5 things to love about Downtown LA - Valentine's activities & ideas in Downtown Los Angeles

This Valentine's, if you're looking for ideas on how to celebrate your love – or just maybe find new love –
here are five great reasons to spend Valentine's Day and Weekend in Downtown Los Angeles.

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1. Romantic dining for all tastes

With the abundance of top new restaurants in Downtown LA, and the fact that Valentine's Day is on the 14th of February each year, the excuse "I couldn't get a table!" is really not going to fly. Good news: Downtown is increasingly becoming LA's culinary capital, so you can't go wrong with this range of prix-fixe menu options.

See a list of dining destinations in Downtown LA for Valentine's Day...

2. Unique gifts, flowers & jewelry

It's approaching lunch time on February 14th, and suddenly you realize that nagging feeling you've had is because you forgot it was Valentine's Day. Never fear. Downtown LA has plenty of places to find unique gifts that look like you spent months trying to find them. You'll find flowers, jewelry, clothing, and more.

See a list of gift shopping destinations in Downtown LA for Valentine's Day...

3. Weekend-long staycations

With Valentine's Day on a Tuesday this year, why not celebrate early and have a relaxing weekend celebration? Check out a variety of hotel packages for couples.

See a list of weekend hotel stays in Downtown LA for Valentine's Day...

4. Singles, ready to mingle

If cupid's arrow seems to have missed the mark, you can still have a good time this Valentine's Day weekend – and even snag a date before the 14th. Ladies can enjoy a spa day with the girls, gentlemen can enjoy some male bonding time, or you can opt for a singles mixer. Either way, just be sure to scowl at the happy couples.

See a list of singles events in Downtown LA for Valentine's Day...

5. A special place to propose

You've never been so sure of anything in your life – you're ready to take the plunge and pop the question. For a special place to propose, Downtown LA is the spot.

See a list of where to propose in Downtown LA for Valentine's Day...

 

1. Romantic dining for all tastes

Rivera Restaurant

FEBRUARY 8-21, 2012  •  1050 S. FLOWER ST. #102 [directions]

Corazones y Rosas
Rivera will be honoring the passion of Frida Kahlo for Valentine's day with a menu of "Hearts & Roses". Menu highlights include:

  • Blood oranges with cactus pears
  • Petite fillet with malbec wine sauce
  • Brazilian baba cachaca with pink rose crème chantilly

$75 per guest. Wine pairings available for $35 and $65.

MORE INFO: (213) 749-1460 / www.riverarestaurant.com / menu / OpenTable

 

LA Market Restaurant by Kerry Simmon

FEBRUARY 10-14, 2012  •  JW MARRIOTT AT L.A. LIVE, 900 W. OLYMPIC BLVD. [directions]

Valentine's Day Menu
Enjoy a flirty four-course meal with a Passion Fruit Crème starter with lobster, caviar and red currant. Top off your meal with our signature Junk Food Platter for Two, specially prepared with Valentine's Day treats.

$52 per guest
Tax and gratuity additional.

MORE INFO: (213)765-8630 / www.lalivemarriott.com / menu

 

L.A. Prime

FEBRUARY 10-14, 2012  •  WESTIN BONAVENTURE, 404 S. FIGUEROA ST. [directions]

Sweetheart Menu
Enjoy a 4-course dinner, with menu highlights including:

  • Ahi and hamachi tartare with pickled watermelon radish
  • Charred prime filet mignon with half poached live Maine lobster
  • Pan-seared local California halibut with caramelized, butter-basted young brussel sprouts
  • Vanilla bean and white chocolate ganache cake with passionfruit purée and candied rose petals

$175 per couple, including a bottle of rosé or brut champagne.

MORE INFO: (213) 624-1000 / www.thebonaventure.com / OpenTable

 

Noé Restaurant & Bar

SPECIAL OFFER

FEBRUARY 10-14, 2012  •  OMNI LA HOTEL, 251 S. OLIVE ST. [directions]

Voted the Best Romantic Restaurant of 2011 by LA Times Readers Choice Awards, Noé Restaurant & Bar is the perfect place to take your Valentine. Chef Glen Ishii has prepared two enticing prix fixe menus to celebrate Valentine's Day.

