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Five alternative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Between the struggle to secure a reservation and the sudden arrival of expensive prix fixe menus, Valentine’s Day can be a challenging time to dine out. This year we’re challenging you to ditch the traditional dinner date (just this once), and consider these five Valentine’s Day alternatives, including options for both those who love—and hate—this “Hallmark holiday.”

Drinks at DBA

When I think of beverages to serve with barbecue, the obvious—cold beer—usually comes to mind. I’ve yet to sample any ‘cue at the new DBA Barbecue in Virginia-Highland, but I’m already a fan of the drinks. The other night after a home-cooked dinner, a friend and I went for a walk into the Highlands and, having worked up a sweat in this balmy weather, decided to grab a refresher. We passed El Taco, where crowds were two-deep at the bar for margaritas, and settled on the laid-back patio at DBA next door—the hostess said we were welcome to sit out there just for drinks. DBA has plenty of beer selections—Abita, Sweetwater and Terrapin on tap; lots of craft bottles—plus a full wine list, but the intriguing cocktails got our attention.

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