What is the best DC neighborhood for date night?
H Street is a DC neighborhood with plenty of date night options. Various happy hours, restaurants, and entertainment options are available on H Street to make for the perfect DC date night. Enjoy the Valentine’s Day specials at Smith Commons or the giant Jenga and mini golf at H Street Country Club. Read more…
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means it is time to start planning. Whether you prefer a casual, low key evening or enjoy all-out romance, the H Street Corridor has plenty of options to choose from for your date night in DC. Great news – these plans are foolproof for both friends and loved ones. With our help, your Valentine’s Day can be stress-free and full of love this year.
Date Night Ideas on H Street:
Happy Hour on H Street
What better way to start your evening than with happy hour? H Street is lined with bars and restaurants offering fabulous happy hour deals. While the options are endless, we have a few favorites.
With its cozy atmosphere and comfortable seating, The Pursuit Wine Bar is perfect for those looking for a romantic feel to start their evening. Happy hour has drink specials that are perfect for sharing or ordering individually – $3 off wine flights, $2 off glasses of wine and cocktails, and $1 off beers. If you are in the mood for an appetizer, enjoy $2 off any of their small plates. Happy hour is from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. Select bottles of wine are $19 on Wednesday, so that is another option for Valentine’s Day drinks.
For a happy hour with a view, check out Ben’s Upstairs. The enclosed rooftop has beautiful views of the H Street Corridor – who doesn’t love that? Draft beers, draft wines, margaritas, and mojitos are $6, while champagne is $5. There are a handful of happy hour snacks available as well, all for $9 or less. Toast champagne and enjoy a rooftop sunset with your loved one or friends to kick start your Valentine’s evening. Happy hour starts at 5:00 and goes until 8:00 pm.
Dinner & Dessert on H Street
Whether you are continuing happy hour festivities into dinner, or your evening is beginning with dinner, H Street has plenty of Valentine’s worthy restaurants. Many places are having Valentine’s Day specials, which will help make the evening extra special.
Suitable for both dates and friends, Smith Commons is another great Valentine’s Day dinner choice. The restaurant is three stories – a first-floor dining room, and lounge rooms and bars on the second and third floors. For $39 you can enjoy a 3-course meal from Smith Commons’ specialty Valentine’s Day menu. There are various appetizers, entrées, and dessert options on the specialty menu, but their regular dinner menu will be available as well. They do take reservations, so be sure to call ahead and secure your spot.
DC Harvest is a popular and intimate farm-to-table restaurant on H Street. With their Valentine’s Day specials, this is a great place to take your special someone for a romantic evening. To secure your spot, make a reservation and pay a $5/person deposit, which will be refunded in full. On top of their seasonal menu, there will be Valentine’s Day specials, a new reserve wine list, and Valentine’s Day cocktails. The wide variety of seasonal appetizers, entrees, freshly made pasta, and desserts do not disappoint.
The famous Dangerously Delicious Pies is the perfect place to go if you’d like to end your evening on a sweet note. There are a variety of pies to choose from, and they can be ordered by the slice or by the whole pie. Go all out and top your pie with ice cream and whipped cream, both are available. Dangerously Delicious Pies is known for having the best pie in DC, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to go see for yourself.
Things to Do on H Street
Sometimes going out and enjoying an activity together beats simply going to a restaurant, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. There are a variety of entertainment options on H Street ranging from movies to mini golf. Great for groups or dates, these activities allow for a unique Valentine’s Day experience.
Spice up your evening with a game night at H Street Country Club. Shuffleboard tables, skeeball machines, giant Jenga, and an indoor nine-hole mini golf course are available. All games are first come, first serve. Food and drinks are available while you enjoy the games, so you can definitely make a night out of this. A Valentine’s Day game night may be unexpected, but there is no doubt that it will be fun and full of laughs.
Catch a movie at the Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market. Angelika Pop-Up is an independent movie theater where you can view specialty films while enjoying craft beer, wine, and snacks. Drinks and food can be enjoyed before or after your film in the lounge, or while you watch. Three films will be playing on Valentine’s Day: Fifty Shades Freed, The Final Year, and The Post. Viewing times vary for each and seating is reserved, so be sure to plan ahead.
Toasted Bingo at the Rock and Roll Hotel is the perfect Valentine’s Day group outing. The event is free, the bar opens at 7:00 and the first Bingo game is at 8:00 pm. Their usual Boozy Bingo nights occurred throughout December and January, but as a Valentine’s Day special, Toasted Bingo will take place. Happy hour lasts all night long and includes $3 Tecate, $4 Bud and Bud Light, $4 rail drinks, ½ price wings, and $1 off all other menu items.
The colder temperatures don’t mean we have to scale back on the fun – there are plenty of winter activities in DC that will keep you warm and entertained. These are the 5 DC Museum exhibits we recommend seeing this winter:
- T is for Television
- 22nd Annual Nature’s Best Photograpy Windland Smith Rice Internaional Awards
- Parallax Gap
- Objects of Wonder
- Wall Flowers: Botanical Art
Read more to learn why…
When summer starts to die down in DC, the abundance of free events and activities to check out starts to dwindle a little. While many of us have taken refuge in a perfectly air-conditioned museum at the peak of summer’s heat, winter is also a great time to duck in from the outdoors and check out a new exhibit, especially in the absence of free outdoor events. Here are our recommendations for 5 DC museum exhibits to check out this winter.
