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Rosslyn’s First Beer Garden Serves Draft Brews, Punch Cocktails, and Sausages

The 180-seat indoor/outdoor Continental Beer Garden is here

The new Continental Beer Garden in Rosslyn, Va.
[Mary Godier]
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Continental Beer Garden, the extra summer-y spin-off of longstanding Continental Modern Pool Lounge, is getting a jump on the regularly scheduled Friday happy hours by introducing its slate of cold brews and meaty snacks at 3:30 p.m.

The old service station-turned-happy hour haven at 1901 N. Fort Myer Drive features reconditioned garage doors that open to an indoor bar and kitchen with seating for 30. The main outdoor component, strung with lights and surrounded by flower boxes, includes two bocce courts, picnic tables, lounge chairs and patio sofas, a mural by artist Jason Woodside, and long communal tables to squeeze in 150 drinkers. Drink options include German Weihenstephaner beers, local beers on draft, wine, sangria, slushies, punch cocktails, and more.

Top Chef alum and Smoked & Stacked founder Marjorie Meek-Bradley helped craft a menu featuring beer cheese with crackers ($8); kale and artichoke dip flanked by fresh vegetables ($7); a classic D.C. half-smoke with grilled onions and cheese on a pretzel roll ($11); grilled cheese with chips or salad ($7); pulled pork with coleslaw ($12); and skewers served over basil quinoa salad ($9-$14). See full menu here.

Marinated shrimp skewers served over basil quinoa salad
Mary Godier

Continental owner Curt Large and Meek-Bradley go way back; Large was a silent partner at Roofers Union and just-shuttered Ripple, two of her now-former projects in D.C. Large is a prolific but quiet restaurateur; he owns 13 establishments between the D.C. area and Philadelphia.

The beer garden, just steps from the busy Rosslyn Metro station, has been in development since last summer (but on Large’s mind since 2013). It is expected to operate from 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday.

Status: Opening June 30 at 3:30 p.m. 1901 N. Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Va.; website.