A date for the hopeless romantic:
With pristine monuments and city lights in sight, nothing proves more romantic than sweeping views of the nation’s capital from The W Hotel’s P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge and Terrace. Open until midnight Thursdays and 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, DJs accompany the lounge’s stellar backdrop on weekends, adding entertainment to the visual spectacle.
For a touch of history with your view of the District landscape, head to the Old Post Office Pavilion, right nearby on 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. Built in 1899, the structure’s clock tower offers a city vista free of charge. The clock tower is open to the public Monday through Saturday until 4:45 p.m., and until 5:45 p.m. on Sundays. Plus, the D.C. landmark offers plenty of indoor food venues, so you can chow down while you take in the scenery.
A date for the artsy pair:
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th St., NW | $11
For the film aficionado in your life, E Street Cinema’s varied film selection – from box office champions to those of the Sundance variety – is a D.C. must-see. So if you’re a couple that revels in awards season, catch a viewing of the five Oscar-nominated short animation films all in one sitting. Particularly poignant for Valentine’s Day is the short film “Paperman,” which chronicles one New York City man’s desperate and heart-warming antics to catch the attention of his dream girl. Tickets are $8.50 with a student ID.
Dates for the comedic couple:
DC Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant
1140 Connecticut Ave., NW
We all want a partner who can take a joke, so test the waters at DC Improv Comedy Club and Restaurant. Just a block away from the Farragut North Metro stop, the venue has featured everyone from local veteran stand-up comics and fresh comedic hopefuls to big-name stars like Bill Burr, Dave Attell and Mike Birbiglia. The club even offers a college-friendly, affordable menu, so you can catch dinner and a show in one venue.
Warner Theatre – Nick Offerman
Feb. 15 | 10:30 p.m. | $29.50
You know you’ve found a keeper when your partner’s ideal night consists of watching “Parks and Recreation.” But why not get off the couch and away from the television screen by bringing your lover as close to the real thing as possible? Nick Offerman, famed for playing the stoic, manly breakfast enthusiast Ron Swanson on the show, will perform a stand-up routine at the Warner Theatre.