Girls Night Out in Washington, D.C.

Girls night out in D.C.: a time to bond, to exhale, to get a little tipsy off wine and syrupy cocktails. It's practically part of the female psyche. Every now and again, a girl and her posse require a ladies-only night on the town. So ditch your dudes, slip on a slinky dress and get a babysitter. We've got you covered with the best restaurants and bars for your girls night out in Washington, D.C.

Updated: December 21, 2010

Girls Night Out in D.C.

Co Co Sala

929 F St Nw, Washington, DC 20004

You'll understand why chocolate is a girl's real best friend at D.C.'s first ?dessert lounge," Co Co Sala. The smooth chocolate and deep red decor foreshadows the lush tastes in store. Items from Co Co Sala's tasting menus range from hot chocolate souffles to orangesicles with chocolate caviar. Chocoholics rejoice in the Co Cojito, made with chocolate-infused vodka, fresh mint and dark chocolate flakes.

Masa 14

1825 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Nothing says girls night out like the tanned, gorgeous bartenders shaking martinis at Masa 14. Thumping house music permeates this Latin-Asian fusion eatery, complete with a 65-foot bar serving potent cocktails, 62 wines, 14 taps, and more than 100 tequilas!

DC Coast

1401 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Take advantage of the opportunity to dine at a trendy restaurant your boyfriend probably wouldn't choose. DC Coast's two-story dining room with soaring ceilings features a glass-walled balcony, enormous mirrors and a stone mermaid perched at the entrance. You and your girls will appreciate the noteworthy dessert menu, too.

Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge

3116 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Find a young and attractive crowd pouring over the tapas menu at this boldly decorated M Street restaurant and lounge. Bond over shared plates including seared octopus, fried chicken croquettes, or spicy patatas bravas. Round tables are set in intimate nooks, perfect for gabbing.

Peacock Cafe

3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

This modern and sophisticated eatery offers a colorful selection of light American- and Persian-inspired fare, leaving room for you and your girls to indulge in sweet and tasty cocktails concocted with ingredients from the fresh juice and smoothie bar. For a mid-week girls night, take advantage of Peacock's half-priced wines on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights.


800 F Street North West, Washington, DC 20004

Stunning decor, a trendy bar and indulgent new-American cuisine (think lobster macaroni and cheese!) make Zola a perfect pick for a decadent ladies dinner. Attentive servers will keep you satiated; attractive bartenders will keep you inebriated. Beware, Zola's signature cocktail?made with Turi vodka, Cointreau, white cranberries, and crushed limes--is dangerously delicious.

Cafe Citron

1343 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

High-energy Latin-inspired beats will amp up your girls? night out at this sizzling Dupont lounge. You and your girls will feel just fine getting a little wild: it's the type of place where you order pitchers of sangria and dance on your chairs. Take your moves to the dance floor, or on top of the bar where dancing is not only allowed, its encouraged.