I get so many random questions daily. I’m convinced that my friends + family think I’m the go-to resource for restaurants + activities in DC.
Recently I was asked the following:
What’s a cool spot for an afternoon date on a Sunday? Somewhere fun and hip and preferably with a rooftop, and maybe music. Doesn’t have to be bougie, but not too shoddy either.
Madiana, Washington, DC
It was quite a task to meet all of her requirements, but I was up for the challenge! Since she didn’t want a restaurant that was too bougie I opted for options that were a little more relaxed and could easily transition from a brunch atmosphere to a happy hour environment.
Here were my suggestions:
1825 14th St. NW
Masa 14 was my top pick for a Sunday date spot. The Asian-Fusion restaurant offers a $39 unlimited brunch from 10-3pm, which also includes an unlimited selection of brunch drinks such as Bacon Bloody Mary’s, Traditional Mimosas, Lemon Lagers, my personal favorite, Lychee Bellinis + more!
The best part about this spot is that they have a Sunday happy hour that begins right after the brunch ends. Honestly you could ditch the brunch + just go for their cheap happy hour! Drinks such as margaritas + mojitos are only $5 and their bar food, which includes Bahn Mi Burgers, Wok-Seared Edamame, Bengal Rolls + more, ranges from $4-7.
On top of the deals, they also have a fab rooftop where you can sip on your cocktail + enjoy the company of your date! Whether you’re visiting for brunch or happy hour, Masa 14 doesn’t disappoint!
523 8th St. SE
My first visit to Ambar was for a birthday brunch for my good friend Roxy. The restaurant specializes in Balkan fare, and since that’s not my go-to cuisine I wasn’t sure if I would actually enjoy it. I was pleasantly surprised when everything I ordered from the menu was delicious!
They offer a $39 unlimited brunch menu of small plates which includes Nutella waffles (with or without strawberries), Salmon or Prosciutto Omelettes, Meat Pies + more. They also have a selection of brunch drinks such as the Ambar Mimosa (made w/ peach + lavender puree), Mango Mimosa, Bloody Mary, to name a few. My personal favorite is the Ambar Mimosa–it’s soooo good!
An added plus is their beautiful outdoor patio space. It gives you a great indoor/outdoor feel + is a perfect spot for meeting with date…or friends!
2001 14th St. NW
Lastly, I chose Lost Society because it is positioned right in the 14th St. Corridor. It’s a great location to bounce around if you’re in the mood for hitting more than one spot when you’re out. The restaurant offers American fare, and their specialties are steak + seafood. They offer a per-plate brunch from 11:30-4:00pm, which includes drink specials such as $10 Bottomless Mimosas + $4 Blood Mary’s.
My boyfriend dubs it the “Vampire Spot” because of its dark walls, eccentric decor + chandeliers. It definitely gives off a ‘True Blood’ vibe. Most importantly they have an outdoor rooftop where guests can dine or enjoy cocktails.
After careful consideration she opted for Masa 14–my #1 pick!
I can’t wait to hear all about her experience!
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