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Where to Grab a Drink Outside in Arlington, Virginia

Bar patios, brewpubs, and beer gardens galore from Rosslyn to Westover

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There’s a serious “hot girl summer” vibe surrounding Northern Virginia bars right now, and it goes far beyond the DMV’s trademark humidity. With COVID-19 vaccines widely available and businesses shedding public health restrictions, people want to gather and celebrate. In Arlington, where Metro stops at Clarendon, Ballston, and Court House stations drive traffic to local watering holes, the options for drinking outdoors include beer gardens big and small, a wine bar with a romantic atmosphere, and a brand new place for summery cocktails.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Continental Beer Garden

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1901 Fort Myer Dr
Arlington, VA 22209
(571) 317-7443
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This Rosslyn beer garden operates in partnership with Continental Modern Pool Lounge, an area institution. All draft beer at this outdoor space, open Tuesday through Saturday, can be ordered by the pitcher, and its daily happy hour (4 p.n. to 7 p.m.) takes $2 off glasses of wine and pints (or cans) of beer.

2. Courthaus Social

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2300 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-4900
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According to the Courthaus Social website, the beer garden is “currently the most spacious outdoor patio in Arlington.” And while we’re not taking out any measuring sticks, it’s safe to say this patio definitely has plenty of space — and drink options. The rotating tap list has two dozen beers. Cocktails include frozen margaritas, an orange blossom Old Fashioned, and Maker’s Mark mules.

3. Westover Market Beer Garden

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5863 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205
(703) 536-5040
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For more than a decade, this market was known throughout the area for its “Wall of Beer,” where customers could browse from hundreds of cans of local and exotic brews. In 2009 it opened its outdoor beer garden, where customers can sip from a rotating selection of beers on tap, munch on bar classics, and listen to live music.

4. Northside Social Coffee & Wine (Multiple locations)

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3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 465-0145
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This neighborhood cafe offers a lot more than coffee and pastries. While the upstairs wine bar is currently not open to diners, customers can choose from a selection of canned craft beers and wine to take with them to drink outside. The original outpost in Clarendon features a patio that stays open until 10 p.m.

5. The Lot

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3217 10th St N
Arlington, VA 22201
(571) 237-3614
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This 22,000-square-foot outdoor venue officially opened in 2019, replacing a used car dealership. The comprehensive space includes rotating food trucks, a tiki bar, tented sandlots, a rooftop lounge, and more. Customers can choose from a variety of wine, cocktails, canned beer, and pitchers.

6. Bronson Bierhall

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4100 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 528-1110
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Bronson leans into the German pub theme with soft pretzels, schnitzel, sausages, and a solid mix of imported brews and NoVa beers. There are also quirky pizzas like an al pastor option with braised pork and pineapple. A pet-friendly patio offers plenty of seats for drinkers and their dogs.

7. Crafthouse (Multiple locations)

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901 N Glebe Rd #105
Arlington, VA 22203
(571) 483-0421
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After temporarily closing for several months during the COVID-19 crisis, Crafthouse’s Ballston location is back. The restaurant offers more than 50 beers on tap, including local picks from Port City Brewing and DC Brau. There are also over 250 craft beers in bottles and cans.

8. Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro

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4301 Wilson Blvd #100
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 243-7900
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For people in search of a romantic atmosphere — or who just want to unwind with a bottle outside — Grand Cru features plenty of outdoor tables and an extensive list of wines and wine flights.

9. The Freshman VA

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2011 Crystal Dr
Arlington, VA 22202
(571) 257-7250
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This new all-day cafe right by the Crystal City Metro stop stocks plenty of local beer, cider, and seltzer. There are close to 20 wines offered by the glass or the bottle, and a tight list of cocktails includes a mule that’s made with London dry gin and St. Germaine. Happy hour runs Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $5 beers, $6 sangria, and other specials for food and drinks. — Gabe Hiatt

The patio outside the Freshman has room for 50 people
The patio outside the Freshman has room for 50 people
Joseph Tran/For the Freshman

10. Copperwood Tavern (Multiple locations)

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4021 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 552-8010
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This Shirlington restaurant with a sibling spot in Loudoun County puts an emphasis on local sourcing with a rustic, cabin vibe and plenty of game on the menu (think braised rabbit and venison loin). In addition to a wide selection of whiskey and beer, Copperwood offers $1 “Oyster Hours” Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

1. Continental Beer Garden

1901 Fort Myer Dr, Arlington, VA 22209

This Rosslyn beer garden operates in partnership with Continental Modern Pool Lounge, an area institution. All draft beer at this outdoor space, open Tuesday through Saturday, can be ordered by the pitcher, and its daily happy hour (4 p.n. to 7 p.m.) takes $2 off glasses of wine and pints (or cans) of beer.

