Got an emergency email this morning:

Chiara! So, I’m dating this new guy I’m crazy about and I need to step up tomorrow night and take HIM on a date, haha. Any ideas for a fun, romantic date (for a Friday night…in L.A.)? Maybe something a little out of the box? I’m stuck on mini golf and bowling right now…thanks!! -Jeff

Nothing wrong with bowling and mini-golf (especially glow-in-the-dark mini-golf!) but here are a few more last minute date suggestions for Los Angeles.

1. Opaque, Dinner In The Dark

This restaurant is either really sexy, or really hysterical: both are pretty good date options, no?

Opaque, which is at V Lounge in Santa Monica, is a dining experience that takes place completely in the dark. According to the website:

“Opaque – Dining in the Dark – will seat you in a literally pitch-black dining room where you will be guided and served by blind or visually impaired individuals that have been specially trained to serve meals in the dark, casually and comfortably offering guidance and reassurance for sighted guests.”

I checked the menu, so you’re not going to be eating anything too extreme. But what better way to really focus on a date conversation?

2. Friday Night Fright

On Friday nights, the CineFamily Silent Movie Theater shows some not-so-silent horror flicks that make for great, goofy dates. Tickets are only $10, so it might be fun to get a huge tub of popcorn, mix in a few different types of candy, and watch some amazing 80s scene-chewing. Tonight’s show is The Kindred, and the director will be there in person! (Alternately, for a Saturday night date, the cemetery movie screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery cannot be beat.)

3. Perform Chinatown

Okay, technically this one is on Saturday night, but its so cool I needed to include it. It’s basically like a traditional gallery walk, but focusing on performance art. According to LA Weekly, “The artists themselves will operate alone and in groups, setting up elaborate and theatrical as well as casual and intimate circumstances that run the gamut from the unsettling to the hilarious, political and conceptual.”

So cool, right? Kooky enough to give you something to talk about, but unstructured enough to allow for breaks and small talk between the acts/art. It starts at 6:00 pm in Chinatown.

4. Caviar Tasting At Petrossian

This idea comes from Refinery 29, and it’s just out-of-the-norm enough to make a great date. Petrossian, on North Robinson, is a great place to sample caviar, and the staff can guide you if you don’t know what to pick. Your date will definitely be impressed with your sophisticated taste — or you can both bond over having no idea what you’re really eating. Either way, fun!

5. Chris Burden’s Urban Lights

Okay, so I stole this one from No Strings Attached (which is such a better movie than people make it out to be!) But Chris Burden’s outdoor installation at LACMA is something to be seen, and makes a sophisticated and unique backdrop for a date. LACMA is open til 9, so you can tour the inside of the museum, and then pack a picnic to eat outside under the lights later.

Angelenos, how did we fare? Can you suggest any out-of-the-box date ideas for Jeff? Let us know in the comments!

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