Getting out of the house when the temperature drops can feel like like a chore - even when you're trying to heat things up. Never fear, whether you're paired up for cuffing season or staying together past Valentine's Day, there are plenty of date night destinations that are worth donning your parka and boots for.
1. Bar Charley
The low key 18th Street bar strikes a healthy balance between fancy and dive-y, but they currently have a tiki section on their drink menu and we have two words: Scorpion bowls. The scorpion bowls are potent, not overly sweet and it's a little romantic to split a drink with two straws. However, if you're a germaphobe there are plenty of other delicious options that will remind you of sunnier days; Bar Charley's mai tai has a rum floater so you'll feel toasty in no time.
2. The Wharf
A lot of people haven't made it out to The Wharf yet, but the waterfront area has swings and huge fire pits that will chase away the cold. There are plenty of food and drink options in the area, so it's a great spot if you want to spend an evening exploring.
3. The Miracle on 7th Street pop-up bar
There are a few hurdles every relationship should go through before things get serious - talking about money, going on a vacation and standing in line for the ultra-popular pop-up bars in Shaw. This year's Miracle on 7th Street is totally worth the wait between the Beyonce mural, Hanukkah room and fresh cookies and the boozy drinks will help soothe any frayed nerves and tried patience.
4. Anywhere with a photo booth
One of the best dates I ever went on was at a dive bar in San Francisco that had a gloriously old school photo booth. Fortunately for D.C. love birds, Sign of the Whale in Dupont, The Brixton on U St. and Penn Social downtown all have photo booths. You'll both get a cute keepsake and it's an ideal place to sneak a smooch. Here's our complete list of all your options.
5. The unnamed bar in Shaw
If you really want to impress your date or you're just the adventurous type, there's an unnamed but very cozy bar near Howard Theater. As Washington City Paper first reported, the bar at 600 T St. NW has warm drinks, a fireplace and live jazz music.
6. The Watergate Hotel
During the winter months, the Watergate Hotel has an ice skating rink on the roof. This place has it all - killer views, fancy drinks and tasty bites. If ice skating with the panoramic view isn't enough for you, you can also rent an igloo and order cigars, whiskey and burgers. One can never be too comfortable when basking in the lap of Instagramable luxury, after all.
7. Busboys and Poets
The thin mint latte is extra delicious on cold nights and the open mic nights offer some fodder for conversation, so Busboys and Poets is a great pick for intellectual types and people who dread awkward pauses on first dates. Busboys and Poets also hosts queer open mic nights, so members of the LGBTQ community can have the safe and open date night they deserve too.