The 10 Best First Date Locations in California!

It’s all about the first impression, which makes a first date an important part of a prospective relationship. And there may not be many better places to wow a love interest than in beautiful California. From cozy coffeehouses, to drinks at a wine bar, to star gazing at an observatory, here are the best places to enjoy a first date in the Golden State. 

1. Spare Room, Los Angeles, CA

Spare Room is a great spot to head if you want a first date to feel a lot like when you were younger. Grab a pair of goofy shoes and get ready to bowl. If you’re looking for something quirky that won’t end with a single drink, it’s a perfect first date spot.

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2. Rosie’s Dog Beach, Long Beach, CA

Rosie’s Dog Beach combines the romance of the beach with the fun of being an animal lover. Not all beaches allow dogs and Rosie’s is known to be a scenic and spacious dog-friendly spot. Bring your date along and introduce your pooches to know if you’ve finally met that special someone.

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3. Cinespia, Los Angeles, CA

Movies are a classic first date, but Cinespia is a unique movie-going experience. Held seasonally in the famous Hollywood Forever Cemetery with another event in LA, Cinespia movies focus on classic films in spooky surroundings. 

4. Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, CA

Museums are filled with conversation starters and talking points and the Museum of Jurassic Technology has them and more. Check it out if you’ve interested in finding out more about your date but don’t know about their thoughts on museums in general.

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5. Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, CA

Griffith Observatory is a classic date spot that has been the beginning of many happy relationships. Take in a star show and then stroll around the surrounding park if things go well.

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6. ABV, San Francisco, CA

ABV is a cool little bar for when you need a little help relaxing. The vast menu allows you to find a cocktail or other adult beverage to unwind over a quiet conversation.

7. Blackbird Bar, San Francisco, CA

Blackbird Bar not only offers drinks to loosen up but also some visual points of interest should you need help conversing. That and the cleverly-named drink menu will be a good way to spend an evening.

Double the pleasure because #TGIF. Cheers to the weekend!

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8. Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar, Berkeley, CA

Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar allows you to decide whether you’re more in the mood for a coffee date or drink date. And with previous vision from Alice Waters, you’re in good hands should you want a snack to pair with your beverage of choice.

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9. Morley Field Disc Golf Course, San Diego, CA

For a unique and active date, check out the Morley Field Disc Golf Course. Rates are cheaper during the week but any day is a fun day to spend in the outdoors learning a new sport that not many have tried before.

10. Dallmann Fine Chocolate Boutique, San Diego, CA

Nothing says romance like chocolate. San Diego based chocolate expert Isabella Valencia offers chocolate-making classes for beginners. It’s a fun way to get your hands dirty and share a laugh—although it is a little pricey for a first date. 

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