5 ways to fall in love in 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 Monday this year, why not skip the after-work rush and have a relaxing extended 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 – or 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

The Biltmore – Valentine's Dinners

FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011  •  506 S. GRAND AVE. [directions]

Smeraldi's
Friday, February 11 – Monday, February 14, 5-10pm
4-course menu for $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)
MORE INFO: (213) 612-1562 / OpenTable

Sai Sai
Saturday, February 12 and Monday, February 14, 6-9:30pm
4-course menu for $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)
MORE INFO: (213) 624-1100 / OpenTable

Rendezvous Court
Monday, February 14, 8-11pm Decadent chocolate dessert buffet with live jazz. Complimentary for visitors and any attending Valentine's Day Dinner. Valentine's Day cocktail menu available all evening.

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

 

Café Pinot

FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011  •  STARTING AT 4:30pm  •  700 W. FIFTH ST. [directions]

Valentine's Celebration Menu
3-course menu for $65, 4-course menu for $75. Menu highlights include:

  • Oysters with passion fruit
  • Kama sutra soup, sweet and spicy
  • Tender filet mignon, smoked fingerling potatoes, shallot confit
  • Chocolate sable cake, citrus sorbet, kumquat confit

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

 

Cardini Ristorante

FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011  •  WILSHIRE GRAND, 930 WILSHIRE BLVD. [directions]

An Italian Valentine's
3-course menu for $24.95 per person. Menu highlights include:

  • Roasted bell pepper soup with garlic croutons
  • Petite filet with skewered shrimp and bacon-wrapped scallop
  • Cioppino with crab claws, shrimps, scallops, mussels, and clams in a white wine, fennel, garlic and tomato broth served with saffron risotto and garlic toast
  • Amaretto cheesecake with wild berries compote

MORE INFO: (213) 896-3822 / www.wilshiregrand.com

 

Engine Co. No. 28

FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011  •  644 S. FIGUEROA ST. [directions]

Valentine's Day Menu
3-course menu for $75 per couple. Menu highlights include:

  • Filet Mignon & Tiger Prawns
  • (Love Me) Tender Lamb Shank
  • Chilean Sea Bass
  • Drunken Berry Parfait

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

 

Kendall's Brasserie & Bar

FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011  •  135 N. GRAND AVE. [directions]

Valentine's Celebration Menu
3-course menu for $60, 4-course menu for $75. Menu highlights include:

  • Hamachi sashimi with ginger soy vinaigrette, black pearl American caviar
  • Duck confit with celeriac purée, Brussels sprouts
  • Shrimp crusted Alaskan halibut with three bean ragout, sea bean, fava, tarbais
  • Rose petal macaroon with lychee sorbet, fresh raspberry sauce

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

 

L.A. Prime

FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011  •  WESTIN BONAVENTURE, 404 S. FIGUEROA ST. [directions]

4-course sweetheart menu for $175 per couple. Menu highlights include:

  • Steamed mussels, caramelized shallots, saffron broth, crisp ciabatta
  • Pan-roasted veal chop, chanterelles, pommery mustard sauce, baby ruby beets
  • Tornado's of prime beef tenderloin "oscar style"
  • Chocolate mousse terrine, candied pistachios and raspberries, hazelnut crème anglaise sauce

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

 

Maria's Italian Kitchen

FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011  •  STARTING AT 5pm  •  615 S. FLOWER ST. [directions]

Valentine's Menu
3-course menu for $37 per person. Menu highlights include:

  • Ensalata Tri Colore
  • Lobster Ravioli
  • Chocolate Mousse

MORE INFO: (213) 623-4777 / www.mariasdowntownla.com / menu / OpenTable

 

Morton's The Steakhouse

FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011  •  7+FIG, 735 S. FIGUEROA ST. [directions]

3-course dinner for $109.99 per couple, or $65 per person with steak enhancements. Menu highlights include:

  • Double Cut Filet Mignon
  • Single Cut Prime New York Strip
  • Colossal Shrimp Alexander
  • Morton's Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake

Pair your dinner with a Bottle of Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc from Beringer, Napa Valley for an additional $45.

