40. Harvelle’s (1432 4th St., Santa Monica) Burlesque ladies and boys who look like Charles Bukowski roam like cattle at Santa Monica’s premiere spot for girlie shows. If you’ve got the cojones to saunter up to a Bettie Page or Dita Von Teese look-alike and actually ask her out on a date, then this place is your heaven.
39. Oakwood Apartments (3600 Barham Blvd., Los Angeles) Nestled in the crusty hills between Hollywood and the Valley, these furnished living spaces are home to many of the men and women who earn their living working at nearby Warner Bros., Disney and NBC. These buildings are oozing available singles. What’s more, many of them are new to the area and just dying for someone to show them the ropes.
38. Laemmle’s Sunset 5 (8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood) What is it about independent film that is so undeniably sexy? Maybe it’s the people who worship this artistic genre. You’ll find plenty of cinemaphiles to tickle your fancy in line or waiting in the lobby on a Saturday night. The better the movie selection, the better the babe pool.
37. Spain Restaurant (1866 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles) My friend and I weren’t surprised by how good the food was. Dulce de Leche crepes and chorizo marinated in red wine were two of the menu items that enticed us in the first place. But we were shocked by the good looks of all the patrons that we encountered during our meal.
36. 4100 Bar (4100 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake) I’ve shown up here with no make-up on and had people spark up a convo with me. I’ve been here dressed to the nines and had every boy in the place turn his head. Hell, I was recently involved in some deep discussions about life and had guys that I wasn’t even convinced were straight implant themselves all up in my beeswax.
35. The Brite Spot (1918 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park) I have personally not set foot in the Brite Spot since going there with my ex. You see, the waitresses at this diner are hot, and they have no aversion to flirting with customers. In this particular instance, girlfriend flirted her way right out of a tip because I was picking up the tab that night, not him. For a single guy looking to score, grab your best female wingman and head on over.
34. Pipers Restaurant (222 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles) I once knew a girl who looked like Shrek (or more accurately, Fiona) but had absolutely no problem whatsoever meeting guys here. And I’m not talking about dorks with no chance in hell of landing a cute girl. These were attractive and professional men with ... OK, “eccentric” tastes. But if it worked for her, then surely the rest of us can get a little lovin’ here. Pipers is an upscale diner with decent food and a good smattering of locals that are willing to get to know you, as opposed to judging you at first glance.
33. Miss T’s Barcade (371 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles) On any given night, there are a ton of cool kids ready, willing and able to school each other on the craziest games. We’re talkin’ boys who love their Xbox 360s and girls who adore their Wii Fits. Barcade’s vibe is unforgettable. They hire only DJs with the dopest tunes on tap. But the best thing about this establishment is that it’s chock-full of humble singles who swear that they’re nerds, but in actuality are just sweet people lacking in pretense who may be a little shy at first but are always worth the time and effort.
32. Moonlight Rollerway (5110 San Fernando Road, Glendale) On adult nights, MILFs run free here like wild horses. So do college-aged singles waxing nostalgic about the good ol’ days of skating rinks, Bratz dolls and Sega video game consoles. Love is only a stumble away, so there’s no need to worry if your skate-skills are lacking; someone attractive is bound to break your fall.
31. Starbucks Coffee (7624 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles) His name was Eli. He looked like a cross between Penn Badgley and Milo Ventimiglia. I was getting over a fling with a co-worker when Eli landed smack-dab on my love radar. Maybe it was the way the muscles in his forearms bulged when he made those grande Frappuccinos. Or perhaps it was the fact that every night after work, he’d come over to my apartment with all the stale scones and cakes that hadn’t been sold that day. Regardless, I fell – HARD – for this guy. Sure, our relationship was short-lived, but it was unforgettable. Whether you work here or play here, this Starbucks is the land of unchartered passions ... and some damn good lattes.
30. Getty Images (6300 Wilshire Blvd., 16th Fl., Los Angeles) Get a job here, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of the sexiest men and women in Los Angeles. World famous photographers like Michael Buckner and Timothy Norris are major babes – trust me! As are the office staff. Just a quick note: You should probably have a stunning portfolio, a love of and more importantly, an aptitude for photography and photo editing, since that’s what Getty Images is all about.
29. PYT Fridays (pytfridays.com) Pretty Young Things finally have a place in which to admire each other. This party is thrown each week by some of the sickest DJs in Hell-A. True, the guy/girl ratio is definitely swayed in favor of the fellas, but no worries. It’s still a good time to be had by all.
