Sala Coffee & Wine

If NASA's top scientists built the ultimate first date spot, they’d produce something like Sala Coffee & Wine Bar. The Latin cafe in Bixby Knolls has a soft neon-lit glow that feels romantic, friends playing Yahtzee under a spinning disco ball, and rotating DJs spinning soul music next to a wall of natural wine. Drop by during the daytime for a coffee date or go the dinner route with small plates like burrata, marinated olives, and tuna aguachile. This place doesn’t take reservations, but you’ll likely never have to wait more than a few minutes for a seat. And if you time your visit just right, you might even catch Sala on a night when there are tons of other people living in a first-date best-case scenario.

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