First dates can be intimidating and hard to plan if you don’t know the person that well. The ideal place to take a date shouldn’t be too loud or too crowded, in order to give you and your date the opportunity to get to know one another. A quiet rooftop bar or a stroll the through the National Mall are just couple of outings that make a good first date. Here are five places in DC you can take your date to make a good impression on the first date.
Union Market
1309 5th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

Union Market is a good place to take a first date for a day date. This artisanal market has more than 40 food and home goods stalls offering everything from empanadas to ice cream, as well as a creative lineup of cocktails. You and your date can explore the market, discovering the foodie gems of D.C.. The market is open daily until 8 p.m., opening at 11 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends.

Cork Wine Bar
1720 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-2675

A wine bar is another relaxing place to take a first date. Cork is a wine bar and market located in the U Street Corridor offering more than 50 varieties of wines by the glass and more than 250 bottles from all over the world. Pair the wine with Cork’s expansive menu of hot and cold sharable plates. On Friday nights and Saturday afternoons the market offers free wine tastings featuring staff favorites and selected winemakers. Cork also offers several wine flights you and your date can order to discover new vintages together.

DC Cruises
3100 K St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(301) 765-0750

There is no better way to explore the monuments of DC than by cruising down the Potomac River. Many of the cruise companies only offer dinner cruises but DC Cruises specializes in short, fun-filled evening cruises. Choose from a moonlit monument cruise, happy hour cruise or a DJ party cruise. Tickets are priced around $21 per person and include a cash bar. All ships have outdoor and indoor seating and will sail rain or shine.

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Kettler Capitals Iceplex
627 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203
(571) 224-0555

If your date is the sporty and adventurous type, head for the ice rink! The Kettler Capitals Iceplex (home to the Washington Capitals) offers public skate sessions where skaters of all levels can get a turn on the ice. The cost is $9 for adults plus $5 for skate rental. Check the Kettler website for the dates and times when open skate is available. Afterwards warm up with a hot toddy at one of the many nearby bars and restaurants.

The Observatory Rooftop Bar And Lounge
The Graham Hotel
1075 Thomas Jefferson St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-0900

The rooftop bar at The Graham Hotel is another tranquil place to take a first date. Relax in the warm summer weather with a glass of wine and chocolate covered strawberries while enjoying views of the nation’s monuments and the legendary Kennedy Center. The rooftop bar menu also includes lite appetizers like cheese, charcuterie boards and fruit. The bar is open spring through fall, weather permitting.

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