Casa Del Mar features aphrodisiacal views of the Santa Monica coastline.

A.O.C. Wine Bar and Restaurant
This much-loved wine bar and bistro from superchef Suzanne Goin and partner Caroline Styne occupied pride of place on West 3rd Street since 2002, but it has moved west to the former home of Il Covo. Now you can enjoy the signature wine menu in a space that includes a romantic lantern-lit indoor garden and an oversize bar at the entrance to the intimate dining room, which features painted wood-beamed ceilings. 8700 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-653-6359

Big Bar
Though this ironically named watering hole adjacent to the Alcove Cafe & Bar on Los Feliz’s happening Hillhurst Avenue is usually quite the hot spot, with bar stool space at a premium, the low-lit interior with its historic ambience (it’s housed in an early-20th-century bungalow), congenial bartenders, and throwback handcrafted cocktails (try a Remember the Maine—a twist on the Manhattan) all alchemize into the perfect romantic rendezvous. 1929 Hillhurst Ave., LA, 323-644-0100

Casa Del Mar
What’s more romantic than an evening spent squirreled away with your loved one and the perfect oceanfront view at this venerable Westside hotel perched right above the Santa Monica shore? Even better: It now serves a menu of specialty barrel-aged cocktails that will have you relishing the finer things in life together. 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310-581-5533

Pace
It’s often difficult to escape LA’s chaotic sprawl, but just a mile or so up winding Laurel Canyon from the bright lights of Sunset sits this perennial favorite—an Italian restaurant that feels as removed from the city as if it were a roadside Tuscan taverna. Now that’s amore. 2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd., LA, 323-654-8583

Petit Ermitage
The private rooftop club at this hidden gem of a West Hollywood hotel is the perfect place for a wintertime romance—complete with green-lined paths, candlelit cabanas, and lounge chairs where couples can snuggle by the sunken fireplace under fur throws while enjoying a glass of Champagne and taking in the 360-degree views of LA. 8822 Cynthia St., West Hollywood, 310-854-1114

The Roof on Wilshire
Although the pool is the main attraction during the day, it is the semiprivate dining cabanas and the adjacent sunken deck with its long fire pit and panoramic city views that delight at night at this Mid-City boutique hotel. The Blossom Toddy with bourbon, honey, orange bitters, and black tea is the perfect way to ease into a romantic evening out. 6317 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-852-6002

The Tower Bar at Sunset Tower Hotel
Pay no attention to the celebrity couple canoodling in the corner or the studio head wining and dining his devoted… um… wife? When you come to this Hollywood classic, you feel like you have the place to yourself thanks to the private alcoves and intimate booths, as well as tables by the roaring fireplace or overlooking the twinkling lights of LA. 8358 W. Sunset Blvd., LA, 323-848-6677

Veranda Bar at the Figueroa Hotel
The Moorish-style garden at this 1920s-era hotel beckons visitors to its angular outdoor pool patio with candlelit tables, overgrown bougainvillea and cactus plants, and perfect nighttime views of LA’s jagged skyline. Inside, the ornately tiled bar is embellished with oriental rugs and overstuffed pillows to create a scene that will make you feel like you’re in a remake of Casablanca. 939 S. Figueroa St., LA, 213-627-8971

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