28. Silver Lake Dog Park (1850 W. Silver Lake Drive, Silver Lake) Your puppy is super cute! Everyone says so. But not everyone you date wants to assume the responsibility of caring for your pooch. That’s why the dog park is so much fun. Your four-legged buddy could wind up sniffing the butt of the beagle belonging to your future husband or wife. Now that’s what I call matchmaking!
27. Chef’s Inc. (10955 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles) Taking classes at this Westwood culinary arts school will achieve one of two things: it’ll prepare you for the rigors of cohabitation, or place you in a class with someone who you could possibly have a meaningful relationship with. Celebrated local chefs teach nearly every style of cooking here, and class participants are as varied as the Los Angeles landscape.
26. David & Goliath (909 N. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo) For the artistically inclined, may I introduce you to D&G? This respected creative agency has employed some of Los Angeles’ most talented writers and artists. Oh, did I mention that writers and artists are usually devilishly attractive?
25. The Daily Pint (2310 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica) The Daily Pint is a great neighborhood bar with cheap brews and a kick-ass happy hour. It’s got something for every social taste: Santa Monica college students, yuppies and other assorted 21-34-year olds. Ask that good-looking blonde or fly-guy in the suit to join you for a friendly game of foosball or darts.
24. Souplantation (8491 W. 3rd St. Los Angeles) Weekdays around lunchtime at this Beverly Connection restaurant are a bizarre hot bed of singles action. There are stories all over this town about people finding love or something like it near the mammoth salad bar or while fighting over the last of the cheesy pizza bread.
23. Green Door Lounge (1429 Ivar Ave., Los Angeles) I’m all about any place where hotties like Ryan Gosling get their own DJ night. Green Door is high class, yet low key. The women you see here are stylish and in the know. The guys that hang here are sharp and dreamy. Just remember: it takes a certain level of confidence to frequent a spot like this, so be forewarned.
22. Toast (8221 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles) Located in a thoroughly obnoxious part of town, Toast redeems itself by offering ordinary food prepared in extraordinary ways. This may be why it stays packed with beautiful women at all hours of the day and night. For anyone looking for a great gal with remarkable fashion sense, you’re likely to find such a creature here.
21. Vanilla Bake Shop (512 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica) Didn’t you know? Cupcakes are like catnip to women everywhere. Not only is Vanilla Bake Shop full of yummy sugary goodness, but there are charming girls aplenty camped out here in order to feast on Meyer Lemon and the sensual Blackberry Passion Fruit cakes.
20. Don Antonio’s (11755 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles) College co-eds are all about Don Antonio’s. Lovely and dazzling young ladies parade through this Westside eatery in packs. You can also find unnervingly masculine guys to drool over when you’re not too busy pigging out on the food.
19. Trader Joe’s (7304 Santa Monica Blvd.; 263 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles) Go here on a weeknight or better yet, a lazy Sunday afternoon and prepare to be bowled over by the luscious eye candy. I’m not just talking about the produce, either. Hollywood and West Hollywood cuties converge to get their shopping done. I’ve personally seen a few coming on to each other in the process.
18. The Kitchen (4348 Fountain Ave., Silver Lake) Comfort food, hipster-style! The Kitchen is perhaps the most underrated eatery in all of Los Angeles. But you don’t care about that. You’re more interested in the attractive and often single Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz locals that dine here. They’re friendly too and not at all adverse to striking up conversations with attractive strangers at neighboring tables.
17. Apple Store, The Grove (189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles) There is absolutely nothing sexier than brains and technology. You’ll find both at the Mac store. Cozy on up to your favorite Mac genius and let him or her explain to you how to work that iPhone that you’ve had for months now. Sneaky, but effective.
16. Fred 62 (1850 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz) From across the milk chocolate-colored booths is romance waiting to happen. Fred’s is open late. This means that if you strike out at the local bar or club, you still have a chance to mack on someone decent. Seduce and destroy with a plate of fries.
15. Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, The Grove (189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles) There was a waiter here named Desmond who looked like Kele Okereke from Bloc Party. Desmond was so cute that I slipped him my phone number – under my then-boyfriend’s nose. What can I tell you? They only hire the best.
14. Buddha’s Belly (205 Broadway, Santa Monica) Where are all the attractive men in Southern California? If it’s lunchtime, they’re here – eating well and building up plenty of stamina for more intimate activities to be held later. Since Santa Monica is the Silicon Valley of Los Angeles, you can rest assured that any of the men you meet here are going to be educated, employed and health-conscious. If the ladies are your thing, imagine a place where hippie chicks graze on vegan and vegetarian tastiness all day, all night. The big window is also great for people watching.
