Alternative Valentine’s Day Events in L.A.

Go beyond roses and teddy bears

"Crazy, Stupid, Love" Cocktail Kit at Big Bar
"Crazy, Stupid, Love" Cocktail Kit at Big Bar | Photo: Eugene Lee

Leave the roses and teddy bears behind and check out these alternative Valentine’s Day virtual events and cocktail kits to-go in Los Angeles.

If you're looking for a more traditional celebration, we've got you covered with restaurants offering Valentine's specials to-go and outdoor dining.

Lovers Rock virtual experience hosted by Grand Park
Lovers Rock virtual experience | Photo: Grand Park

Grand Park: Lovers Rock (Feb. 12-28, 2021)

Grand Park's Lovers Rock is going virtual for 2021! Starting February 12, rock to the vibes inspired by Lovers Rock reggae, with playlists and sets from some of LA’s amazing DJs on Grand Park’s Spotify and Mixcloud.

Enjoy sets by Novena Carmél, the new co-host of KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic”; Christian Morales, co-founder of Qvolé Collective; DJ Rashida, DJ Hoseh, and Storm the DJ. Then, cook up a loving, healthy, delicious vegan Valentine’s meal – solo or with your pod – with fun and simple cooking recipes and YouTube video tutorials by Angela Means Kaaya, founder of Jackfruit Cafe.

Death & Co.

Death & Co.

The Arts District outpost of the acclaimed Death & Co is offering a Valentine's Day Cocktail Kit for Two, which includes: Mondrian Cocktail - Blanco Tequila, Raspberry, Cappelletti Aperitivo, Lemon, Champagne (4 Servings); 750ml Champagne Mangin et fils Brut Nature (for the Mondrian Cocktail, with plenty to spare!) and two Individual Milk Chocolate Tortes.

Pricing is $125 per package. Order via Tock for pickup or delivery on February 12-14.

Apotheke presents Virtual Valentine's Day featuring Sweven
Virtual Valentine's Day featuring Sweven | Photo: @apothekela, Instagram


Celebrate a Virtual Valentine's Day with Apotheke, featuring an exclusive livestream performance by Sweven. Order any item from Apotheke's limited edition Aphrodisiacal To-Go Menu for private access to the erotic performance on Sunday evening. Priced at $50 per decanter (4-6 servings), Apotheke's stimulating Valentine's Day cocktails all feature APO Libido Bitters and are designed specifically for this event.

Place your order at the Apotheke website and schedule your pickup in DTLA on February 12-14 to receive your personal password for the show.

Festival To-Go Box by Angel City Brewery
Festival To-Go Box by Angel City Brewery | Photo: @angelcitybeer, Instagram

Angel City Brewery: Broken Hearts Circus (Feb. 13-15, 2021)

Angel City Brewery is bringing back its annual Broken Hearts Circus with a virtual festival, streaming from February 13-15 and beyond through the Angel City YouTube channel.

The virtual Broken Hearts Circus will feature sword swallowers, jugglers, wire walking, magicians, aerialists, and of course, a beer tasting.

Lovers and friends have the option to purchase a $65 Festival To-Go Box featuring goodies to enjoy while they're viewing acts that they can access throughout Valentine’s Weekend. Also included in this year’s virtual event will be a spotlight on local artisan vendors from the LA LGBT Center whose wares will be available on the Angel City e-store.

"Crazy, Stupid, Love" Cocktail Kit at Big Bar
"Crazy, Stupid, Love" Cocktail Kit at Big Bar | Photo: Eugene Lee

Galentine's Day & Valentine's Day at Big Bar (Feb. 13-14, 2021)

As they did with Halloween and Christmas, the team at Big Bar has put together movie-themed cocktail kits for Galentine's Day (Feb. 13) and Valentine's Day (Feb. 14). Inspired by Bridesmaids, the Galentine's kit includes a 4-portion 16oz bottle with mix along with a champagne split. The box also includes pink champagne flute, Galentine's Day card, friendship bracelet, conversation hearts, and popcorn.

For Valentine's Day, the Crazy, Stupid, Love kit includes two servings each of a classic Gimlet with Sipsmith Gin, and DIY Maker's Mark 46 Old Fashioned with souvenir muddler. There's also Jacob's valentine to Hannah, Robby's valentine to Jessica, caramel apple pop, conversation hearts, and popcorn.

Each kit is priced at $45. Pre-order at Toast for pickup on February 11, 12 or 13.

Valentine's Day Cocktail & Cookie Box by Vervet
Valentine's Day Cocktail & Cookie Box by Vervet | Photo: @drinkvervet, Instagram

Valentine's Day Cocktail & Cookie Box

LA-based Vervet has teamed up with local baker Sydney Kramer to offer a Valentine's Day Cocktail & Cookie Box, featuring two Vervet Sundowner canned cocktails and a pack of chocolate strawberry cookies. Limited quantities available through Bar Keeper in Silver Lake and Stanley's Wet Goods in Culver City.

Each box is priced at $25, with $5 from each sale donated to the Downtown Women's Center to help provide resources and aid to local women struggling with homelessness.

Romantique Gift Box at Vinovore in Silver Lake
Romantique Gift Box at Vinovore | Photo: Vinovore


Exclusively carrying wine made by women (and multi-gender partnerships), Vinovore is offering a variety of themed Gift Boxes for Valentine's Day, such as "The Bookworm," "Game Night," "Meditate + Levitate," "Cat Lover," "Put a Ring On It," "Netflix and Chilled," and "Love on the Run." View the full list and place your order for pickup or local delivery at the Vinovore website.

