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20 Outstanding Rooftop Bars and Restaurants Around D.C.

Where to soak up the sun while sipping a few cocktails

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Colorful rooftop booths at TTT in Clarendon
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Spring is here, which means it's time to kick back on one of D.C.'s many rooftops and enjoy views of the Potomac, the Washington Monument, and the White House. This list largely focuses high-up places, but a recent guide to patios offers more outdoor options.

Restaurants on this map may temporarily close due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, so check with a business before showing up. D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Red Derby

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3718 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 291-5000
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Dive bars have rooftops too, as seen in chill neighborhood bar Red Derby’s breezy deck for burgers or beer-and-shot combos. The 14th Street mainstay also runs a “24/7” pandemic happy hour on $3.50 whiskey and tequila shots, and there’s more street seating out front. Email bar@redderby.com before 4 p.m. to reserve a spot.

2. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7388
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The terrace at Adams Morgan’s longstanding whiskey bar is the place to be on weekends, when mimosas are bottomless ($35) and beers, wine, and wings are $2 off. A few doors down, sister spot Imperial slings gin and tonic goblets and lobster risotto across a leafy rooftop.

3. Nellie's Sports Bar

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900 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 332-6355
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When there’s warm weather, the roof deck at the longstanding gay sports bar on U Street NW becomes a go-to perch. Customers of all kinds show up for drag bingo, trivia, and more events.

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4. CORTEZ DC

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1905 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

This Shaw rooftop respite, dotted with bar stools in a rainbow of colors, is known for its alfresco fried fish tacos and reliable happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday to Friday), when margaritas are $8 and Pacifico beers are $5. Nearby sister spot Takoda also sports a popular top-level bar.

5. Colada Shop

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1405 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 931-4947
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The cute Cuban cafe off 14th Street NW reopened its bright blue rooftop in the spring, serving rum cocktails and croquetas set to a beautiful new mural. Reserve a table here.

6. Conservatory

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1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 763-7942
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Chesapeake-centric prix fixe destination Gravitas invites customers to this rooftop garden bar with a glass enclosure and a slightly more dressed-down menu. Snack on butter-poached king crab leg ($22) with an aerated Hollandaise, bone marrow crumble, and petite herb salad, or share a fried chicken platter for two (including pommes puree, braised kale, and a black truffle honey glaze) for $60. Reserve a spot marked “Conservatory” here. — Gabe Hiatt

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7. Ivy and Coney

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1537 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 670-9489
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This dive-y Shaw favorite identifies as a hangout for Chicago and Detroit expats, but everyone can appreciate the casual, enclosed roof deck with cheap beers, $2 Ballpark hot dogs, Detroit-style pies, and wings. Book a seat online.

8. Hi-Lawn

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1309 5th St NE Rooftop
Washington, DC 20002

The roof of Union Market sets the stage for this artificial turf-lined bar serving pouched painkillers, lobster rolls with brown butter mayo, cheeseburgers, and picnic baskets full of seasonal spreads. Hi-Lawn comes from restaurateurs Greg Algie and Nathan Beauchamp (Tiger Fork, Calico, Fainting Goat, Hei Hei Tiger) and Paul Carlson (The Royal, Lulu’s Winegarden). Book a reservation online Wednesdays to Sundays.

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9. O-Ku DC

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1274 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 888-8790
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Take in the a stellar view of the area around Union Market from the roof of this sushi spot and Japanese grill. The upper deck is one of many seating areas in the multi-level restaurant, and it fills up fast during happy hour. Book a spot online.

10. Sauf Haus Bier Hall

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1216 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-3355
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Lined with communal tables, Dupont’s Bavarian beer hall is known for its solid selection of German brews, pretzels, and people watching. During happy hour (Tuesday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), the whole menu is $3 off.

11. The Graham Georgetown

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1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-0900
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Georgetown’s adults-only lounge, open daily starting at 4 p.m., continues to be a hip hangout for espresso martinis, Hermann Moser Gruner Veltliner by the glass and bottle, flatbreads, and arancini. Certain seats on the wraparound rooftop sport monument views.

12. The Summit at Conrad Washington DC

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950 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 844-5900
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The 11th floor of Hilton’s glitzy hotel has reopened with a a revised focus on Mid-Atlantic produce, local distillers/brewers, and female winemakers. Executive chef and Virginia native Josh Murray is sending out pork barbecue prepped in a solar oven, alChesapeake hard clams, and fluke ceviche. Reserve from Thursdays to Sundays, with the option to rent a pod in the lounge area ($500 minimum).

13. Crimson View

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627 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 847-4459
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Get a view high above Chinatown at Crimson View, the rooftop bar located on the top of the Motto hotel. Crimson View falls under the umbrella of nightlife vets Eric and Ian Hilton. The indoor-outdoor space now serves serving smashed and stacked Gee Burgers, wine, and colorful cocktails.

