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Day or Night Date?Indoor/ OutdoorPriceNeighborhood/locationLightingNoise levelFood?Best day to go, weeknight or weekend?Type NotesMore info/website
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TabaqBothIndoors$$U StreetDepends on time of dayyesweekend3 levels, activities
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Philips After FiveNightIndoorsFreeDupontBright lightingThursdaysActivityFREE FOOD, music, drinks are $5.
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Jazz in the GardenFriday after workOutdoorFreeSculpture GardenNaturalmoderateNearby Food, drinkFriday onlyActivityLimited food, lots nearby, ample drink to sell inside, BYO outside of gardenhttp://www.nga.gov/programs/jazz/
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Screen on the GreenNightOutdoorsFreeThe MallWeather dependentBYO PicnicWeekdaysActivity
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U.S. Botanic GardensDayIndoors/OutdoorsFreeCap Hill/ The MallBright lightingNoneBoth during the dayActivityGreat place for a 2nd date - especially for someone new to the city. After, take a walk along the mall!http://www.usbg.gov
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CavaBothBoth$$Barracks RowLow lightingGreek Meze (small plates)BothRestaurantGreat wine and food. Small plates allow for awesome conversation
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Dupont Farmers MarketDayOutdoorsFreeDupontWeather dependentOrganic/SustainableWeekend Activity
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Eden CenterBothIndoors$Falls Church, VALow lightingBYOCandyBothActivityNo conversation
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Flea MarketDayOutdoorsFreeGeorgetown Weather dependentNoneWeekendActivityGood conversation starter. Weather dependent.
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RasikaNightIndoors$$$$ChinatownMedium LightingFoodBothRestaurantHave to make reservations a month in advance for a weekend, but the food is amazing.
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ZolaEveningIndoors$$$Gallery PlaceMedium LightingFancy AmericanAnyRestaraunt/Classy BarRestaraunt of the Spy Museum
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Jack's BoathouseDayOutdoors$$Georgetown Weather dependentBYO PicnicWeekendActivityNot romantic.
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Lucky BarBothIndoors$ChinatownMedium LightingBYO FoodWeekdayDive BarArcade games
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Great FallsDayOutdoors$Great Falls, MDWeather dependentBYO picnicWeekendActivityRequires a car.
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Granville MooresNightIndoors$$$H St.Mussels/Frites/etc.Restaurant/BarAmazing Beer selection
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Dickson Wine BarNightIndoors$$$U St.Low lightingArtisinal foodBothUpscale wine barExpensive but nice decor. Can finish up at Nellies across the street after
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The PassengerNightIndoors$$ChinatownLow lightingLoud, on weekendsHigh end bar foodBothClassy Bar
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ZaytinyaBothBoth$$Chinatown
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JaleoBothIndoors$$$ChinatownMedium lightingTapas
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Mt. Vernon Bike RideDayOutdoorsFreeMt. Vernon TrailWeather dependentBYO PicnicWeekendActivityRequires a bike. Stop in Old Town on the way back.
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National ArboretumDayOutdoorsFreeNew York Ave.Weather dependentBYO PicnicBothActivity
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Meridian PintBothIndoors$Columbia HeightsMedium LightingOverpriced bar food (but AMAZING brunch)BothBar/restaurantGood beer selection
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Spanish Ballroom - Contra or Ballroom DancingNightIndoors$ Glen Echo ParkBright lightingNoneActivityRequires a car. Highly romantic. Lesson from 8:15-9, dancing until 11:30.Someone deleted what it actually was :( (This is a salsa club of some sort, I'll get the details soon)
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Room 11BothBoth$$Columbia HeightsLow lightingPricey but goodWeekdayClassy BarGood romantic, overpriced date. outdoor seating. Not much seating inside, opt for the bar.
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Ice SkatingBothOutdoors (winter only)$Sculpture Garden OR Southwest WaterfrontAmpleBoth have nearby foodBoth (less crowded weekday, obviously)Activityhttp://www.nga.gov/ginfo/skating.shtmhttp://dc.about.com/od/sports/a/Iceskatingrinks.htm
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Ping PongNightIndoors$$ChinatownMedium lightingDim SumBothBar/Restaurant
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WonderlandBothBoth$Columbia HeightsLow lightingBar foodWeekdayDive Bar
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PaddleboatsDayOutdoors$Tidal BasinWeather dependentNoneBothActivity
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Petes ApizzaBothBoth$Columbia HeightsBright lightingPizzaBothRestaurant
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Red RocksBothBoth$Columbia HeightsMedium LightingPizzaBothRestaurantGood brunch, outdoor seating.
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Pho 14BothIndoors$Columbia HeightsBright lightingVietnameseBothRestaurantNot romantic.
