So, you’re single on Valentine’s Day. Who says you have to stay locked up indoors with a carton of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and a sappy chick flick on the most romantic day of the year? Plenty of DC bars, restaurants and other establishments offer great deals and lots of fun for all the single ladies (and men). Turn that frown upside down and check out one of these best Valentine’s Day parties for singles in Washington DC.
2461 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Don’t sit at home listening to the bitter tunes of Alanis Morissette or Fiona Apple, sing your heart out to them instead. Valentine’s Day also happens to be karaoke night, or what is better known as “Drunkeoke” at this popular full-service restaurant and bar. After you’re done singing “I Will Survive,” enjoy delicious soul food favorites, like country fried steak, barbecue ribs and pork chops, head to the second-level, where you can play pool for free or check out the city views from the always-open rooftop deck and tiki bar. Madam’s Organ also features live entertainment every night of the week, daily food and drink specials and special events, like ladies night on Thursdays.
1315 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
For a sexy night out head on over to Bar Rouge where you’ll find sophisticated decor all washed in, you guessed it, red. This hip night spot features comfy red velvet booths, cozy high top tables and classic cocktails. Try the rouge punch, San Juan sizzle or the tea time, which consists of a cup of earl gray plus gin, domaine de canton, lemon juice, soda and agave nectar. Bar Rouge also features wines on tap, and one of only two bars in the DC metro area to do so. Enjoy delicious bites to eat like the truffle fries, red velvet cupcakes or the rouge burger, as well as a private VIP room, flat-screen televisions throughout the bar and light music.
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911 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
While everyone else is schmoozing over red wine and chocolate, add a little spice to your night at Ultrabar, where Thursday night is international night. This muy caliente party features hot Latin rhythms plus hip-hop, top 40 and other international hits. Enjoy drink specials, like $3 Coronas until midnight and Ciroc open bar between 10 and 11 p.m. With its elegant chandeliers, mahogany wood bars and leather accents Ultrabar is one posh DC hot spot. Dance on the catwalk in the bar’s main floor or head upstairs to the Bedroom where you can lounge around on a bed by the window. The full-service bar also features a cozy basement, a grand mezzanine and an ultra-exclusive VIP level. Guests are asked to dress to impress.
3718 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20010
At the Red Derby, all the single ladies (and gentlemen) can raise a toast to living the good (and single) life. That’s because this well-liked downtown dive bar is offering $4 glasses of champagne on Valentine’s Day. With its blood-red walls and friendly waiters, it’s hard not to feel the love once you step inside. Catch up with friends at a cozy table near a window or get some fresh, crisp air courtesy of the rooftop deck. The Red Derby features an impressive list of beers in a can (no bottle or tap service here) plus mixed drinks. Enjoy food and drink specials, traditional American fare, like burgers, chicken tenders and fries, and special events throughout the year. The venue offers vegetarian-friendly meals too.
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1733 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Instead of crying into your martini, yuk it up at the Topaz Bar, which features the Laughing Buddha-ha, an adults-only comedy show made up of 10 local amateur comedians, who have 10 minutes each to get you to laugh your tail off, plus a handful of seasoned professional comedians. Or, tell your best joke during the “Everyone’s a Comedian” portion of the show and win a cash prize plus two tickets to Laugh Riot at the Hyatt and a free beer. Topaz Bar features an Asian-inspired menu, urban decor and comfy seating. Arrive to the bar early as seating is based on a first come, first served policy. Enjoy daily food and drink specials.