12. Skip out of work for a quick food-truck date
If you don't actually know the person you're going on a date with -- like, say, you met them on Tinder -- it's best if you have a cutoff time. Enter food truck Friday: after snacking on some reasonably priced eats, you have to get back to the office. Plus, you can totally judge your date based on the food truck they gravitate towards. A chain in food truck disguise? Boring. Chatpat truck? Hell yes.
13. Do the wine bar thing without feeling pretentious
Wine bars are both notoriously romantic and notoriously expensive, but Jug & Table, on the first floor of Roofers Union, makes things more accessible during happy hour when a red, white, and rose are each available for $5. Have a couple of glasses from 5-7pm in a relaxed setting backed by vinyl music, or go over-budget and order an entire jug of wine -- about 2.5 bottles’ worth -- for $25, which is either going to be the best or worst idea, depending. And if you’re more into beer, you can nab a quality one -- like a DC Brau pilsner -- for $3.