The Unofficial Guide to Valentine’s Day In LA

According to The Daily Beast, Los Angeles is rated the twelfth best city for love in America. So while both singles and couples may want to DirecTV their nights in and be OK with that, romance abound, Angelenos! Valentine’s Day is sorta lame-o if you do lame-o things, so here’s a round-up of awesomeness that’s happening in and around the city, specifically for the big love day. There’s something for everyone – from the fundamentally socially awkward single to the hip-hop loving fist thrusters – so let love rule in the city of Angels!

All the Single Ladies (and Gents)
Singles should head straight to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for the Valentine’s Day Singles Mixer. It’s a show where the improv group uses the audience’s (your) own terrible love stories as performance fodder. This “mixer” actually takes place tonight, February 12th, at 11pm – perfectly timed to snag a date for the real V-Day.

Boozy, Fancy, and Romancy
Impress your blind date with a table at Pour Vous, one of the swankiest drinking dens in Hollywood. It’s dimly-lit and moody, with a Victorian-themed interior, and lots of candles that amp up the romance. For Valentine’s Day, Pour Vous is offering a package for two that includes a two-hour reservation (8 pm-10pm), four oysters paired with a glass of champers, a cheese plate paired with cocktails, and chocolate paired with Cherie for $100. Oh, and there’s a special Valentine’s Show. It might include a scantily clad girl in a cage. Show up with a reservation to find out.

Foodies Paradise
The just-recently-reopened A.O.C is offering a four-course prix-fixe dinner with a bunch of tastings you might love more than your date. Executive chef is Suzanne Goin, who’s been named "Best New Chef" by Food and Wine magazine and is a James Beard Best California Chef award winner. Don’t bring a date that doesn’t understand good food. The night will end bad.

Fist-Thrusting, Power 106 Date
Love is in the Nokia Theater, thanks to Power 106’s Valentine’s Day Crush concert featuring Ne-Yo, T.I., and RaVaughn. We’re pretty sure Ne-Yo will perform his hit single “Let Me Love You.” If the concert strikes you as a little too urban, you can follow the huge wave of old white people heading to Costa Mesa for Kenny G.

Celebrity-Stalking, Fish-Obsessed
Get your Smartphone cameras ready! There’s no red carpet, but those familiar with one (George Clooney, Jessica Simpson, etc.) shack up at Koi Restaurant for some of the best sushi in L.A. (baked lobster roll, anyone?). Considering the high-profile diners, you’ll feel like a VIP yourself. The restaurant has some dishes specifically designed for Valentine’s Day, like Cupid’s Arrow (spicy albacore dish with strawberries and more good-times fixtures). You should probably make a reservation.

Next-Level Seriousness
Because you might propose, make it West Hollywood memorable. Mondrian Los Angeles whipped up a crazy-cool Dream Proposal package that includes three nights in a penthouse suite, private five-course dinner prepared by Asia De Cuba’s executive chef Chang Sivilay, bottle of Dom Perignon, styling and glam sesh from Drybar/Blushington/Stylehaus, four-carot Tacori engagement ring, and engagement party at SkyBar for up to 50 guests. The package is estimated at $105,000 and available until February 19th. Don’t forget to invite us to your wedding.

[Related: BlackBook’s Exclusive Valentine’s Day 2013 Playlist; BlackBook Los Angeles Guide]

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