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NightIndoors$Falls Church, VABright lightingBowling alley snacksBothActivityRequires a car. Not romantic.
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Contra DancingNightIndoors$Glen Echo ParkBright lightingNoneWeekendActivityYou will have to switch partners, so do not bring an early date.
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MatchboxNightIndoors$$ChinatownLow lightingGood pizzaBothRestaurant
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National ZooDayOutdoorsFreeWoodley ParkWeather dependentNoneBothActivity
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Rosemary's ThymeBothOutdoors$DupontWeather dependentOverpriced foodBothBarInside is formal
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Public HouseBothBoth$DupontWeather dependentBar foodWeekdayBarRoofdeck upstairs, the rest is a horrible sports bar.
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FrontpageBothBoth$DupontMedium lightingOverpriced bar foodBothBar/restaurantFree tacos on Thursdays
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The Big HuntBothIndoors$DupontLow LightingLoudBar FoodBothBarSkeeball and rooftop
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H. St. Country ClubNightIndoors$$H St.Medium LightingBar foodWeekdayActivity/BarPutt putt
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Smith CommonsNightIndoors$$H St.Low lightingBar foodActivity/BarUpscale bar on H. Nice-Obama's been there
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Bier BaronBothIndoors$DupontMedium lightingPoor quality bar foodBothDive barExcellent beer selection
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Mansion on O St.BothIndoors$$DupontMedium LightingHigh TeaBothActivity/RestaurantScavenger hunt.
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Eden CenterBothIndoors$Falls Church, VABright lightingVietnameseWeekdayActivity/RestaurantRequires a car.
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Karma KitchenDayIndoors$DupontBright lightingbad indiansundaysRestaurantindian dance party at 2 pm.
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18th St. LoungeNightIndoors$$DupontDarkBothLoud for conversation, but good lighting.
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Russia HouseBothIndoors$$$DupontGreat martinis. First or second floor recommended for a a date. Other floors offer other environments though.
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Pizza ParadisoBothIndoors$$Dupont/GeorgetownMedium lightingPizzaWeekdayRestaurantGood beer selection
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Tunnicliffs TavernBothBoth$Eastern MarketMedium LightingBar foodBothBar/Restaurantkind of like Cheers
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Blues AlleyNightIndoors$$GeorgetownLow lightingFull menuBothJazz/Blues BarDepending on show, tickets $15-40. Plus $10 per head minimum tab
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Maine St. Fish MarketNightOutdoors$$Southwest WaterfrontWeather dependentCrabsWeekdayActivity/RestaurantBurlesque show, not for a first date
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Nationals GameBothOutdoors$$Navy YardWeather dependentPerformance DependentOverpriced foodBothBaseball gameCan find cheap or free tickets, but food and beer are expensive..and you get to watch the Nats, who are awesome.
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La BodegaNightIndoors$$GeorgetownLowTapas/PaellaBothRestaurantAwesome spanish food, was recommended by the spanish embassy to their employees. About $23 each +/- depending on wine
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Good Stuff EateryBoth$Capital HillBright lightingBurgersBothBurger jointClosed on Sundays.
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Cafe La RucheAfternoon/NightIndoors$$Georgetown Dimfrenchanytimedinner/walkWalk along waterfront after dinner, great views of kennedy center
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Sticky FingersDayIndoors$Columbia HeightsBright lightingVeganBothCafe
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YolaBothIndoors$DupontBright lightingYogurt, coffeeBothCafeLots of work space, healthy
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AgainnBothIndoors$$$ChinatownMedium LightingBritish gastropubBothClassy restaurantGreat oysters, worth the splurge.
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TrystBothIndoors$Adams MorganMedium LightingCafe' foodBothCoffee ShopDifficult to get a seat (seat yourself)
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TynansBothBoth$Columbia HeightsBright lightingCafe' foodBothCoffee ShopCan be difficult to get a seat.
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HR 57NightIndoors$$H St.Low lightingNoneBothJazz musicBYO Alcohol
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Cafe' LeopoldBothBoth$$Georgetown
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Filter?BothIndoors$DupontBright lightingCoffeeBothCoffee Shophipsters on laptops, not romantic
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StetsonsBothBoth$U St.Medium lightingMediocre bar foodBothCrappy American bar
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After Hours at the HirshornNightBoth$$MallMedium LightingLight snacksWeekendMuseum / DJ
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The CrucibleNightIndoors$$NY MetroDarkLiquoeChanges / check scheduleBDSMhttp://www.the-crucible.com/front.htm
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Quick PitaBothIndoors$GeorgetownBright lightingmiddle easternBothDive FoodGet the meat pies.
