Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Friends Around DC

Because dating is overrated anyway

Split the Passionate Punch with friends at Roofer's Union this Valentine's. Photograph by Mary Godier

In the age of girl squads, bromances, and endless group texts, who says you need a ball and chain to enjoy Valentine’s Day? Break out of seclusion and head out with your nearest and dearest. 

1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW
BFFs and bros alike are invited to Radiator’s “Pal-entine’s Day” event on February 14th. The Logan Circle hotel bar/restaurant serves large drinks and dishes meant for sharing, so the more friends the merrier.

Pennsylvania 6
1350 Eye St. NW
Mark your calendars for a Galentine’s Day brunch on Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11 (Valentine’s Day plus gals, get it?). Mention the event when making a reservation and your crew will get a complimentary glass of bubbly and a shareable dessert.

Bar Dupont
1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Gather your group together for a Valentine’s happy hour at Bar Dupont. You can pick from $9 themed cocktails like the Hot Shot, Lovely Bubbly, or the You’re the Bee’s Knees.

1205 11th St. NW
Things will be very pink at Georgian restaurant Supra come V-Day. The restaurant serves rose-themed drinks as a nod to the Georgian painter, Niko Pirosmani, who sold all of his belongings to buy his sweetheart a million red roses (according to legend).  Drinks made with sparkling rosé, rose water, and rose syrup are great for a girls night out. 

City Tap Dupont
1250 Connecticut Ave. NW
The weekend before Valentine’s, City Tap in Dupont hosts a Galentine’s Day brunch (February 10 and 11). You can get bottles of prosecco for $25, as well as bottomless mimosas, bellinis, beermosas, and bloody Marys for $18. Episodes of Sex and the City are shown on the restaurant’s TVs, so you can finally decide who’s the Samantha of the crew.

Pizzeria Paradiso
2003 P St. NW
For the music-loving friend group, Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle hosts “Mix Tapes and Mix Taps” on February 14, a throwback to burning CDs for your crush (remember that?). Thirteen different beers from independent breweries are on-tap, and each one is paired with an accompanying song from artists like Led Zeppelin and the Beastie Boys. Try a sip of each while listening to the tunes, and download the playlist for yourself later on Spotify. 

Petite Loulou
713 East Main St., Purcellville
If you’re in Loudon County, head to this French creperie on Saturday, February 10 or Sunday, February 11 for a Galentine’s Day shindig. The chocolate-and-tea event features three tiers of tea sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries, and tons of cocoa. Bring the little ones, too: the party is $35 for adults, and $22 for kids.

Roofers Union
2446 18th St. NW
Split a punch bowl with your group February 14 at this Adams Morgan bar/restauarant. The Passionate Punch is made with passion fruit juice, lime, and chocolate bitters for a mix that’s both sweet and savory. If you’re feeling adventurous, order the grilled beef hearts with chimichurri sauce.

Cotton & Reed
1330 5th St. NE

Get crunk at Cotton & Reed’s “Punch Crunk Love” event tonight. The night starts with a Galentine’s Happy Hour from 4 to 8 p.m. featuring $6 punch by Service Bar and Baltimore’s R House bartenders. Later that evening, the Baltimore bartenders from Blue Pit will take over to keep the punch flowing. There will be spiked drinking chocolate from Chocolibrium, District Baking Co. cookies, and food from the Say Cheese food truck, too.

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian
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Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She’s written for The Washington Post, Garden & Gun, Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Del Ray.