A Couple's Guide to Washington, D.C.
There is something for everyone on our D.C. couple's guide | © Elvert Barnes / Flickr
Virginia is for lovers, but you’ll want to come to Washington, D.C. for these great date ideas. From a retro arcade to a spy-themed night out, there is something for everyone on this list. Spice up date night with any of the ideas below!
Have Friendly Competition at Squash on Fire
What better place to take someone you’re courting than to the squash courts? While a squash date might sound like something from the 1980s, Squash on Fire
transforms the old-school sport to a chic and boutique experience. Court rentals are $20 and equipment is $5 per person. You can join an instructional lesson, book a private coach, or figure it out yourselves by trial and error. Loser can buy drinks at Squash on Fire bar afterward.
Role Play at the International Spy Museum
Add some mystery to your relationship at the International Spy Museum. You and your partner can assume new identities as part of Operation Spy
, and see if you have what it takes to go undercover. After this one-hour adventure, continue the night of intrigue with dinner and drinks at the Watergate Hotel
– home of the infamous Watergate scandal.
Mix up the morning routine at Kramerbooks & Afterwords
Forget Sunday morning coffee and Netflix-binge. Go to Kramerbooks and pick up copies of the hottest new book, or challenge your partner to read your favorite novel. After you both get books, curl up in a comfy chair with a cup of joe and watch D.C.
Have fun at Atlas Arcade
Bar, American, $$$
Feel like a kid again (with the benefit of alcohol) at Atlas Arcade, D.C.’s only retro arcade. Load up on quarters and tackle old machines
including Ms. Pacman and Street Fighter II. While there is no kitchen, after you work up an appetite, you can head down H Street for some good eats
Forget Reservations at Rose's Luxury
Restaurant, American, $$$
Don’t worry about planning months in advance for a nice night at one of D.C.’s hottest restaurant. Rose’s Luxury
has a no-reservation policy. Get dressed up and prepare to stand in line outside (early weekdays are less busy, with lines forming around 4 p.m.). But patience is a virtue for a reason – the food is as beautiful as it is delicious. Try the stuffed gnocchi or stick with the classic oysters and granita.
These recommendations were updated on April 23, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.