Finding the rooftop to devote your summer to is serious business. If only there was Roof.com to help you find your match. Until someone wisely takes up that sound business idea, this comprehensive list of DC’s rooftop drinking scene should help narrow your search.

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Cava Mezze

Capitol Hill
The full menu is available in this small, but mighty space, as is an array of drinks. It feels right to order refreshing ones like the Chairman’s Mule, pisco sour, or Cucumber Gin.
 

The Liaison Capitol Hill DC 

Capitol Hill
Head to the rooftop pool and lounge for free after 5pm, especially on weekdays, when happy hour is offered until 7:30pm. Or, create an all day fake escape by grabbing a $25 day pass. One more way to up the ante? Rent a cabana.
 

Pacifico Cantina 

Capitol Hill
The sheer size of this sunny rooftop ups your chances of getting a table without a margarita-fueled brawl. Frozen drinks like strawberry daiquiris should remind you of swim-up bars.
 

Ambar 

Capitol Hill
This handsome retreat that’s part of DC’s Balkan food and drink authority has its own bar, so you’ll never be without rakia. Unless you want to be, in which case there are barrel-aged Negronis.
 

Nooshi

Capitol Hill
First get your fill of saying this restaurant’s name out loud -- it’s pretty fun. Then settle in on the roof for bad-week-annihilating sake bombs and affordable sushi.

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Mellow Mushroom 

Adams Morgan
Given the name, the rooftop is a predictably chill place to kick back with pizza and beers under the stars.
 

Jack Rose Dining Saloon 

North Dupont
The rooftop at Jack Rose has two personalities, kind of like Nicki Minaj. Experience both by visiting the open-air terrace Wed-Sun to have a relaxed meal of burgers and fried chicken skins paired with stiff pours of whiskey. Then, return on a Friday or Saturday night after 8pm for Tiki bar access.
 

Perry’s

​Adams Morgan
Known best for its drag queen brunch, Perry’s should get equal accolades for its excellent rooftop bar and seasonal terrace. It’s so romantic you’ll be feeding each other sushi with chopsticks in no time.
 

Roofers Union 

​Adams Morgan
Frozen drinks and oversized punch bowls overlooking 18th St? Yes please. Also expect to nosh on sausages, chicken wings with sriracha honey, burgers, and skewered meats and veggies.
 

Madam’s Organ 

​Adams Morgan
Soul food, starry nights, and sloppy make-outs at an Adams Morgan institution sound about right. Madam’s Organ’s rooftop and Tiki lounge is a nice place to come up for air, either from open mic night or that sloppy make-out session you had in Big Daddy’s Love Lounge.
 

Rebellion

North Dupont
This relative newcomer to the whiskey scene has a sweet roof deck with its own bar. Those with expensive tastes can work their way through the bar’s bourbon list, which is about 50 lines deep. Or, hit its generous 3:30-8pm happy hour for $5 wine and rail drinks, or $3 domestic cans.
 

Brass Monkey 

Adams Morgan
You won’t be the first to claim brilliance by busting out Beastie Boys lyrics on the laid-back rooftop at Brass Monkey. So don’t do it. Instead, order some cold beer and let the bar handle the music.

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Sauf Haus Bier Hall 

Dupont Circle
Sauf Haus takes the whole beer garden thing and puts it on the roof, complete with 2lb pretzels, German brews, and the smell of sunscreen.
 

Public Bar

Dupont Circle
The roof deck at Public Bar is so hot that they had to install cooling fans, making it a sweet, shaded spot to camp out. Stay connected to the world via four flat-screen TVs, though we imagine you climbed the stairs to escape the UFC Fight Night or Raiders game going on below.
 

The Embassy Row Hotel

Dupont Circle
This rooftop wins the superlative for best looking. A sparkling pool, brightly colored couches, and cabanas add to the feeling that you are no longer in the city. Find a spot and try bites and sips from new restaurant Station Kitchen & Cocktails. Pro tip: visit after 5pm when it’s free.
 

