From the outside, Washington D.C. is a city defined by its overabundance of policy-makers, diplomats, and political elite. But for every one of those statesmen are a dozen interns, assistants, students, and young professionals, all working hard by day and fueling the city’s social scene by night. And with so many young people in one place competing for each other’s attention, the importance of knowing the best bars in D.C. for dating borderlines on social Darwinism. So if you happened to catch the eye of that cute assistant while delivering memos to some Congressman and just don’t know what to do next, ask them out to one of these places, all with different tastes, that will ensure that your first date isn’t your last.
P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge
For those seeking to impress their date with a more elegant and intimate scene, grab your sport coat or your little black dress and head to the P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge. Located on top of the W hotel on 15th Street near the White House, this trendy and hip rooftop spot sets a glamorous tone to any first date. Start off at the open-air terrace and chill on the black wicker lounge chairs as you and your date enjoy the breathtaking sunset against the Capitol Hill skyline. As the DJ kicks up the music and the dance floor heats up, head inside to the bar and find a spot next to the political elite. The bartenders here are expert mixologists, even sculpting ice for different types of cocktails. For extra date points, ask the bartender to sculpt some heart-shaped cubes for you and your date’s drinks – you’re welcome.
If you’re looking for things to do in D.C. that are a little different and sure to have your date telling their friends about it afterwards, head over to Marvin, a soul-food inspired bistro in the heart of the bustling U-street corridor. Marvin is dedicated to music and native DC-legend Marvin Gaye, and you can be sure to find the best chicken and waffles in the city here. On a Saturday night, escape the crowded street and cozy up in one of the side booths illuminated by soft candlelight. It’s guaranteed that the sensual funk, soul, and R&B music gently beating through the restaurant air will get you and your date’s hearts racing. And let’s be honest, if the love-making jams of Marvin Gaye aren’t setting the mood, then this date wasn’t going to work out in the first place.
H Street Country Club
Even if you’ve fallen behind on the latest in music and fashion, take your date down H Street and they might just be convinced that you’re as hip as the neighborhood surrounding you. The H Street Country Club is in the heart of this revived historic corridor, surrounded by a slew of trendy restaurants, pubs, and theaters that are perfect for first date dalliances. Unlike some clubs in D.C., there is no membership fee here. Instead, this club is more like a playground for adults, offering all sorts of activities in a restaurant/bar atmosphere perfect for a first date. Drink one of their award-winning margaritas, then dive into a delicious Mexican-inspired plate. After you’ve filled up on food and booze, play a round in DC’s only indoor mini-golf course. Other activities in the bar include Skeeball and a number of table games. A date at the H Street Country Club will be sure to bring out the hipster in both of you.
Daniel Hogan is a writer at Party Earth – a global media and entertainment company that publishes reviews and listings of the best social experiences around the world including: clubs in Paris, pubs in London, bars in Madrid, bars in NYC, festivals and concerts everywhere, and more.