Remember when Bobby digitally relieved Whitney’s constipation? Now that’s love. And reason to get a good laxative. On Valentine’s Day, love isn’t just for couples and really comfortable celebs, it’s a chance to show best friends, family and YOU how you care enough to spend the very best. Instead of the usual, we’re gathering all of our favorite ways to show you care.
Valentine’s Day is offal at Urbana, where you can eat your heart out with a bar menu of hearts, cheeks and tongues available February 11-14. 2121 P Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.956.6650.
The Mansion on O Street opened on Valentine’s Day in 1980, and today, this magical inn has over 100 rooms and 32 secret doors to get blissfully lost in. There will be a happy hour February 14 from 5-7 pm for $30 per person, which includes a chocolate fountain and one glass of champagne, plus a cash bar. 2020 O Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.496.2020.
Every Thursday in February, you can grab your closest girlfriends and enjoy a a five-course dessert tasting with beverage pairings at CityZen, designed by Top Chef contestant Matthew Petersen for $150 per person. Each week there will be a different tasting menu with drinks to enhance this very sweet experience. Available through Savored.
The Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse will be hosting The Princess Bride Movie Night on Valentine’s Day, with wine, stand-up comedy (about relationships) and a screening of the movie. 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA. 703.486.2345.
When you really care to give the very best, present your honey with a Fuel Pizza’s heart-shaped, New York-style Sweetheart Pizza, available February 10-14. 1606 K St. NW. 202.659.3835.
Ici Urban Bistro will host “Lucky No. 13, Singles Night Out” at Le Bar on February 13 from 6-9 pm. There will be a live DJ, special Valentine’s Day cocktails and aphrodisiac appetizers. Win a dinner for two! 806 15th Street NW, Washington DC. 202.730.8700.
If you’re planning a romantic dinner at home, pick up Founding Farmers’ signature, house-made Red Velvet Layer Cake with whipped frosting. A perfect seven inches, this dessert comes boxed and tied with a ribbon. Pricing/Reservations: The mini cakes are available for $35 (plus tax). 1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC. 202.822.8783.
Cupid’s Not Stupid at Aria on February 10 from 7-10 pm. This cocktail competition will feature five of DC’s top mixologists: Gina Chersevani of PS7′s, Rachel Sergi of Jack Rose, Dennis Burns of the Ronald Reagan Building, Simo Ahmadi of Todd Gray’s Watershed and Alex Bookless of The Passenger. $55 admission includes samples of all five cocktails, wine, beer and light snacks.
Sorrowful singles can commiserate together at Bar Pilar’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Party February 14. Bar Pilar will again serve up a special menu of bitter and sour Cocktails (all $10) and Desserts to commemorate the sappy holiday while playing a roster of breakup songs. 1833 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.265.1751.
Don’t forget our veterans–they need love too! Until February 9, visit Tynan Coffee and write a free Valentine message to a veteran. They’ll deliver those Valentines on February 10 to both Walter Reed National Medical Center and the Armed Forces Retirement Home to distribute to their members!
For more Valentine’s Day ideas that won’t make you homicidal, check out the list at City Eats.
Mary was born and raised in New York City where her family owned restaurants. Instead of eating dirt on the playground, she ate duck blood, beef tripe and pork belly. She cut her teeth at The Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels, working with Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe, LeVar Burton, Jane Krakowski and others. Mary founded Girl Meets Food in 2009 as a cover for her debilitating addiction to fried chicken and was named Washington Post’s “Favorite Local Foodie.” After 13 years in hospitality, she started freelance writing for USA Today, The Washington Post, Eater, Washington City Paper, and more. Today, she provides digital marketing for hospitality clients as a content creator who’s contently creating content.