MORE INFO: (213) 553-4566 / www.mortons.com / menu / OpenTable

 

Nick + Stef's Steakhouse

FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011  •  330 S. HOPE ST. [directions]

Valentine's Celebration Menu
3-course menu for $59, 4-course menu for $69. Menu highlights include:

  • Japanese yellowtail sashimi with kumquat relish, kiwano melon vinaigrette
  • Poached Loup de Mer with herb risotto cake, sauce maltaise, braised fennel
  • Braised Kurobuta pork belly with quince relish, grilled scallions, whole grain mustard sauce
  • Rose petal macaroon with lychee sorbet and fresh raspberry sauce

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

 

Zucca Ristorante

FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011  •  801 S. FIGUEROA [directions]

Valentine's Celebration Menu
3-course menu for $55, 4-course menu for $65. Menu highlights include:

  • Butternut squash soup, mussels, caramelized onions, pumpkin seed oil
  • Tagliolini pasta, fresh water sweet shrimp, broccoli rabe, Sicilian red chile flakes
  • Roasted bone-in pork loin, wild fennel, black truffles, roasted potatoes, pistachio-onion casserole
  • Chocolate sable cake with citrus sorbet and kumquat confit

MORE INFO: (213) 614-7800 / www.patinagroup.com / menu / OpenTable

 

Border Grill Downtown LA

SPECIAL OFFER

FEBRUARY 12-14, 2011  •  445 S. FIGUEROA ST. [directions]

Come enjoy a 4-course dinner for $48 per person. Menu highlights include:

  • Pear and Cabrales Blue Cheese Quesadilla
  • Grilled Cumin Skirt Steak
  • Macadamia Crusted Hawaiian Ono
  • Aztec Chocolate Cake + Goat Milk Cajeta Flan

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

 

LA Market by Kerry Simon

FEBRUARY 12-14, 2011  •  JW MARRIOTT, 900 W. OLYMPIC BLVD. [directions]

3-course menu for $45 per person. Menu highlights include:

  • Beets Salad, goat cheese, candies walnut, tangerine & scallions
  • Pan Seared Sea Bass, artichoke hearts, tomato confit, black olive oil
  • Valentine Dessert Junk Food Platter for two

MORE INFO: (213) 765-8600 / www.lalivemarriott.com / menu / OpenTable

 

Seoul Jung

FEBRUARY 12-14, 2011  •  5:30-9:30pm  •  WILSHIRE GRAND, 930 WILSHIRE BLVD. [directions]

$40 per person. Menu highlights include:

  • Prawns and vegetables tossed in pine nut dressing
  • Grilled marinated salmon
  • Filet mignon and shrimps with blueberry sauce and seasoned rice

MORE INFO: (213) 688-7880 / www.wilshiregrand.com

 

CASA Cocina y Cantina

SPECIAL OFFER

FEBRUARY 12 & 14, 2011  •  350 S. GRAND AVE. [directions]

Valentine's Celebration Menu
3-course menu for $49 per couple. Menu highlights include:

  • Amuse Bouche - Sweet Corn Sope Stack
  • Braised Beef Short Rib Birria
  • Pan Roasted Mary's Chicken Fajitas
  • Mexican Dessert tasting

Special Offer
Mention secret password "Downtown Valentine" when making your Valentine's Day reservation and get a complimentary glass of champagne with purchase of a prix-fixe dinner! Not valid with other offers. One free glass of champagne per person. No cash value.

