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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.

  • 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
    I

    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.

  • 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.

  • Mockingbird Hill
    • Bar
    • Shaw
    Atmo.
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
     

    Take a seat at the bar and sample this pub's exhaustive drink list in tastings, flights, or cocktails. 

  • The Royal
    • Latin American
    • LeDroit Park
    Food
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    I

    Try Latin American fare like arepas and blood sausage while drinking housemade vermouth at this popular spot by Paul Carlson of Vinoteca.

  • Jug & Table
    • Bar
    • Adams Morgan
    Atmo.
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    M

    Ever tried wine in a jug? You'll have the opportunity to at this quaint wine bar in Adams Morgan.

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