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Wine and Jazz

ood music makes me swoon almost as much as good food. If you’re taking out a date that’s anything like me (or me), the 14th Street Corridor’s got you covered, with several music venues like this one:

For a wonderfully unpretentious dinner for two, head to Cork Wine Bar for shared plates and paired wines. Simple yet refined, the atmosphere at Cork is intimate enough for a “Lady in the Tramp” moment but still casual enough where you might be judged for said behavior.  Get the popular Avocado “Bruschetta” ($8, pictured right) and Braised Pork Belly ($14).

Once you’ve savored a few glasses of old world wine, continue the party three blocks north, with live jazz and no cover charge at Jojo Restaurant & Bar. While a live band slaps the bass every Tuesday-Saturday, catch the Casaba Trio on Fridays to enjoy Latin & Brazilian melodies.  Sip on their house Big Bowl Margarita ($10) and groove the rest of your date night away.

Unless you and your date are alcoholics, this suave itinerary will only set you back $42 for two, plus tax and gratuity.

Cork Wine Bar 1720 14th Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.265.2675
Jojo Restaurant & Bar 1518 U Street NW, Washington, DC. 202.319.9350

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Lisha Yates

Lisha is a true Virginian, bearing an unhealthy obsession with Smithfield ham and Piedmont wines. Born with an appetite for the worldly, she grew up in her potty-mouthed grandma's soulful kitchen, asked for a bread-maker on her 11th birthday, has lived in Spain, and ate a whole spit-roasted guinea pig in Ecuador.She gets creative with her own cooking, too--like beer-battered shrimp tacos made with Natty Light and pancake mix. When she's not working as a consultant, or hunting for the best cheap eats, Lisha is tweeting her dining endeavors and leisurely whereabouts (or at home eating mac n' cheese, if we're being honest).


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