T is for Television
Take a trip down memory lane when you get up close and personal with a variety of “treasured objects” from some of the most beloved children’s television shows, including Sesame Street, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Mister Rogers and more.
Where: The National Museum of American History
When: Through July 4th, 2018
22nd Annual Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards
If stunning nature photography is your thing (and who’s isn’t it?), you’ll want to head to the National Museum of Natural History to check out all of the stunningly displayed, contest winning photos. Selected from over 26,000 entries, 60 images from 59 countries throughout the world afford us a glimpse into the wonders of nature.
Where: National Museum of Natural History
When: Through September 2018
The Renwick Gallery really burst onto the scene a little over 2 years ago with entire rooms transformed into works of art at the hands of some very talented artists. The location picked up steam as a must-visit destination for those seeking Instagram gold, and that trend continues with the latest installments, including Parallax Gap. Presented in the Grand Salon, this installation offers a fabricated version of the ceilings of nine iconic American buildings using layers of material to create “both recognizable and abstracted architectural space that change as the view moves underneath”.
Where: The Renwick Gallery
When: Through February 11th, 2018
Objects of Wonder
From rare gems to extinct species, the Objects of Wonder exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History displays the highlights from a collection of more than 145 million artifacts and specimens. Explore the wonders of the natural world, past and present, with this extensive and impressive display.
Where: National Museum of Natural History
When: Through 2019
Wall Flowers: Botanical Art
Enjoy the beauty of nature’s flora in a whole new way with this mural exhibit, featuring works from some of DC’s finest large-scale artists. There’s always something new to see at the Botanic Gardens, so be sure to take a stroll through the various gardens during your visit as well!
Where: United States Botanic Garden
When: Through October 15th, 2018
Fall is one of the greatest seasons to be in Washington DC, and we are very excited to enjoy the various events that come with the fall weather in DC. Here are a few ways you can take full advantage of the beautiful weather:
- Spend the morning or afternoon at a farmers market
- Hit the trail with a hiking day trip
- Celebrate Oktoberfest with one (or more!) local events
- Check out a neighborhood street festival
- Take in Opera in the Outfield at National’s Park
Read on to learn more about our favorites…
Fall weather is just around the corner, and that means that right now is the time to get out and enjoy some seasonal events and activities here in DC. Here are suggestions for the best ways to take advantage of Fall weather in DC.
Spend The Morning Or Afternoon At A Farmers Market
While many of DC’s Summer events and activities are coming to an end, the many Farmers Markets throughout the area are still going strong and offering up a whole new set of seasonal selections. Various neighborhood FreshFarm markets throughout the city and surrounding areas continue well into November, and there’s one to check out almost every day of the week.
Hit The Trail With A Hiking Day Trip
From Washington, DC, you can travel by car for as little as 30 minutes and feel like you’re in a different world entirely, leaving the hustle and bustle of the city behind in exchange for serene, lush hiking trails. Whether you’re brand new to hiking or a seasoned pro, there’s a trail for you. Here are a couple of resources to help guide you toward your perfect DC area hiking destination:
12 Great Hikes Near DC via Washingtonian
11 Of The DC Region’s Best Hikes via DCist
DC Hiking Guide via Brightest Young Things
Celebrate Oktoberfest With One (Or More!) Of These Events
While the beginning of October is the official kick-off of Oktoberfest as we know it, the DC area wastes no time getting into the festive spirit. A number of local Oktoberfest-related events and activities begin in September and continue throughout the month of October, giving you plenty of time to catch at least one:
Oktoberfest 2017 in Washington, DC, Maryland & Virginia via tripsavvy
Check Out A Neighborhood Street Festival
Soak up the last of the warm weather by attending one of DC’s popular street festivals, such as the H Street Festival on Saturday, September 16th or Adams Morgan Day. on Sunday, September 10th. Both are free to attend and feature music, art, and activities for all ages, plus food and drink available for purchase.
Take In Opera In The Outfield At Nationals Park
Back by popular demand is the live simulcasting of the Washington National Opera on the HD Score Board at Nationals Park. This year, attendees of this free event will enjoy a performance of Aida, live from the Kennedy Center. This event takes place Saturday, September 23rd at 7pm, but come early to grab a good seat and take advantage of some fun pre-performance activities!
Spring is in the air in Washington, DC and that means love is swirling as well. New relationships are blooming and couples are enjoying a renewed sense of adoration and adventure. With warmer weather making it’s way into our city, everyone is venturing back out to their old haunts. This year, why not shake things up a bit and try something new and unique?
It’s no secret that we are huge fans of Union Market, and our love only grows as the temperature rises. Whether it’s a Sunday morning stroll through the fabulous Salt & Sundry or a deliciously different lunch from Takorean, a trip to Union Market is sure to be memorable. In the Spring and Summer, they kick things up a notch by bringing the party outdoors. On Friday nights, the parking lot out front is transported back in time and transformed into a drive-in movie theatre! Those with cars will pay a $10 entry fee, and those who choose their own two feet are admitted for free. The movie starts around 8pm, but you’ll want to arrive early as many vendors will be on hand serving up delicious treats. Tasty cocktails served from the 1960’s airstream trailer “Suburbia” add to the retro charm.
This Friday, April 18, the feature film will be National Lampoon’s Vacation. Whether you bring a date, a friend or your family, fun is sure to be had by all! For more information, check out this page.