MORE INFO: (213) 621-2249 / www.casadowntown.com / OpenTable

 

Chaya Downtown

FEBRUARY 14, 2011  •  525 S. FLOWER ST. [directions]

3-course menu for $75 per person. Menu highlights include:

  • Slow Roasted Striped Candy Beets & Dungeness Crab with meyer lemon cream
  • Tuscan fresh porcini Carpaccio with parmigiano-reggiano
  • Free Range Chicken Breast & Butter Poached Maine Lobster Tail
  • Cardamom Chocolate Brownie with rosebud ice cream

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

 

Drago Centro

FEBRUARY 14, 2011  •  525 S. FLOWER ST. [directions]

La Cena di San Valentino
5-course menu for $65, wine pairing optional $35. Menu highlights include:

  • Wild mushroom and truffle risotto
  • Due of beef, polenta, brussel sprouts
  • Pavlova, passion fruit, strawberry, candied flowers

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

 

The Edison – Queen of Hearts Ball

FEBRUARY 14, 2011 @ 7pm  •  108 W. SECOND ST. #101 [directions]

Escape to the romance, style and sophistication of eras past!
The Queen of Hearts will entertain you herself with dancers, aerialists and DJ Daisy O'Dell while you sip The Queen's Punch made from the finest Perrier Jouet Champagne, Beefeaters Gin, Strawberry and a Secret Potion...

Tickets:

  • $25 general admission
  • $100 per couple for table reservations – including a rose, decadent chocolates and The Queen's Punch topped off with an Appetizer Special!
  • $150 CHEF'S CHOICE Dinner for Two – including all the above plus your choice of salmon, steak or a vegetarian option plus salad.

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

 

First & Hope

FEBRUARY 14, 2011  •  710 W. FIRST ST. [directions]

3-course tasting menus for $65 per person. Cupid's Couples menu for $75 per person. Menu highlights include:

  • Wild Striped Bass with Dungeness crab "crust" & citrus emulsion
  • Chilled seafood platter with oysters, crudo & ceviche
  • Spiced Filet Mignon with Weiser Farms potatoes & Pt. Reyes bleu
  • "Box of chocolates" dessert – pudding, cake, sorbet & cookies

St. Valentine's Ball

  • Red carpet welcome and Photo-op
  • Live music in the Fedora room starring young jazz sensation Gina Saputo ($20 additional charge per person)
  • Best-dressed couple contest
  • Performances by ballroom dancers
  • Tableside handcrafted champagne cocktails
  • Singles appreciation day: 1st cocktail on us!

MORE INFO: (213) 617-8555 / www.firstandhope.com / OpenTable

 
 
 

2. Unique gifts, flowers & jewelry

BabyCakes NYC

MON: 12-6pm / TUES-SAT: 10am-10pm / SUN: 10am-6pm
130 E. SIXTH ST. [directions]

BabyCakes offers all-natural, organic and delicious alternatives free from the common allergens: Wheat, gluten, dairy, casein and eggs. You and your Valentine can indulge in guilt-free sweets with these cupcakes!

MORE INFO: (213) 623-5555 / www.babycakesnyc.com

 

Big Man Bakes

MON-FRI: 11am-8pm / SAT: 12-9pm
413 S. MAIN ST. [directions]

For sweethearts who love sweets, visit Big Man Bakes for delicious cupcakes with flavors like red velvet, double chocolate, and coconut. This Downtown favorite will not disappoint your tastebuds.

MORE INFO: (213) 500-4351 / www.bigmanbakes.com

 

Bottega Louie

MON-FRI: 6:30am-9pm / SAT-SUN: 8am-9pm
700 S. GRAND AVE. [directions]

Give your loved one the gift of exotic sweets. Our team of pastry chefs is among the best in the country and they are whipping up a variety of cakes, candies and authentic Parisian style macarons.

MORE INFO: (213) 802-1470 / www.bottegalouie.com

 

Casa de Dulce at Grand Central Market

SPECIAL OFFER

MON-SUN: 9am-6pm
317 S. BROADWAY [directions]

At Casa de Dulce, your options are practically endless. The talented staff works with you to create mouth-wateringly delicious cakes and desserts that are sure to satisfy any sweet-tooth, so pre-order your special desert for Valentine's Day. We will also have the bakery fully stocked on Valentine's day items to choose from.

