Galentine’s Day, made popular by the television show Parks and Recreation, is an unofficial holiday honoring your closest female friends. Typically celebrated every February 13, the day is a great excuse to head out to a new restaurant for a fun girl’s night. Here are six great places for a fabulous Galentine’s Day.
If you want to spend a sophisticated night out in a speakeasy-like atmosphere, the U Street neighborhood’s Gibson is ideal. The self-proclaimed “pre-Prohibition-inspired cocktail lounge,” serves classic cocktails mixed in with original concoctions. Cocktails, including the “Le Jeaune Americaine,” are part of a seasonal menu. Winter’s options have fun names such as “Thermal Leggings, Mohair Sweater” and “Nordic Spa Treatment.” Food options are small but delicious bar bites (cheeses, chicken sliders, roasted nuts, and olives). 2009 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-232-2156
Nellie’s weekend drag brunch is an entertaining way to celebrate Galentine’s Day with your ladies. There are wild performances starring gorgeous drag queens like Brooklyn Heights, Sasha Adams and more. The all-you-can-eat brunch buffet features roast pork, cheesy grits, seasonal fruit, vegetarian pasta and best of all, your first mimosa or bloody Mary is on the house. 900 U St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-322-6355
If your crew are self-professed winos, this French wine bar with locations in Shaw and Union Market is a cozy place to celebrate. There are multiple sparkling rosés, red wines, and white wines on the menu, as well as a small menu of comfort food from French onion soup to grilled cheese. La Jambe also has a to die for crepe-heavy dessert menu and cheese selection. 1550 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C.; 1309 5th St. NE, Washington, D.C., 202-627-2988
Tryst is the perfect place to celebrate Galentine's Day, if you're with a laid-back group of friends. The eclectic coffeehouse, bar, and lounge in Adams Morgan serves Counter Culture Coffee in a homey setting. Non-coffee options like hot mulled cider or lavender hot chocolate are great for curling up for a long afternoon of catching up. 2459 18th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-232-5500
Bourbon Steak, located in the Four Seasons Hotel, is hosting “Bourbon on Ice” throughout the winter season. Three heated ice domes are on the steakhouse’s patio with each featuring a unique theme—Cozy & Chic, Caviar & Champagne and Cigar & Cognac. Expect to see luxuriously decorated furniture and Alpine-themed food. Your group can choose hot or chilled beverages to sip while they enjoy their own little winter wonderland. Each igloo accommodates up to six people. 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-944-2026
If you and your girlfriends want a truly unique Galentine’s Day experience, SAX is the ultimate in opulence. With nightly burlesque, cabaret, and circus arts shows, SAX feels like D.C.’s very own version of the Moulin Rouge. The menu is fairly straightforward American with lots of steaks, grilled shrimp and lobster crab mac n' cheese. There’s late-night bottle service and cocktails available with meals too. 734 11th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-737-0101