4-course menu, available February 10-13 – $60 per guest
5-course menu, available February 14 – $75 per guest

Exclusive Offer from DowntownLA.com:
Mention the code "Cupid" when making your reservation and receive a free glass of Champagne for each guest in your party.

MORE INFO: (213) 356-4100 / www.noerestaurant.com / OpenTable

 

WP24 Restaurant & Lounge by Wolfgang Puck

FEBRUARY 10-14, 2012  •  JW MARRIOTT AT L.A. LIVE, 900 W. OLYMPIC BLVD. [directions]

Celebrate St. Valentine's Day
With sweeping views of Downtown Los Angeles, WP24 Restaurant & Lounge provides a romantic backdrop for the occasion. Indulge in a special 8-course meal with Kusshi Oyster Trio, and signature "Peking Style" roasted duckling.

$175 per guest
Tax and gratuity additional.

MORE INFO: (213)743-8824 / www.lalivemarriott.com / menu

 

Artisan House

FEBRUARY 14, 2012  •  ARTISAN HOUSE [directions]

Artisan House invites you to celebrate a most romantic Valentine's Day dinner with Belvedere Red, featuring a four-course menu in three distinct themes – Desire, Lust, and Eden – plus music by DJ Butters. Menu highlights include:

  • Strawberry caprese with burrata and pistachios
  • Crispy-skin saltwater trout, saffron clam fume
  • Grilled rack of lamb over nicoise crushed potatoes with almond herb salad
  • Lavender buttermilk panna cotta with blackberry poppyseed compote

$45 per guest. A portion of Belvedere Red sales is donated to charities as part of the Product Red Initiative.

MORE INFO: (213) / www.artisanhouse.net / menu / OpenTable

 

Border Grill Downtown LA

SPECIAL OFFER

FEBRUARY 14, 2012  •  445 S. FIGUEROA ST. [directions]

Enjoy a 4-course dinner, with menu highlights including:

  • Smoky Mussel Ceviche Shooter
  • Artichoke Heart Tacos
  • Wild Mushrooms Chilaquiles
  • Roasted Alaska Halibut
  • Warm Chocolate "Beso" Cake

$55 per guest.

Exclusive Offer from DowntownLA.com:
Mention secret password "Downtown Valentine" when making your Valentine's Day reservation and get a surprise signature cocktail for free with purchase of a prix fixe dinner! Not valid with other offers. One free cocktail per person. No cash value.

MORE INFO: (213) 486-5171 / www.bordergrill.com / OpenTable

 

Café Pinot

FEBRUARY 14, 2012  •  STARTING AT 4:30pm  •  700 W. FIFTH ST. [directions]

Valentine's Celebration Menu
Menu highlights include:

  • Black truffle risotto with parmesan
  • Pekin duck with ginger emulsion
  • Beef tenderloin with potato mousseline and bordelaise
  • Rose petal raspberry cake with lychee sorbet and pink caramel tuile

3 courses: $65 per guest
4 courses: $80 per guest

Tax and gratuity additional. Menu subject to change.

MORE INFO: (213) 239-6500 / www.cafepinot.com / menu / OpenTable

 

Chaya Downtown

FEBRUARY 14, 2012  •  5:30-10:00pm  •  525 S. FLOWER ST. [directions]

Love at First Bite
Menu highlights include:

  • House-cured salmon tartar with sesame tuile
  • Foie-gras ballotine
  • Coffee spiced black angus filet mignon
  • Belgian chocolate three-way with fresh market berries

$65 per guest. A la carte menu also available

MORE INFO: (213) 236-9577 / www.thechaya.com / OpenTable

 

Drago Centro

FEBRUARY 14, 2012  •  525 S. FLOWER ST. [directions]

Valentine's Day Menu
Enjoy a 4-course dinner, with menu highlights including:

  • Duck breast with balsamic antichi vinai
  • Milk chocolate mousse with passion fruit and vanilla cream
  • Virtuous Sinner cocktail

$65 per guest. Wine pairing available for $35.

