Baba is a coffee shop/cocktail bar hybrid, but we prefer it at night. It's especially useful for dates, since most of the other options around Clarendon are on the too casual end of the spectrum. It’s a classy-but-not-stuffy underground spot with a fireplace, an upstairs lounge area, a bunch of artwork on the walls, and food like crispy shrimp and pork sliders. They also have a Happy Hour worth leaving work early for ($6 cocktails, $5 glasses of wine), and if you’re still hungry after a few snacks here you can always head to their sister restaurant, Ambar, next door.
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Screwtop Wine Bar
Screwtop is a wine bar that doesn’t suck in Clarendon. Use it for an early date, or to convince your parents your taste has matured.
Lyon Hall can solve most of your eating dilemmas in Arlington. The German food and multiple levels work for a date, group drink, or catch-up dinner.
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The Fainting Goat
Fainting Goat isn’t great, but you’ll end up here at some point. When the time comes, go heavy on the drinks and light on the food.
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Texas Jack’s Barbecue
Texas Jack's in Arlington is a bit fancier and more buttoned up than your typical BBQ joint, but the food is very good.
For a fun group dinner in Arlington, go to Ambar and do the unlimited small plates option for $35.
Birch & Barley
When you want a good beer but don't want to sacrifice good food, head to Bitch & Barley in Logan Circle. It's the best of both worlds.
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