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Valentine’s Day in the City

Last updated Feb. 7

Check out the special events and meals below to celebrate your love and friendships this Valentine’s Day.



Busboys and Poets – Improbable Comedy

What: The Sweet & Sour Valentine’s Day Show: A celebration of love and a roast of the holiday.

When: Thursday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: Busboys and Poets – 235 Carroll Street NW (Takoma Park)

Details: $15-25

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Cupid’s Bar Crawl

What: Bar crawl to celebrate the season of love.

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Where: Dupont- registration bar is Saint Yves

Details: $15 early bird tickets, $40 day of event. Bar specials include $2 light beers, $3 rails, $4 Cupid Shots and tickets include a souvenir Cupid’s Bar Crawl mug, free raffles, event pictures. Information and tickets available here.

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Cupid’s Undie Run

What: A charitable, one mile run in Valentine’s themed undies to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation and to raise awareness for neurofibromatosis research.

When: Saturday, Feb. 8, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Race begins at 2 p.m.

Where: Penn Social – 801 E Street NW (Metro Center & Gallery Place metros)

Details: $40 early registration. For more information and to register visit the event website.

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Galentine’s Celebration at The Alex Speakeasy

What: Ladies enjoy 1/2 off specialty cocktails

When: Fri., Feb. 14, starting at 7 p.m.

Where: The Alex Speakeasy – 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW (Georgetown)

Details: Specialty cocktail include the likes of “Spin the Bottle,” made with vodka, lemon juice, strawberry pucker, mint, and peach liquor. DJ Banks will be spinning from 8 p.m. to Midnight.

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O Street Mansion Dessert & Concert

What: Valentine’s Day Gatsby Party

When: Friday, Feb. 14, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Where: The Mansion on O Street – 2020 O St NW (Dupont)

Details: Unlimited champagne, whiskey tasting, desserts, dance lessons. More information and tickets ($125) available here.

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Ozio’s Valentine’s Party

What: Valentine’s-themed party with drink specials; bottle-service available (call ahead).

When: Friday, Feb. 14, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Where: Ozio – 1813 M Street NW

Details: Dress code is red; event info and tickets available here. Tickets are free for a limited time, $5 early bird, and $10 on event day.

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Potomac River Cruises

Odyssey Cruises is running a Valentine’s Dinner Cruise on Feb. 14 and 15 and a bottomless mimosa brunch buffet on Feb. 15. All events include a live band and dance floor. More event details and tickets are available here.

Spirit Cruises is hosting Valentine’s Day lunch and dinner buffet cruises on Feb. 14 and 15. More event details and tickets are available here.

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Woo at the Zoo

The Smithsonian National Zoo is hosting a night to remember on Fri., Feb. 14 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Bring a special someone, grab a cocktail, learn about animal mating and dance the night away at a throwback ‘80s prom in a heated tent.

Catch a hilarious presentation at either 7:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m., including “Waddle I Do Without You: Penguin Speed Dating” and “Performance Anxiety: Breeding at the Zoo.”

Tickets are $50-60 and include one drink ticket and complimentary desserts. When purchasing tickets, guests can add an exclusive Valentine’s Day gift to their ticket—a mini Adopt a Species package to pick up at the Zoo the night of the event.




The Alex Speakeasy at The Graham Georgetown

What: Three-course prix fixe dinner

When: Fri., Feb. 14 and Sat., Feb. 15

Where: The Alex Speakeasy – 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW (Georgetown)

Details: Choose from a selection of dishes prepared by Executive Chef Jose Molina, including Tuna Crudo served with cucumber and crispy quinoa, Duck Confit with wild mushroom risotto, and pickled beets, and chocolate strawberries to complete the night. Indulge in a festive cocktail for the holiday, 7 minutes in Heaven, made with Gin Lane 1751, Earl Grey, Campari, honey, grapefruit, and bitters. Guests may also start the evening on The Graham Rooftop with the specialty cocktail, Spin the Bottle, made with Vodka, Lemon Juice, Strawberry Pucker, mint, and peach liquor. Reservations required.

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Dirty Habit

What: $89 four-course prix fixe dinner, plus lipsology readings (Friday only).

When: Fri., Feb. 14 (5-11 p.m.), Sat., Feb 15 (5-11 p.m.), and Sun., Feb. 16 (5-10 p.m.)

Where: Dirty Habit 555 8th St NW (Penn Quarter)

Details:  Choose from a variety of gourmet options each course prepared by Executive Chef Kyoo Eom, including French onion soup, goat cheese salad, foie gras torchon, Yellowfin Tuna carpaccio, homemade gnocchi, côte de boeuf, crescent duck, veal trio, seared hokkaido scallop, curry lentil, German chocolate cake, passion fruit tart, and baked Alaska. Reservations can be made by calling 202-449-7095 or visiting www.dirtyhabitdc.com

On Fri., Feb 14, from 5-7 p.m., Ariana Lightningstorm, one of only eight certified lipsologists and the first certified teacher of lipsology in the world, will hold complimentary lipsology readings at Dirty Habit. Guests are invited to swipe on lipstick, kiss their one-of-a-kind card, and learn about their lip-print messages with Ariana’s signature humor and insight. 

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Hank’s Oyster Bar

What: Dinner Specials

When: Fri., Feb 14 – Sun., Feb 16

Where: Hank’s Oyster Bar – all locations

Details: Enjoy Hank’s exclusive Salty Wolfe Oyster, a Valentine’s special heart-shaped lobster ravioli, and dinner specials.

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What: Five-course party-for-two dinner for $95

When: Fri., Feb. 14, 5 – 11 p.m.

Where: Pappe – 1317 14th St NW (Logan Circle)

Details: Guests will be welcomed with chocolate strawberries and a champagne toast. Executive Chef Sanjay Mandhaiya put together a decadent spread of Northern Indian fare, including vegetable samosas, crab pav, Alleppey fish curry, mint lamb chops tinged with ginger, lemon and yogurt marinade, palak paneer, daal makhani, apple jalebi, sided with cardamom ice cream, saffron rice pudding, Indian bread pudding, and more. Reservations can be made by calling 202-888-8220 or reserving online at www.pappedc.com/reservations. 



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