MORE INFO: (213) 228-8998 / www.dragocentro.com / menu / OpenTable

 

Engine Co. No. 28

FEBRUARY 14, 2012  • 644 S. FIGUEROA ST. [directions]

Valentine's Dinner
Menu highlights include:

  • Grilled filet mignon with caramelized shallot mashed potatoes and lobster béarnaise
  • Cornmeal-crusted basa filet with sweet chili aioli
  • Drunken berry parfait with vanilla bean ice cream, fresh berries, and cognac

$90 per couple, including flutes of fresh bellini.

MORE INFO: (213) 624-6996 / www.engineco.com / OpenTable

 

Kendall's Brasserie & Bar

FEBRUARY 14, 2011  •  STARTING AT 5:00pm  •  135 N. GRAND AVE. [directions]

Valentine's Celebration Menu
Menu highlights include:

  • Seared striped bass with cocoa beans and sun-dried tomato vinaigrette
  • Roasted venison loin with poivrade sauce and red wine poached pear
  • Grilled château steak with oxtail artichoke daube and tomato confit
  • Rose petal raspberry cake with lychee sorbet and pink caramel tuile

3 courses: $60 per guest
4 courses: $75 per guest

Tax and gratuity additional. Menu subject to change.

MORE INFO: (213) 972-7322 / www.patinagroup.com / menu / OpenTable

 

Nick + Stef's Steakhouse

FEBRUARY 14, 2011  •  330 S. HOPE ST. [directions]

Valentine's Celebration Menu
Menu highlights include:

  • Japanese yellowtail sashimi with truffle vinaigrette
  • Poached loup de mer with artichokes barigoule and Meyer lemon broth
  • Braised Kurobuta pork belly with garlic purée and quince relish
  • Chocolate dacquoise with chocolate sorbet and chocolate streusel

3 courses: $65 per guest
4 courses: $75 per guest

Tax and gratuity additional. Menu subject to change.

MORE INFO: (213) 680-0330 / www.patinagroup.com / menu / OpenTable

 

Patina

FEBRUARY 14, 2012  •  141 S. GRAND AVE. [directions]

Valentine's Celebration Menu
Enjoy a 5-course dinner, with menu highlights include:

  • Grilled cuttlefish and crab salad
  • Velvety lobster velouté with carrots, parsnip & celery
  • Roasted liberty farm duck with polenta, radish, and huckleberry jus
  • Chocolate passion fruit vacherin

$160 per guest
Tax and gratuity additional. Menu subject to change.

MORE INFO: (213) 972-3331 / www.patinarestaurant.com / menu / OpenTable

 

Smeraldi's

FEBRUARY 14, 2012  •  MILLENNIUM BILTMORE HOTEL, 506 S. GRAND AVE. [directions]

Valentine's Dinner
Enjoy a specially-enhanced selection of romantic dishes in this 3-course prix-fixe Valentine's Menu. Menu includes:

  • Grilled Shrimp Salad
  • White Asparagus Truffle Soup
  • Petit Beef Tenderloin
  • Vanilla Lavender Cream Puff with Blueberry Powder

Ladies will receive a stem of rose, and a photographer will be available to capture the beautiful evening. Additionally, Award-winning international pianist Oksana Kolesnikova will perform in our Rendezvous Court beginning at 6 p.m. to enhance the magic of the evening!

$65 per guest
Tax and gratuity additional.

Book the Valentine's Day Romance Package now and receive 15% discount off your Valentine's Day Dinner!

MORE INFO: (213) 612-1562 / www.millenniumhotels.com / menu

 
 
 

2. Unique gifts, flowers & jewelry

St. Vincent Jewelry Center

650 S. HILL ST. [directions]

Great deals on quality jewelry, every day. The old adage that diamonds are a girl's best friend still rings true, especially at Valentine's Day. For the most unique assortment of diamonds, gems and other jewelry, the St. Vincent Jewelry Center – the largest jewelry complex in the world – is a sure bet to find special sparkles for that special someone on any budget.

