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Valentine's Day 2021: Romantic Outings You’ll Both Love

Keep the romance fresh on Valentine's Day with these evening excursions in Arlington’s vibrant neighborhoods.

Please note, due to COVID-19 and safety concerns, some of these activities may be limited or require early reservations to ensure social distancing. Please check with individual businesses for the most up to date information. 

Everyone knows Virginia is for lovers, and Arlington’s diverse range of restaurants and nightspots are ready to impress your Valentine with an eclectic mix of experiences on Cupid’s big day (and throughout the year).

No matter what your sweetie loves, from international food, a creative cocktail, or a decadent dessert, Arlington has it. Whether you’re in love with a classicist or a gourmand, a chocolate lover or champagne sipper, your dating plans will sparkle in Arlington.

If your significant other loves…

1. Bubbly

At Ms. Peacock’s Champagne Lounge in Clarendon, enjoy tasting flights from a menu of more than 40 varieties of sparkling wine and champagne. Check out their Date Night Special which includes your choice of dessert, choice of a chilled bottle of bubbly, and two keepsake champagne flutes.

2. Cheese

Known for its menu of fine cheeses and food-friendly wine, Cheesetique will help you say “brie mine” with their Valentine Dinner at Home special, which includes a multi-course dinner for 2, complete with wines and locally-made chocolates.

Love the wine you’re with at Clarendon’s Screwtop Wine Bar, which also has a cheese shop with an ever-changing selection. Try pumpkin goat cheese, Guinness cheddar, and a garlic gouda with a big basket of bread and crackers. Or order online for take-out or delivery (to Arlington, Alexandria, or D.C.).

3. Meat

Carnivores wishing to indulge themselves will find their paradise at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Crystal City, overlooking Reagan National Airport and the Potomac River. Enjoy their Valentine's Day Features in-person or at home.

At Medium Rare, the single menu of steak, fries, salad, and the bread that’s love at first bite will take the guesswork out of what to order.

BBQ lovers should check out Sloppy Mama's and their 3-Course Valentine's Day Special complete with appetizers, a heart-shaped entree (brisket and pork, ribs, and two sides), and two mud pies for dessert. The heart-shaped boxes are limited, so get your orders in ASAP.

4. Panache

Try an imaginative twist on Spanish cuisine at Pamplona, located in the Clarendon neighborhood, with creative paellas, sangria on tap and cocktails.

5. Fun & Games

Have an evening of fun, games and hijinks at Punch Bowl Social. Bowl, play foosball, and then belt out some karaoke love songs. Punch Bowl Social also has a scratch-to-craft restaurant with shareables, tacos and burgers. Just getting to know each other? Break the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, also in Ballston Quarter, with ice skating at the same rink where the Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals practice.

6. Globe Trotting

Show that your love means the world to you with global fare like Philippine cuisine from Bistro 1521 in Ballston, classic French at La Côte d'Or Café or the chef’s specialties of Balkan cuisine at Ambar in Clarendon. Arlington is full of international flavor with global cuisine from A to Z.

7. Charm

This year, allow Green Pig Bistro to prepare a one-of-a-kind Valentine's Daymeal with your choice of main dishes, sides, soups, and desserts. Order your meal prior until February 10 and pick it up on Valentine's Day.

8. Sweets

Livin’ the Pie Life on Lee Highway and Bakeshop in Clarendon will show your loved one, “you bake me crazy.” Or stop into Best Buns in Shirlington for cookies, cupcakes, baguettes, or various types of freshly baked bread for the “loaf of your life.”

This Valentine's Day, Chef Michael from Pastry Codex is hosting a limited engagement class called "Valentine's RSVP Duet Vignette" for you and your valentine at The Board Room. You will partake in making an array of magnificent dessert offerings that you wouldn't dare to make on your own. This class will fill up quickly, so don't wait too long; book your spot today!

9. Nightcaps

Duck down the stairs into the speakeasy feel of Clarendon’s Baba, a retro-chic bar with Balkan small plates and ultimate mixology. The fireplace-lit room with leather chairs, a black-and-white patterned floor, has a classic and intimate feel that’s breathtaking. Fortunately, “Don’t Forget to Breathe” is on the cocktail menu, an herbal and citrus blend.

Additionally, grab a spot at the sleek bar at the new Salt, located in Rosslyn. The underground bar has a true speakeasy feel, and with aptly-named cocktails like "Date Night" or "Savor the Moment," it's a great way to toast the evening. Or if you're more in the mood for a celebration at home, order their Valentine's Dinner special which includes your choice of starters, main dish, dessert, and two bottles of wine.

Arlington’s flavors are as diverse as its people. No matter your taste, you’re sure to find something you love.

Author: Cara O'Donnell