About the Couple
These two recently married love birds have been friends of ours since our encounter in DC through mutual acquaintances back in 2012. Together, and separate, they are just a delight. You know those couples who are steady, predictably stable, and create a permeating personality in any room? The couple you put at the top of your list for any outing? That's them. Both are always up for throwing their hats in the ring for any event, without asking questions... which made them the perfect candidates for our first Date Niite. In fact, the email we received after confirming the date and time stated "We're ready. Do your worst". There's no question they could have handled a wild ride; however, we decided as the maiden voyage we'd tone it down and give them a nice workweek evening out.
Menu for the Evening
Our couple was instructed to be in Georgetown Thursday evening promptly at 6:30pm in 'date night casual' attire. Their first location, Hill and Dale Records (1054 31st St. NW) was sent via text at 6:00pm. Upon arrival, Rob, a super nice dude at Hill and Dale provided them with instructions to peruse the store and pick out a favorite vinyl album before heading to their next venue. As you will notice, our photographer missed Hunter and Katie at the record shop but caught up with them on their walk down the Georgetown Waterfront toward Malmaison.
The Newlywed game consisted of about 20 questions; all chosen with the particular couple in mind. I hope this was a zoom lens because if I recall, there are a few questions which begged pretty private answers.
The couple ends their cocktail hour at Malmaison with some handmade macaroons, with suggestions from our main man, Carlos.
Next Stop: Literally right next door they found Vinyl Lounge; tucked away in the back of Gypsy Sally's (3401 Water Street NW). a hidden gem among small music venues in this town, it's a great date spot. We've been here for live music a hand full of times and highly recommend it. It's laid back with a mix of table, bar, and booth seating plus room for standing / shaking booties. Ticketed shows usually go on in the larger venue of Gypsy Sally's and free open mic nights in the Vinyl Lounge. Any day of the week you can expect a live performance from these guys.
The staff was super chill and super helpful. When the couple arrived they exchanged their record (more on this in a minute) for a present that included a fully loaded Polaroid camera along with pre-stamped envelopes so they could send their pics via snail-mail to whomever they chose. We figured a locale with an old school feel (Jerry Garcia on the wall and a VW shaggin' wagon in the corner) deserved an old school version of social networking.
In keeping with the family and friends atmosphere, the Vinyl Lounge crew agreed to play the couple's record between live music sets. A few very talented guys from NYC were playing sets with an interactive, laid back feel.
We learned Hunter and Katie wisely bought Alphabetical as their record of choice. It's the second album of the French rock band, Phoenix, released in 2004.
Apparently this bro started free-styling about the Polaroid and chatted it up with the couple. Overall, it was a relaxing Thursday Date Niite and cheers to Katie and Hunter for putting themselves in our hands for the evening.
- Meet at Hill and Dale Records to pick out a vinyl together.
- Walk down Georgetown Waterfront to Malmaison for:
- Newlywed Game
- French hors d'oeuvres
- With record in hand, head next door to Vinyl Lounge (through Gypsy Sally's).
- Bartender plays chosen record between live music sets
- Take Polaroid selfies and send via snail mail on the spot to friends or family