Location: 2810 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Readers’ pick: Dinner at Fiola Mare and a walk in Georgetown
Although it may take hours to prepare for a first date, you shouldn’t take hours to decide where to go.
If you’re the lucky one and your date is paying, suggest ENO Wine Bar in Georgetown so you can drink those first date nerves away with a flight of three wines.
ENO Wine Bar offers a wine selection that will transport you to places around the world, with wines from France, Italy and New Zealand. The selection of rosé, sparkling, red and white wines are sold for about $20 per flight. If you prefer to take it slow, you can get a red, white or rosé wine for only $7 per glass during happy hour, which lasts from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
If wine isn’t your date’s go-to, then don’t worry. ENO Wine Bar also offers a vast selection of ciders and beers to help wash down the nerves. The Millstone Hopbrosia cider ($7) isn’t too sweet and has a strong bite to it. The Flying Dog Double Dog Double IPA ($8) is another choice with hints of citrus and malt in the beer.
In order to avoid getting too tipsy and scaring your date off, order some delectable dishes from ENO Wine Bar’s vast menu.
The ENO Experience ($24) allows you to choose three meats from a list of seven and three cheeses from 12 different options. The cheeses range from a creamy and rich cremont to a hard and sweet manchego. For a salty food to pair with your cheeses, try the prosciutto or capicola.
If the date is going well and you want to prolong receiving the check, order the decadent chocolate fondue ($20), served in a mini hot-pot alongside strawberries, bananas and orange-zest pound cake. It’ll make your lips sweet for that potential first kiss at the end of the night.