Beacon Sky Bar 

Dupont Circle
Beacon’s usually bumping -- in fact, you can hear the party beckoning you from a few blocks away. Head to the top of the hotel off Dupont Circle for sugary booze and snacks like sliders.
 

The Big Hunt 

Dupont Circle
Dive bars can bring rooftop game, too. The Big Hunt’s enclosed rooftop patio with picnic tables protects you from the elements while still providing summer breeze.
 

Eighteenth Street Lounge

Dupont Circle
Each room inside the Eighteenth Street Lounge has its own breed of cool, but the deck bar takes it to the house. The outdoor chandeliers remind you that you’re having a classy evening, and sometimes the deck gets its own DJ.
 

Ozio Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge 

Dupont Circle
If crowds and bouncers don’t throw you off your game, feel free to take on a night at Ozio. A serious selection of cigars is on offer, as are cocktails involving triple sec.

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Red Derby 

Columbia Heights
Working your way down a beer list 70+ suds deep sounds like a good little Sunday. Or Saturday. Or well, always. Do it on Red Derby’s roof. Toss in bacon cheddar fries or chicken tenders to add to the baseball game vibe.
 

El Chucho 

Columbia Heights
An afternoon of Mexican corn on the cob and frozen margs in the sun is now officially part of your summer plans. Just try not to go every day, people will notice.
 

Zeba 

Columbia Heights
Pizza, wings, and $8 cocktails are yours at this raw dance spot that has a more relaxed, tree house-like rooftop patio.

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Masa 14 

Logan Circle/14th Street
Feel like you’re above it all at Masa 14 because you pretty much are, especially if you’re visiting during rooftop happy hour when cervezas, cocktails, and wine are $5 from 5-7pm. Another good time to roof it is during “Aftermath” on Sundays from 3-7pm when a DJ reminds you it’s not quite time to return to work.
 

El Centro D.F. 

Logan Circle/14th Street
It can get a bit cramped up there, but people on the prowl certainly don’t mind. Fortunately, mango margaritas and caipirinhas have the power to cool you down. It too has a rooftop happy hour from 5-7pm when you can find deep discounts.

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Marvin 

U Street/Shaw
Visit the Marvin roof on Wednesdays for Reggae on the Deck starting at 8:30pm for a midweek outdoor treat, or head up there any time for drafts and country fried chicken & waffles.
 

Lost Society 

U Street/Shaw
Hit the Lost Society rooftop happy hour on Fridays for $2 drafts and $1 oysters from 5:30-8pm. Spend the whole time ogling all the beautiful people, because there will be beautiful people. And the view.
 

Local 16 

U Street/Shaw
Sure, it may be one of our Bad Decisions Bars, but it’s also a good time. Consider heading up there during brunch when an entrée or pizza plus bottomless drinks will cost you a slim $23.
 

Nellie’s Sports Bar 

U Street/Shaw
This is the perfect place for a buzzy happy hour overlooking U Street made even buzzier by beat-the-clock weekday drinks specials. Yeah, there’s a dance floor up there too.
 

The Brixton 

U Street/Shaw
The Brixton is another expansive beauty overlooking U Street, but sharpen your elbows because getting yourself in front of a bartender to order can be tricky. Visit before 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays for all-day happy hour and sun worshipping.
 

DC9 

U Street/Shaw
If you’re doing it right, eating juicy burgers outdoors should remind you of a happy childhood. Make it happen on DC9’s rooftop bar when you need some fresh air between shows.
 

1905 Bistro & Bar 

U Street/Shaw
Hideaway is one word that still gets used to describe this laid-back rooftop option, even though it’s clearly no longer a secret. Hang with a hip crowd as you nosh on truffled deviled eggs and big fat burgers.
 

Dunya Restaurant & Bar 

U Street/Shaw
You can’t miss this tangerine-colored restaurant bar whose rooftop is historically less crowded than its neighbors (until now). You’ll be happy pounding portobello fries up there or dancing the night away.