Break Up Bar on Melrose Avenue
Break Up Bar | Photo: Tock

Break Up Bar

Now in its third year, the infamous anti-Valentine's Day pop-up, Break Up Bar is back with a special walk-up window adjacent to Severance Bar on Melrose. Available now through Valentine's Day, Anti-Valentine's Packages include the Hate Mail and Ghosted macaron sets; the Wasted Two Years of My Life (cheese plate with Break-Up spritz pack); and the Ugly Divorce - macarons, chocolate-covered strawberries, charcuterie box, and large Champagne Punch Kit. A la carte add-ons, Self-Guided Rosé Tasting Kit, Champagne Punch, Cocktail Kits, and bottles of bubbly or wine are also available. Order for pickup or delivery at Tock.

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Melrose Umbrella Co.

Melrose Umbrella Co. is featuring a Valentine's Day Cocktail Kit that includes two 8 oz. cocktails: Stonefruit Old Fashioned (Woodford Reserve, Apricot Brandy, vanilla, bitters) and a Walnut Lowball with Woodford Reserve, toasted cinnamon, and walnut liqueur. Priced at $48, the kit includes two Woodford Rocks Glasses, three Compartes Chocolate Boxes, Tasting Map, and a Valentine's Day Card. Order at the Umbrella Hospitality Group website.

"Love, Lust and Libido" hosted by the Getty Center
"Love, Lust and Libido: Aphrodisiacs in Medieval Europe" | Photo: Getty Center

Getty Center Presents "Love, Lust and Libido"

Add some spice to your Valentine's Day with Love, Lust and Libido: Aphrodisiacs in Medieval Europe. Hosted by the Getty Center via Zoom, this online event will unravel the mysteries of late medieval aphrodisiacs with food historian and author Ken Albala, and Getty Manuscripts Curator Larisa Grollemond. Delve into the period cookbooks, artworks, and courtly feasting cultures of northern Europe to discover ingredients, recipes, and customs thought to arouse the libido, heighten pleasure, increase potency or, conversely, kill the mood.

Want to enhance your experience? Prepare amorous food and drink for the event using the historical recipes and instructional cooking videos provided, or challenge yourself with the aphrodisiacs quiz.

This program is free. Registration required. Courtly dress encouraged! Tag the Getty at @gettymuseum and include #gettymuseum to share your dress or dishes.

500 Days of Summer
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 500 Days of Summer | Photo: 500 Days of Summer, Facebook

Street Food Cinema: 500 Days of Summer (Feb. 12, 2021)

Street Food Cinema presents a Valentine's drive-in screening of 500 Days of Summer, taking place at the Airport Interim Open Space on Friday, February 12. One of the sleeper hits of 2009, 500 Days of Summer stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Tom Hansen, who reminisces about his 500-day relationship with Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel). Critics and fans alike praised the chemistry between the two lead actors, as well as the effective use of Downtown LA locations.

Car entry is $20 (required) and each person in the car must have a General Admission ticket ($8 each). Doors at 7:45pm, movie at 8:30pm.

Valentine's Date Night Pack for Two at Esters Wine Shop
Valentine's Date Night Pack for Two at Esters Wine Shop | Photo: Tock

Esters Wine Shop & Bar

Part of the Rustic Canyon restaurant group, Esters Wine Shop & Bar is offering a Valentine's Date Night Pack for Two that includes a 3 Meat & 3 Cheese Plate, Cheese Twists, VIP Snacks (lavender almonds, curry cashews, corn nuts, marinated olives), 2 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, and 2 Champagne Truffles. Pricing is $85 per package, be sure to add a bottle of wine (or two!).

Esters is also featuring an extended version of its annual rosé-themed Sunday Tasting. Available to-go February 12-20, the Valentine's Rosé Flight is priced at $28 per person and includes five small tasting bottles to keep; five rosé samples, a Champagne truffle, tasting sheet, and link to a video of their sommelier team telling stories about the wine.

Order the Valentine's Date Night Pack or Rosé Flight by calling Esters or online via Tock. Gift boxes and flower bouquets also available.

Valentine's Day Cookie Box at Milo & Olive
Valentine's Day Cookie Box at Milo & Olive | Photo: @miloandolive, Instagram

Valentine’s Day Market at Milo & Olive (Feb. 13, 2021)

A new holiday tradition for Milo & Olive, the Valentine’s Day Market is taking place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, February 13. Hosted in the back parking lot, the market will offer Valentine’s-themed Cookie Boxes, Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, housemade Cocktail Syrups, Milo & Olive sweatshirts and tote bags, and more. Local artist friends from Blew Candle Co. and Novella Curio will be there as well.

Milo & Olive is also offering Valentine’s Day Meal Kits: Sweetheart Kit ($55) with fresh, handmade spaghetti + choice of sauce; Duck Confit Ravioli Kit ($65) or Cacio e Pepe Risotto Kit ($55) – all of which come in a Milo & Olive tote with a demi baguette and gluten-free citrus cheesecake with a gingerbread crust. Add a bottle of sparkling rosé, Champagne, white or red wine to pair ($20-80). Available for pre-order only until 6 p.m. on February 10. Call Milo & Olive or fill out the online form for pickup on Valentine's Day.