Skip the cocktails and opt for vino next date night. Whether you’re laying eyes on each other for the very first time, or are toasting to the years behind you, DC has a wine bar for every special occasion.
This casual and affordable wine bar, that’s also part tasting room and part market, is ideal for those meeting for the very first time. Cork’s laid back atmosphere makes it the perfect spot to get to know someone new. Chat about your pet peeves and where you went to high school over a cheese plate and a glass of wine at this no-pressure bar. If you really hit it off, head to the market and choose a bottle to share the next time you meet. 1720 14th St. NW, 202-265-2675
Whether it’s your first anniversary or your fiftieth, toast to your relationship at this chic resto where wine is king. Choose from any of their 40 by-the-glass selections or, if you’re feeling adventurous, explore their 1,000 bottle options. With a cozy, rustic atmosphere and eclectic American menu, this Chinatown eatery is guaranteed to impress your significant other. Top your meal off with their peach pecan pie and a bottle of your choosing for a night they’ll always remember. 775 G St. NW, 202-737-7663
Not alone? No problem. For couples looking to dine and wine together, look no further than this Georgetown gem. Known for their flights (three 2.5 oz glasses), ENO is the place to go when you’re looking to taste, socialize, learn, and romance. Pick your poison on the patio at happy hour or check out “enoversity,” their educational tasting and pairing events for a fun group date. 2810 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-295-2826
Treat your significant other to the vacay of their dreams without ever leaving the comfort of your favorite city at this old-world Spanish restaurant and wine bar. Their generous selection of Spanish and South American wines will send your taste buds into a frenzy, and instantly transport you to another time and place. Finally, your partner’s special day is a great excuse for you to indulge a little as well. 1622 14th St. NW, 202-588-5500
When you’re in the mood for a more low-key night, head to this wine bar that believes vino and great music should always be served hand in hand. Jug & Table keeps eight different wines on tap, has more than 30 options by the glass, and welcomes all drinkers—from the enthusiasts to the novices. Meet up with your special someone after work for $25 jugs and a relaxed evening in good company. 2446 18th St., 202-232-7663