Food & Drink

5 DC beer gardens already open for Spring

Published On 04/03/2014 Published On 04/03/2014
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
David Shelby
Biergarten Haus
Farley Granger
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1. Dacha Beer Garden 1600 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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.

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2. Garden District 1801 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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.

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3. Biergarten Haus 1355 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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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4. Bardo Brewpub 1200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20002

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.

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5. Westover Market Beer Garden 5863 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

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.