by Cadien Clark - 3347 Reviews - 62 List
The virtual dating world is great and all, but there's something so old-school about actually rubbing up against someone in a public place. You know, like your parents did. L.A.'s still teeming with dance floors jammed with single people on the weekends, stores whose aisles channel sexual tension and bars that serve stiff drinks full of liquid courage. Go get 'em!
Updated: July 24, 2009
DINNER AND DRINKS: Paul Rudd and Jason Segel had their first "man date" here in "I Love You, Man," and it wasn't just for the tacos. Venice's perfect mix of beachy casual and luxe hippie has been the aphrodisiac of choice for horny Westsiders for years. (It's true.)
DANCE PARTY NIGHTS: Downtown L.A.'s formerly rough-around-the-edges club calls out like a siren to the kids anxious to shake their moneymakers on Thursday nights. "Punk Reggae Party," old-school hip-hop, and the like guarantee sweaty action on the dance floor.
NIGHTLY ... FOR NOW: The slalkarazzi's club of the moment is a prime mating ground for Angelenos craving one of those Hollywood nights. It'll take some effort parking anywhere near the Cahuenga Corridor, getting in--even with lots of armcharms, paying for pricey drinks, yada yada, but once you've "arrived"--spotting your prey is easy. Get it while it's still hot. Tick-tock.
HAPPY HOUR ONWARD: Proving that a cool, laidback and 'tude-free neighborhood bar can actually work in West Hollywood, The Idiot is packed and rowdy most week and weekend nights. Sort yourself out at the bar with one of their tasty brews and scan the crowd for a fellow fool. There you have it, guv'nah.
POST-SHOW, PRE-TACO TRUCK: Silver Lake's ridiculously quirky watering hole consistently draws the creative dirty hairs like no other Eastsider. Anyone looking for the fountain of youth, or a youthful companion to drink PBR with, will be in heaven ... A heaven so hip(ster), it hurts a little.
LAST CALL: Fairfax Village's kid brother has always been a favorite Mid-City spot for kicking off--or winding down--a night out. People looking for fun without a lot of fuss would do well to end up here at closing time. We just dropped a dime on The Dime.
LATE AFTERNOONS/EARLY EVENINGS/SUNDAYS: It's no secret that grocery stores are <i>the</i> contemporary urban scoping spots, but if we could bottle the sexual tension flying around any TJ's around town, we might be able to solve the energy crisis. This insanely jammed location in Silver Lake adds the energy of youthful area hipsters to the mix. We're already blushing.
WHENEVER: Maybe it's because this is where the world's male/female celluloid prototypes work out, but the Sunset Strip's hot body mecca is more than a fitness center. Everyone from Carmen Electra (you may have heard of her) to Dolph Lundgren (HE-MAN himself), and the people looking to land carbon copies of them, fine-tune their physiques before hitting the eucalyptus-smelling locker rooms. 'Nuff said.
WEE A.M. HOURS: It's not just early birds who catch worms at Hollywood's famously packed final pit stop. Night owls still wide-eyed after flitting around town all night catch a few, too. The still-drunk, still-lively crowd has not given up on love (or something like it) just because they're eating pancakes. And who knows? Maybe the worms are really caterpillars that will turn into butterflies.
THREE-HOUR LUNCHTIME: Even innocent civilians cruising through Sunset Plaza cannot avoid the spectacle of the sceney outdoor tables at this industry and wannabe-industry Frenchie. All eyes on the patio may be shaded, but trust that they are checking everything--and everyone--out.
WEEKENDS/SUNDAY BRUNCH: The patio gets especially festive on weekend afternoons when the "Bloody Mary Bar" is open for business. A major relief from the more high-octane clubs on La Cienega's Restaurant Row, there's plenty of time to while away an afternoon meeting new people on the porch.
IN-STORE PERFORMANCES: So the indie record store is still alive and well in L.A.--newbies like Origami Vinyl definitely maintain their own professional-appreciator subcultures--but Hollywood's beloved Amoeba still attracts throngs of like-minded music-lovers for in-store performances. There's also the possibility of browsing peeps while they browse EPs. Could be very telling, actually.