Thrillist's Roof Deck Power Rank: The 7 best rooftops to drink on in DC

Leo Schmid Thrillist DC
Washington DC

Thrillist's Roof Deck Power Rank: The 7 best rooftops to drink on in DC
Thrillist's Roof Deck Power Rank: The 7 best rooftops to drink on in DC


You know what's awesome during the Summer? Jell-O Pudding Pops. Where the hell did those go, anyway? But coming in a close second is drinking on a roof, which is why we spent months doing it just to bring you our top seven favorites in the city:

7. 1905
1905 9th St NW; U Street; 202.332.1905
Right off 9th St, this hidden gem's a perfect getaway from the U St crowd and is cute as hell with its stained glass, vine-covered trellis, and steel framing from a Wyoming barn.

6. H St Country Club
335 H St NE; Shaw; 202.399.4722
With its lifeguard chairs and strung-up light bulbs, the beach-themed top deck of H St Country Club makes up for its lack of sand with margs & tacos, plus ping pong and cornhole.

5. Jack Rose
2007 18th St NW; Adams Morgan; 202.588.7388
The whiskey saloon packs in 160 on the main floor, where the retractable giant roof provides cover from the potential rain, and, if you forget your umbrella, don't worry: the back tiki bar has plenty of those.

4. Brixton
901 U St NW; U Street; 202.560.5045
Green marble bars and wrought-iron railings are what'll surround you at this very, very big deck/roof at the corner of 9th and U St, where you'll grab an English brew on tap and then get even more bitter(s) when you have to head downstairs to use the loo.

3. Observatory
1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW; Georgetown; 202.337.0900
Located on top of the Graham hotel, the Observatory is the only public roof deck in Georgetown, and this 3000sqft monster is where you'll sip on hand-crafted cocktails and make weird existential comments while taking in the panoramic views of DC & VA.

2. POV
515 15th St NW; 202.661.2400
Point of View is aptly named because this rooftop terrace has very strong opinions about topical things overlooks the White House and provides stunning views of the Washington Monument. And while it lacks a great happy hour, the view, rotating list of international DJs, and seasonal 'tails tip the scale in its favor.

1. DNV
1155 14th St NW; Logan Circle; 202.737.1200
14 floors up, DNV takes the cake, then eats it while you gape at the stunning views from the pool and lounge accented by sleek chrome and dark wood. Their solid list of happy hour drinks -- including punches, sangrias, 'tails on tap, frozen beverages, and seasonal cocktails -- ensure their spot on top.

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1. The Observatory 1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (Georgetown)

The Observatory is a 3000sqft lounge on top of the luxury boutique Graham Hotel. Enjoy a well-curated menu of hand-crafted cocktails while taking in sweeping panoramic views of DC & VA. You'll wanna make sure you look sharp before you just waltz in, though: reservations are strongly encouraged, and there’s a business casual dress code.

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2. 1905 Garden 1905 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Shaw)

A project three years in the making, the Garden's design mirrors 1905's semi-Victorian interior that's somehow both elegant and homey (is this what rich people's homes are like?), with stained glass and a vine-covered trellis accenting a 60yr-old cypress and steel framing from a Wyoming barn.

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3. H St Country Club 1335 H St NE, Washington , DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

Sorry Bethesda Country Club, rooftop deck + 25 tequilas + mini-golf > 18 holes in the sweltering sun + one gin fizz.

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4. Jack Rose Dining Saloon 2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)

With over 2,400 kinds of whiskey lining the walls, Jack Rose has one of the largest whiskey libraries in the country. The spacious two-level location offers a relaxed dining experience downstairs, and a place to enjoy drinks and sports on their upper level. Food-wise, the fried chicken skins are a reliable hit, and more adventurous items like Rabbit & Beans, Wild Atlantic Rockfish, or Broken Arrow Ranch Venison make the wait staff's well-informed cocktail pairings an absolute pleasure.

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5. The Brixton 901 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (U Street)

This sexy English pub is decked out with antler chandeliers, stuffed animals (the cool kind), and lots of Old World touches sure to make you feel like a true gent. Take in some gourmet pub grub on the wood-heavy middle level, or sip one of their inspired beer cocktails (like the Cider Snakebite: lager, cider, and black currant liqueur) on the elegant and spacious roofdeck.

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6. POV Rooftop Lounge and Terrace 515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

POV offers an assortment of seasonal cocktails and a small plate food menu in a chic, top-floor sky-lounge outfitted with oversized, Alice in Wonderland-style black & red couches and glossy, darkly lacquered walls. Floor-to-ceiling windows peek out onto Downtown DC; a wrap-around terrace provides great views of the mall and the White House lawn.

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7. DNV Rooftop Pool Bar 1155 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

On hot days, this sexy rooftop bar at Thomas Circle is the perfect oasis away from the humid city streets. Cool off poolside with Asian-inspired bites and summer-themed cocktails, sake, and chilled wine.