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20+ Rooftop Bars & Restaurants to Check Out in Washington, DC
It's the perfect time to sip on beverages and nosh on bites at these DC rooftops.
It's always the right time to head out on the town, find the nearest rooftop bar and order up your favorite cocktail or draft beer. Feel the breeze and ease back at these District locales, who have set up shop up top for your warm weather pleasure.
Overlook the scenic urban roundabout that is Thomas Circle while you savor duck confit spring rolls and sushi, which originate from ground-floor restaurant Zentan. Retreat poolside with a signature cocktail for extreme lounging. Note that the rooftop is reserved for guests of the Kimpton Donovan Hotel during daytime hours.
DNV Rooftop at the Kimpton Donovan Hotel, 1155 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Sit poolside with a house-made cocktail under a cabana, tuck into a Kaiser roll toting tangy sausage and peppers or take in an incredible sunset from great heights at The Embassy Row hotel's rooftop space. The matter-of-factly named Rooftop offers a full menu of top notch eats sourced from on-site, ground-floor hot spot Station Kitchen & Cocktails. The bird’s-eye-view of Dupont Circle is reason enough to visit, as is the rooftop morning yoga. Daily pool passes can be purchased $30 at the front desk.
The Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
This throwback dance club just dropped its loudest beat yet – a new rooftop that tips its cap to raves of yore. You’ll feel Miami and Ibiza vibes as you dance the night away surrounded by palm trees, lounge furniture and vibrant lighting in a 2,500-square foot space. Creative cocktails like coconut-and-mango jalapeno margaritas and strawberry basil lemonade will be available, and make sure to check out “Sunset Saturdays,” which will include barbecue and plenty of grooves.
An adventure in Adams Morgan is not complete without a visit to Perry’s, a neighborhood staple that opened its doors more than 30 years ago. Enjoy the delicious Japanese fare and an extensive beverage list that includes wine, Japanese whiskey and sake while you relax at the year-round bar or on the seasonal rooftop terrace.
Perry’s, 1811 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009
After you’ve sufficiently tested your hand-eye coordination via indoor mini-golf and Skee-ball, H Street Country Club has another treat in store: its immense, open-air rooftop bar. This popular H Street NE hub teems with mojitos, margaritas, chips, guac and a robust roster of Mexican-inspired eats. Sounds like a fine country club to join – and lucky for you, there’s no membership fee at this one.
H Street Country Club, 1335 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Nellie’s is DC’s first and foremost gay sports bar, a great place to watch a game or take in the wonderful tradition that is Drag Bingo on Tuesdays. However, the rooftop has its own special vibe, especially on Sunday Funday. A DJ spins from 3 – 8 p.m. while you sip on $4 mimosas.
Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Survey the wonder of DC’s monuments from this terrace that doubles – no, triples as a bar and lounge. Saddle up to a table for a mid-day meal of crab cakes or herbed shrimp pizza. The cocktail culture kicks in at night (the space is 21 and over after 7 p.m.), sporting the perfect setting for mixing and mingling. Want to kick it like a true baller? POV features reserved bottle service after 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
POV Rooftop Lounge and Terrace, 515 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Book a room at this elegant Capitol Hill hotel or purchase a day pass to enjoy its jaw-dropping rooftop, complete with a pool, lounge and a bar. Choose from light fare, including a Pressed PBM (peanut butter, marshmallow, honey, banana…mmm), and pair it with a canned craft beer, some rosé or an inventive cocktail. Then, it’s time to lounge above one of the most powerful neighborhoods in the world.
The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
This British pub has become a popular happy hour locale, situated along the nightlife hub that is U Street. Head upstairs to the roof deck for some memorable views, especially during sunset. And oh yeah, there’s some beverages and bites you’ll want to accompany your relaxation: happy hour means all draughts are $2 off and plenty of food options for under $10.
Brixton, 901 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Latin-American fusion of Masa 14’s menu, created by acclaimed chefs Richard Sandoval and Kaz Okochi, offsets the spacious elegance of the rooftop area to create a stirring experience. Stop by between 5 and 7 p.m. for happy hour and you can enjoy a slew of items for around $5: beers, cocktails, wine and a selection of creative small dishes, including Bengal rolls and wok-seared edamame.
Masa 14, 1825 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Given its namesake, you’d expect this Adams Morgan eatery to feature an open air option, and it does not disappoint. The third floor hub boasts spectacular views of the buzzing neighborhood, while also offering craft cocktails and a popular punch bowl. Try the hearty menu (sriracha honey-glazed chicken wings!) while living the good life at the horseshoe bar.
