Ok ladies… at the end of a long work week the first thing you want to do is drop your purse on the floor, collapse on the couch with a beckoning beverage, and find the Apple TV ASAP so you can begin binging on Netflix posthaste. But isn’t there something you’re missing?
Los Angeles has so much more to offer beyond our TV screens and the plain white walls of an overpriced apartment. One of the best ways to adventure the outside world? The weekly/monthly ritual known as Girls Night Out.
With that in mind, here’s a list of ten fun things to do that are not your “typical” Girls Night Outs in L.A.
If you can find the energy, you’re going to love it… <3
1. A Fine Night to Wine
Malibu Wines is a pleasant place to spend an evening or afternoon savoring fine wine with your favorite girls. Roll out a picnic blanket and bring some treats while enjoying a glass of wine or two in the beautiful Malibu hills. Table reservations are also available in case you’d prefer to buy your bites on site. Esters Wine Shop & Bar, an art-deco style spot in Santa Monica, is another spot for wine, small plates, and good conversation. Or mosey on over to V Wine Room in West Hollywood for all the wine you could want, plus gourmet snacks amidst a serene atmosphere. Bottles up!
2. Rollerskating (or Roller Derby)
With its motto to “skate, party, and eat great food,” Moonlight Rollerway Skating Rink in Glendale is the place to glide with your best girlfriends. This neon-lit skate rink with a hanging disco ball and snack bar is the perfect throwback Thursday night with your ladies. With $10 admission, and $% to rent a pair of slick four-wheel skates, you can disco the night away for a good price. If you’d rather hang out with your gals on the sidelines instead, check out L.A. Derby Dolls, Los Angeles’ premier all-female, roller derby league, at the Dollosseum in Alahambra. Watch the experts skate a thrilling match as you munch on food truck treats. Tickets range from $15-38. See the upcoming schedule to snag a ticket.
3. Play Games
Bond with your besties over Mortal Combat, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, or the Daytona USA race track with a drink in hand. Button Mash in Silverlake offers delicious munchies from Starry Kitchen, craft beer, and vintage arcade games. Or check out Blipsy Bar in East Hollywood to get your hands on the pinball machines and play your favorite songs on the jukebox. EightyTwo in Downtown LA’s Arts District is also a great option for all the best retro video games, pinball machines, nightly DJs, and a tasty margarita. There are also weekly arcade and pinball competitions if you want to join in on the fun.
4. Spa Night
A trip to Wi Spa could be just what the doctor ordered for you and your squad. This 24-hour haven offers a variety of services, ranging from massages, mani/pedis, facials, body scrubs, and more. Admission is $25 (or $35 between midnight and 4:00 a.m.), getting you and your friends four levels of relaxation to explore. With various hot and cold baths, specialty progressive sauna rooms, delicious Korean delights, a gym, and a rooftop terrace, comfort is in no way a concern.
5. Karaoke Night
Girls just want to have fun…singing karaoke. Blind Dragon in West Hollywood offers an elegant karaoke lounge experience, while Boardwalk 11 Karaoke Bar & Grill has a more casual environment with easy bites, drinks, and karaoke every night of the week. For the dive bar experience, iBackstage Bar & Grill in Culver City is worth checking out for tunes and happy hour in wood-paneled digs. For a high-energy atmosphere, you won’t want to miss Brass Monkey in Koreatown. Then, there’s Soopsok, rated #1 karaoke studio in Los Angeles, which offers tunes in four languages with plasma screens, surround sound, and a choice of 20 rooms for your private party.
6. Escape Room
Sometimes you and your girls need to escape into the weekend fast. Good thing there’s no need to go far for a team-building exercise. After voluntarily trapping yourself and your friends in themed rooms, your group you must find the clues to free yourselves before time runs out. Room Escape Live, Enigma Escape Rooms, and Escape Room LA are just a few companies that offer the escape room experience to test how well you can break a puzzle. And don’t forget Escape Hotel in Hollywood where five different rooms are ranked by theme and difficulty.
7. Dance the Night Away
Dancing is more than just the Hollywood clubs. Why not explore the unknown? Salsa dancing at The Granada in Alhambra will be a spicy night to remember with your gal pals. As a banquet facility, nightclub, dance studio, and restaurant, the Granada has it all. Take a Saturday class and when evening comes, you’ll be able to salsa your way through the club as the DJ spins live. Echo Park’s Echoplex is a great venue to dance to a variety of different kinds of music. With nights honoring David Bowie, Prince, and many other legendary artists, it’s time to get footloose.
8. Dinner and a Comedy Show
Friends who laugh together, stay together. Take advantage of the abundant comedy scene by grabbing your gaggle for a chuckle. The Upright Citizens Brigade has shows every night of the week. Why not check out the hilarious “ASSSSCAT” improv show at the Franklin location on Saturday nights and enjoy “The English Burger” at Franklin & Company Tavern afterwards? Additionally, Second City in Hollywood has a myriad of improv shows that are absolutely complimentary, followed by a “Mama Mia!” cocktail on the rooftop bar at Mama Shelter. Or catch “Cookin’ with GAS” at Groundlings on Thursday nights, then grab a nightcap at Melrose Umbrella Co.
9. Paint the Town Red
Sundays nights are “Paint Nite” at Angel City Brewery! Order a flight of beer as an instructor runs you through techniques à la
Van Gogh as you paint your own masterpiece with your friends. Canvases, paints, brushes, and even a smock are offered on site. Early arrival is recommended to get a good seat. Angel City Brewery is also known for welcoming food trucks, so know that your group won’t go hungry either.
10. Go Bowling in Style
Bumpers or no bumpers, Highland Park Bowl is a fun way to hit a few pins and sip on some craft suds. Priding itself as Los Angeles’ oldest bowling alley, this recently revitalized hot spot has eight refurbished lanes for your group to take on. Hourly rates range from $50 to $70 with $5 shoe rentals. Now all you need is a few White Russians and the Dude.
Now gather your squad. It’s time to explore Los Angeles!