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By Kelly Wardle
You've got a hot date on the horizon... and an almost-empty wallet. No problem--in a city with as many entertaining, inexpensive things to do as LA, there's no need to drop big bucks on fancy dinners or pricey tickets. We asked our Facebook fans for their favorite cheap date ideas in LA, and they came through: From free entry at museums to inexpensive concerts to a happy hour hot tub date (yes, really!), these 15 date ideas are fun, low-key, and won't break the bank.
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"The Hammer Museum in Westwood is free on Thursday nights and they usually have something pretty cool going on there. Afterwards, Palomino a couple of blocks away has an all-night happy hour that has yummy $5 pizzas and a great mushroom salad. Now that's a great cheap date night!" -- Deborah Gin Burri Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024
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"At Regency Academy in Pasadena, the matinee is $2, evenings (after 6pm) is $3 per person. A hot dog and Dips are $5 or $6. A bargain!" says Bianca Echenard. Take your date on a Wednesday and save even more, when just $10 gets you admission for two to movies beginning 6pm and later, two popcorns and two sodas. Regency Academy Cinemas 6 1003 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106
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"A great cheap date would be inexpensive bench tickets for the Hollywood Bowl. Bring your own picnic basket (a la Yogi Bear) and a bottle of vino and enjoy some great music in beautiful LA." -- Laura Braganza The Hollywood Bowl 2301 N Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90068
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Andy Ziskin recommends Henry's Hat in North Hollywood: "They seem to always be offering 50% off deals, they have great food, and if there is a lull in conversation they have tons of board games to keep things flowing, not to mention great cocktails too," he says. Want in on the discounts? Follow them on Twitter @henryhatLA to get the deals. Henry's Hat 3413 Cahuenga Blvd. West Los Angeles, CA 90068
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"My favorite date spot is at the Huntington Library in Pasadena. Every first Thursday of the month is free day where the public gets free entry instead of paying the regular admission of $15-$20. Bring sandwiches and drinks for a nice picnic with a view of rose gardens, beautiful sculptures and statues, and afterward enjoy the art galleries around the library." [Ed note: While you can't bring food into the gardens, there is a grassy area off the parking lot where you can eat before you enter the gates]. -- Shannon Yu The Huntington Library 1151 Oxford Rd. San Marino, CA 91108
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"In the summer, Thursday nights at the Santa Monica Pier--great free music, great cheap kettle corn for dinner and a ride on the fabulous Ferris wheel when the concert is over!" - Jamie Dorfman Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA 90401 Photo via Flickr: Prayitno
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"Casa Bianca Pizza Pie is always good for an enchanting evening. Its cost is the sometimes sizable wait time, but it's always worth it," Anthony Della Catena says. Want wine with your pizza? A liter of the house wines cost only $11.95, or bring in a special bottle from home--the corkage fee is just $5. Casa Bianca Pizza 1650 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 Photo via Flickr: Donielle.
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"My favorite cheap date spot is Topanga Canyon State Park. It's great to go in the evenings before the sun sets and hike the trail out to the Pacific Ocean overlook and sit on the bench as the sun goes down. It's free and you can even bring some snacks or a picnic along. It's great to be with nature and your hunny!" -- Stephanie Lynn Erney Topanga State Park 20829 Entrada Rd. Topanga, CA 90290 Photo via Flickr: The Javelina.
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"Cheap dates can often be some of the best dates. My favorites are definitely an evening at Barnsdall Park in the summer with food trucks and Shakespeare. Griffith Observatory is always a romantic, cheap place. And lastly I love dates to Cinespia cemetery screenings." -- Jessica Druxman Barnsdall Art Center 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90027 Photo via Flickr: Lord Jim.
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"A great cheap date idea is a bike ride along the path in Hermosa Beach--at the Hermosa Beach Pier, grab a few margaritas or a pitcher at Cantina Real, then rent some bikes and bike all the way to Manhattan Beach or Redondo Beach (or both). You can rent decent one-speed cruisers for $21 for a whole day (or $7 per hour) at Hermosa Cyclery, parking is $1 per hour and the food at Cantina Real is awesome and cheap ... then go play some volleyball at the beach for the rest of the day." -- Olga Strickland Hermosa Beach Pier 1 Pier Ave. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Photo via Flickr: Jen Robinson.
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"My favorite inexpensive date spot is the beach in Malibu. You can park your car for free at the strip mall, grab a yogurt or a coffee and then walk over to the beach which always seems to be gorgeous no matter what the weather. Once there you can people watch, walk the beach, sit and chat, or play in the water." -- Sara Rouse Malibu Country Mart 3835 Cross Creek Rd. Malibu, CA 90265
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Hot tub date machine! "Puddingstone Resort is my pick for a steamy hot tub date! Great views, hourly rates, happy hour rates...bring in your own food and drinks. It's nice!" -- Charlene Murphy Puddingstone Resort 1777 Camper View Rd. San Dimas, CA 91773
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"Scion Space in Culver City--great art shows and other events by contemporary artists, free parking and drinks at the opening receptions, and great crowds for mingling!" -- Mimi Tarn Scion Space 3521 Helms Ave. Culver City, CA 90232 Photo via Shane Redsar.
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"I live close to Ventura Blvd. and sometimes my boyfriend and I hit up the mini golf course and also we've walked to the laser tag arena...surprisingly fun! We also frequent The Barrel and Pineapple Hill for trivia and karaoke! Also every Thursday night at McG's on Devonshire there is karaoke and it's a blast!" -- Melissa Beck Sherman Oaks Castle Park 4989 Sepulveda Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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"A great cheap date would definitely be driving around LA and trying different food trucks from appetizers to dessert. Then head to the Griffith Park Observatory (which is free) for a romantic evening." -- Michelle Chan Griffith Park Observatory 2800 E Observatory Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027 Photo via Flickr: Marcy Reiford.