I am not the biggest fan of those forced celebrations that are genius ploys by Hallmark to make bank on pre-written love notes. Anytime the local grocery store and CVS look like cupid just vomited everywhere with so much red and heart shaped sugar it makes my eyes hurt. I promise there’s a romantic in me somewhere. But, whether we love or hate it, people get very into this Hallmark Holiday, so here are a few spots for making or breaking that big date, celebrating the single life, and just general breaking the routine.
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For the H st lover- Smith Commons will offer a complimentary glass of bubbly when you indulge in the prix-fixe 3 course Valentine’s meal, which includes smoked lobster ravioli, foie gras and banana panna cotta with coconut air. $60 per person.
Boundary Road will also officially open its doors on Monday, February 13th. So for all the foodie couples who have tried everything under the DC sun, this is a great chance to get the first bites at H street’s newest additions. Got to keep it exciting, gents.
For the happy to be single (and ready to mingle)- L’Enfant Cafe is having an anything but ordinary Valentine’s Day celebration. For starters, it is on Sunday, it’s a cabaret, with lots of drag and many laughs. Read more about it here and make your reservation online.
Bar Pilar (OH YES, it’s back) is hosting their annual “Anti-Valentine’s Day” Party, filled with bitter drinks with namesakes like The Bitter End and The Hater (I’ll take two of those for this upbeat post, thank you) and a solid roster of break-up songs to rock out to, celebrate being single, and who knows, maybe even find your future love.
For the history buffs- American Eats Tavern will be crafting a special 7- course menu, honoring Esther Howland, the founder of The New England Valentine Company, who is credited for creating the first Valentine’s Day greeting card. Priced at $95 per person, and $150 with wine pairings, standout dishes include Hush Puppies with Homemade Sorghum Butter; Waldorf Salad “You’re the Top”; Vermicelli Prepared Like Pudding; Lobster Newberg as well as an assortment of seasonal desserts. For the complete Valentine’s Day menu click here.