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DC's Best Low-Key Date Spots

Dinner and a movie can get tiresome quickly. Spice up date night at these spots in and around Washington, DC.

  • Rogue 24
    • American
    • Shaw
    Food
    26
    Decor
    25
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $149

    From the hidden back alley entrance to inventive libations to the epic 24-course Journey tasting menu, you and your date should expect an unexpected dinner-and-a-show at this New American haunt.

  • The Gibson
    • Bar
    • U Street Corridor
    Atmo.
    26
    Decor
    24
    Service
    21
    Cost
    M

    Behind an unassuming door is a bar serving some of DC’s most groundbreaking cocktails. You’ll want to get comfortable at this speakeasy sibling of neighborhood fave Marvin; the bar has a no-standing policy.

  • Harold Black
    • Bar
    • Capitol Hill
    Atmo.
    25
    Decor
    24
    Service
    22
    Cost
    I

    The trip to this speakeasy may be full of twists and turns (and a sliding door masked as a wall), but your travels will pay off in the form of potent cocktails. Reservations are highly recommended.

  • Society Fair
    • Alexandria
    Food
    24
    Decor
    26
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $33

    Put your date's adventurousness to the test with the Fair’s three-course demo kitchen dinner. Themes change weekly, so your taste buds are in for a surprise. The session costs $75 per head and begins at 7:30 PM, so make sure to get there on time.

  • Angles Bar
    • Bar
    • Adams Morgan
    Atmo.
    23
    Decor
    19
    Service
    20
    Cost
    E

    Feeling a little competitive? This laid-back bar is packed with board games and a pool table. When your date sinks your Battleship, enjoy some whiskey next to the cozy fireplace.

  • Ethiopic Restaurant
    • Ethiopian
    • Atlas District/H Street Corridor
    Food
    23
    Decor
    20
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $26

    Forgo the utensils and be prepared to dig in with a piece of injera (yeast-risen flatbread) at this upscale Ethiopian hot spot.

  • ENO Wine Bar
    • Wine Bar
    • Georgetown
    Atmo.
    22
    Decor
    21
    Service
    20
    Cost
    M

    Become a wine connoisseur for a day at this spot’s monthly ENOversity series, where guests can chat up local wine producers while drinking the fruit of their loins. Classes range in price from $15-$20 and begin promptly at 6 PM.

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