Roofers Union, 2446 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
There’s nothing wrong with celebrating Oktoberfest when it's not fall, and H Street NE's Biergarten Haus lets you do just that. Sporting an all-German menu – think Kölsch and Hefe-Weizen, schnitzel and bratwurst – sure to keep you satisfied, the tavern also features three outdoor areas, including a majestic rooftop deck.
Biergarten Haus, 1355 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Get your dive bar fix at Red Derby in Columbia Heights, sporting a beer list heavy on cans to go with thoughtful beer-shot specials – who wouldn’t want to try Pabst Blue Ribbon with Fireball? The rooftop deck bumps, providing a comfortable, hanging-out-at-your-friend’s-place atmosphere. The menu helps too: bar food like mac and cheese wedges and tacos sound perfect paired with a can of Natty Boh.
Red Derby, 3718 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010
This 9th Street club plays host to all kinds of buzzworthy indie rock acts. However, a walk up to its top floor reveals a rooftop haven primed for a soiree. Choose from an inventive menu - we recommend the South By burger or the pimento-infused grilled cheese - and sip an ice cold brew either before or after a show.
DC9, 1940 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Located in the heart of Chinatown, Bar Deco harkens back to the art deco movement, from its décor to a streamlined menu that mixes national and international flavors. The scenic rooftop sports its own drink menu, including an extensive list of artisan cocktails, wine, liquor and beer - yes, you can order pitchers for the table! Order up some Deco Wings or loaded nachos during happy hour and you’re good to go.
Bar Deco, 717 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
This Shaw neighborhood hot spot provides a garden-like atmosphere throughout the year, teaming up with its industrial look for a truly memorable bar experience. Of course, there’s plenty of beer to go around, with two dozen American drafts available in the 120-person rooftop area. Those who enjoy a little more kick to their drink can choose from more than 50 whiskies.
Takoda, 715 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Beacon Hotel’s Sky Bar comes to life once the weather gets warm, providing a scenic and peaceful recluse in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Once you reach the rooftop, you will have a hard time leaving. Sip on a Sky’tini (try the Sky-Bar Aviator), order up some kale guacamole or shrimp spring rolls for the table and let the week’s worries drift away as you take in views of one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
Beacon Sky Bar, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
Nestled in the ever-evolving Shaw neighborhood, 1905 brings nothing but comfort in its bistro-like atmosphere, from chef Joel Hatton’s eye-catching menu to its roof deck fit for lounging with friends with a beer or cocktail as accompaniment. And if you’re having too much fun, no worries: the roof deck stays open late from Tuesday through Sunday.
1905 Bistro & Bar, 1905 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Whiskey, whiskey and more whiskey. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, another gem in Adams Morgan, always leaves you coming back for more, as the restaurant/bar features a wide array of the classic liquor (as well as wine, beer and fresh takes on classic American dishes). Take it up a notch at the open air terrace, which has a retractable roof so you can kick it year-round. When the roof is open, the night sky shines above, making that glass of whiskey even tastier. Cheers!
Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
History is all around you at the Rosewood Washington, D.C., a luxury hotel situated along the scenic C&O Canal in Georgetown. In turn, the hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge, which is open to guests and the public, will have you feeling positively presidential. Catch views of the Potomac River, the legendary Kennedy Center and the Washington Monument while you enjoy rare whiskies, artfully made cocktails and savory snacks.
Rosewood Washington, D.C., 1050 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
After being shuttered for nearly a decade, the luxurious Watergate Hotel has returned as a centerpiece of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Head to the sophisticated Top of the Gate and take in 360-degree rooftop views of the nation’s capital while sipping specialty cocktails and noshing on artisanal pizzas.
The Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037
Named after DC legend Marvin Gaye, this U Street hot spot carries quite a reputable rooftop hangout. Scarf down its take on soul food with a Belgian twist, including country fried chicken and waffles, while you sip on a classic mimosa on the deck. Bookmark Marvin for brunch: every Saturday and Sunday afternoon you can hear DJs spin while enjoying drink and sandwich specials.
Restaurant Marvin, 2007 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
"Good vibes only" isn't just the motto at 801 Restaurant & Bar, it's also the first thing patrons see (illuminated in white lights) when reaching the top of the stairs at this rooftop bar straddling the U Street and Shaw neighborhoods. If you're with a thirsty group, try the signature 801 Mega Mule – a multi-person Moscow Mule served in a massive copper mug.
801 Restaurant & Bar, 801 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
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