Where to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Washington, D.C.
Whether single or spoken for, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to indulge in some cocktails and bubbly. It doesn't matter if you're toasting to love with an artfully crafted libation or cursing its existence with a cheap glass of Champers — we have a guide to the perfect spot to imbibe, whatever your romancin' status.
Columbia Room: Go high class for your honey at The Passenger’s inner cocktail club, where hand-carved ice and homemade cordials, bitters and tinctures take center stage. The drink tasting menu, available Tuesday through Saturday nights by reservation, includes a welcome drink, a seasonal libation with amuse bouche and a third drink of your choosing (1021 7th St. NW; 202-393-0336).
Vinoteca: This U Street wine bar is a Valentine’s Day destination for singles and couples alike. Twosomes can enjoy a five-course tasting menu downstairs for $75, while the unattached can head upstairs for a $60 open-bar “single mingle” complete with DJ and gourmet hors d’oeuvres (1940 11th St. NW; 202-332-9463).
The Red Derby: No date? No problem — head to the Columbia Heights dive for a “love stinks” rock ‘n roll playlist, $4 Champagne and free chocolate on February 14 (3718 14th St. NW; 202-291-5000).
Cork Market & Tasting Room: The third annual Champagne tasting dinner, $75, at Cork’s tasting room will feature six small-production Champagnes, each paired with a small bite from Cork Market chef Kristin Hutter. A selection of the Champagnes will be available for purchase by event guests only following the tasting (1805 14th St. NW; 202-265-2674).
Co Co. Sala: The “Romance, Passion & Chocolate” prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu at this chocolate-centric eatery includes a wine or artisanal soda pairing for $120. Inspired by classic aphrodisiacs, the menu includes dishes such as braised chicken with cocoa nibs, goji berry-crusted dover sole and white chocolate and rose crème fraîche cheesecake (929 F St. NW; 202-347-4265).
Masa 14: A sexy cocktail lineup makes Richard Sandoval’s 14th Street Latin-Asian spot ideal for date drinks any night, but on Valentine’s weekend you can enjoy edamame, your choice of three small plates, dessert and a glass of bubbly all for $60 (1825 14th St. NW; 202-328-1414).
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