9 Sexy Spots For A Grown-Up Night Out

Now that V-Day is behind us, we can get back to regularly scheduled programming — and by that, we mean intimate, romantic dates that aren't prompted by a marketing holiday. Turns out, there are plenty of D.C. restaurants and bars that do sexy just right — minus the cloying frills.
Whether you're in the mood for creative cocktails, dramatic interiors, or the most flattering lighting in the city — or a combo of all three — you’ll find it at these hot spots. So, grab your main squeeze, new flame, or friend with benefits, and get prepped for a fun night out. Teddy bears and heart-shaped boxes (thankfully) not included.
1 of 9
Photo: Courtesy of W Hotel Washington D.C.
All great dates should start with views of a city skyline, right? At P.O.V., you’ll take in sweeping panoramas of D.C. as you nosh on tapas and sip inspired cocktails. Even if the night doesn't yield Hollywood-worthy sparks, you’ll snap plenty of Instagram-ready shots.

P.O.V. Lounge, 515 15th Street NW; 202-661-2400.
2 of 9
Photo: Courtesy of SAX.
If your idea of a perfect date is a night spent in a chic bar in Paris, head to SAX. Kick back like a modern-day Marie Antoinette in a baroque-influenced lounge dripping in rich red and gold accents. To fully experience the venue in all its glory, enjoy a meal and a sexy show during the Burlesque Brunch — no further explanation needed.

SAX, 734 11th Street NW; 202-737-0101.
3 of 9
Photo: Courtesy of OYA.
If you've got some Fifty Shades fantasies that need acting out, take your S.O. to OYA. Creative French-Asian cuisine spices up the menu, while a mostly all-white interior keeps the vibe crisp, modern, and just the tiniest bit edgy.

OYA Restaurant, 777 9th Street NW; 202-393-1400.
4 of 9
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Rouge.
The decor at Dupont Circle's Bar Rouge gives off sexy vibes without going over the top. Patrons can dig into a menu filled with tantalizing options, like lamb meatballs and truffle fries. Need to loosen your inhibitions a little? Start with the Kiss of Pearsuasion cocktail, an intoxicating combo of Grey Goose, St. Germain, and Champagne.

Bar Rouge, Hotel Rouge, 1315 16th Street NW; 202-232-8000.
5 of 9
Photo: Courtesy of Eventide.
Die-hard romantics, rejoice: Arlington’s Eventide simply oozes glamour. Exposed brick walls and lush navy curtains will make you feel as regal as Kate and William. (Hey, that's a fantasy, right?) The top-notch food and fancy cocktails complete the royalty-for-a-day experience.

Eventide Restaurant, 3165 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington; 703-276-3165.
6 of 9
Photo: Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton.
Rich red accents really turn up the heat at Georgetown’s Degrees. And, don’t think you have to shell out big bucks because this is the Ritz: The $35 Dinner & Movie menu, which includes three courses and a movie ticket, is a steal.

Degrees, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South Street NW; 202-912-4100.
7 of 9
Photo: Courtesy of The Jefferson.
If you're celebrating a special occasion and want to go all out, head to Plume at The Jefferson Hotel. Book your reservation for the Bird's Nest table, which offers plenty of privacy and its very own special menu.

Plume at The Jefferson, 1200 16th Street NW; 202-448-2300.
8 of 9
Photo: Courtesy of The Gibson/Sam Vasfi.
At the Gibson, perhaps the Hilton brothers' most popular establishment, the drink reigns supreme. Grab your own Casanova and make your way to the bar for some expertly crafted cocktails. If you want to get really comfy, choose a plush couch to settle into while you sip and snuggle.

The Gibson, 2009 14th Street NW; 202-232-2156.
9 of 9
Photo: Courtesy of Russia House.
If Doctor Zhivago or Anna Karenina perfectly encapsulate your idea of romance, look no further than Russia House. Keep it old-world classy as you sip vodka and savor caviar and borscht. The vibe here (soft lighting, fireplace, gilded walls) feels downright luxe and will inspire plenty of tsar-and-tsarina experiences.

Russia House Restaurant and Lounge, 1800 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202-234-9433.

More from Washington, D.C.


R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.