Explore Union Market and catch a show at Angelika Pop Up
Is your date indecisive? Are you indecisive? Either way, Union Market has almost any cuisine you and your date could be feening for, even if it's two different things. Rows of stalls feature local offerings from Korean tacos to authentic Belgian Wafels, and nearby Angelika Pop-Up is the place to go for specialty film programming and unique events.
Create your own DC brewery tour
The District is teeming with excellent local breweries (and even cideries if you or your date need to go gluten-free). Right Proper, 3 Stars, and DC Brau are all great choices, or head to Ivy City if distilleries are more your speed. You and your date will have a great time sipping like critics for the day, choosing which beers receive the highest marks. You can also check out our list of the best winter beers from local breweries as a good starting point.
Catch a really cheap NBA game at Capital One Arena
Bring your date to a game at Capital One Arena, or impress them with tickets to a show. The venue regularly draws big-name talent such as Justin Timberlake and Adele. Tickets to NBA games can sometimes go for as low as $12, making it one of the more affordable, lively date options around.
Choose between bowling or bocce ball at Pinstripes
Get the ball rolling with your date at Pinstripes in Georgetown, which offers Italian-American food, wine, craft beer, bowling, and bocce ball. It's a slightly more refined way to enjoy the comforts of Italian fare and easygoing bar sports. The spacious venue's comfy leather couches are a plus too.
Nestle up by the fire at Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona's outdoor fire pit is the perfect spot to bring a date for a cozy escape from the cold. If you choose to go on a Monday night, you can warm things up even more with half-priced wine bottles and Barcelona's excellent cheese croquettes. Word of warning: they don't take cash.
Grab espresso and gelato at the National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art is free to all visitors and is the perfect escape from the winter cold, with enough art to keep you and your date busy for weeks. Many people are unaware that they also have their own lovely Espresso & Gelato Bar, for when you both want to sit down and get a little energy boost. It's also right next to the gallery's Cascade Café, in case you're in the mood for something more filling.