Last week while at , I looked around the room at the dancing crowd. While the place was packed with groups out with their friends, a significant amount of couples were enjoying themselves as well. It occurred to me that whether you're single or taken in Hermosa, there is always a place to have some fun.
It is true that venues have certain nights that cater to singles: Tuesdays at are great if you're gay and looking to meet someone. For a woman looking for a man to buy her a drink, is the place to go. For sports fanatics, , or Sangria are ideal for watching a game or two and meeting other fans.
Other places are perfect not only for flirting, socializing and meeting someone new, but also for having a great night out with your significant other.
has been a favorite for both singles and couples alike since its 2008 opening. Kawika Ching enjoys taking his girlfriend Tamara to the restaurant each year for their anniversary. There is a full bar, a top-notch wine list and flavored martinis such as Cucumber Mint. Ching maintains that it serves the best steak in the South Bay.
Zane's ambiance is perfect for date night, with its white tablecloths, and romantic lighting. However, it is also a great place for groups of friends. Social hour, everyday from 5 to 7 p.m., features martinis, wine and appetizers for $5-7.
Across the street from Zane's is , a place that offers tapas, delicious desserts and drinks for the single and taken. The patio is heated, and accommodates large parties. The indoor seating has a casual-romantic feel, perfect for long-term couples or those on a first date.
There are plenty of places to go dancing as well. If you're looking for a more intimate ambiance, try on weekend nights for their live DJ sets. has a lineup of live music weekly. On weeknights, it is a perfect, casual place to grab a beer and listen to some good tunes after a dinner date.
Date or no date, downtown Hermosa is a wonderful place to be any day of the week. With its good food, fun music and happy hours, you can't go wrong.