Holiday Season Date Night Guide

Whether it’s a first date or you and your significant other want to take a romantic night out, DC is a great city to find something to do between the free museums, new events, and endless restaurants… the list goes on and on. Which is why #FrayLife is bringing you a monthly date night guide so you are your dates will never be bored. Of course, DC December is full of festive activities and cozy spots perfect for you and whoever your next date is with. Here are our top picks:

The Wharf

There is no shortage of new holiday festivities at The Wharf including the Christmas Tree and ice skating rink. Hit the rink to impress your date (or possibly embarrass yourself) on the ice then warm up at one of the many bars and restaurants on the waterfront. It’s about $16 per person for admission and rentals. Make sure you or your date brings a credit card, they don’t accept cash at the rink.

The Watergate Hotel

Choose one of the bars or restaurants at The Watergate to enjoy a cocktail and a meal. There is no reservation needed for the rooftop ice rink, but if you think you’ll want to try it out, I recommend going to Top of the Gate. The rooftop bar has plenty of heated spaces to keep you warm at the lounge and you can step onto the synthetic ice rink while enjoying a spectacular view of the city. The menu prices are on the pricier side and ice skating is $20 per person, but if you’re looking for a luxurious wintertime date, this is the spot for you.


What’s better than a date at the zoo? A date at the zoo covered in twinkle lights. Feel what it’s like to be a kid again, stroll the pathways, enjoy the lights, eat s’mores, listen to live music performances, and see some of the nocturnal animals that aren’t very active during regular hours. If you want to feel a little more grown up, you can enjoy an adult beverage in the form of spiked hot chocolate, beer, or wine.
Admission is free and it is open every night until the new year with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Parking can get hectic, so if you can, I recommend taking the metro or a taxi.

Miracle on 7th Street Pop Up Bar

The Drink Company’s Pop Up Bar in Shaw becomes one of the most talked about places in DC every time they change the theme. This holiday season they transformed again for the 3rd annual Miracle on 7th Street. The PUB is legitimately covered in holiday decorations that you could spend all night looking at while enjoying a themed drink and festive snacks. Expect to wait in line and plan to go on a weeknight to reduce wait time. It is popular but I promise it is worth it!

Barcelona Wine Bar

Barcelona is a great place for a date anytime of the year with the extensive wine list, plenty of space, and bustling scene. The fire pits and seasonal menus make it a great place for a cozy winter date. Share a meal with your date off the tapas menu if you’re into trying new things and tasting more than one menu item. It’s no surprise that between the location on 14th and atmosphere, that there is almost never a “slow night” there.

The Gibson

Top off the night with a night cap at this speakeasy style cocktail bar. Although it is not required, I recommend making a reservation to be safe. The Gibson DC offers more than “just a drink” with it’s seasonal menus and crafty cocktails. Mix it up literally and figuratively by trying some of their unique drinks. My favorite menu item is the Benny’s Rebel Room.


Do you have any favorite date spots? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for more date night ideas every month from the #FrayLife






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