Date ideas if you're around the DTLA area -- from USC to Little Toyko.
Come for First Fridays. There's a free tour, maybe a speaker or two but the best parts are the D.J., the discounted booze and the dinosaurs. Can't forget about the dinosaurs.
So if you're too impatient to bear the lines over at community favorite Sushi Gen, Sushi Go 55, located on the 3rd floor of the Little Toyko mall is a great alternative -- both for the sake of your wallet and patience. The chirashi bowl, which is two-layered and topped with a delicious assortment of raw fish, is an instant crowd pleaser.
Gorgeous venue with multiple dance floors, Exchange is the place to be if you're into electronic and house music. This place is all about the space. No overcrowding here.
For 2.50 per piece, the bacon donut is the star attraction of this Little Toyko eatery. Delicious by all accords but if the potentially off-putting savory and sweet combo isn't really your thing, we recommend the green tea matcha donut.
Nominated as one of the top bars in America, The Varnish is a hidden "speakeasy" bar in downtown LA. It's small and the set-up isn't exactly conducive to picking up arm candy. With booths and a small bar to spare, The Varnish is more fitting as a place to round-up your friends and talk over mind-boggling drinks.
Sweet USC hang-out place. Great place to catch up on the game score. Amazing ahi tuna dish (perfectly rare on the inside, well-seasoned on the borders) and of course, an impressive happy hour and drink menu.
Craving your fix of raw fish? Sushi Gen's sashimi platter is the reason their little parking lot on 2nd street is always full. It's off the beaten path but the emphasis here is on quality.
Swanky rooftop bar that overlooks Pershing Square. Great date night place. Pricey cocktails but well worth it for the view and fairy tale-esque atmosphere. Lines are out the door on weekends so choose an off-time to pay your visits.
It'd be wise to avoid this place during school days, but during the summer, 2-9 Cafe is a gem. There isn't a lot of people, the TV screens are loud and clear, and it's the perfect place to root on your favorite LA teams while munching on a plate of delicious gut-busting nachos.
Boba 7, also known as "Labobatory" is an alcoholic speakeasy located in the back of Soi 7. Elton Keung is owner and behind the bar whipping up epic concoctions like green tea Heineken and other alcoholic boba creations. Most of the drinks are made with soju and Calpico.
Marugame specializes in Sanuki udon, which is created by pounding on the dough; the result is a firm and chewy texture. One of two handmade udon joints in Little Toyko -- a real gem.