We all know that Melrose Avenue is a world-famous shopping district. It also boasts plenty of world-class drinking, dining, and entertainment possibilities. It’s the perfect destination for date night, whether you’re looking for an elevated, romantic evening or something loose and casual. We’ve put together five of our favorite dinner and a show date night pairings for you.
This dinner and a show pairing will immerse you and your date in a taste of Italy. Start this special evening with a hearty, authentic New York Italian dinner at Frankie’s. His family recipes are fresh and flavorful, the portions generous, and the atmosphere is retro Rat Pack. Later, walk to the Zephyr where every Monday night Steve Scionti is performing his one-man show, Hear What’s in the Heart: A Shoemaker’s Tale. He plays eight characters in this dramedy about a Sicilian-American family.
FRANKIE’S ON MELROSE
7228 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
You don’t have to go downtown to have a special, upscale date night. Chef Stephen Kalt’s Cali-Italian restaurant, Spartina, offers a rustic, seasonal menu that takes the ordinary to extraordinary. It’s a comfortable, sleek dining option perfect for a meal splurge. Follow an exceptional dinner with a thought-provoking, emotional play at the Matrix Theatre. The award-winning company routinely challenges the audience with genres, styles, and themes that demonstrate the best of L.A. theatre.
7505 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
THE MATRIX THEATRE
7657 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
This pairing is about as old school Melrose as you can get: urban, creative, unapologetically L.A. Start with one of the best burgers in the city served with one of the strongest drinks on the block, thanks to The Darkroom. Enjoy guaranteed great music and photography-inspired décor. Down the block and around the corner, on every Tuesday night, you’ll catch Da Poetry Lounge at Greenway Court Theatre. It’s the largest weekly open mic in America, powerfully celebrating poetry and spoken word.
7302 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
GREENWAY COURT THEATRE
544 No. Fairfax Blvd., Los Angeles 90036
Do you and your date love to laugh? Join the folks at the Village Idiot, where they take food, but not themselves, seriously. They source food locally, organically, humanely, and sustainably to create a menu with something for everybody. The bar has what you need, too. Once you get loose, the Groundlings will be waiting for you with a show every night of the week, showcasing the best improv and sketch talent in the city. No doubt you’ll be seeing one of the next great comedians to come from the Groundlings.
THE VILLAGE IDIOT
7383 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
THE GROUNDLINGS THEATRE AND SCHOOL
7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angles 90046
Are you and your date up for a little adventure? Then this is the pairing for your daring spirits. Start the night with dinner and drinks at Wolf, where your entire experience will be one of discovery and delight. Chef Marcel Vigneron serves both common and unusual foods in only extraordinary ways. Continue your night of play at 60Out Escape Rooms, trying to avoid various undesirables – a Ghost Ship curse, thirsty Dracula, angry mob boss – or protect Alice in Wonderland from losing her head.
7661 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
60OUT ESCAPE ROOMS
7220 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046