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Forget Happy Hour and Try One of These Scavenger Hunts, Escape Rooms or Game Lounges in LA Instead

Challenge Your Mind, Your Friends and Your Comfort Zone

Written By: Ashlee Polarek Best Los Angeles Activities

Instead of plopping on the couch and binging on Netflix or flipping through social media in their downtime, people are putting down their phones and tablets and are picking up dice, puzzles and taking part in activities like escape rooms and public scavenger hunts, giving groups the opportunity to develop teamwork, solve puzzles and stay active. Bars and pubs host trivia nights or have collections of thousands of board games for patrons to use, and Geocaching and Letterboxing offer a treasure hunt in the great outdoors. When it comes to planning your next group outing, look no further. Here are some of the best ways in LA to use that noggin and have some fun!

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Escape Rooms

The Clock is Ticking…

60Out Escape Rooms


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60Out Escape Rooms offers 20 different escape rooms at different levels of difficulty ranging from easy to hard. Often pegged as one of the best escape room companies in Los Angeles, 60Out is known for its immersive and high-tech rooms with something that grabs everyone’s interest. For a challenging escape room, try “Casino Heist” or “Titanic.” 60Out Escape Rooms has locations all over Los Angeles, each with different experiences.

60Out Escape Rooms
Multiple Locations Throughout Los Angeles

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Scare Tactics

Black Market Escape Rooms


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As Halloween approaches, take on this truly chilling escape room. Located in Upland, Black Market Escape Rooms and their one-of-a-kind horror-filled, R-Rated escape rooms will take you and your party on a creepy journey to figure out how to escape while enduring thrilling entertainment elements matched with intense and lively scenes. Yikes!

Black Market Escape Rooms
1220 W 9th St
Upland, CA 91786

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Scavenger Hunt:

Search Like You Mean It

Watson Adventures


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For an epic adventure complete with competition, learning and puzzles, try Watson Adventures. During this scavenger hunt, you’ll learn history, find clues and solve murder mysteries. Compete against other groups in the public hunts or against friends in private hunts. Games are hosted all across Los Angeles, and include locations such as the LACMA, the Santa Monica Pier, DTLA and more! Grab your best detective friends and get your tickets. But be warned, the games can be difficult!

Native Knowledge: If you’re playing with little ones, make sure to book a kid-friendly hunt for a less challenging experience.

Watson Adventures

Game Lounges

Game On!

GameHäus Board Game Cafe

Grab your friends and head to GameHäus for a cafe experience that may get you hooked. This cafe boasts a collection of over 1,500 board and tabletop games! Just pay the $5 cover fee during the week or $7.50 on the weekend and you’re granted access to so many games! Grab a bite to eat and a beer from the cafe and play as many games as your heart desires.

Native Knowledge: They offer a monthly membership for $25 that covers the fee for one person for 30 days.

GameHäus Board Game Cafe

1800 Brand Blvd, Ste 107
Glendale, CA 91204


Board Meeting

The Spare Room

Cocktail lounge meets gaming parlor at The Spare Room. This 1920s-style vintage revival offers delicious cocktails, two bowling lanes, Scrabble, Jenga, dominoes and more! Located in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, this is a perfect place to grab your friends and spend a classy evening over a game board and a spiked punch bowl.

The Spare Room
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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Ashlee is a freelance writer with a focus on travel, lifestyle and food. After obtaining her degree in Journalism she took the world by storm teaching in South Korea and giving motivation speeches across the United States. She can often be found on road-trips, plane rides and cooking up her favorite meal from her most recent travels. The anti-homebody loves a good hike, good book and a day spent with friends.


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