September 28, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Top 5 Date Nights:

By Joe Fasbinder

With summer winding down and life getting back to normal, date nights are back on weekly agendas. Here are some great local suggestions to add spark to your evening or day.

1 The Pier

No first date should be without this elaborate, electric, historic Santa Monica landmark. Smell the cotton candy. Take a ride on the carousel, glittering in the night, with mirrors to look at yourself, or to your date. Make faces, Ffeel the wind in your hair. The Ferris Wheel is probably the feature that stands out most prominently at the Pier. Colored lights take you up and down. And if your date is made of stout stuff, and not afraid of heights, this might be one of the sweetest places to cop a kiss anywhere on the Westside. For more information on what else can be found at the pier, head to: santamonicapier.org

2 Venice Boardwalk

Not far away from The Pier is the celebrated Venice Boardwalk. If you have a date at a time of day when the sun is shining, this is the best place to go. There aren’t a lot of colored lights, but there is a chainsaw juggler, something you’re not liable to find in a restaurant on the Westside, no matter how trendy. The smells here are not so fine, but street vendors, unicyclists and hippy types abound. Go out toward the ocean, where the beach meets the water meets the sand and watch the surfers. Some of them are downright amazing. Dial into venicebeach.com for more information.

3 The Stinking Rose

“It’s cool, it’s hip, and it stinks! It’s The Stinking Rose, L.A.’s exciting tribute to garlic gastronomy and the latest dining and entertainment attraction to rival any Tinseltown extravaganza,” claims the restaurant’s website at thestinkingrose.com. Dial up the restaurant at 310.652.7673, and you’ll be greeted by a voice doing a half-decent imitation of Bella Lugosi as the vampire Dracula, inviting you to the garlic-infused cuisine, including their signature garlic steaks. Be of good cheer, you of tender taste buds: you can get these California-Italian cuisine favorites with as much or as little garlic as you want. Oh. And people think it’s a romantic place. Head to 55 North La Cienega Boulevard, in Beverly Hills. There are 3071 reviews on yelp – most of them giving the place four or five stars.

4 Culver Hotel

It’s a National Historical Landmark where you can buy a drink. There’s nothing more romantic than the Culver Hotel in Culver City. Built in 1924 by the founder of Culver City, Harry Culver, the hotel became a mecca for stars and star wannabes during the heyday of Hollywood. The flatiron shaped building is next door to the historic Culver Studios and a few blocks from the legendary Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, now Sony Pictures. The Culver Hotel has appeared in a wide array of films and television programs throughout its history, including the Our Gang short “Honkey Donkey,” “The Wonder Years,” “Party of Five,” “7th Heaven,” “Last Action Hero,” and “Touch.” “The hotel was the home to the real life munchkins while they were filming the Wizard of Oz at the now Sony Studio Lot,” says a listing on Yelp. Legend has it that when Charlie Chaplin owned the hotel, he lost a game of five card stud to no other than John Wayne. The Culver Hotel is located at 9400 Culver Boulevard. Phone them up at 310.558.9400.

5 Rodeo Drive

Remember the 1980’s film classic “Pretty Woman?” It was filmed in and around West Los Angeles, but a pivotal scene in the fairytale romance about a gorgeous prostitute who meets, what else, a millionaire (Richard Geere), takes place at a Boulmiche boutique at 321 North Beverly Drive, in what is really Beverly Hills, where Roberts’ character extracts revenge on the boutique staff who have snubbed her, because they don’t think she can afford to shop there. Her character spends a bajillion dollars at another shop and returns to snub the staff. The movie goes to great effort to hide the name of said boutique, but it’s really the Boulemiche, just around the corner of famed Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Alas, the boutique has moved to another location, while a new boutique, Nespresso, seller of high-end espresso machines and related paraphernalia, has moved in. But hey, you’re on Rodeo Drive, and you can take in the sights, and maybe you can also shell out a bajillion dollars at one or more of the trendy shops that line the Boulevard. Maybe, like the characters in the film, you can find true love here.

in News
Related Posts

OpEd: The Miramar Project Will Be a New Architectural Jewel

September 27, 2020

September 27, 2020

The Miramar Hotel has been a central part of Santa Monica’s history and an integral part of the community for...

Edify TV: Trident Center Redevelopment

September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020

The Westside’s Trident Center is getting a major overhaul and new name as part of a flurry of development in...

Miramar Project to go Before City Council Tuesday

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Councilmember Gleam Davis asks City Attorney whether she should rescue self from vote  By Sam Catanzaro  Santa Monica lawmakers will...

SMa.r.t. Column: Needed, A Heart Transplant

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

We have written about adaptive reuse in previous columns and have postulated that with proper incentives, the existing one, two...

Edify TV: Boulders Blocking Westside Encampment

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

City officials recently removed boulders placed on sidewalks by some Westside residents to prevent the formation of a homeless encampment....

Should Council Member Davis Recuse Herself From Voting? Santa Monica Beat – September, 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Should Council Member Davis Recuse Herself From Voting? * Increases In...

SMC to Be Online for Winter and Spring 2021

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

College cites lack of available vaccine  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica College (SMC) has announced it will be delivering classes...

Edify TV: Al Fresco Program Ending?

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

During a COVID-19 pandemic many restaurants have found aid through the City of Los Angeles’ Al Fresco dining program, but...

Local Breweries Say They Have Been Unfairly Shuttered as County Passes Grant Program

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

$10 million grant program approved by Board of Supervisors  By Sam Catanzaro Will a $10 million grant program be enough...

Santa Monica Loses Vegan Restaurant

September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

Space housing Santa Monica vegan restaurant Viva Vegan up for lease By Sam Catanzaro A vegan restaurant in Santa Monica...

Risks Posed by Wildfire Smoke

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

UCLA pulmonologist on how people can tell if the wildfires are making them sick By Toi Creel Even if you...

Will Los Angeles County See Another Spike in COVID-19 Cases?

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

County health officials keeping close eye on data this week By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health officials are monitoring...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Fire Department Fighting Blazes Across State

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

The Santa Monica Fire Department has been busy helping combat wildfires burning throughout the state. Learn more in this video...

Lawmakers and Residents Take Steps Towards Police Reform

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Santa Monica residents will soon have more control of policing after local lawmakers took significant steps to reform the Santa...

2020 Census Due September 30th: Santa Monica Beat – September, 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * 2020 Census Due September 30th * Bobcat Fire Reaches Historical Size...