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Avery’s Bar & Lounge 

H Street NE
Swanky seating and an unmatched view to take in H Street make Avery’s Bar & Lounge worth an al fresco visit. The grilled chicken wings help too.
 

Biergarten Haus 

H Street NE
An elevated roof deck positions German beer drinkers to people-watch the heck out of the biergarten below. It’s kind of like being on the outside of the cage at the zoo, only with more wursts.
 

H Street Country Club 

H Street NE
Tenting means you can get your rooftop on even if it’s rumbling and raining this summer. Plus, everyone knows guacamole tastes better outside. For best results, brunch up there from 11am-3pm Saturdays and Sundays.
 

Rock & Roll Hotel 

H Street NE
Music’s definitely the main attraction at the Rock & Roll Hotel, but the fact that you can pop up for fresh air after a show is a mega-bonus, especially when there’s a DJ up there.
 

The Queen Vic 

H Street NE
This pub’s pint-sized rooftop isn’t just for stolen cigarette breaks. You can also catch a soccer match.
 

Red Rocks H Street

H Street NE
Taking down slice after slice of pizza shaded by sweet umbrellas on the Red Rocks rooftop is pretty blissful, especially if you toss in an order of arancini.

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DNV Rooftop 

Downtown
Heading up to the top of The Donovan used to be a treat reserved for after work and weekend nights. But now, you can get brunch up there. Adding to the fun? A pool and a view of Thomas Circle.
 

POV 

Downtown
The patriotic makeover POV received last year sexed up this drink-with-a-view champion. Sure, there’s bottle service but you can skip that and just sip on cocktails and wait for the late-night menu to come into play because... pork belly steamed buns.

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The Observatory 

Georgetown
The refined rooftopgoer will appreciate this swanky place to post up outside. It has a partnership with JR Cigar, meaning you can light up something awesome alongside a bourbon shandy (a real thing) while ticking off how many sights you can see.
 

Old Glory 

Georgetown
Game-watching and people-watching are both possible on Old Glory’s rooftop deck. Proximity to the smoker also guarantees you’ll leave smelling like a campfire. Make your al fresco time count by ordering burnt ends served with Texas toast.

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1. Cava Mezze Grill 4832 Bethesda Ave , Bethesda, MD 20814 (Bethesda)

The just-opened Grill is the Cava crew's Mediterranean answer to Chipotle: metal stools and exposed pine & beech paneling line a long, LED-lit "race track" leading customers to a counter ready to custom-combine bases (pita/ bowl/ salad/ or mini pitas), sp

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2. Pacifico Cantina 514 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Barracks Row)

This Margaritavillenous Mexican joint's got hand-stenciled Key West-style artwork and a giant roof deck bar strung up with white lights. Stake your seat, then nosh sizzling fajitas, or, for the monstrously hungry, a beef, pork, and chicken burrito called the "Loco Combo."

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3. Ambar 523 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Barracks Row)

Ambar serves up traditional Balkan cuisine using flavors from the old world and gives them a modern edge. An extensive wine list, complete with glossary, and hand-crafted cocktails pair well with Ambar's small plate menu.

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4. Mellow Mushroom 2436 18th Street NW , Washington DC, 20009 (Adams Morgan)

As the name suggests, you won’t find much unnecessary fuss at Mellow Mushroom. You will, however, find pizzas with names that remind you of that summer when you traded a meaningful internship for concerts. We’re referring to the Kosmic Karma and Magical Mystery Tour pies. And don't worry, there's lots of craft beer will help you wash down all that pizza (and all those music festival memories).

