LA's Best Date Bars 2018

By Taylor Wade
Writer for Ambiance Matchmaking

LA’s bar scene is just as diverse as its culinary counterpart. You have an array of options at your fingertips, from tiki bars to cocktail lounges, and rooftop bars to underground speakeasies. The question is, are you looking for a casual date night, or do you want to wow your date? The Ambiance Matchmaking team picks the top best date bars, all you have to do it choose one that fits your style:)


BEVERLY HILLS


TEN POUND

The Ten Pound bar is a great pick if you’re looking for a hidden, quiet and very upscale bar. Oh, and if you’re looking for Scotch, namely Macallan. Oh, and the fireside outdoor patio that’s perfect for revving up the romanticism! And let’s not forget that it’s located inside the beautiful Montage Beverly Hills Hotel. But let’s get back to the Scotch… Many visit for the hard to find selection of Macallan Single Malts. Choose from the list of Sherry Oak, fine oak, Highland Park and "old & rare" bottles aged 15 and up to 64 years. 

Address: Montage Beverly Hills, 225 North Canon Dr, Los Angeles, CA USA 90212 
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MALIBU


MOONSHADOWS

Moonshadows has a tiki-themed patio bar called The Blue Lounge. It was voted top 10 Travel Channel beach bars of the world and #11 on CNN top bar/lounge in the world. Seasoned international DJ’s perform regularly at the bar overlooking Malibu beach. Performance times Thursday 7pm-12am | Friday & Saturday 7pm-1am and Sunday 3-9pm.

Address: 20356 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
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SANTA MONICA


LIVING ROOM AT SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH

The Living Room is a beach-house style bar situated right on the Santa Monica beach. Infused with New England charm, the ambiance is luxurious yet low-key. Perfect for a date night. It offers comfortable couches, two fireplaces, an art collection, and live entertainment nearly every night. Cocktails on the heated patio are a must.

Address: 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California 90405, United States
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HOLLYWOOD


ROSALINE

Grab your date and head to Rosaline to explore Peruvian cuisine and sip on some of the best pisco sours and vodka martinis in the city. The indoor-outdoor space is bright, airy, and full of natural warming sunlight, perfect for creating that sunny, beachy California vibe. This stylish bar/restaurant is great for a first (or second, or third) date.

Address: 8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA USA 90069
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GRACIAS MADRE

The perfect vegan-friendly date choice. And this vegan menu is actually tasty. Gracias Madre is a plant-based organic Mexican restaurant, with a full wine, beer, and agave-heavy cocktail menu. Go for the house specialty, the Purista, made with reposado tequila and lime and orange bitters, and order it picante

Address: 8905 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA USA 90069
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MAR VISTA


ACCOMPLICE

This neighborly bar is a perfect casual date night option. They are known for their Asian-inspired cocktails, one it’s of the only places in LA that carries Taiwan Beer. This is because their neighbor, Little Fatty, is a Taiwanese soul food restaurant. So, if you’re hungry, you can order from Little Fatty and the food will promptly be brought to your table. (Think modern takes on classic dishes like squid ink soup dumplings and General Tso's cauliflower.) 

Address: 3811 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
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DOWNTOWN


BROKEN SHAKER

If you’re a sucker for rooftop bars and tiki torches, Broken Shaker is your spot. It sits atop the gorgeous Freehand Hotel with amazing views of downtown LA, a pool, and DJs on the weekends. The bartenders serve handcrafted cocktails and tiki classics. A James Beard Award finalist and winner of Tales of the Cocktail’s Best American Hotel Bar award.

Address: 416 W 8th Street, Los Angeles, California 90014 USA
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MIKKELLER BAR

Labeling themself as the “best beer bar in Los Angeles,” Mikkeller is an industrial chic gastropub with an impressive beer menu, including 52 esoteric, hard to find global microbrews on a rotating seasonal tap. This is definitely a more laid-back date option, but perfect if your date is more of a beer and sausage kind of gal (a rare find). It has to be one of the largest gastropubs on the West Coast and offers Scandinavian-inspired bar bites including house-smoked sausages and top-notch cheese and charcuterie plates.

Address: 330 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA USA 90015
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PICO-ROBERTSON


SOTTO

This intimate, Italian-themed bar stands out for date nights and for a good reason. They have seasonal cocktails made with an extensive selection of hard-to-find Italian amaros, and delicious house-made pizza with local ingredients. The wine program has been called "one of the most interesting lists" in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Times and "one of the best places to drink Italian wine in LA" by Los Angeles Magazine. The ambiance is warm and inviting, and the staff is friendly and attentive. Can’t go wrong with this date night spot.

Address: 9575 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA
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KOREATOWN


WALKER INN


“The Walker Inn is a romantic speakeasy, dimly lit with a mellow spotlight on the bartenders while they stir drinks. (Enter through a secret-ish door at the back of the Normandie Club.) Bar staff is knowledgeable, interactive, and attentive, especially if you make reservations for the omakase-style cocktail tasting menu. Keep an eye out for pop-ups, when bartending talent from around the globe takes over.” – CNTraveler

Address: 3612 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA USA 90005
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