Turn laundry, gym, and call-your-dad day into an adventure that can transport you to far-off lands like New England, Spain, and wherever a Margaritaville still operates. All it takes is the right amount of day drinking and a festive atmosphere. We’ve rounded up some old favorites and fresh picks for your next Sunday Funday.
Your Sunday Funday Handbook: 10 Spots to Day Drink in DC
The signature silver bean of a bar that produces some of the best frozen drinks in the city is now open outside Union Market. Find it by looking for the NFL-grade turf, lawn games, flip cup table, and buzzed clientele holding sticky summer shandies made from beer, lemonade, and fresh ginger. Suburbia offers 10 beers on tap plus two draft cocktails and buckets of beer whenever they’re open, but Sundays are special. That’s when they bust out experimental Bloody Mary cocktails and sell them two-for-one. Suburbia opens Sundays at 11am.
Cantina Marina’s Margaritaville atmosphere means you’ll feel more like you’re on vacation and less like you’re putting off errands. The guilt subsides even further when your first "Escalade Margarita" arrives. That’s the frozen margarita that comes with a mini bottle of Grand Marnier, just because. Another bonus to Sunday Funday? Corona-ritas are only $10. Bring the pup and tackle some Super Nachos by the water. Open Sundays at 11:30am.
Usually the clock has to strike 6pm to enjoy 2 Birds, 1 Stone. That’s no longer the case on Sundays, when the doors swing open at 3pm for what they call "6 ways 2 Sunday." Six cocktails from Adam Bernbach are on offer -- several acknowledge you’re drinking during daylight, like the michelada and Irish coffee. Bring a group of Sunday Funday friends and split the Airmail-in-Carafe ($34), which contains dark rum, sparkling wine, honey, lime, and bitters.
Everything is intense at Bardo Brewpub in Northeast. It’s gargantuan in size, and the beer list reads like a quirky novel. A good Sunday Funday session beer is the Australian-style Bunbaberg Ginger Beer, because it’s boosted with pounds of fresh ginger instead of hops. Bardo is also obsessed with aging beers in chestnut oak. Work your way through the rotating selection of 16 drafts starting at 1pm on Sundays. Note that Bardo could be much bigger by summer’s end. The team behind the brewpub is gearing up to open a two-acre beer garden and dog park near Nationals Park.
Getting time on the Vinoteca courtyard bocce court means you’re practically Sunday Funday royalty. Everyone sipping amari spritzes and eyeing the court wants to be you. But they’re not, because you promptly arrived at 11am when the court opens on Sundays. Relish in that as you throw a few in between bites of fancy dogs and pitchers of sparkling sangria. This year’s grill line-up includes duck sausage topped with slaw and Korean chili mayo and a Columbian-style dog topped with grilled pineapple dubbed "Miss Universe."
The weather’s not going to bring it's A-game every week, so make sure to cue up some rainy-day retreats. Black Jack, for example, goes on happy hour pricing all day Sundays from 3-10pm. Think $7 pizza and burgers and $10 buckets of beer all throughout the afternoon. The best deal, however, is the $25 bucket of fried chicken, bacon-braised greens, spicy coleslaw, and jalapeño corn muffins. Having a picnic in a bar means no busted tan lines or ants, and the Nats game will probably be on.
This place is a hipster bingo card: can beer, Mason jars, local sausage, Narragansett lager, pickles, and bar food with adorable names ("swatchos," anyone?). That being said, it can be a low-key Sunday-hang that’s only a fraction less crowded than Dacha or Garden District. In addition to the swine-topped nachos, try the half-smoke that hails from nearby 13th Street Meats. Open Sundays at 1pm.
You, your swim trunks, and a cocktail belong on the roof of the newly renovated Embassy Row Hotel. Sure, you have to pay $25 for a day pass, but all will be forgiven after your first hour of lounging in luxury with a view. The bar opens at 11am Sundays, and they’ll serve drinks and snacks off the new Station Kitchen & Cocktails menu. If you want to wait it out, roof access is free after 5pm. Just no ticking people off in the cabanas by doing your best cannonball.
