Couple in love with de-focused city lights in the background.

Dating can be expensive and whether you’ve already spent $100 on the first few dates or you’re looking for something to do on a first date that won’t break the bank, there are plenty of options if you’re willing to get creative and be a little adventuresome. Here’s a look at a few of the best spots around town for an intimate, inexpensive, date:

The Tripel in Playa del Rey:

The Tripel is intimate not only because of its’ small size but also because of the locals only feel it has. It feels like you’ve stumbled onto a neighborhood gem. Everything here is under $20 and after dinner, you can take a short walk to the beach.

The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino: Checking out a park and getting out into nature is always a good way to enjoy each other’s company on a date, but if you really want things to be intimate, try taking your date to a garden. There are a lot of public gardens in Los Angeles that are beautiful and well-kept, from huge ones that are practically encyclopedias of plant life to small spots perfect for doing yoga alone. But the best of the best might be The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The gardens are laid out on over 100 acres of land and there are 13 different smaller, themed, gardens to be found within the space. You can also visit the library where lots of old manuscripts, including pages from The Guttenberg Bible, are available for viewing.

Happy white couple taking a selfie outdoors at night in the city

Gondola Rides: At several different locations around the city, you can take a gondola ride without having to travel to Venice. When you opt for shorter ride times, gondola rides can be an affordable option for a private date, and something that you’ll always remember. If you go for a ride in the evening, it can get cold on the water when the sun has set, so be sure to bring a jacket, and use it as the perfect excuse to scoot a little closer to your date.

Evening Beach Walk: A walk on the beach might be considered a tacky date night by some, but it’s really a classic and hard to go wrong with, as long as you and your date have plenty to talk about. If you’re looking for something romantic that you’ll always remember, walking along the water, barefoot, at night, is hard to beat. No matter which beach you find yourself on in the evening, there will be plenty of romance in the air.

The couple on the seashore at night

A date night with someone you care about should be something you look forward to, not something you dread because it always seems to cost a fortune. When it comes to dating, the most important thing is spending time together, not spending money. Take advantage of these intimate, inexpensive, date ideas and show your sweetheart a side of LA they haven’t seen before. If you’re looking for a way to get around town with your date, make sure you check out our fleet of rental cars that would make the night even more memorable.