1901 Fort Myer Dr
Arlington, VA 22209

2. Courthaus Social

2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

According to the Courthaus Social website, the beer garden is “currently the most spacious outdoor patio in Arlington.” And while we’re not taking out any measuring sticks, it’s safe to say this patio definitely has plenty of space — and drink options. The rotating tap list has two dozen beers. Cocktails include frozen margaritas, an orange blossom Old Fashioned, and Maker’s Mark mules.

2300 Clarendon Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

3. Westover Market Beer Garden

5863 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

For more than a decade, this market was known throughout the area for its “Wall of Beer,” where customers could browse from hundreds of cans of local and exotic brews. In 2009 it opened its outdoor beer garden, where customers can sip from a rotating selection of beers on tap, munch on bar classics, and listen to live music.

5863 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205

4. Northside Social Coffee & Wine (Multiple locations)

3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

This neighborhood cafe offers a lot more than coffee and pastries. While the upstairs wine bar is currently not open to diners, customers can choose from a selection of canned craft beers and wine to take with them to drink outside. The original outpost in Clarendon features a patio that stays open until 10 p.m.

3211 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

5. The Lot

3217 10th St N, Arlington, VA 22201

This 22,000-square-foot outdoor venue officially opened in 2019, replacing a used car dealership. The comprehensive space includes rotating food trucks, a tiki bar, tented sandlots, a rooftop lounge, and more. Customers can choose from a variety of wine, cocktails, canned beer, and pitchers.

3217 10th St N
Arlington, VA 22201

6. Bronson Bierhall

4100 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203

Bronson leans into the German pub theme with soft pretzels, schnitzel, sausages, and a solid mix of imported brews and NoVa beers. There are also quirky pizzas like an al pastor option with braised pork and pineapple. A pet-friendly patio offers plenty of seats for drinkers and their dogs.

4100 Fairfax Dr
Arlington, VA 22203

7. Crafthouse (Multiple locations)

901 N Glebe Rd #105, Arlington, VA 22203

After temporarily closing for several months during the COVID-19 crisis, Crafthouse’s Ballston location is back. The restaurant offers more than 50 beers on tap, including local picks from Port City Brewing and DC Brau. There are also over 250 craft beers in bottles and cans.

901 N Glebe Rd #105
Arlington, VA 22203

8. Grand Cru Wine Bar and Bistro

4301 Wilson Blvd #100, Arlington, VA 22203

For people in search of a romantic atmosphere — or who just want to unwind with a bottle outside — Grand Cru features plenty of outdoor tables and an extensive list of wines and wine flights.

4301 Wilson Blvd #100
Arlington, VA 22203

9. The Freshman VA

2011 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202
The patio outside the Freshman has room for 50 people
The patio outside the Freshman has room for 50 people
Joseph Tran/For the Freshman

This new all-day cafe right by the Crystal City Metro stop stocks plenty of local beer, cider, and seltzer. There are close to 20 wines offered by the glass or the bottle, and a tight list of cocktails includes a mule that’s made with London dry gin and St. Germaine. Happy hour runs Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $5 beers, $6 sangria, and other specials for food and drinks. — Gabe Hiatt

2011 Crystal Dr
Arlington, VA 22202

10. Copperwood Tavern (Multiple locations)

4021 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

This Shirlington restaurant with a sibling spot in Loudoun County puts an emphasis on local sourcing with a rustic, cabin vibe and plenty of game on the menu (think braised rabbit and venison loin). In addition to a wide selection of whiskey and beer, Copperwood offers $1 “Oyster Hours” Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

4021 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206

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