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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 02/17/2011

Dating in the District: 5 typical places to score a date in Washington

By Katie Rogers

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Just outside of Washington, a Wegmans grocery store is starting to get a bit of a reputation.

The new Wegmans in Prince George's County is apparently full of people who love to kiss and tell. Far from the bar scene, shoppers are dancing to smooth jazz and canoodling in the sit-down restaurant on Friday nights. Inside the District's confines, people are doing the same at Georgetown's "Social Safeway," a store Safeway spokesman Craig Muckle calls "a meeting destination."

But if you can't imagine trying to score a date in the fresh fish aisle or jot someone's number down in the checkout lane, I've compiled a list of typically D.C. (read: slightly nerdy) places to find love:

  1. Starbucks. Baristas, bless them, are worked to the bone in Washington. It doesn't matter what time of day you crave a latte, you're bound to wait in a long, long line for that caffeine fix. Use the "'me too' phenomenon" mentioned in the story -- if the object of your caffeine-deprived affection orders your favorite drink, consider that your signal to pounce.
  2. The National Mall. Not looking for anything long-term? Pick up a tourist! For bonus points, come armed with a map. Take advantage of Capital Weather Gang's aptly-named Spring Tease warming pattern this week and get to flirting.
  3. Metro. However, I advise that you not try and pick up a stranger during the morning or afternoon commute -- during those times, everyone seems annoyed with everybody else. But it's a real possibility you could ended up stranded on a platform with an attractive stranger if you're venturing out past midnight. For a cheap date, split the cab fare home.
  4. Your office. Let's all stop pretending that flirting with co-workers isn't the last unregulated sport. Washingtonians are notorious for their psychotically competitive work ethic -- the trick is to avoid ending up crying into the copy machine. Consider forming a workplace kickball/softball/bocce ball league to loosen up all that tension. (Washingtonians are notorious for joining things, too.)
  5. Forget everything I just said. An online dating site is perhaps the most "typically Washington" place to score a date on this list. When was the last time you saw a stranger's eyeballs on Metro, anyway? This city is full of overworked introverts who walk around tapping their phones and iPads all day long. I know someone who can operate the Metro Bus Tracker with her nose. For when all else fails -- or for when you're just too lazy -- move yourself from the Wegmans fresh fish section to the calming glow of your laptop.

Where have you found love in Washington?

This post contained the "typically" Washington places to find a date, but the Buzz bloggers want to hear about places in the D.M.V. where you actually-and-seriously have found love. Tell us in the comments below or by using #DCDating on Twitter.

#5 on this list = accurate. I thank my #JerseyBoy on the reg for saving me from #DCDating than a minute ago via web

@washingtonpost Neighborhood Days/Festivals are great - I met my boyfriend at Columbia Heights Day (@colheightsday) #DCDatingless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Love is in the air. More stuff:

  • TBD's Daniel Victor just completed a month-long examination on what it means to date in the District.

  • Meet James Norton, an actual pickup artist, as profiled by Ellen McCarthy.

By Katie Rogers  | February 17, 2011; 10:53 AM ET
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I found my true love and husband of 12 years at a mascarade ball at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He was the only person not dressed in a costume, and he had the sweetest smile so I went over to give him a hard time. The rest is history. Also, our now 7 year old son has the same sweet smile!!!!!!

Posted by: sweetius | February 17, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"This city is full of overworked introverts who walk around tapping their phones and iPads all day long."

I'm an extrovert who understands there's much more to life than working and I prefer to tap my toes, so I'll probably be single in DC forever. lol

Posted by: duhneese | February 17, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

isn't d.c. std infected...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 17, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

No, that's just your mom.

Posted by: thedude1974 | February 17, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

she doesn't live in d.c....
you all should talk and resolve your problems...
after all it is the truth...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 17, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: carrideal | February 18, 2011 2:34 AM | Report abuse

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