You spend each day in Los Angeles surrounded by stars — or those who aspire to be — so you should feel right at home when you spend an unforgettable date night beneath the twinkling sky at the famed Hollywood Bowl. Nestled among the hills beneath the iconic Hollywood sign, this historic amphitheater is always buzzing with big performances, as it has since it first opened in 1922.
Tonight, with romantic spontaneity, you’ve decided to check out the Wednesday night jazz series. After all, who says date night only happens on the weekends? You head for the bench seats, following the river of people meandering along the sweeping path. When you finally emerge into the bowl, feast your eyes on the picturesque view of the massive white band shell temporarily painted with pink and orange sunset hues. You’ve seen it in movies like Beaches and Xanadu, but nothing quite prepares you for the real thing.
Before the show starts, it’s time for some dinner. You could have reserved a table for an alfresco meal at the Wine Bar (their soju cocktails are famous in these parts) or grabbed a burger at the Rooftop Grill, you’ve decided to keep it casual with a picnic lunch. No, not one you packed yourself, a gourmet picnic lunch you pre-ordered that’s ready and waiting when you arrive. Whether you order the “countryside” (rotisserie chicken, potato salad, graham cracker cheesecake) or the “verano” (lemon-poached salmon, summer tomatoes, chocolate moon pie) you’ll have everything you need for a romantic night of music under the stars, from eco-friendly plates and flatware to a bottle of wine.
You could probably have sat with just the picnic and each other’s company all night, but you join the thunderous round of applause when a jazz legend — perhaps Boz Scaggs or Herbie Hancock — takes the stage. Your arms immediately erupt into goosebumps when the blaring guitar, drums, saxophones, and trombones echo through the mountains and get your toes tapping before you even notice. When the sun finally does disappear, wrap yourself in a blanket (this you brought with you) and snuggle even closer as you lose yourselves in the smoldering tunes. When the show ends and you’re walking back up the path again to leave, you and your date pull out your phones to check the long list of summer programs at the Hollywood Bowl. After a night like this, it’s clear you’ll be back.