Start Sunday Funday off with Hank’s "Hangover Juice," which will fix the fact that last night ended with Fireball. It combats a thumping headache with rum, falernum, carrot, orange, coconut water, and cayenne. Then you’ll be ready for mix-and-match bottomless drinks until 4pm for $15. Nosh on lobster rolls, popcorn shrimp, Bloody Mary oyster shooters, and more to curate a Cape Cod-like afternoon. Both the restaurant and The Eddy Bar open at 11am on Sundays.
This is your Sunday Funday option if you accidentally bought too many $14 cocktails on 14th St last night, because it’s dirt cheap. The Spanish import boasts a menu with 100 (duh) mini-sandwiches priced at $1.50-$3.00 each. Nibble on them on the sunny patio while kicking off a serious sangria session. Five types are available by-the-mug for $4, or pitcher for $10, and buckets of beer are just as cheap. It's open Sundays at 11am.
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1. Suburbia1309 5th St NE, Washington
2. Cantina Marina600 Water St SW, Washington
3. 2 Birds 1 Stone1800 14th St NW, Washington
4. Bardo Brewpub1200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington
5. Vinoteca1940 11th St NW, Washington
6. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack1612 14th St NW, Washington DC
7. American Ice Company917 V St NW, Washington
8. The Embassy Row Hotel2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington
9. Hank's On The Hill633 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington
10. 100 Montaditos300 Tingey St SE, Washington
Located outside Union Market, you can find Suburbia by looking for the NFL-grade turf; lawn games; a flip cup table; and buzzed clientele holding sticky summer shandies made from beer, lemonade, and fresh ginger. Suburbia offers 10 beers on tap plus two draft cocktails and buckets of beer whenever they’re open, but Sundays are special. That’s when they bust out experimental Bloody Mary cocktails and sell them two-for-one.
Southwest DC’s Cantina Marina is the culinary embodiment of Margaritaville, from its nautical theme to its beach bites-style menu. The Cajun-meets-Tex-Mex joint is built to resemble a beach shack; with cerulean blue and lemon yellow wood paneling dotted with decorative plaster fish, Cantina Marina would be less conspicuous in sunny Key West than the District. Embrace your temporary vacation, though, and comb through the platter of “Super” nachos to rescue the shrimp, steak, and Andouille sausage that’s smothered by chili, pico de gallo, crema, avocado, and jalapeno. The salads, entrees, and sandwiches offer Creole options, like Jambalaya pasta and the Bayou burger. You’ll want to wash your savory plates down with an ice-cold beer, a margarita, or a sweet specialty cocktail, like the blueberry lemonade. With a location right on the water, it’s likely you’ll pour hours into this place; and you know, it’s your own damn fault.
2 Birds 1 Stone may be hidden beneath doi moi off bustling 14th Street, but it’s far from an unknown element in the DC cocktail world. The casual, often crowded bar is known for its original concoctions and reimagined classics. The space is stark and stylish with plush seating and sleek accents.
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.
U Street's favorite wine hideaway comes with a back "plaza" featuring an old-world fountain-clad, brick-enclosed bocce court, plus a bar pouring their extensive wine list and taps like Kronenbourg 1664 and Allagash White.
Who says you can't play bocce while shooting oysters and sipping seasonal craft cocktails? Enjoy the Southern hospitality and the rustic, ancient mariner-inspired interior, while the chef shucks the best mollusks the East and West Coasts have to offer. They also have a solid happy hour with vodka martinis and a wine list with plenty of bottles that'll pair just right with your shelled snacks.
Done-up with paint chipped-concrete/exposed brick walls, aged wood booths, and a mounted deer head, AIC serves up daily-rotating meats like smoked turkey alongside an impressive roster of craft cans.
This chic Dupont Circle hotel has elegant rooms and a seasonal rooftop pool & bar. There is also a restaurant/bar, ballroom, and several meeting rooms.
This Capitol Hill oyster bar has delicious po' boys and lobster rolls, plus great cocktails.
This Spanish sandwich shop is a DC-area fave, but this is the only location in DC proper (located in the Navy Yard). It boasts a menu with 100 (duh) mini-sandwiches priced at $1.50-$3.00 each. Nibble on them on the sunny patio while kicking off a serious sangria session.