I've read the many complaints about going out on Valentine's in DC and I agree with all of them. Been here for three of them and three rushed, frustrating experiences. Nothing romantic about it. This year, I'm dating someone new and want to try something different. Going to hit a show at 8, her favorite, which will kind of cut the evening in half. My question is if anyone can recommend a good place to go prior to the show that won't necessarily run us through the restaurant headaches, but will be a quiet place we could just relax and hang out and much on things prior to the show. What's a nice, quiet, subdued bar/lounge that anyone could recommend? I know it's going to be a Friday Valentine's Day, so there won't be any quiet bars. But where would you ordinarily go for a quiet, mellow drink/light eats, and we'll take out chances?
I need your help!