It’s time to graduate from beer pong and sweaty basement bar grinding and try out a date that has a little more... finesse. Watching her watch you play video games also does not count. As temps start to dip, heat things up with these five date ideas:
Get your cozy on at The Four Seasons
What do you do when Bourbon Steak expands their patio season through Nov 1? Easy, you go. Crackling fire pits and blankets will keep you warm under the glow of twinkling lights. Summery drinks have been expertly replaced with hot-buttered rums, spiked gourmet hot chocolates, and snifters of put-hair-on-your-chest brandies. Hungry daters can chow down on Chesapeake chowder and lobster lasagna. Make a fire pit reservation if you’re serious about her, and about having a good time.
Bring back memories at Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Odds are one of your first dates involved darts, oversized stuff animals, and sweaty palms. Get back in that spirit by bringing a date to Jack Rose Dining Saloon on Saturday for a beer carnival. New Belgium will take over 10 taps in celebration of their newest fall release, "Tour de Fall". Grub on corndogs, cotton candy, and beer floats while playing carnie games like pin-the-mustache-on-the-ranger. Just stay away from the "guess your weight in beer" booth, because no good can come of that. The rooftop festivities run from 12-5pm.
A different kind of dinner-and-a-movie
Swing by the Angelika pop-up theatre at Union Market for a cool spin on dinner-and-a-movie. While you watch something slightly more stimulating than what you’d find at Regal, grab one of the sharable pairings for two, named after films. "The French Connection" will get you a mini bottle of Bordeaux, rosemary-truffle popcorn, and blue cheese-walnut coins for $27. Or customize your own flick-chow from a long list of craft beer, wine, and snacks. Afterwards, pop inside the Dolcezza Gelato Factory next door, or Union Market a block away. More info here.
Curl up to live jazz at Tabard Inn
The trapped-in-time lounge at The Tabard Inn isn’t just for serious talks with dad. It’s crazy-romantic too, especially Sunday-Tuesday nights, when there’s free live jazz music to pair with your craft cocktails. Grab a couch for two in the dimly lit den on a Sunday to hear Victor Dvoskin, who’s been performing there for what seems like forever. There’s never a cover charge or a minimum, and come November, the wood-burning fireplace will get going. More info.
Pack on pounds together at Dangerously Delicious Pies
H Street NE
DC’s favorite sweet and savory pie slinger offers a date night special Mon-Fri after 5pm. For $22, you and your special Tinder can try two sweet slices, two savory slice, and two drinks (sans booze, sorry). Bad news is that it’s dine-in only, so you two actually have to get out of your sweats to make an appearance. With flavors like pancake batter and chocolate peanut butter, it’s worth it.
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