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Glendale has lots of options for Valentine's Day dates

February 12, 2013|By Lisa Dupuy
  • Go to The Famous for cocktails and conversation. Weekday happy hour prices run until 8 p.m., and the doors close at 2 a.m.
Go to The Famous for cocktails and conversation. Weekday… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

So your sweetheart wants to go out on the town for Valentine's Day? Dinner can be pricey and reservations hard to get. How about cocktails, small bites and entertainment till the wee hours of the morning? Can this be found in Glendale? Absolutely. Here's a guide to the burgeoning Glendale night life scene and to some tried-and-true spots.

Instead of splurging on an expensive dinner, why not start the night by sharing the outstanding Taco Tasting platter at Frida in the Americana at Brand. During happy hour, it's only $10 for five juicy, meaty tacos and all the chips and house-made salsa you can eat. Wash them down with their $6 margarita in a big Mexican glass.

Next, a film at one of the nearby theaters might be nice or perhaps hand-holding and window-shopping. Afterward, stroll over to the Famous Craft Cocktail Lounge at 154 S. Brand Blvd., right across from the Americana. Housed in the historic Huntley-Evans building, former site of the Famous department store, this new incarnation of the Famous is warm and woody like the wide assortment of premium bourbons, whiskeys and liqueurs available for sipping or mixing.

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This is the kind of place where they make an Old Fashioned the right way — with muddled artisan cherries, small-batch bitters, exquisite ice cubes and an orange-zest-rubbed rim. You'll feel like you've gone to the latest downtown L.A. hot spot (and you'll pay the same prices). Trust the bartenders here. They mix vintage cocktail know-how with fresh artistic trends. Food options are in constant flux, so it's the luck of the draw, and live music is possible but not probable. You come to the Famous for cocktails and conversation, upscale style. Weekday happy hour prices ($2 off) hold till 8 p.m., and the doors close at 2 a.m.

If you're hankering for some live music, walk around the corner to Left Coast Wine Bar at 117 E. Harvard. Most nights from 8 to midnight, local musicians share their talents and bare their souls in the upstairs loft. Valentine's Day features Karl Marsh on the jazz saxophone. Admission is free and wine is recommended.

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