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Last Minute Los Angeles Valentine’s Day Ideas That Are Not a Pricey Prix Fixe Dinner

It happens every year. Whether you’re single, coupled up, or going out for drinks with the girls, inevitably you keep pushing back on making the dinner reservation, perhaps due to the prevalence of pricey prix fixe menus or holding out hopes for a date and then suddenly Valentine’s Day has arrived and every restaurant in town seems to be booked. Fear not! I’ve compiled a list of Valentine’s Day ideas, parties, and film screenings all over town great for couples, groups, and singles alike. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dance & Music at Union Station
Metro Art Los Angeles presents a special evening of kizomba for Valentine’s Day! A FREE kizomba lesson by Chris Kizomba will be followed by social dancing, accompanied by live music featuring Ricardo Lemvo y Makina Loca. Kizomba is both a dance and a style of music, which developed in Angola in the 1980s and 1990s. The dance derives strongly from zouk, a Caribbean Carnivalesque quick rhythm originating in the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and which is reminiscent of reggaeton and Brazilian funk. Zouk, which means party or festival, drifted to Angola, where it mixed with traditional Angolan music and semba, the Angolan origin of Brazilian samba, resulting in kizomba.

Jazz at Angel City
Come join The Vignes Rooftop Revival for beer and tacos at Angel City Brewery. Live music from 730-930pm with food by Downtown Taco Co. and great beer brewed right here in the Arts District!

Lady and the Tramp
“Lady and the Tramp” is one of Walt Disney Animation’s most romantic movies and makes for a perfect movie to share with your sweetheart over Valentine’s Day. For a limited time, you’ll be able to see it on the big screen at Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre. The special engagement runs February 12-15 with four shows throughout the day.

Roman Holiday
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the radiant and stylish love story that made Audrey Hepburn Hollywood’s favorite Valentine! Fall in love with this classic all over again in the Los Angeles Theatre, a fairy-tale movie palace with crystal chandeliers, golden angels and opulent decor.

Mahogany at The Hammer
Diana Ross plays a Chicago shopgirl who ends up in the glamorous world of modeling and caught in a romantic quadrangle between a photographer (Anthony Perkins), a rich count (Jean-Pierre Aumont), and an activist (Billy Dee Williams). Codirected by Motown founder Berry Gordy. (1975, dir. Barry Gordy, Tony Richardson, Jack Wormser, 109 min.) A Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows the screening.

Ace Hotel
Ace Hotel in DTLA is offering several V-Day choices. Their restaurant, Best Girl, is offering a seafood feast. Get gussied up at the DIY corsage and boutonniere station. Watch a preview screening of F*ck Yes season 2 during this mixer and fundraiser, or enjoy free comedy.

Duff’s Cakemix
Skip dinner and go straight to dessert at this Valentine’s Day cake decorating session. Duff’s Cakemix in Pasadena offers couples the chance to decorate a six-inch round cake of six cupcakes together. Snacks and sweets provided, along with games and a raffle.

S.A.D. DTLA Bar Crawl
Downtown
Wednesday, February 14
You’re invited to the 2018 SAD (Singles Appreciation Day) DTLA Bar Crawl! Come drown your sorrows at not one, but four DTLA bars! $5 shot and beer specials at Spring St Bar, Beelman’s, Sixth St Tavern, and Library Bar! No tickets needed.

Valentine’s Day Village of Love Planned Parenthood Benefit Concert
Westlake
Wednesday, February 14
Panache’s Valentine’s Day VILLAGE OF LOVE Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles Benefit Concert Special performances by these artists performing their favorite love songs and cover songs.

Anti-Valentine’s Party at Birds
Hollywood
Wednesday, February 14
Birds on Franklin hosts its annual Anti-Valentine’s party, complete with voodoo dolls, piñata “aggression-release therapy,” all the best heartache music and prizes for the worst “got dumped” stories.


Clifton’s Republic Sweetheart Soiree

Journey down the rabbit hole to an extraordinary world of romance & fantasy within LA’s most enchanted Wonderland. The Mad Hatter invites you to a wondrous playtime for grown-ups, xa soiree to celebrate Valentine’s Day featuring his most decadent desserts, celebrated performing eccentriques and astonishing surprises! Mysterious vials of shape shifting curiosity and 4 levels of sights tantalize the senses! Dinner, drinks or mere adventures available within.

Connie & Ted’s
Not making guests beholden to a prix-fixe Valentine’s Day “lover’s menu” of any kind, guests can indulge in any and all of their favorites from Connie and Ted’s, including oysters, Lobster Rolls, Stuffies, and more, all from the regular menu with no strings attached – it’s the best anti-Valentine’s Day spot to visit, where you can be yourself and enjoy a good meal without any of the usual holiday fanfare. On a fun note – Connie and Ted’s will also be handing out Lonely Hearts Pins to all diners, and any in need of a love connection, and will also be setting up an Instagram ready love seat for photos in the lounge!

Enjoy!

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