Valentine's Day Spots in D.C. for You and Your Bae, and the Bae-Less

BY: MACKENZIE GALLOWAY

For You and Your Bae

Playlists: Bae,” “Falling in Love,” “IN Love

Date: CityCenterDC’s Palmer Alley

One of D.C.’s most romantic spots, Palmer Alley is filled with endless opportunities for you and your bae. With lights illuminating your path, you can pick up a few gifts for your S.O. at Gucci or Kate Spade before wining and dining at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse or Centrolina. Instead of ending your night back on campus, stay a night at the Marriott Marquis. 

Date: National Harbor

One of The District's most popular attractions, the National Harbor is filled with romantic adventures. You can start your night with some ice skating and hot chocolate, then make your way over to Succotash or The Tasting Room for a cozy dinner. Got a creative boo? Head over to Muse Paint Bar for wine and painting. Finish the night at Bobby McKey’s, a romantic piano bar situated on the harbor.

Date: The Wharf

Also known as the Southwest Waterfront, The Wharf opened in October. The Wharf sits alongside the Potomac River, providing visitors with a phenomenal view of Virginia and southeast D.C. You and your S.O. can be adventurous and sample the catch-of-the-day at the Maine Avenue Fish Market, then head on over to Hank’s Oyster Bar or Rappahannock Oyster Company to indulge in full-course seafood meals. For dessert, Milk Bar is right next door. If you and bae are looking for entertainment,  you can catch a show at Arena Stage, The Anthem or Pearl Street Warehouse. Before heading in for the night, venture out on to the docks to enjoy swings made for two and a romantic fireplace right on the water. 

Date: Georgetown

Whether you take some cute pics on the waterfront or just browse the shops and restaurants along M St. and Wisconsin Ave, Georgetown is the perfect place to spend V-Day. You can start the night shopping (maybe even picking out gifts) at big brand names or local boutiques. All that shopping will probably cause some hunger to arise, and from Fiola Mare to Farmers Fishers Bakers (one of Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s favorite spots, #Bromance) you're nothing short of options. After you fill your stomachs with food and your hearts with love, you can settle down and enjoy a jazz show at Blues Alley, or show off your bowling skills at Pinstripes. If you've got a sweet tooth, stop by Baked & Wired for cupcakes. Finish the night with candles and rose petals at the historic Watergate Hotel or the opulent Four Seasons.

Date: Union Market

One of D.C.’s artsiest hangouts, Union market is filled with opportunities for you and bae to get in touch with your creatives sides. Start your evening off by taking a picture in front of the Instagram-friendly heart wall, created by Los Angeles-based artist, Mr.Brainwash on International Women's Day in 2015. Afterwards, you can head to the market and explore the best fish markets, bakeries, cafes and distilleries D.C. has to offer. Get a taste of East Africa at Gorsha Ethiopian Eatery or some Korean fare at Takorean. Or, fill up on shrimp and grits at Puddin. On a full stomach, shop for plants at Little Leaf or pick up some fashionable pieces for your S.O's closet at Brief Assembly. Finish with dessert at Ice Cream Jubilee or Capital Candy Bar. 

For Singles

Playlists: Living Single,” Leave Him Sis, ”Confidence  

Date: Day at the Spa

Escape the stress of Valentine's Day at one of D.C.'s many spas. “The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden” is home to a chic spa, where you can indulge in a signature shea butter massage, topped off with a foot reflexology and a facial acupressure. The W Hotel’s spa, has a cool, comfy atmosphere, and offers a triple oxygen facial, a elemis exotic lime and ginger salt glow scrub and a blissage full body massage. And to top it off, at the end of your indulgence, you can indulge even more in the W’s BROWNIE BAR. Spa Salamander (As pictured above) offers the opportunity to a complete getaway. The spa’s core rituals: clearing, awaken, grounding and balance, each offer an array of body exfoliation, scalp treatments, restorative massages and much more. After your massage and extensive treatment, you can take a trip to the poolside Cabana, an aromantic steam room, or take a dip in the heated pool. One of the world’s most famous spas is located at the Four Seasons Hotel. Offered here is a gold and diamond facial. Using ultrasonic exfoliation and LED therapy, this opulent facial is sure to leave your face #Flawless.

Anti Valentines Day Dinner

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Restaurants on the night of Valentine's Day are bound to be populated with dozens of couples engaging in their romantic endeavors. So why not spend your V-Day at an ANTI Valentines day dinner? The Daily Dish Restaurant, starting at 5:30 Valentine’s Day evening, will offer meals like “Eat Your Heart Out” (Heart Shaped Ravioli filled with Lobster, Shrimp & Mascarpone Cheese topped with Sherry Butter Sauce & Fresh Crayfish) and Love is a Battlefield (Devil’s Food Cake Cupcakes with Angel Frosting and Toy Soldiers 3.5). In addition, B.Reel Media is hosting an “Anti-Valentines Day Food Show”, featuring the “Main Meat Man” vs. the “Vegan Side Chick”. It will feature a show of course, and all attendees will be able to eat the shown foods of their choice. Bring your vegan and or meat loving besties for a fun filled evening.

Mixers

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You lil boo acting up? Thought they were gonna take you out for Valentines Day and ended up ghosting? If you want to spend your Valentine's day finding a new boo, you’re in the right place. DC’s. the L8 Lounge is having a “We hate Valentines Day: A Valentines Day Singles Meet Up Party #dontbeL8”, where you can eat, dance, enjoy cocktails and meet a potential new boo. The Morrison-Clark Historic Inn & Restaurant is hosting a singles mixer February 10th, and if you want to spice it up, you can attend a “Valentine Eve Lock and Combination Singles Mixer” at Pennsylvania 6.

Singles Parties

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If you want to go out a throw it back with your bff’s, or just dance the night away, DC has plenty of single’s Valentine’s day parties you can attend. To prepare for V Day, Ultra bar is having a “PRE VALENTINES SINGLES PARTY: 4 Minute Dating” event on February 9th, just in time for the not-so holiday. On Valentine’s day itself Saint Yves is hosting a “#SinglesInDC Singles In The City DC” party and social, featuring food, drinks, and lots of singles! Ozio dining is hosting a Valentine’s Day rooftop party for a night filled with love and entertainment. And finally, if you and your single BFF are looking for something to engage in on V Day, Great Shoals Cellars is putting on a “Wine and Paint Party” for an artistic toast to friendship.