresso bar in an outdoor patio)

 
 
 
 
Beverly Hills
Nic’s Martini Lounge (great for happy hour, and if the date’s going well, you can have round 2 in the Frozen VodBox)
Scarpetta at The Montage (happy hour goes til 8PM)
Urth Caffe Coffee

West Hollywood & Hollywood
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Sassafras (craft cocktails)
Pour Vous (craft cocktails)
Library Bar at The Roosevelt
Zinque Wine & Coffee Bar
Bodega Wine Bar
St. Feliz (great for happy hour)
Aventine (great for happy hour)
Urth Caffe Coffee

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Downtown
Ace Hotel (for espresso or cocktails)
Perch (amazing views, cozy couches)
The Rooftop at The Standard
Blue Bottle Coffee (formerly Handsome Coffee Roasters)

 
 
North Hollywood/Burbank
The Federal Bar
Luna Vine
Coffee Commissary
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Studio City
Black Market Liquor Bar
Firefly
The Fox & Hounds (fun British pub)
The Village
Page 71 Lounge
Aroma Coffee & Tea

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Pasadena
Bodega Wine Bar
Dog Haus (great happy hour)
Intelligentsia Coffee

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