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Get a good look at Crimson View this Friday

Gaze at the Washington Monument from Crimson View’s airy deck.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

As the name implies, one of the major draws at Chinatown’s lofty new Crimson View is the panoramic outlook of the nation’s capital.

The rooftop bar, which is scheduled to open Friday, is the second of a trio of establishments that nightlife vets Eric and Ian Hilton have put together for the new Pod DC hotel. Crimson Diner, which debuted earlier this summer, provides all-day breakfast and boozy shakes on the ground floor. Subterranean drinking den Crimson Whiskey Bar is tentatively scheduled to debut the week of September 18.

While executive chef Lawrence DiJoseph is intentionally keeping things light for rooftop visitors — think: raw oysters, shrimp cocktail, and lobster rolls — the breezy space does not want for creature comforts. There’s room for dozens of guests to lounge about on communal banquettes and cozy high tops parked along the sun-splashed deck. Inside find couches, rocking chairs, and a handful of stools wrapped around a marble-topped bar.

Grab a seat inside Crimson View.
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The bar at Crimson View.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

A row of sliding glass doors provides easy access to both sides of the rooftop.

Indoor. Outdoor. Crimson View adapts with ease.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

In addition to the aforementioned snacks, there’s classic cocktails, various sparkling wines, and a few beers in the mix.

Chilled oysters and cocktails at Crimson View.
Photo: Crimson View

The bar is expected to operate from 5 p.m. till last call to start. Ian tells Eater that opening at noon on Saturdays and Sundays should follow “in short order.”

Some suggestive art at Crimson View.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Status: Opening at 5 p.m. on September 1. 627 H Street NW; website.