Exclusive Offer from DowntownLA.com:
Grand Central Market is glad to offer a $5 Off Coupon for Casa de Dulce. The bakery will be fully stocked on Valentine's, although patrons are welcome to preorder cakes to secure the perfect treat for their loved one.

MORE INFO: (213) 687-7367 / www.grandcentralsquare.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

 

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.

Valentine's Day merchandise:

  • Pink bound Petite Edition of Pablo Neruda: Love Poems
    in both English and Spanish
  • Stunning contemporary silver heart pendants on chains
  • Leather multi colors of heart shaped keyrings

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

 

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

 
 
 

3. Weekend-long staycations

Sweet Rendezvous

OMNI LOS ANGELES  •  251 S. OLIVE ST. [directions]
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011

Enjoy a decadent affair for two with all of the ingredients to make your stay incredibly romantic. The best part? You'll receive an advance call from Cupid (our concierge) to customize and make everything just about perfect. This package includes:

  • Deluxe room accommodations for two
  • Domaine Chandon sparkling wine and gourmet truffles upon arrival
  • Romantic turndown
  • Breakfast for two with signature morning cocktail, the Valentini, available in the hotel restaurant or through room service
  • Late checkout available upon request (based on hotel availability)

Special Incentive Offer!
Couples who purchase the Sweet Rendezvous Package and get engaged over Valentine's weekend will receive a weekend night certificate to use on their honeymoon or other special occasion.

Starting at $298 per night
Reservations at (800) 843-6664 or www.omnihotels.com
Subject to Availability. Terms and Conditions May Apply. Not applicable to previous reservations, groups or conventions.

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

 

The Love Inn

THE STANDARD, DOWNTOWN LA  •  550 S. FLOWER ST. [directions]
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011

Shack up at The Standard, Downtown LA, because going out for VD is overrated.

This package includes:

  • The Love Shack for 2
  • Pop The Cork and Eat The Berries
  • Share Breakfast in Bed The Morning After

Starting at $195
Reservations at www.standardhotels.com – select date(s) during Valentine's weekend to access The Love Inn package.

Plus, enjoy a special Valentine's Day Menu
in The Restaurant at The Standard, Downtown LA.

4-course, fixed-price menu for $75 per couple, or $45 for those flying solo.
Available on Monday, February 14.

MORE INFO: (213) 892-8080 / www.standardhotels.com

 

From Russia with Love

LOS ANGELES ATHLETIC CLUB  •  431 W. SEVENTH ST. [directions]
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 14, 2011

For a more unconventional romantic retreat, LAAC is offering couples a unique way to spend Valentine's Day. Inspired by their Russian-born Executive Chef, Boris Chernyak, this package includes:

  • A romantic night away with a Deluxe Room for 2
    at the recently renovated boutique hotel
  • A special 3-course, Russian-themed dinner with Vodka Champagne cocktails
  • A Russian-themed room amenity featuring Russian Standard Vodka
  • Complimentary champagne breakfast for 2
  • A unique exercise class with Russian Aerobic Instructor Zhana at 9am on the morning after Valentine's Day, February 15
  • Full use of the club's 80,000 square feet of gym space

Starting at $299 (plus tax)
Reservations at (800) 421-8777

MORE INFO: (213) 625-2211 / www.laac.com

 
 
 

4. Singles, ready to mingle

Lucha VaVoom – My Kinky Valentine

FEBRUARY 9-10, 2011 @ 8pm  •  THE MAYAN, 1038 S. HILL ST. [directions]

Live Masked Mexican Wrestling, Burlesque and Comedy
We've whipped up the sexiest Valentine's show ever! Don't miss a thrilling, heartpounding second – get a ringside seat and feel the heat!