MORE INFO: (213) 629-2124 / www.svjc.com

 

Ballet Preljocaj – Snow White

SPECIAL OFFER

MARCH 23-26, 2012  •  MUSIC CENTER, 135 N. GRAND AVE. [directions]

Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center is thrilled to welcome the enchanted story of Snow White performed by Ballet Preljocaj. The costumes, designed by fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier, and the romantic score of Gustav Mahler heighten the drama of the unforgettable tale for a spellbinding performance. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Exclusive Offer from DowntownLA.com:
Mention code 18757 by February 15, 2012, to receive 20% off tickets to the performance on March 23, 2012.

Valid in Main Orchestra, Main Founders, and Front Loge. Expires February 15, 2012. For online orders, select valid performance and click "Buy Tickets." Enter the promo code in the promo code box located in the top right corner of the ticketing page and click "submit" before selecting seating level. No refunds, cancellations or exchanges. Artists and program subject to change.

MORE INFO & TICKETS: (213) 972-0711 / www.musiccenter.org

 

LA Phil Store

MON-SUN: 10am-5pm
131 S. GRAND AVE. [directions]

The LA Phil Store is a wondrous amalgam of merchandise reflecting the vigor of the LA Phil itself. CDs , DVDs, books, cutting edge design pieces, contemporary jewelry, a children's department; the LA Phil Store is as energetic and exciting as its orchestra and the Walt Disney Concert Hall that houses it.

MORE INFO: (213) 972-3440 / www.laphilstore.com

 

Clark's Gallery

SPECIAL OFFER

MONDAY-FRIDAY: 10am-6pm
617 S. GRAND AVE. [directions]

Give the gift of art this Valentine's Day. So much can be said with one beautiful image, so find something that matches your loved one's taste – even if it's a simple card. Over 100 greeting cards to choose from, and more:

  • Matted prints
  • Framed prints
  • Boxed card sets
  • Postcards

Exclusive Offer from DowntownLA.com:
Enjoy a 10% discount on any purchase when you mention DowntownLA.com during the month of February.

MORE INFO: (213) 598-6245 / www.clarkwoodford.com

 

Neihulé Salon

607 S. OLIVE ST. [directions] + 512 W. SEVENTH ST. [directions]

Basket of Love – $118
Not sure how to pamper your loved one this year? Let them decide! The beautiful Basket of Love contains a $100 Neihule Gift Certificate and Voluspa 12oz Candle.

A sophisticated urban salon located in the heart of Downtown LA, Neihulé features luxurious services for hair, skin and body. Take sanctuary from the harsh and hectic reality of the daily grind – after all, "Neihulé" means "to live a happy life", derived from the Angami dialect in Northeastern India.

MORE INFO: Olive @ (213) 623-4383 / Seventh @ (213) 627-5308 / www.neihule.com

 

FIDM Musuem Shop

MON-FRI: 10am-5pm
919 S. GRAND AVE. [directions]

Nestled just off Grand Hope Park and adjacent to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum & Galleries, the FIDM Museum Shop features a constantly evolving array of unusual and special gifts. The Museum Shop carries:

  • Faculty, staff, alumni, and student work
  • Limited-edition accessories designed by local artisans
  • Eclectic and original gift items
  • Distinctive stationery and cards
  • Original home décor

MORE INFO: (213) 623-5821 x2240 / www.thefidmmuseumstore.org

 

LA Flower Market

MON, WED & FRI: 8am-12pm / TUES, THURS & SAT: 6am-11am
766 WALL ST. [directions]

The Los Angeles Flower District – the largest wholesale flower market in the U.S. – features virtually every variety of cut flower, potted plant and exotic blossom that is commercially available, with many California grown. A fresh, exquisite bouquet will brighten anyone's Valentine!

MORE INFO: (213) 622-1966 / www.laflowerdistrict.com

 
 
 

3. Weekend-long staycations

Love Shack Package

O HOTEL  •  819 S. FLOWER ST. [directions]
AVAILABLE NOW

Spend Valentine's with someone special. This package includes:

  • Seductive treats
  • Kila cava bubbles
  • Box of Bottega Louie macarons

Starting at $209 per night
Reservations at ohotelgroup.com
Does not include service fee & tax, direct booking only.

