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Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 01/13/2012

D.C. daters love volunteering, furry animals


Lonesome? Perhaps you should try asking someone out on a date to the National Zoo. It topped the list of most popular date spots in Washington, issued by the dating site How About We? (By Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
We told you about the date site How About We? when it launched in Washington last winter. Unlike other sites that hook up couples based on “compatibility,” this one works with a far more simple premise: Pose a date. If it’s cool, some special someone just might say yes.

The site, which boasts more than 14,000 users in the Washington area, just released data about the kinds of dates its users in the region are making. A year ago, Washingtonians were all proposing active dates, to go running, play skeeball, kayak, hike and bike.

Now, the region has more dates than other cities that were centered around volunteering, golfing and hiking. Volunteer dates are 30 percent more popular here than in any other city.

Darts — and recently, bocce — turned up in a surprising number of proposed dates. Sushi has been trending — strange, since we can’t think of a single hot new sushi joint — with the number of sushi dates spiking since November. Dates around one particular spirit were also on the rise in the fall: whiskey (this one we can probably attribute to the opening of Jack Rose).

And lunch dates got more responses than dinner (seven responses per proposal, compared with around five for the more intimate dinner dates).

Finally, check out some of the top 10 places to appear in HowAboutWe dates. The National Zoo leads the list, followed by Vienna Inn, the Mall, Comet Ping Pong and Busboys & Poets. Check out the full list here.

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