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Best Valentine's Day Dates For Parents In Los Angeles

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Valentine's Day carries different meaning for each member of the family, depending on age and current relationship status. For the parents in the house, February 14 may be the one day of the year where alone time is crucial for keeping true love alive. That said, here are five date ideas in the City of Angels for which parents can partake one-on-one on Valentine's Day. Enjoy!

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Water Grill
544 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 891-0900

Oysters are said to be natural aphrodisiacs. Whether that's true or not doesn't matter. It is still worth a try to taste this special shellfish when it's Valentine's Day. You'll arguably find the best catches of this sort downtown at Water Grill, an elegant outpost where the oyster sampler gives you a chance to partake of this seafood rounded up from various regions. Afterwards, if you're not ready to leave and go home to bed, stay and enjoy all kinds of exciting seafood entrees like wild Ecuadorian mahi mahi, wild Fijian ono or wild Norwegian ocean trout.

Bar Marmont

Bar Marmont At Chateau Marmont
8171 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 650-0575

Hipster parents might want to make a beeline for Bar Marmont on the Sunset Strip where stars of the celebrity kind often shine, adding to the allure of this place for those folks who are, well, starstruck. That aside, this hangout inside the venerable Chateau Marmont makes a mean martini and is also the right place to sip and sigh. After all, this is where movie stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson once canoodled; so did Clark Gable and Jean Harlow back in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Sound enticing as well as enduring? Then get going.

nic's martini lounge
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Nic's Martini Lounge
453 N. Canon Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90210
(310) 550-5707

A couple who drinks together often glows together. On Valentine's Day, head to Nic's in Beverly Hills to drink and learn all about vodka. At Nic's Martini Lounge, the clear stuff is stored in a walk-in freezer called the VODBOX where lessons on how to discern one vodka from another are relayed as guests of chef/owner Larry Nicola don faux fur coats and hats in order to keep warm. Eventually, that warmth will be enhanced as each student feels the tingle of the luxury alcohol being drunk as well as the chance to get cozy in a cold environment with your loved one in Los Angeles.

Related: Best Places For First Dates In Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory
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Griffith Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800

Nothing seems more romantic than looking at the stars with your beloved on Valentine's Day. For those couples who agree, head for Griffith Park's legendary Art Deco observatory where, in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, the sky sparklers put on quite a show. Don't want to be so formal? Share the telescopes that line the exterior of this celebrated edifice and sparks will fly between the two of you before you know it.

Australia Celebrates Valentine's Day
Dining In The Dark At V Lounge
2020 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 546-7619

Dining without being able to see your dining partner (or anyone else, for that matter) may just be the ticket for forcing scintillating conversation while giving you a sense of intimacy not found in too many places in sunny Southern California. Enter Santa Monica's Dining in the Dark (also called Opaque) at V Lounge, a no-kids venue where the food takes center stage as a way to engage couples in a meal that is definitely going to be memorable in one way to another. You choose your meal from a menu in the lounge and then go into a pitch black atmosphere to partake of a sensory experience that may lead to even more fun once you get back home.

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TEST Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on

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