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Top 9 Date Bars in Washington DC

Welcome to the enchanting world of Washington D.C.’s date bars, where romance and ambiance intertwine to create unforgettable moments.

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Amidst the city’s captivating backdrop, these bars offer the perfect setting for a memorable night out with your special someone.

Whether you’re embarking on a first date or looking to rekindle the flame, join us on a journey through the best date bars in the Washington D.C. area.

From cozy wine bars to rooftop terraces with breathtaking views, discover the ideal spot to ignite sparks and create lasting connections.

McClellan’s Retreat

2031 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 265-6270
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Starting the list is this quaint bar in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC.

The bar is situated on Connecticut Avenue NW and close to iconic landmarks such as the Dupont Circle Park and the Phillips Collection art museum.

The bar offers an allure of coziness and intimacy that provides the perfect atmosphere for romance.

The drinks selection is specially curated by a professional mixologist guaranteeing an exhilarating experience on the palate.

I particularly enjoy the classic cocktails, but you can also try the draft beers.


600 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 885-8888
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Enchanting is the word that best describes 600t.

Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Shaw, 600t is between 6th Street NW and 7th Street NW and is close to the Howard Theater and the picturesque Shaw Park.

The biggest reason I consider 600t a fun place to go out is because of the upscale and intimate feel of the bar.

From the dim lighting to the cozy seating arrangement, every aspect of the bar has been considered to yield one of the best date bars in Washington, DC.

Beer enthusiasts are treated to an exciting experience from the tap’s mix of local and international brews.

However, you can also enjoy a cocktail or two.

Compass Rose

1346 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 506-4765
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The “black broadway” neighborhood of U Street Corridor is home to renowned chef Rose Previte’s restaurant and bar, the Compass Rose.

Compass Rose is a haven for art and culture and is a stone’s throw from Meridian Hill Park and the African American Civil War Memorial and  Museum.

The laid-back bar has a world-class menu of cocktails and draft beers in line with the owner’s culinary prowess.

However, the star of the show and one of my favorite reasons to dine at the Compass Rose is the wine list laden with pearls from local and international markets.

Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th St NW, Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 419-6755
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If you have been to the West End neighborhood, you must know how prestigious it is.

I am constantly looking for fun places to get a drink, and my latest find on 24th Street NW is the Blue Duck Tavern.

From George Washington University to Georgetown Waterfront Park, there are many reasons to find yourself in the Blue Duck Tavern.

Inside, patrons are greeted with a sophisticated and upscale vibe, perfect for a romantic rendezvous.

You can imbibe the crafted cocktails or wine (sold by the bottle and the glass), but I recommend this bar mainly because of the farm-to-table cuisine.

Jojo Restaurant and Bar

1518 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 319-9350
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We have to thank the acclaimed chef and restaurateur Paul Schlow for Jojo Restaurant and Bar, located at the intersection of P Street NW and Wisconsin Avenue NW in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC.

It is located close to the Potomac River, everything it has to offer, and the Georgetown Waterfront Park making it an ideal place when thinking of where to get a drink while on a date.

It has a laid-back and upscale vibe, and the excellent selection of martinis and cocktails, along with a diverse beer list, create the perfect backdrop to blossoming love.

the Gibson

2009 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 629-1081
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Owned by a Mixologist, Derek Brown, few bars can dethrone the Gibson for the title of places to go out on date night.

It is in the famous U Street Neighborhood, between U Street NW and V Street NW.

It is part of the vibrant musical community of the area and is within close vicinity of the 9:30 Club and the Lincoln Theater.

It has a trendy and intimate vibe inspired by its speakeasy origins, and I love how the dim light makes it easier to converse and connect in private.

The drinks offered include innovative cocktails (house specialty) and a selection of draft beers.


1201 K St NW #1, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 900-8418
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I am always downtown, and when the reason is romantic, I can think of no better place than the Allegory for date night.

Located near Franklin Square in the luxurious Eaton Hotel DC, the Allegory is your go-to destination for an upscale and sophisticated vibe for that first date.

The bar has a particular emphasis on cocktails and innovative concoctions made with super ingredients but also has a choice of beer for some palates.

Morris American Bar

1020 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 759-2001
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In the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, at the intersection of 11th Street NW and U Street NW is the Morris American Bar.

It is one of the best date bars in Washington, DC, within walking distance of the beautiful fountain in Dupont Circle Park.

It has an upscale and sophisticated vibe and has a resident mixologist dedicated to the art of cocktail making.

Dirty Habit

555 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 449-7095
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The Dirty Habit is found in the charming neighborhood of Penn Quarter.

It is close to Ford’s Theater and the Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station (offering convenient access by public transport) and has an upscale and trendy vibe.

The Dirty Habit embodies the craft of cocktail creation, having a wide selection of seasonal and classic cocktails.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

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