The Best Rooftop Bars in DC
Warm days call for cold beverages enjoyed outside, and where better to be sipping them than on one of the city’s best rooftops? With more bars and restaurants opening in DC than ever before, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with choices. Your best bet is to consult this handy dandy guide for all the top spots to get your rooftop happy hour on, from tried and true beer halls to swanky new water view cocktail bars. Now all you have to do is pick one and start sipping.
Lushly decorated rooftop and fusion tacos
At the top floor of the Eaton Hotel is Wild Days, a spacious indoor-outdoor rooftop spot that gives us major urban jungle vibes. Enjoy draft beer for only $4 and wine for $7 during happy hour while munching on a duck taco with Asian mole. During weekends you can also catch rowdy, popular DJ sets here.
Arcade games and throwbacks in the sky
Player’s Club, the retro arcade bar with eyebrow-raising prizes in their claw machine, has expanded their horizons quite literally with the recent opening of Skybox, their new ‘70s sports themed rooftop venue. Take the elevator up from inside Players’ Club to enjoy the view and sip on cocktails like their Red Hot Chili Pineapple Batida with reposado tequila.
Cheeky rooftop tiki bar with cocktails in Coke cans
This colorful, modern tiki bar doesn’t aim to take itself too seriously. With a menu influenced by owner Todd Thrasher’s scuba diving experiences, drinks come colorful and in the case of the My First Cocktail, served in an empty Coca Cola can. Come for the Wharf views and $4 daiquiris or beer on happy hour, and stay for the spam musubi.
Year-round rooftop inspired by Rome
The new multilevel Officina has a little bit of everything. Part specialty market, part modern trattoria -- the Italian-inspired venue also includes Terrazza, their rooftop bar and events space. Grab a glass of champagne from their expansive list and soak in the sun and the views.
Spacious, fully functioning winery with a rooftop wine garden
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 while enjoying vino made in-house, as well as flatbreads and shareable apps like mezze and charcuterie.
Lively, colorful cafe serving Cuban small plates
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. Afraid of rain ruining your rooftop vibe? Fear not, for they recently installed a retractable roof to ensure the party goes on.
Well-loved multi-level eatery known for Japanese fare and a drag brunch
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.
Laid-back sushi joint with killer beer and sake deals
If you’re hungry and in the mood for affordable sushi look no further than this Pan-asian spot tucked away in Barracks Row. With a fun-to-say name and a fun-to-drink-on rooftop, Nooshi offers select half priced drinks from 3-7PM Monday through Saturday and from 1-8PM on Sundays.
Large covered rooftop with big pretzels and even larger beer steins
Sauf Haus takes the whole beer garden thing and puts it on the roof, complete with giant pretzels, German brews, and live entertainment every Tuesday. Come by any weekday from 4-7PM and you’ll get $2 off all drinks, pretzels, and platters.
Neapolitan pizzas and craft brews on a partially covered rooftop
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 and wash it down with one of the 20 craft beers they have on tap.
A record-breaking whiskey collection with an open-air terrace
Visit the open-air terrace any day of the week for crispy chicken skins, grilled skewers, and seasonal cocktails, or check out the Tiki Bar, which offers tropical cocktails and half priced cocktails and bites on Thursdays from 5-9PM. Make sure to at least flip through their extensive whiskey selection, which is the largest in the Western Hemisphere.
Affordable Mexican cuisine with margaritas on tap
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.
Colorful, swanky poolside lounge with city views.
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.
Relaxed dive bar with a roofdeck and board games
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?
Mini golf and Mexican food
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.
Rooftop spot for brunch and lounging
Head up to the top of The Donovan for throwback DJs, cocktails, and superfood nachos during brunch on Sundays. Though the rooftop lounge is reserved exclusively for hotel guests during the day, this urban retreat with great views of Thomas Circle opens up to the public after 4PM.
Capitol Hill’s only open-air rooftop bar, plus fun events
This rooftop pool and lounge on top of the Liaison Hotel just reopened for the season. While access to the pool is only complimentary for hotel guests the public has free access to the rooftop bar and are able to gain access to the pool by purchasing an all-day pass for $25 on weekdays or $35 on weekends. Look out for upcoming summer events like dance-y Bachata Brunches, Industry Mondays, and an end of season dog swim with We the Dogs DC.
Upscale rooftop lounge for Georgetown views and fancy cocktails
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. But keep in mind that this swanky spot has a dress code of business or resort casual, and the rooftop host gets to decide if your apparel is up to code.
Rooftop expansion of a whiskey bar and hotel
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 cocktail and a dozen oysters and you’re set.
Seasonal hotel bar with happy hour
Hit up CityBar, with rooftop views near L’Enfant Plaza, 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.
Low-key rooftop bar for after-work drinks
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 happy hour libations for only $5, and take in the view with lamb belly tacos or disco tater tots in hand.
Stunning views atop the notorious Watergate Hotel
This sprawling rooftop is the perfect place to take out of towners. Head up to the top of the Watergate Hotel to show them 360 degree views of the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center, and the Arlington skyline.
Intimate, plant-filled space for quality cocktails
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.
Lively rooftop for brunch and pre-game bevs
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. You can also satisfy your open air brunch fix here, but note that bottomless is not available on the roof.
Coveted rooftop with ample areas for lounging
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.
Exclusive views directly into Nationals Park
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.
Lively, spacious rooftop bar for cocktails and water views
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.
Chic lounge with views of the White House
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 crabcake sliders.
Dark, trendy ambiance and Japanese sips and bites
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.
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