MORE INFO: (213) 623-9904 / www.ohotelgroup.com

 

Romantic Escape for two

THE RITZ-CARLTON LOS ANGELES  •  900 W. OLYMPIC BLVD [directions]
AVAILABLE NOW

Enjoy a romantic escape while taking in the dining and nightlife at L.A. LIVE! This package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Breakfast for two at LA Market
  • Champagne and chocolate strawberry welcome amenity
  • Complimentary room upgrade based on availability
  • Complimentary valet parking

Starting at $399 per night
Reservations at www.ritzcarlton.com
Package is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations are required.

MORE INFO: (213) 743-8800 / www.ritzcarlton.com

 

Valentine's Day Romance Package

THE BILTMORE  •  506 S. GRAND AVE. [directions]
AVAILABLE NOW

Step inside a fairytale historic landmark, voted "Most Romantic Hotel" two years in a row by readers of the Los Angeles Downtown News in 2010 & 2011. This package includes:

  • Luxurious accommodations
  • A bottle of champagne
  • A rich, signature Biltmore dessert in-room
  • Full breakfast buffet for 2 in Smeraldi's Restaurant
  • Late check-out
  • 15% off Valentine's Day Dinner at Smeraldi's Restaurant. Reservations required.

Starting at $209 per night
Reservations at www.millenniumhotels.com
Valid through February 14, 2012. Subject to availability and excludes tax and gratuity. Offer is non-transferable.

MORE INFO: (213) 624-1011 / www.millenniumhotels.com

 

Exuberance Spa Package

JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE  •  900 W. OLYMPIC BLVD. [directions]
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 1 THROUGH MARCH 31

Book the Exuberance Spa package any day in February and receive a sweet treat upon arrival. Includes:

  • Luxury overnight accommodations at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE
  • $100 daily spa credit for The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles located on-site
  • Complimentary "sweet treat" amenity (only available during February visits)
  • Overnight valet parking, with in & out privileges

Starting at $369 per night
Reservations at lalivemarriott.com Promo Code: SPA
Valid seven days a week through 03/31/2012. Limited number of rooms are available for this promotion. Tax is additional.

MORE INFO: (213) 763-4400 / www.lalivemarriott.com

 

Ooh La La Romance Package

OMNI LOS ANGELES  •  251 S. OLIVE ST. [directions]
AVAILABLE BEGINNING FEBRUARY 10, 2012

Here's a wonderful offer for those seeking a romantic experience. Enjoy sparkling wine, French macarons, petit fours and more all specially arranged by Cupid (our concierge) to make everything just perfect. This package includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations
  • Concierge pre-call to assist with special romantic touches & personal requests
  • Amenity with sparkling wine, petit fours and French macarons
  • Standard "romantic" turndown service including robes, music and lighting
  • Daily Breakfast for two in our restaurant or in room-dining
  • Late check-out on request

Starting at $241 per night
Reservations at www.omnihotels.com
Limited availability. Subject to black out dates. Does not apply to groups, conventions or packages and cannot be combined with other discounts.

MORE INFO: (213) 617-3300 / www.omnihotels.com

 
 
 

4. Singles, ready to mingle

Queen of Hearts Ball

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 @ 7pm  •  THE EDISON, 108 W. SECOND ST. #101 [directions]

Escape to the romance, style and sophistication of eras past!
Lose yourselves in an era of imagination and wonder with a romantic encounter as you explore the depths of an Industrial Cathedral.

Tickets: $25 general admission, including a cup of the Queen's Punch
$100 Intimate Couple Table – also includes a Decadent Dessert
$185 Intimate Couple Table – also includes a Sublime Dinner for two

MORE INFO: (213) 613-0000 / www.edisondowntown.com

 

LA Lakers vs. Atlanta Hawks

FEBRUARY 14 @ 7:30pm  •  STAPLES CENTER, 1111 S. FIGUEROA ST. [directions]

Talk about guys' night out! Catch the Lakers on Valentine's Day in Downtown LA.

