Best First Date Ideas in Washington, D.C.

First dates are always full of pressure; you need to look good, have something interesting to say and pick a memorable spot. We can't help you on the looking good or sounding smart fronts, but we can offer some advice on where in Washington, D.C., to take the date you want to impress. In fact, we rounded up our own experts, Citysearch Dictators, and had them make recommendations on where to go in D.C. on a first date. Combined with some of our favorite first-date restaurants and bars, it's all here, whether you're in the mood for sake and miniature golf, cocktail-mixing lessons or even art and jazz. Interested in becoming a Citysearch Dictator? Apply here:

Updated: July 06, 2010

Where to Go on the First Date in D.C.

Ping Pong Dim Sum

900 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Bethesda resident and Citysearch Dictator Kaora Y. has this economical and interactive first date recommendation: "Happy hour at Ping Pong Dim Sum--love the cocktails there--followed by dessert at Co Co Sala. Both have fun atmospheres, and you can share the food at both!" Find great drink and dim sum specials at the Chinatown dim sum spot between 4pm and 7pm every day (even on weekends).

Mie N Yu

3125 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

Citysearch fan Amber M. loves the "sexy decor and great drinks" at this Georgetown Asian-fusion restaurant. She says: "If you're having fun, it's a nice place for a date to turn into dinner. If you're feeling silly, there's a (pretty bad) psychic two doors down. If you're not feeling it after a drink, you can bop out and meet friends at one of the many nearby bars."

Rocket Bar

714 7th St Nw, Washington, DC 20001

Blair R. recommends this game-filled bar at Gallery Place: "The drinks are cheap, and the games are fun and could fill in any awkward silences!" says the Citysearch Dictator. "Plus you can bring in take-out from somewhere fun (pizza from Matchbox?) and catch a game on one of their TVs!"

Sticky Rice

1224 H St Ne, Washington, DC 20002

Citysearch fan Tracey R. recommends an H Street bar crawl--starting with some sushi and sake. Order the "sticky balls," laugh about the name and then load up on the establishment's saketinis to calm awkward nerves. Still feeling jittery? Fear not--H Street Country Club just across the street allows libations on the putt-putt course.

Melting Pot Restaurant

1220 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Dipping fresh veggies and bread cubes into melting cheese is a fun alternative to a regular dinner out. Keep it short and sweet on a first date by skipping a full meal and instead sharing just a cheese fondue course at this Dupont restaurant, followed by a dessert like The Flaming Turtle, a flambeed concoction of milk chocolate and caramel.

Phillips Collection

1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Check out this Dupont art gallery's Phillips After 5 on the first Thursday of the month. The event includes live jazz and gallery talks for the regular price of admission, plus a cash bar. If the date goes well, move it to Veritas Wine Bar just up the street and discuss your favorite paintings.

The Passenger

1021 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Make reservations for the Columbia Room, the bar's inner cocktail club, in which a small number of guests are hosted on select nights by famed sommelier and bar owner Derek Brown. You'll learn how to craft a first class cocktail with cordials, bitters, tinctures and hand-carved ice from the best in the business. The Columbia Room also features cooking lessons with some of D.C.'s top chefs.