May 12, 2022 - Food and Drink

3 D.C. date ideas under $25

People enjoy the day on the pier

Enjoy a day at The Wharf. Photo: Oliver Contreras/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

Dating can be expensive, but you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a good time.

  • Whether you’re on a first date or have been together for years, here are some affordable date ideas under $25.
1. Hang out at The Wharf

Snag a swing along the pier then roast s'mores at the fire pit or grab a bite from one of the area's many eateries.

Best for: Couples who appreciate the waterfront.

Cost: Varies.

Details: Enjoy a drink with a view at nearby Cantina Bambina, one of our favorite rooftop bars.

2. Picnic near the monuments

Pack a DIY cheese board and head to the National Mall or Tidal Basin. Partake in some people-watching as you dine on the romantic spread.

Best for: Those who like playing tourist in their own city.

Cost: Free.

Details: Keep up the momentum with one of these local walking trails.

Children sit in front of the Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial. Photo: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images.
3. Order boozy milkshakes

Ted's Bulletin offers a variety of boozy and traditional shakes. Share the Irish Caramel Coffee or Key Lime Pie with coconut rum.

Best for: Couples with a sweet tooth.

Cost: $12.99 per boozy shake; traditional shakes start at $7.99+.

Details: The modern American restaurant has several locations around the greater D.C. area. Check them out.

Teds Bulletin storefront
Ted's Bulletin. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images.
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