Cheers to your favorite team
Sweeten the deal with The Mixing Room's ongoing LA Lakers vs. LA Lakers Cocktail Showdown. The winning cocktail earns a permanent spot on the menu until the 2013 NBA season begins.

MORE INFO: www.nba.com/lakers / buy tickets

 

Spitz on Valentinez

FEBRUARY 14 @ 7pm - 12am  •  SPITZ, LITTLE TOKYO [directions]

Not feeling the love? Then head down to Little Tokyo and "Spitz on Valentinez"

Come and join an unconventional anti-V-day party at Spitz in Little Tokyo. Whether you're single, in a relationship, or just simply sick of corporate love day, our anti-Valentine's-inspired cocktails will mend any broken heart or ignite the fire for you hopeless romantics! DJ Manboy will be spinning bitter beats all night.

MORE INFO: (213) 613-0101 / www.eatatspitz.com

 

Lucha VaVoom – Lucha is for Lovers

FEBRUARY 14-16, 2011 @ 8pm  •  THE MAYAN, 1038 S. HILL ST. [directions]

Live Masked Mexican Wrestling, Burlesque and Comedy
Lucha VaVOOM is pure, blown-out entertainment on acid. For Valentines, we're bringing out MICHELLE L'AMOUR from Chicago, PEEKABOO POINTE from NYC and so much cool stuff from Mexico and Parts Unkown that we can promise the most exciting, titallating, romantic Valentine date night ever! Don't have a date? Meet one at Lucha VaVOOM; Lucha VaVOOM is for LOVERS!

PLUS – Our beloved Reverend Brown will actually (& quickly!) marry a couple on stage!!! If you saw The Evil Hate Monkey propose to Trixie at our Halloween show, then you'll know our crowd is in love with love!

Tickets:
$35 General Admission. $55 Ringside Seating. 21 years and over.

MORE INFO: (213) 746-4674 / www.clubmayan.com / buy tickets

 

Neihulé Salon

607 S. OLIVE ST. [directions] + 512 W. SEVENTH ST. [directions]

A sophisticated urban salon located in the heart of Downtown LA, Neihulé features luxurious services for hair, skin and body. Take sanctuary from the harsh and hectic reality of the daily grind – after all, "Neihulé" means "to live a happy life", derived from the Angami dialect in Northeastern India. Revive yourself with a new hairstyle, a mani-pedi, a wax, a facial, or a massage.

Just for Her: Haircut, blow-dry style and replenishing, honey-almond facial – $175
Be My Valentine: One-hour rose oil massage OR a honey-almond facial – $95

MORE INFO: Olive @ (213) 623-4383 / Seventh @ (213) 627-5308 / www.neihule.com

 

Ritz-Carlton February Spa Specials

FEBRUARY 1-29, 2012  •  THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, 900 W. OLYMPIC BLVD. [directions]

Love, Romance & Chocolate
From rich Hungarian cocoa and fragrant roses to sour cherries and ripe strawberries, pamper yourself with a decadent collection of treatments that celebrate the month of love. All guests will leave with a special gift from the Executive Chef. Options include:

  • Chocolate Rose Decadence Facial: 50 minutes, $165
  • Chocolate & Cherries Side-by-Side Massages: 50 minutes, $350
  • Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Pedicure: 50 minutes, $80

MORE INFO: (213) 763-4400 / www.ritzcarlton.com / spa menu

 
 
 

5. A special place to propose

L.A. Prime & BonaVista Lounge at the Bonaventure

404 S. FIGUEROA ST. [directions]

Your head spins when your love walks into a room,
so it's only fitting that you propose atop the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, with a gently revolving view of the city.

L.A. Prime Steakhouse (35th floor)
Sample the best in prime wet and dry-aged beef steaks, beautiful lamb and veal chops, fresh fish and shellfish enhanced with local produce and an award-winning wine cellar. Sit back and relax as the city lights stretch out beneath your feet – and set the mood for sweeping her off of hers.