Built in 1927 by leading LA architect Stiles Clements and designed by Mexican artist Francisco Cornejo as a spectacular Mayan revival theater, The Mayan is one of only eight buildings built in pre-Colombian style with hand-carved, richly painted walls and a spectacular Sun Calendar. Now upgraded with stunning lighting and state-of-the-art sound equipment, The Mayan promises a rich and stimulating night.

Tickets:
$30 General Admission. $55 Ringside Seating. 21 years and over.

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

 

"Happiest Hour" at the Ritz-Carlton Spa

FEBRUARY 10-13, 2011, 3-6pm  •  900 W. OLYMPIC BLVD., LEVEL 2 [directions]

The luxurious 8,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa reflects the glamour and excitement of Los Angeles in a sleek, urban environment. An oasis in the heart of the city, guests enjoy the ultimate in pampering. Schedule a spa service Thursday through Sunday between 3pm and 6pm to enjoy the following complimentary services:

  • Refreshing appetizers & champagne
  • Express make-up applications
  • 20% discount off all retail

Browse the spa menu to select your spa service. Please note: Advance reservations are recommended due to availability.

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

 

"Lonely Hearts Club" Gay Speed Dating

FEBRUARY 11 & 12, 2011 •  L.A. LORDS - PRIVATE LOFT SPACE

LA Lords' 2nd annual Valentines Gay Speed Dating event for men ages 35+
There will be music and a handsome bartender serving beverages and snacks. Dates will be 5-7 minutes long and last approximately 2 hours, depending on number of attendees. You'll get a sticker with a number and have your picture taken and a matchcard to mark (date or friend) next to the person you date. After the party, you'll go home and enter in your choices on our website's matching database system to get your matches.

Tickets:
$25 covers admission and a free drink. 20 people capacity, will sell out fast!

MORE INFO: (213) 422-5802 / www.lalords.com

 

Weekend of Love at J Lounge

FEBRUARY 11-14, 2011  •  1119 S. OLIVE ST. [directions]

All you need is love... so why not a whole weekend of love?

  • Friday-Monday: Valentine's 3-course, prix-fixe menu by acclaimed Chef Oz. $60 per person, not inclusive of tax or gratuity. Reservations required.
  • Friday-Monday: $10 carafe of Pink Passion Sangria
  • Sunday & Monday: Live evening acoustic Spanish guitar serenades
  • Sunday: Brunch specials including red velvet pancakes and a fiery crab burger with sweet potato fries
  • Romantic cabana dining available, including a bottle of champagne, a dozen roses and decorations. By reservation only.

MORE INFO: (213) 746-7746 / event info on facebook.com / www.jloungela.com

 

Downtown Speed Date

SPECIAL OFFER

FEBRUARY 12, 2011 @ 7pm & 9:30pm  •  MAGNOLIA RESTAURANT, 825 W. JAMES M. WOOD BLVD. [directions]

Cut to the Chase Speed Dating (Gay & Straight)
If cupid's arrow seems to have missed the mark, you still have time to snag a date before the 14th! With 10-20 "dates" in one night, the options are many and the odds are finally in your favor. Come alone or bring friends – either way, we'll see you there!

Speed dating for straight men & women: Check-in @ 9pm / Dating starts @ 9:30pm
Info on Facebook

Speed dating for gay men: Check-in @ 6:30pm / Dating starts @ 7pm
Info on Facebook

Tickets:
$25 before February 1. $35 after. Includes appetizers, drink discounts and 2 hours free parking. Advance registration required. Suggested age range: 29-45. Magnolia Downtown is a neighborhood restaurant serving fresh, well-prepared food, and located just a few blocks from L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center.

Last-Minute Special Offer – Speed Dating for Gay Men:
$15, or bring a friend and get 2 for $20. Includes appetizers, drink discounts and 2 hours free parking. Advance registration required.

