City Winery

City Winery

Ivy City

This urban winery and events venue has a massive 10,000 square-foot, 333-seat, all-weather rooftop wine garden. It’s the perfect place to catch a performance and enjoy vino, flatbreads, and shareable apps like mezze and charcuterie.

Colada Shop

14th Street

The rooftop of this Cuban hotspot is open daily offering regular service, but on Thursdays, they host Havana Nights with an all-night happy hour. Take advantage of $6 cocktails and $2 empanadas plus Caribbean beats.

Perrys Washington DC

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.

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.

Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garden

Sauf Haus Bier Hall 

Dupont Circle

Sauf Haus takes the whole beer garden thing and puts it on the roof, complete with giant pretzels, German brews, and the live entertainment every Tuesday.

RedRocks H Street

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.

POV 

Downtown

The views here seriously cannot be beat, but be prepared to compete for a spot on this ultra-chic, ultra-popular rooftop lounge. Once you’re in, sip on cocktails and nosh on duck tostadas and cobia ceviche from the late night menu.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Adams Morgan

Visit the open-air terrace any day of the week for crispy chicken skins, grilled skewers, and seasonal cocktails, or stop by on Thursday through Saturday to check out the Tiki Bar, which offers tropical cocktails like the Rai Tai and Feelin’ Groggy.

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.

Jonny Grave

Roofers Union

​Adams Morgan

Hop-tails and punch overlooking 18th St? Yes, please. Plan to snack on sausages, chicken wings with sriracha honey, burgers, and burrata with fried green tomatoes at this chilled out space.

Madam’s Organ

​Adams Morgan

Soul food, starry nights, and sloppy make-outs at an Adams Morgan institution -- what more do you need? The Madam’s Organ roof deck and Tiki bar is a great place to come up for air after a concert or that steamy encounter you had in the second-floor Big Daddy’s Love Lounge.

The Embassy Row Hotel

The Embassy Row Hotel

Dupont Circle

This rooftop wins the superlative for “Most Attractive.” A sparkling pool, brightly colored couches, and cabanas give you the feeling that you’re no longer in the city, with tropical drinks and bar bites enhancing the experience. This summer, there’s plenty to do up there -- silent discos, sunrise yoga, and bottomless Bloodys and mimosas on Sundays.

Red Derby

Columbia Heights

Working your way through a beer list that’s 70-plus suds deep on a rooftop sounds like a good way to spend a summer, don’t you think?

H Street Country Club

H Street NE

This massive roof deck is covered so you can hang there even if it’s pouring. As we always say, guacamole and margaritas taste better outside, and the lawn games are an added bonus.

DNV Rooftop

DNV Rooftop

Downtown

Head up to the top of The Donovan for throwback DJs, arctic toddies (think boozy slushies), and superfood nachos during brunch. Adding to the fun are a pool and a great view of Thomas Circle.

The Liaison Capitol Hill DC

Capitol Hill

This Capitol Hill rooftop just got a makeover, including a new pool and lounge seating, plus a redesigned bar. An all-day pass will cost you $35, or you can up the ante and rent one of the cabanas, which start at $250. Bar access is free after 5pm.

The Graham Georgetown

The Graham Rooftop

Georgetown

The refined rooftop enthusiast will appreciate this swanky spot for its bottle service, tobacco selection, and raw bar. Views of historic Georgetown aren’t bad, either.

Crimson View

Chinatown

Climb to the penthouse level of the Pod Hotel to access the spacious indoor-outdoor rooftop patio with a prime view of the Chinatown arch. Grab a canned cocktail and a pile of pimento cheese with house chips and you’re set.

CityBar

CityBar

Southwest

Hit up CityBar during happy hour for $10 cocktails, $1 off draft beers, and $2 off wines by the glass, plus food specials including fish tacos, waffle fries, and chicken lollipops.

Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel

Logan Circle/14th Street

The intimate rooftop above the Mason & Rook serves up snacks and libations from the hotel’s star restaurant, Radiator. Hang out by the pool, sip on a frozen cocktail or an orange crush, and take in the panoramic views with tuna poke lettuce wraps in hand.

The Watergate Hotel

Top of the Gate

Foggy Bottom

As if stunning views of the Potomac weren’t enough, this season The Watergate Hotel’s rooftop added a pop-up bicycle cart serving cookie dough by DŌ. Plus you can still find fancy pizzas and frozen negronis.

Decades

Dupont Circle

This dance club opened a massive rooftop that feels like a retro Miami Beach rave, with palm trees, mood lighting, and pulsing house music. There’s a VIP section that offers bottle service, but if that’s not your speed, you can relax on the lounge furniture, sip seasonal cocktails, and enjoy burgers, hot dogs, and kabobs from the grill.

Columbia Room

Columbia Room

Shaw

The award-winning Columbia Room is meticulous about cocktails, and the breezy Punch Garden is no exception. The shaded rooftop deck is surrounded by herb planters and offers a menu of refreshing sips like the Bubble Bath with gin, fino, lemon, lavender, cane sugar, bitter orange, and bubbles.

Bar Deco

Chinatown

This should be your pick for outdoor drinking before a Capital One Arena event. The art deco-inspired space has a rooftop cocktail menu with frozen rose sangria and a choose-your-own-adventure mule.

Rosewood Washington, D.C.

Rosewood Washington, DC

Georgetown

The Rosewood Hotel’s sophisticated rooftop features panoramic views of the city that can be admired from intimate alcoves, bistro-style dining tables, or the unobstructed sundeck. Pair them with cocktails, hard-to-find whiskeys, and light bites.

Top of the Yard

Navy Yard

From the top of the Navy Yard Hampton Inn and Suites, you can peer directly into Nationals Park. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the action while munching on ballpark-style dogs, burgers, pretzels, and cold beers -- all without buying a ticket.

Whiskey Charlie

Whiskey Charlie

The Wharf

Watch the action at The Wharf from the Canopy Hotel’s rooftop bar, Whiskey Charlie. The 270-degree view of the waterfront is the perfect backdrop for cocktails, wine and beer on draft, and Jamaican jerk chicken drumsticks.

The Ellipse Rooftop Bar

Downtown

This stylish, minimalist spot has plush seating, fire pits, and a retractable canopy. Settle in with a cocktail or a local brew, plus loaded nachos or crab dip.

O Ku

Union Market

This posh Japanese joint has cornered the market on views in this warehouse district. Sit under the string lights and sample Japanese whiskey alongside luxe sushi rolls.