There’s two types of people in this world: those that loathe planning for their birthday and those that treat their special day like a national holiday (it is, by the way). Whether you like to keep things low-key and intimate or you revel in the idea of a big birthday bash: there’s no better place to celebrate than in the City of Angels. From captivating candlelight concerts to flying trapeze classes to wine tasting—this is your ultimate guide to all the unforgettable birthday ideas in Los Angeles.
1. Bottomless Mimosas Drag Queen Brunch at Hamburger Mary’s
If you happen to be celebrating your special day on a Sunday, there’s no better way to kick off the festivities than by downing bottomless mimosas at Hamburger Mary’s legendary Drag Queen Brunch. Birthday parties get treated with extra special treatment at Hamburger Mary’s, so you’ll want to come prepared for a little bit of mayhem and a whole lot of magic.
Fair warning: these Sunday bonanzas get booked up fairly quickly, so you’ll want to make a reservation (reach for the VIP reservations to get a table right at the main stage). Get ready to celebrate like a queen with the best queens in town.
📍 8288 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
2. Bust our your skates at Moonlight Rollerway
Take a step back in time at the iconic Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale for a good dose of throwback hits, disco lighting and immaculate retro vibes overall. Open since 1956, Moonlight Rollerway has been perfecting the funky, fun ambience of the roller rink for over 60 years. Grab your skates (even if you’re a tad wobbly), round up your crew, and celebrate your birthday in all its glory as you groove your way around the rink.
📍 5110 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91204
3. Head to Solvang for a day (or two) of wine tasting
We know it’s not technically Los Angeles, but anyone who’s lived here long enough knows that incredible day trips are part and parcel of this city’s unbeatable allure. If you’re feeling like getting out of the city for a day (or two), Solvang couldn’t be more perfect for celebrating your birthday.
Just a short 2 hours and 45 minutes from the city, this charming little town founded by Danish immigrants in 1911 has an amazing line-up of wineries waiting for you to experience. Don’t miss out Rideau Vineyard, a beautiful winery that focuses on small-lot wines from grapes that are hand-harvested from their estate. Clink glasses under the sun as you cheers to another fabulous year around the sun.
📍 Rideau Vineyard: 1562 Alamo Pintado Rd, Solvang, CA 93463
4. Karaoke your heart out in Koreatown
A classic Los Angeles birthday idea: channeling your inner Whitney at a karaoke bar in the heart of K-town. Whether you’re ready to serenade strangers or you’d rather book a private room for your friends, karaoke is always a great time. For a private room, we recommend the local favorite, Gaam Karaoke, while Cafe Brass Monkey is our top choice for belting out in public — the song selection is extensive and the crowd is always ready to sing along.
📍 Brass Monkey: 3440 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010
📍 Gaam Karaoke: 3309 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
5. Get lost in the dreamy landscapes of Bubble World Los Angeles
Get ready for an absolutely surreal birthday experience you never knew you needed. Bubble World: The Immersive Experience is an interactive world where you’ll be able to experience trippy visuals and sensory-rich moments. Get lost in 11 different whimsically themed rooms — from a cloud room to a ballon emporium to a magical dreamscape that feels reminiscent of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room. Perfect for children and adults like, Bubble World is here to make your birthday dreams come true. Get your tickets here for June and July before they sell out.
📍1345 N Montebello Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640
6. Watch mesmerizing pole dancing at Jumbo’s Clown Room
Everyone remembers their first Jumbo’s. Reveling in the hypnotic dancing at this cozy, intimate haven is a core memory for every Angeleno. Don’t let the photos fool you — Jumbo’s isn’t your average strip club. In fact, we wouldn’t call it a strip club at all. It’s a one-stage “bikini bar” where you go to experience, enjoy and yes, throw down your dollars, for the mesmerizing art of pole dancing. Jumbo’s is known for having some of the best dancing in the city, feeling more like a performance art space than a club. There’s no cover, but it’s likely you’ll be met with a long line snaking out the door. Don’t let it dissuade you — it’s worth the wait.
📍 5153 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
7. Book a luxurious spa day
Follow up your wild night out with a luxurious day of rest and relaxation. Getting pampered on your birthday is always a good idea, and L.A. has no shortage of spas to treat yourself. You can opt for a more laidback and budget-friendly experience at Wi Spa, where the notorious body scrubs will leave your skin feeling like a newborn baby’s, or you can indulge in a more lavish day of pampering somewhere like Burke Williams, where the quiet, zen-like ambience will leave you feeling rejuvenated.
📍 Burke Williams: 925 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038 (also have locations in Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Santa Monica and Woodland Hills)
📍 Wi Spa USA: 2700 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
8. Celebrate in style on the water at Marina del Rey
If there’s one thing Angelenos take for granted, it’s access to the beaches and marinas along the coast. With so much buzz happening all around the city, we sometimes forget that one of the greatest facets of this city is the big, beautiful ocean. While you can always opt for a beach day, celebrate your next birthday in style by booking a sailboat cruise, a catamaran or a yacht at Marina del Rey. Choose your adventure at Marina Del Rey’s Tourism Board to take your birthday celebrations to the next level.
📍 13524 Bali Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
9. Take a trapeze class at the Santa Monica Pier
Thrill-seekers and adventure junkies, this one’s for you. Try something new (or sharpen your skills) by taking a flying trapeze class at the Santa Monica Pier. Perfect for beginners and experienced acrobats alike, this trapeze school offers classes in flying trapeze, static trapeze, trampoline, lyra and silks and rope. What better way to celebrate your birthday than by gracefully flying against the backdrop of the ocean? You may just find your new obsession.
📍 370 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
10. Experience the magic of a Candelight concert
Last but not least, finish out your birthday celebrations with a magical, romantic evening at a Candlelight Concert. These soulful performances are hosted in awe-inspiring venues across the city, and the combination of soaring sounds and a captivating ambience will leave you feeling incredibly inspired.
Each concert focuses on different theme — from tributes to jazz legends and timeless composers to rock bonds. Make this birthday one for the books with an otherworldly concert you’ll never forget.