Valentines Date Night
By Lisa Shapiro
Time to get out that sexy little black dress and for him those snazzy trousers because it’s time for date night! Delicious eats and mood lighting are in your future. We realize that every couple may not have the same idea of what constitutes a date night, so hopefully with a few ideas, there is something to suit everyone’s taste.
Sporty & Fun
If you’re an active couple, spending an evening together at TopGolf or iFly in Ashburn could be right up your alley. At TopGolf, the enormous three-level complex features 102 climate-controlled hitting bays; a full-service restaurant with great food; three bars and a rooftop terrace with fire pits to offer a little bit of romance mixed in with some fun. If you’re not golfers, iFLY makes the dream of flight a reality with indoor skydiving in a safe and fun environment. Both are conveniently located in One Loudoun, so if you’re looking for a spot to enjoy dinner together prior to your adventure, there are a lot of restaurants to choose from.
Movie Night Out
If you’re looking for a date night that’s relatively low-key, a good old-fashioned dinner and a movie could be your ticket to a great evening. The Mosaic District in Merrifield, VA has everything a great date night needs. The Angelika Film Center and Cafe at Mosaic is the perfect place to spoil your sweetie. Exhibiting high quality art, independent, and specialty film, this state-of-the-art boutique cinema features the latest in digital projection and sound technology, plush velour stadium-designed seating, and a cutting-edge theatrical environment, not to mention gourmet candy and popcorn, as well as, craft beer, wine and cocktails. There are a variety of dining options like Sisters Thai, before or after your movie, including grabbing some gelato at Dolcezza or home-made pop-tarts at Ted’s Bulletin.
Or take a trip to the Alamo Drafthouse located at One Loudoun, which features 8 screens for new release movies equipped with the highest quality Sony 4k digital projection, 3D and state-of-the-art digital audio systems. Furthermore, the Alamo offers online reserved seating in all auditoriums so you can avoid lines at the theater and always choose your favorite seat.
Romantic Night Out
Enjoy an evening of ice skating in Tysons Ice Rink and snuggle up next to the fire pits in the courtyard. Walk across to Barrel & Bushel for dinner, with more fire pits on their patio. Earls, just across the courtyard is also a great choice for dinner before or after ice skating. Or before ice skating, take him/her to Bazin’s on Church, a little romantic little bistro in historic Vienna with cozy open kitchen, brick walls, vaulted wood-beam ceilings and subdued lighting, which effortlessly sets the mood for a very romantic evening. Chef Patrick Bazin offers an American bistro menu that will surely get you in the mood with starters like crispy oysters with country ham, creamed spinach, and creole aioli. You know what they say about oysters? Bazin has created a sumptuous menu featuring a savory mix of land and sea. For dessert, choose from sweet indulgences like nutella panna cotta, salted caramel tart, or if you have a hankering for crème brûlée, the chef’s mocha cream version is elegant. The restaurant has a very selective wine list representing outstanding wineries from around the world, plus its own wine bar.
Is your sweetheart a music lover? Child of the 60s or 70s? Take him/her to see “The World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen” at the State Theatre Friday, February 10 or Saturday, February 11. The Bruce In The USA Band consists of seasoned world class professional musicians that like the Boss, perform marathon, party-like performances of Bruce’s legendary concerts. Before the concert, enjoy dinner at the Dogwood Tavern or at Clare & Don’s, a lively beach-themed casual restaurant within walking distance that often offers live music and entertainment.
If you wish you were able to sweep your love off their feet without needing a passport, start your international journey at the Katibeh Art Gallery. Enjoy an exhibition of artists from Iran and the Middle East with works including calligraphy, illumination, drawing, and miniatures. Continue on to dinner just a half-mile away—you will love Nostos. With their lovely earth-toned dining room inspired by an Aegean village, the flickering candlelight will surely set the tone for a starry romantic evening. Impress your date and make them swoon over your restaurant prowess at this hidden gem. Ranked as one of the DC area’s best restaurants, expect the freshest seafood available, prepared with uncompromising quality. Nostos offers a wide variety of authentic “mezedes,” or small dishes: an integral part of Greek dining that reflects the idea that eating is about sharing. No one will mind when you lean across the table to take a nibble.