Washington DC Dust off your beer steins (or boots) Washingtonians, because beer garden season is back -- at least for some of DC’s finest outdoor beer-slinging establishments. Here are five of DC's top spots that're already open for your outdoor (daytime perhaps?) drinking pleasure this weekend.
Dacha (click here for info and address)
Dacha's second season sounds promising. They launched a long happy hour Monday-Thursday from 4-7pm. Then there are the menu additions, like a rare Weihenstephaner Korbinian on draft. The perks of bringing in food from your fave place, plus your pup, are still in place from last year. Also, pretty soon you’ll be able to fill your boot with beer at a second Dacha location in Mt. Vernon Square. Continue Reading
Garden District (click here for info and address)
The gates are open at the only beer garden in town that’ll put a whole pig’s head on a platter for you and your friends (call to order ahead). Draft beers include Hofbrau Original Lager, Kostritzer Schwarzbier, and an easier-to-pronounce Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale. Also, a visit to GD isn’t complete without an order of hush puppies.
Biergarten Haus (click here for info and address)
Start Spring off in this cozy courtyard by going all-out with their beer sampler. The $45 tray comes with .02L of all 13 drafts. Find what you like, and you’ll be set for the rest of the season. Beers range from a light Gaffel Kolsch to a Spaten Optimator Dopplebock. Whatever you do, keep the Laugenbrezel orders coming.
Bardo (click here for info and address)
The beer garden that doubles as a brewpub is open and ready for your beer business. AND IT’S HUGE. Even if you rolled up with 499 friends, there would still be an outdoor seat for you. They make 25 different beers and we’ve got the descriptions. A highlight is a 14yr-old barley wine on draft. Cornhole is pretty much required.
Westover Beer Garden (click here for info and address)
If listening to live music while reclining in a sweet Adirondack chair sounds like a nice setting for you to have an al fresco beer, you’ll be happy to know the Westover Beer Garden is open already. There are 16 endlessly rotating beers on draft, food like burgers and tacos, and even wine, if you must.
It turns out Russian owners Ilya Alter and Dmitri Chekaldin know a lot about German beer -- their friendly, open-air Shaw garden offers a broad selection of international suds, plus a menu that not only features standard bratwursts and pretzels, but also extends its reach with a bucket of mussels, a chicken schnitzel sandwich, and grilled steak skewers. Grab a communal picnic table and raise a pint in the seasonal garden, which is open in spring through fall.
A no frills beer and barbecue joint, Garden District has picnic-style dining and some seriously smokey sandwiches. They have an outdoor beer garden overflowing with German and Bavarian brews that pair perfectly with a rack of ribs, but make sure you get there early since everything is made in-house, they close early when they run out of BBQ.
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.
This epic outdoor bar rocks 22,000sqft of space, complete with 500 seats and two walls of taps. Come here for outdoor movies, or just to grab a drink.
Some sweet Adirondack chairs, live music, and delicious burgers and tacos all make nice compliments to sitting outside and drinking some quality beer at the Westover Beer Garden.