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Taqueria Distrito FederalBothBoth$Columbia HeightsBright lightingMexicanBothDive Mexican
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SaloonNightIndoors$$U St.Bright lightingSubstandard bar foodWeekdayBar
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Little Miss WhiskiesBothBoth$H St.Low lightingWeekdayDive Bar
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Cafe La RucheBothBoth$$GeorgetownBright lightingFrench cafe'BothFrench cafe'good hhour, get the mussels
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The GibsonNightBoth$$U St.Low lighting/DarkOverpriced bar foodBothBar (Speakeasy)Requires reservations, must leave after 2 hours. Patio is great.
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Sticky RiceBothIndoors$$H St.Medium LightingSushiBothRestaurantCan have a long wait, especially on the weekend.
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ChurchkeyNightIndoors$$U St.Low lightingFoodWeekdayBar/RestaurantCrowded on weekends, great beer selection, has hand-pump ale.
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Cafe' D-OcBothIndoors$$ChinatownMedium lightingFrench small platesBothFrench restaurant for touristsbefore an E St. movie
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WingosBothOutdoors$GeorgetownWeather dependentFried, WingsBothFried foods standOpen late. Guaranteed Indigestion
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Chi-Cha LoungeNightIndoors$$U St.Low lightingSmall platesWeekdayBar/RestaurantHookah.
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Torpedo FactoryDayIndoorsFreeAlexandria, VA Good LightingNone10am-6pm* daily, Thursdays until 9pm* Galleryhttp://www.torpedofactory.org/
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MarvinNightOutdoors (heated)$$U St.Low lightingRestaurant downstairsWeekdayClassy Bar/RestaurantCrowded on the weekends, but great deck all year.
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EteteNightIndoors$$U St.Medium LightingEthiopianBothRestaurant
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Pica TacoBothIndoors$Mt. Pleasant/U St.Bright lightingMexicanBothRestaurantNot romantic.
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DolcezzaDayIndoors$DupontBright lightingGelatoBothGelato ShopServes coffee too, good work space
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PitangoBothBoth$Logan CircleBright lightingGelatoBothGelato ShopServes coffee too.
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BiergartenBothBoth$$H St.Medium lightingOverpriced German foodWeekdayGerman BiergartenGreat beer selection
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Drum CircleDayOutdoorsFreeColumbia HeightsWeather dependentLivelyBYOPicnicSunday afternoonsHippie park-fest
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AleroNightBoth$$U St./Columbia HeightsLow lightingFree chips and salsa at happy hourBothClassy Bay
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Looking GlassBothIndoors$PetworthLow lightingBar foodBothDive BarBoard games
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DomkuBothIndoors$$PetworthBright/medium lightingFun menu, hit or missNever had good service, but the couches and atmosphere are good for dates
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CoppisBothIndoors$$U St.Low lightingItalianBothItalianReservation on the weekends. Good place to bring a vegetarian.
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Bedrock BilliardsNightIndoors$Adams MorganLow lightingNoneBothBarboard games and pool
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UltraZoneDayIndoors$$Bailey's CrossroadsBlack lightsNoneBothLaser TagNot metro accessible, not first date, but excellent 2nd date http://www.ultralasertag.com/where.CFMWHAT? THIS IS WHAT WE ARE DOING NEXT WEEKEND (<< "excellent 2nd date!")
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Jimmy Valentine'sNightIndoors$Benning RoadLowLoud when DJ playsnoneNightBarSketchy ass bar (note neighborhood). Hipsters will love it. Owned by same people as Little Miss Whiskeys
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Woolly Mammoth PlayNightIndoors$ChinatownMedium LightingSnacksBothPlayIf you're 25 or under you can get $15 tickets to shows. Also look out for Pay What You Can nights for shows in previews.
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Putt-PuttBothOutdoor$Nothern VANormalNoNightMini Golf!This is one of the coolest mini golf places you will ever see -- worth the drivehttp://woodysgolf.com/perils-of-the-lost-jungle
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West End CinemaBothIndoors$$Foggy BottomLow lightingMovie theater foodBothMovie theaterLimited selection running.
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Red DerbyNightIndoors (or patio)$Columbia HeightsLow lightingBar foodWeekdayDive BarBoard games.
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AgoraBothBoth$$DupontLow lightingGreek tapasBothNice restaurantpricey, but good. loud.
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RecessionsNightIndoors$FarragutMedium lightingBad bar foodBothDive BarKongs!
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Ritz Carlton - GeorgetownNightIndoors$GeorgetownMedium lightingFree smores, free snack mixBothClassy BarBe sure to have a spot by 6:30 or you may miss the smores. Good hooker watching.
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