13. Body Builder’s Gym (2516 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles) Gym culture sucks, but if you must ... Body Builder’s Gym is well respected and centrally located. If you’ve got a few extra pounds, ask out someone who’s fighting the good fight as well. If you’re one of the pretty people, you’ll find plenty of available versions of your perfect mate to crush on.
12. Swingers (8020 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles) Located in the heart of it all, Swingers attracts the cream of the crop. The tragically hip will find sustenance as well as infatuation with one another.
11. The Hollywood Bowl (2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles) With recent performances from Beck, MGMT and Radiohead, the bowl was a haven of summer love in 2008. But for the lucky few, it carries precious memories year round. I once met a blind date here. We walked the grounds after hours and stayed up late talking and kissing under the stars.
10. Spaceland (1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles) Monday nights are residency nights. Translation: Monday equals some fine tail up in here. Spaceland is a breeding ground of the best up ’n’ coming bands and musicians on the scene today. They broke groups like Noah and the Whale and the Walkmen. These nights are awesome because they’re free, which means the room will be packed with the kind of hottness that was once reserved for your most intimate of naughty thoughts.
9. Urban Outfitters (7650 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles) Back in 2001, yours truly was an employee of this famed mecca of urban chic. Not two weeks into my employment had I managed to snag myself a quirky make-out buddy who just happened to be my co-worker. And that’s just my story. Between the constant influx of celebrities (Seann William Scott was a regular when I worked here, as was actress Winona Ryder) and the major babes working across the street at Starbucks (see Starbucks Coffee), Urban is a great resource for making love connections.
8. Cinespace (6356 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles) I won’t lie to you –Cinespace blows if you’re looking for a mature relationship with someone you can talk to. However, if you just want to suck face or prove to yourself that you’ve still got it, then slap on your dancing shoes and head to Hollywood. I’ve gotten so much random tongue action here I’m convinced my lip gloss contains pheromones.
7. The Normandie Room (8737 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles) Lez love finds a happy home in the heart of Boys Town. Whether your taste is girls with art school style or women with an Ellen DeGeneres edge, the Normandie Room’s crowd (and even bartenders) are sexy ladies that you’ll love getting to know a whole lot better.
6. The Abbey (692 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles) The Abbey is a famed gay bar. Boys who like boys have known about this place for years and have made it the first stop on the WeHo tour of love. What most people don’t realize is that for every gay male, there’s a straight female best friend. So, for any of you hetero guys manly enough to kick it at a same sex oriented lounge, you could have the pick of a very attractive litter if you play your cards right.
5. Westside Eclectic Theater (1323A 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica) A sense of humor can be a powerful aphrodisiac. With that being said, the folks at the Westside Eclectic are sitting on one of the greatest untapped resources for booty in this town. Comedians like Drennon Davis (“Last Comic Standing”) and actor Avi Rothman perform here. Not to mention hot ladies like Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”) and actress Vanessa Ragland-Irwin.
4. Short Stop (1455 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles) This Echo Park staple has come full circle. Just a few short years ago, the Short Stop was all the rage. There have been a few low points in its storied history, but through it all, it’s back on top. What this bar has to offer is variety. If you like sporty types, but your friend digs hipsters, you’re both covered. If you arrive on a packed night, you just might leave with Mr. or Ms. Right.
3. Yelp (yelp.com) The social calendar goes 2.0! Yelp is a fierce online community that allows its users the opportunity to rate the places they frequent. It also enables them to send each other messages, rate each other’s photos and also invite one another to fun social events. This is the easiest and most modern way to flirt without fear of rejection.
2. Little Joy Cocktail Lounge (1477 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles) If you can’t get laid here, then there’s no hope for you, my friend. Little Joy is a rite of passage in Los Angeles. At some point, anyone who’s ventured to Echo Park on a Friday or Saturday night has knocked back a brewski or two here. The staff is usually an attractive mix of artists and slackers. The same can be said of its patrons. Even Fab Moretti (the drummer for the Strokes) is hip to Little Joy; his new band is named after it.
1. Craigslist (craigslist.org) As chronicled in the indie flick In Search of a Midnight Kiss, Craig and his list are a must-have for singletons everywhere. It’s great: if your thing is a tall Aquarius with a love of the Dodgers who happens to drive a gold 1982 T-bird, I guarantee you, that individual is out there – somewhere – and probably into all the freaky no-good deeds that you are. And it’s not just for straight kids, either. Gay guys and gals can get their love on with men and women of any race, creed, orientation and fetish imaginable. Long live the list!