MORE INFO: (213) 453-3379 / www.magnoliala.com

 

Queen of Hearts Ball

FEBRUARY 14, 2011 @ 7pm  •  THE EDISON, 108 W. SECOND ST. #101 [directions]

Escape to the romance, style and sophistication of eras past!
The Queen of Hearts will entertain you herself with dancers, aerialists and DJ Daisy O'Dell while you sip The Queen's Punch made from the finest Perrier Jouet Champagne, Beefeaters Gin, Strawberry and a Secret Potion...

Tickets: $25 general admission

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

 

Hilton Checkers Spa

535 S. GRAND AVE. [directions]

Located at the top of the Hilton Checkers Hotel, Checkers Spa is truly an intimate retreat in the heart of the city. Enjoy holistic spa services in our private treatment room or a festive spa party by the pool daily from 9am to 9pm, by appointment only.

Spa services and packages include massage therapy, body treatments, skin care and other specialized services.

MORE INFO: (877) 293-5588 / www.hiltoncheckers.com

 

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. And, before you go, treat yourself to some of their must-have hair and wellness products.

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

 

Cantina at Màs Malo

517 W. SEVENTH ST., 1st FLOOR [directions]

Màs Malo – the highly anticipated sequel to popular Silver Lake restaurant, Malo – is set on Downtown LA's rapidly expanding "Restaurant Row" on 7th Street. Enjoy Chef Robert Luna's take on East LA-style Chicano food and take a long look at the beautiful space – a contemporary design set against a backdrop of 1920's grandeur, the site of a former jewelry store circa 1923. What's more, Màs Malo features a range of cocktails and an extensive tequila and mezcal collection.

X+O LADIES+BROS V-Day Soireé
All you can eat, live DJ, cash bar. $20 + tax at the door.

MORE INFO: (213) 985-4332 / cocktail menu / www.masmalorestaurant.com

 

Seven Grand Whiskey Bar

515 W. SEVENTH ST., 2nd FLOOR [directions]

A swank, Irish-infused urban oasis, Seven Grand serves up 300+ premium whiskeys, rare ryes and small batch bourbons on a hand-carved black walnut bar under the stony gaze of freshly hunted jackalopes.

Thanks to its bounty of 12 different glacier-cold pints, a 150 year-old pool table, exclusive dipped-in-bourbon Makers Mark cigars, Spaceland-curated Indie Rock and traditional Celtic drinking music, the pace of modern LA stands still at Seven Grand.

MORE INFO: (213) 614-0737 / www.sevengrand.la

 
 
 

5. A special place to propose

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

 

The Biltmore

506 S. GRAND AVE. [directions]

Propose in style.
The classic luxury of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel is the perfect representation of your fairytale romance – cool marble walls, elegant tapestries, quiet fountains and intricately painted ceilings.

"Get Carrie-d Away" Proposal Package – $5,000
Shoes, champagne, and a diamond ring? If you're looking for the perfect way to propose to your special someone, this package is every woman's dream come true! The Biltmore brings the silver screen to life with a proposal setup like no other. We'll re-create the "Sex and the City Movie" scene where Big (John) gets down on one knee in front of Carrie, walk-in closet and all.

Inside our lavish, 2-story Presidential Suite we'll set up the master bedroom's walk-in closet with a single pair of gorgeous heels by LA-based fashion designer Charles David, provide a beautiful scroll on which is printed Beethoven's now-famous love poem and have a bottle of champagne and 2 glasses set up to celebrate when she says yes! Afterward, you'll spend the night in the Presidential Suite and enjoy a delicious in-room breakfast the next morning.

Package also includes overnight valet parking. Valid throughout the month of February 2011, subject to availability; excludes applicable room tax.

MORE INFO: (213) 624-1011 / hotel photos / www.thebiltmore.com

 

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

 

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

 
 
 
 
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