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5. Jack Rose Dining Saloon 2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

With over 2,400 kinds of whiskey lining the brick walls of this high-end saloon, Jack Rose has one of the largest whiskey libraries in the country. The spacious, bi-level Adams Morgan establishment offers a relaxed dining experience downstairs, and a spot to enjoy drinks and watch sports upstairs. Food-wise, the fried chicken skins are a fan favorite, and more adventurous items like rabbit & beans, wild Atlantic rockfish, or Broken Arrow Ranch venison make the staff's expert cocktail pairings an absolute pleasure.

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6. Perry’s 1811 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

Perry’s offers traditional Japanese cuisine in Adams Morgan, and exceptionally good service. Their Sunday Drag Brunch buffet is not to be missed!

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7. Roofers Union 2446 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

Roofers Union Restaurant marries German and American tastes in a beer-focused Adams Morgan gastropub. You can’t come without ordering a trio of sausages stuffed in-house: one beer-poached brat on sauerkraut, one veal heart wiener on caraway-purple cabbage slaw, one boudin blanc with red onion confit and cranberry. You can always go more American with a bacon burger or fried chicken sandwich, though. The three-storied building is diverse: the first floor plays hosts to an affiliated wine bar called Jug & Table, the second-floor dining room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and four-top seating, and a covered third floor rooftop is ideal for street-gazing and lapping punch bowls.

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8. Madam's Organ 2461 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

Stretching up four floors, Madam's Organ, "Where the Beautiful People Go to Get Ugly", is an awesomely irreverent establishment that has everything, including a year-round roof deck, trivia, "Drunkeoke" (it's exactly what you think), and live music. As an additional bonus, they're open until 3a on Fridays and Saturdays.

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9. Rebellion 1836 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20019 (Dupont Circle)

Rebellion is a casual, whiskey-soaked joint where you can enjoy a killer patio, over 150 whiskeys, a ton of beer, and tasty bar food like burgers, ribs, and wings.

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10. Sauf Haus 1216 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

With 16 German drafts (non-German beer is not welcome here!), giant pretzels, and a sweet outdoor space with long, communal tables, Sauf Haus is all that you could ask for in a beer hall. Oh, and they've got foosball and brandy, too.

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11. Public Bar 1214 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

Public Bar is the place you can go to catch hard-to-find sporting events on TV -- with a screen built into individual booths you can choose what you want to watch. Sip on some cheap beers, snack on some delicious wings, and watch the downstairs areas turn into a big dance party as the night wears on. If that's not your scene, head right upstairs and enjoy the all-weather roof deck.

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12. Beacon Sky Bar 1615 Rhode Island Avenue, Northwest , Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

Sky Bar in Dupont sports "black and white trellis patterns and gleaming steel" along the interior, leading out to a terrace that boasts a dual-bar'd covered section, as well as a lush vegetation-filled deck with couches and lounge chairs.

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13. The Embassy Row Hotel 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

This chic Dupont Circle hotel has elegant rooms and a seasonal rooftop pool & bar. There is also a restaurant/bar, ballroom, and several meeting rooms.

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14. The Big Hunt 1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

30 beers on tap, Skeeball, $3 rails, trivia, and dirt-cheap $1 tacos and 20 cent wings complete one of DC’s oldest dives.

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15. Ozio Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge 1813 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

This modern, 4-story cigar bar and Mediterranean eatery serves tasty, quality cocktails on their sprawling, airy patio. There are six fully stocked bars to choose from, and you should definitely order one of their signature martinis once you decide which one to hit.

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16. Red Derby 3718 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

DC’s Red Derby is a local staple that combines all the necessary ingredients for an optimal night out, including a rooftop, board games, bar snacks, and reasonable prices. The dinner menu consists of American comfort food, like the crowd-favorite sweet potato fries and chicken tenders, tacos, burgers, and a gooey grilled cheese. Be sure to head to the Derby rooftop for brunch, complete with sweet and savory options, like breakfast bowls and French toasts sticks.

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17. El Chucho 3313 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 (Columbia Heights)

For such a small establishment, El Chucho has an impressive bevy menu (making for an awesome happy hour), complete with a variety of margs, spiked sodas, and a 'tail list that includes specialty drinks like the Senor Clusterf*ck.

