Date Night: Del Ray, Alexandria

Food, Nightlife, Things to Do — By Torie Castiello on April 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm

When people visit the DC suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, they usually focus their energy on exploring the Old Town area of the city. Which is understandable – Old Town certainly has a lot worth exploring.

Cheesetique Specialty Cheese. Photo credit: Cheesetique.

But a visit to Alexandria should also include checking out the somewhat lesser-known Del Ray neighborhood, which is a little north of Old Town; it has a wonderful community feel, gorgeous bungalow houses, and quite a few great shops, bars and restaurants.

It’s a perfect area for families, and it also makes for a great “date night” location.  Consider the following itinerary:

Cheesetique Specialty Cheese – start your evening browsing and tasting some of the staggeringly diverse selection of cheeses and charcuterie at this lovely little boutique, and then wander back to the shop’s wine bar for more cheesy goodness, paired with a wine flight, a glass of Belgian beer, or an artisan soda.

The Dairy Godmother. Photo credit: NileGuide.

The Dairy Godmother – If you’ve saved enough room after Cheesetique, wander across the street to this cozy custard shop and order their custard of the day (anything from strawberry to chocolate peanut butter to crunchy granola), and take a seat at one of the communal picnic tables.

Birchmere Music Hall – about a mile down from Cheesetique and The Dairy Godmother on Mount Vernon Avenue, this intimate venue is one of the best in the area for watching live music.  Catch a performance in the Music Hall, and finish your evening with coffee or a nightcap in the tap room.