We Found Love: 12 D.C. Spots For Meeting Your Future Soulmate
UPDATE: We're pretty sure summer is the ideal time to be a swingin' single gal — there's tons of stuff to do, it's easier to socialize, and loads of other singletons are in town for jobs and internships. But, if you'd like a significant other for the chilly months ahead, it's time to start making moves: Use our handy guide as a roadmap to finding your next great love. This article was originally published on May 14, 2012.
We try to be zen when it comes to finding love — not one of those bad rom-com clichés, working ourselves up and coming across as desperate, spastic caricatures of ourselves. We want to be one of those slick big-screen babes who makes it all look effortless and then — bam! — a perfect partner falls out of the sky. But seriously, speaking from experience? That doesn't happen all that often. As appealing as the Hollywood formula seems, real-life love requires a little thing called effort. But we're willing to pull some of the weight for you.
In reality, the odds of meeting your soon-to-be better half while you're picking up dry cleaning or waiting in line at the grocery store are not great. But the odds of catching that oh-hello-there-soulmate's attention while you're sipping a locally brewed wheat ale or taking in the next big indie band? Now we're talking. Regardless of whether you dig the skinny-jeans-wearing artsy types or prefer the uber-preppy K Street crew, we've got 12 places to add to your out-and-about routine, to majorly boost your chances of meeting The One. So, read up and get out there—we won't even insist on giving a toast at the wedding.
At The Bar
Sometimes making new friends (or flames) is as simple as two things: beer and picnic tables. Such is the set-up at H Street's Biergartenhaus, the ideal place to quench your thirst and meet new people without even trying. Seriously, your only problem here will be figuring out how many loves you can handle at one time.
Biergartenhaus, 1355 H Street NE; 301-775-4710.
Comet Ping Pong
Comet Ping Pong is basically heaven for boys (and tomboys). Really, this spot features an endless stock of ping pong tables for your competitive streak, plus drinks and pizza (which, obvi, you eat on the tables). If you're looking for the no-fuss type, this is your spot.
Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202-364-0404.
Take heed, singletons of D.C: Go to The Passenger if you want to find a mate who appreciates good alcohol. A Passenger regular is not someone who wants to get drunk as quickly and cheaply as possible (think $2 PBRs or Natty Lights), but rather, for those who work hard for the money and want to spend it on nice whiskey. Can you blame them?
The Passenger, 1021 7th Street NW; 202-393-0220.
Photo: Courtesy of Biergartenhaus