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18. Zeba 3423 14th St NW, Washington, , DC 20010 (Columbia Heights)

Built into a 14th Street row house, Zeba's LED-lit grind space (hosting "late-night dancing to the hottest DJs in town") is sandwiched between a relaxed ground-floor patio, and a top-level wooden deck with copious seating and a full bar, making it the most valuable Upper Deck since your Delino DeShields rookie card.

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19. Masa 14 1825 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

The culinary lovechild of chefs Kaz Okochi (Kaz's Sushi Bistro) and Richard Sandoval (Zengo), Masa fuses the talents of both into a pleasing array of Latin/Asian small plates, in a handsome, open-kitchen 100-seater.

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20. El Centro D.F. 1819 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

Seeking a new adventure, the masters behind Masa 14 opened Centro to challenge themselves to capture the energy of Mexico City. That energy, apparently, comes straight from superb tacos and tequila. With three floors of raw concrete, walls adorned with Aztec masks, and tables glossed with vintage Mexican newspapers, Centro is undoubtedly a success -- and that's before we even talk about the menu, which features great fish tacos, chicken tamales, and a host of tequila tasting menus. Mexico City rules.

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21. Marvin 2007 14th St NW, Washington, 20009

This DC mainstay is exactly what you think it is: a bistro that pays homage to Marvin Gaye and serves up Belgian and Southern cuisine. OK, maybe it's not exactly what you thought. A little history lesson: the legendary soul singer-songwriter was born in DC and later spent a period of self-imposed exile in Belgium to rehabilitate and reflect. At Marvin, you'll find dishes like Belgian moulles-frites and southern-style shrimp, plus grits and fried chicken over Belgian waffles. There's a roof deck perfect for sipping cocktails on, too.

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22. Lost Society 2001 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

A two-story Victorian restaurant and lounge, Lost Society has a rooftop bar with indoor and outdoor seating. The downstairs dining room's swanky, wrap-around bar and exposed brick walls give the space an underground feel with plenty of natural light seeping through the floor to ceiling windows.

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23. DC9 Roofdeck 1940 9th St NW, washington dc, DC 20001 (Shaw)

U Street's favorite venue's just unveiled an all-new, all-wood roofdeck nicknamed "The Sauna Bar": it's got a 20'x30' standing area, will host occasional DJ'd concert after-parties, and has a fully stocked bar pumping the same happy hour specials as downs

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24. Biergarten Haus 1355 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (Washington Dc)

The Haus is a 7,000sqft bastion of Bavarian revelry, with twin darkwood upstairs/downstairs bars backed by rows of ornamental steins and mounted deer heads, plus a gorgeously wood-fenced, massive outdoor space for you to enjoy in warmer weather.

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25. Local 16 1602 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

A sweet rooftop, a $20 bottomless brunch (unlimited mimosas, bellinis, and bloody Marys), and awesome dance parties make Local 16 a smart call at any time of day.

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26. The Brixton 901 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (U Street)

This sexy English pub is decked out with antler chandeliers, stuffed animals (the cool kind), and lots of Old World touches sure to make you feel like a true gent. Take in some gourmet pub grub on the wood-heavy middle level, or sip one of their inspired beer cocktails (like the Cider Snakebite: lager, cider, and black currant liqueur) on the elegant and spacious roofdeck.

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27. The Queen Vic 1206 H Street NE, , Washington, DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

Inspired by the same-named fictional pub from an English sitcom called EastEnders which was probably full of awesomely dry humor/gross women, The Vic's upstairs is set off with a Brazilian walnut bar & upcycled tables made from the old rafters (plus a 20-

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28. DNV Rooftop Pool Bar 1155 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

On hot days, this sexy rooftop bar at Thomas Circle is the perfect oasis away from the humid city streets. Cool off poolside with Asian-inspired bites and summer-themed cocktails, sake, and chilled wine.

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