Sometimes you’ll make the best discoveries in the unlikeliest places. Take music, for example. There are jazz clubs all over Los Angeles, but the Blue Whale, a “live jazz + art space” buried in a strip mall in Little Tokyo, is easily one of the finest. On any given evening, you could experience the latest in acid jazz and fusion, or go old school with bebop and swing–making it a perfect spot for your next date night. As you and your sweetheart walk into this hip little joint, take a moment to appreciate the setting. A rotating collection of artwork from local artists adorns the walls. A dozen cube-like bar stools surround a shiny stainless steel bar. A chalkboard menu highlights cocktail specials like the wild pitch, which takes a double meaning in a musical mecca like this. Order a pair and make your way to the intimate seating area by the stage, where the sound of the band tuning their instruments will make your hearts flutter with anticipation. Once the show gets going, you’ll see that these cats can really play. Just remember, Blue Whale is about the music, so no talking during the performance. Luckily the language of love is non-verbal, so look deep into your special someone’s eyes while you let the sound wash over you.