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Chemistry might be the most important dating ingredient, but a unique location and new experiences can help fan a spark into a flame.

Fortunately, Los Angeles, California, is loaded with off-the-wall spots that make for a great evening out with your special someone.

It’s a chance to not only make memories (most people don’t spend a lot of time in aerial silks), but bond together over a shared activity.At the very least, you’ll have something to talk about at drinks or dinner afterward. If it gets to be a bit much or you want to discuss what you’ve seen after a tour, head to the Tula Tea Room, which serves Georgian Black tea and cookies while screening obscure films.You won’t find a lot of good options for either of those in the immediate vicinity but just four miles (six kilometers) down the road is Venice Beach, which has plenty of entertainment options — and makes for a nice place to end with an evening stroll. This off-the-wall museum isn’t for everyone, but with exhibits that include decaying dice and collections from mobile home and trailer parks around the L. Set in the Palms District in Culver City, it’s a place that’s best suited for couples that share a fascination with the obscure.As with Aerial Warehouse, though, it’s good to have somewhere in mind if you’re hoping to extend the date beyond the museum as there aren’t a lot of optimal places nearby.(Fortunately, you can always find more of the unusual at Venice’s Muscle Beach or the Santa Monica Pier, which is just seven miles/11 kilometers away.)There’s a certain intangible joy that comes from playing a game of pinball.Instead of lounging on a couch, you’re physically interacting with the machine, hip checking it to move the ball or hitting the flipper at just the right time.Pins and Needles, located in Echo Park — known as one of “the city’s hippest neighborhoods” and located about 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) west of Dodger Stadium — has 24 pinball machines and each costs just a quarter or 50 cents.(So it’s not only a funky date, it’s a cheap one.)It’s a BYOB joint (note that it closes when it rains) but you may find some other entertainment there as well.It’s located in a creative space called Bedrock Studios, home to artists and musicians, so expect to be surrounded by hipsters and patrons of the arts, which can be an eclectic mix with the gamers who also seek it out.For couples, it’s a place that offers all sorts of things to see, play and do — and is perfect for those who prefer to participate, rather than just spectate.With its warm interior accented by brick walls and its perfectly sun-kissed courtyard, Kid Boston is the ideal little retreat for an intimate tipple with a date in the afternoon or for drinks and nibbles at night.

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