Harold Black (address and info) There’s nothing speak-sleazy about this hidden lounge whose dim lighting can coax amorous relations out of two people who previously described themselves only as friends.
Stiff drinks like the Harlem Stir with bourbon, amaro, vermouth, and chocolate bitters help the cause.
Pro tip: make a reservation to prevent date night letdown.
That’s because the two of you will have explored a much-misunderstood beverage that dates back 3,000 years until you were bleary eyed and swearing on a leg of ham that you’ll never drink anything else.
But before things got sloppy, the evening started with sampling sherry flights and small plates.
So stop wasting your time at soulless eateries and grubby, mood-killing bars where you’re more likely to see something un-seeable in the restroom than score a second date.
“That guy that took me to the sherry place, I’m going to see him again,” she’ll utter.
Mockingbird Hill (address and info) Shaw’s ham and sherry bar is quirky enough to provide a memorable date. Here’s where to take that person you’re looking to impress/agree to keep dating you in 15 different DC neighborhoods.Maple (address and info) Hidden twinkling light-strung patios should always cause a twinge in all the right places on date night, but there’s more to Maple than a charming outdoor area.After all, two marriage proposals have gone down there (that it knows of! The wine program provides liquid lubrication to get the conversation flowing, including three bottles of bubbly for under and an arsenal of fine picks from Italy.There are snacks too, in case you’re starting to feel too tipsy to properly woo.
Find Harold Black above Acqua al 2 and give the door a knock.