We all know how hard it is to get a bunch of friends to agree on what to do for your night out. Those group texts can be a nightmare! Avoid getting muted by suggesting some great group activities on Melrose Avenue. After you’re done breaking a sweat or unlocking achievements, refuel at one of the most excellent restaurant and bar establishments anywhere on the block.
Escape rooms are definitely having a moment as the perfect group night out activity. 60Out creates the city’s best quandaries. The Melrose location has six to choose from; you can channel your inner Buffy in the Dracula room, survive the jungle of Jumanji, or get Alice safely out of Wonderland. Your group can be as intimate as 2, and as strong as 8. Let the weak link buy drinks later.
60OUT ESCAPE ROOM
7270 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Go back in time when video game technology was basic but put you in a state of wonder. Game Over is a brand new old school arcade with plenty of head-to-head options and games for casual group challenges for leaderboard status. Mario Bros., Mario Kart, Ms. Pacman, NBA Jam, The Simpsons, and so many more are in impeccable playing condition. $10, all you can play. And trust, you will play A LOT.
GAME OVER RETRO ARCADE
7406 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Improv isn’t just about being hilarious (though, that’s a good result); it’s about listening and allowing. Deepen those friendships during a one-day Intro to Improv class at the Groundlings School. In three hours, you’ll learn a lot about yourself and your pals while you study the fundamentals and work them out with some playful games. Weekday class is at night (shots later), weekend class is in the morn (brunch later).
THE GROUNDLINGS THEATRE AND SCHOOL
7307 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
You know, you don’t always have to play Magic at someone’s house. There’s a built-in community of players at Mega City One, and plenty of events and drafts (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights) during the week that you and your Gathering squad can get in on; it’s prizes and community in a welcoming, supportive environment. If MTG is not your thing, how ‘bout Saturday afternoon Heroclix or Sunday afternoon Dungeons & Dragons?
MEGA CITY ONE
7301 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Whether you like to dance or just the idea of hitting the dance floor makes you sweat, Grooves is a perfect class for you and your tribe to hit at Playground LA. It’s an all-level class with zero choreography – you just follow along. So not only can you pick up some useful new moves and have some fun, it’s a workout! While it’s no-stress, you’re still getting the benefit of a for-real instructor: Kennis Marquis has given moves to Zayn Malik, Britney Spears, and LL Cool J.
7375 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046