BonaVista Lounge (34th floor – accessible from the 35th floor)
Up here, you might as well be floating on a cloud. So stir up some romance with a well-prepared cocktail, and take a moment to break each other's gaze just long enough to catch a sweeping view of the City of Angels.

MORE INFO: (213) 624-1000 / hotel photos / www.thebonaventure.com

 

Angels Flight & Angels Knoll

351 S. HILL ST. [directions]

Propose as you ride toward the heavens.
There's something romantic about riding these classic rails, especially with your angel in tow.

For just 25 cents each, board "The Shortest Railway in the World" dating back to 1901 – but don't worry, it's been extensively upgraded since. At the time, Bunker Hill was one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in LA and the two cars, Olivet and Sinai, ferried prominent citizens up and down the steep slope between Hill & Olive.

Got cold feet at the last minute? You still have a second chance.
Movie buffs might also consider proposing on the famous bench from the Downtown LA-based movie, (500) Days of Summer, located at the nearby Angels Knoll park. Just take the steps down from California Plaza to reach this hillside oasis.

MORE INFO: (213) 626-1901 / www.angelsflight.com / Angels Knoll on Yelp

 

Photo credit Tim Street-Porter

Music Center's Walt Disney Concert Hall

MUSIC CENTER, 135 N. GRAND AVE. [directions]

After a particularly stirring performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic or the Center Theatre Group, you'll walk beneath the iconic, Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. As it glitters an even brighter silver in the moonlight, you'll ask. Your beloved's response will be sure to make your heart sing.

The Blue Ribbon Garden
If you prefer a daytime proposal, the Walt Disney Concert Hall also features a hidden garden backyard filled with exotic trees like the Chinese Pistache and Pink Trumpet, as well as an oversized rose fountain made of broken Delftware in memory of Lilly Disney. Take a virtual tour of the garden at laphil.com.

MORE INFO: (213) 972-7211 / www.musiccenter.org / Garden Highlights (PDF)

 

Rick's Place at Hotel Figueroa

939 S. FIGUEROA ST. [directions]

"Out of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world..."
Reenact one of the most romantic love stories of all time – Casablanca – at Rick's Place at the Moroccan-themed Hotel Figueroa. Only this time, make it a happy ending. Please note: Rick's Place is only available for reserved special events.

Plus, don't miss the neighboring Veranda Bar & Pool
This lush watering hole is set in a ravishing garden with overgrown bougainvillea, spiny cactus and succulents. The laid-back, ornately tiled bar welcomes visitors to rest amongst warm patterns, flickering candles, well-worn wooden stools, and a tranquil blue pool.

MORE INFO: (213) 627-8971 / hotel photos / www.figueroahotel.com

 

Rooftop Bar at The Standard, Downtown LA

550 S. FLOWER ST. [directions]

Your beloved is truly out-of-this world.
So maybe The Standard Downtown Rooftop Bar, with its space pod-shaped water beds, is perfect for a proposal under the stars.

The Rooftop Bar at The Standard, Downtown LA, offers an unmatched visual feast of surrounding skyscrapers and panoramic views of Downtown Los Angeles. On the rooftop, you'll discover a heated swimming pool, red AstroTurf deck, dance floor, bar, outdoor fireplace, vibrating waterbed pods and a grassy knoll with sculptured topiary. Nightly DJs, excellent food and special events have established the Rooftop Bar as one of the most coveted nightlife destinations in Downtown LA.

MORE INFO: (213) 892-8080 / rooftop pool 360° view / www.standardhotels.com

 

A Melodic Proposal

Romance and Music are in the air this Valentines Day!
Visit your favorite Downtown destination or Downtown restaurant, and Ace of Hearts of Entertainment will create a romantic Valentines Day ambience with a special touch that only the Downtown experience and live music can bring.

  • Be serenaded at your romantic dinner with a solo guitar player.
  • Wow her when you propose with the sweet sounds of a violinist.
  • Pull on her hearts strings with a melodic harpist.

Enlist the magic of music – with a soloist, duo, or trio – for an evening you are sure to remember!

MORE INFO: (310) 836-4787 / www.aceofhearts.net

 
 
 
 
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