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