First date, third date, 100th date, if you’re in the LA/OC area here are a few of my favorite places to grab a bite, a drink, and snag a kiss or two with your lucky lover…or potential one.
+ Anaheim Packing District.
This is probably my favorite indoor/outdoor food court I’ve ever visited. From craft beer, to PopBar, to Indian food, to Italian food, this food court offers a wide selection of restaurants and lots of seating. They also have live music from time to time and some outdoor activities and vendor tents to shop at on the weekends. At night, you can also see the Disneyland fireworks if you stay late enough, which make for a pretty romantic evening.
+ Bo-Beau’s Rooftap Bar and Lounge.
Nestled in downtown Long Beach, this dressy casual eatery offers American and French comfort foods, a wide selection of beers and wine, and cocktails to die for. They have a rooftop bar and beer garden with arcade games and sometimes live music which make for the coolest date environment. Their happy hour is 4:30-7pm daily which makes this place enjoyable during the weekdays as much as the weekends for a date after work. There are other bars and breweries nextdoor which makes this place a great start for bar hopping!
+ GoldenRoad Brewing in Huntington Beach.
This brewery is located off of PCH, making it super easy to get to and is located indoors and outdoor on the water which is a pretty view. They also have a great happy hour deal on their beers with a GREAT food selection, with their portions being perfect for sharing.
+ The Bungalow/Pacific City in Huntington Beach.
This shopping center is also located off of PCH and is great if you like to shop together. It also has some of my favorite restaurants and lounges such as The Bungalow, that has multiple rooms (SUPER Instagrammable by the way), has the BEST cocktails, and overlooks the water. I also love the maragritas and Mexican Cuisine at OLA’s nextdoor in the same shopping center which also overlooks the water. You can walk from this center across the street to the beach and enjoy the sunset there as well.
+ Downtown Disney. Thank GOD, you don’t need a Disney Annual pass to enjoy Downtown Disney, but this is obviously a no-brainer. From Ballast Point Brewery, to Salt and Straw, to bowling, to shopping, this center is a great place to enjoy everything from shopping, eating, drinking, and people-watching–AND, if you DO have a pass, you can enjoy this spot before or after fun times at the parks.
+ LA Grand Central Market.
Last, but NOT LEAST, this place has the widest selction for food and drinks. If you haven’t been here already, I suggest making a visit especially if you’re not from the area. There’s a TON of places to walk to nearby, such as art museums and small shops. I love going to MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) on Thursdays after 5pm because it’s free and SUPER close to Grand Central Market!
What are some of your favorites?
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