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14. Top of the Gate

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2650 Virginia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 827-1600
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The Watergate Hotel’s rooftop has always been a draw for stunning views of the Potomac and Key Bridge. That view comes with steep prices on food and drinks — $27 for hummus? There are a range of wines by the glass and cocktails set at $25. A cherry blossom-themed Belvedere vodka drinks is $35, and and barrel-aged Woodford Manhattan is $60. Spring salads and other light apps join whale-fishing rooftop bites like foie gras terrine or Siberian caviar service ($295).

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15. POV

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515 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 661-2400
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The W Hotel’s decade-old bar overlooking the White House offers one of the best views in the entire city. A massive makeover included installing cloud-like floating decor, a neon-infused bar backsplash modeled after the Metro system, and political-themed cocktails like a “Yes We Can” and “Ghost in the White House.” A pricey surf and turf menu includes steaks, crab cakes, lobster rolls, and lobster fried rice. Reserve a table at happy hour (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) for bottles of Moet & Chandon at a 20-percent discount.

POV’s newly unveiled rooftop seats 120.
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16. TTT Clarendon

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2900 Wilson Blvd Suite 103
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 888-1528
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Clarendon’s modern Mexican bar is a prime place for shaken margaritas and sangrias by the glass and pitcher. Although the complex, from the hospitality group behind Balkan hot spot Ambar, originally held three separate restaurants, every level focuses on fast-casual Tacos, Tortas, and Tequila now.

Booths overlook the Clarendon skyline at Buena Vida Social Club
Colorful rooftop booths at TTT Clarendon.
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17. BETSY

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back alley, 514 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-0100
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An impressive selection of gin and tonics steal the spotlight at chef Bart Vandaele’s open-air rooftop, tucked behind sibling Belga Cafe on Capitol Hill. The garden-style setup serving sharable American bites is also a popular meetup spot for weekday happy hour and brunch.

18. Officina

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1120 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 747-5222
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The Southwest Waterfront is rooftop central, but the sprawling outdoor setup at chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s multi-level Italian complex sets the bar when it comes to style. Dubbed Terrazza, it offers a garden setting full of fire pits, cabanas, and a long bubbly list at the bar. Reserve a spot online.

Officina’s rooftop terrace has a garden vibe
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19. Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company

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1130 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 900-4786
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Todd Thrasher, the bar owner who helped pioneer the speakeasy trend at now-closed PX in Alexandria, owns and operates this massive tiki bar at the Wharf with a rooftop deck overlooking the Potomac. Tropical cocktails integrate Thrasher’s Rum, made in a distillery underneath the bar. They come in classic, “not-so-classic,” and frozen flavors, all for $14. Happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; Sunday) includes a $5 price tag on rum drinks with the customers’ choice of mixer, daiquiris, and snacks like Spam musubi. Reserve indoors or outdoor seats here. — G.H.

The rooftop at Tiki TNT
The rooftop at Tiki TNT overlooks the Potomac
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20. 12 Stories

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75 District Square SW 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 894-9700
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The Wharf development’s buzzy rooftop cocktail spot atop the 12th story of the Intercontinental Hotel comes complete with its own private elevator. The D.C. debut for Gerber Group, the prominent bar builder behind New York City’s trendy hotel bar Mr. Purple, is the place to cool off with Casamigos cocktails and ceviche. Reserve a spot here.

The rooftop patio at 12 Stories above the InterContinental at the Wharf
The rooftop patio at 12 Stories above the InterContinental at the Wharf
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1. Red Derby

3718 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

Dive bars have rooftops too, as seen in chill neighborhood bar Red Derby’s breezy deck for burgers or beer-and-shot combos. The 14th Street mainstay also runs a “24/7” pandemic happy hour on $3.50 whiskey and tequila shots, and there’s more street seating out front. Email bar@redderby.com before 4 p.m. to reserve a spot.

3718 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

2. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The terrace at Adams Morgan’s longstanding whiskey bar is the place to be on weekends, when mimosas are bottomless ($35) and beers, wine, and wings are $2 off. A few doors down, sister spot Imperial slings gin and tonic goblets and lobster risotto across a leafy rooftop.

2007 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Nellie's Sports Bar

900 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Gay Marriage Rights Affirmed by the Supreme Court Getty Images

When there’s warm weather, the roof deck at the longstanding gay sports bar on U Street NW becomes a go-to perch. Customers of all kinds show up for drag bingo, trivia, and more events.

900 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. CORTEZ DC

1905 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This Shaw rooftop respite, dotted with bar stools in a rainbow of colors, is known for its alfresco fried fish tacos and reliable happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday to Friday), when margaritas are $8 and Pacifico beers are $5. Nearby sister spot Takoda also sports a popular top-level bar.

1905 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Colada Shop

1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The cute Cuban cafe off 14th Street NW reopened its bright blue rooftop in the spring, serving rum cocktails and croquetas set to a beautiful new mural. Reserve a table here.

1405 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Conservatory

1401 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Conservatory [official]

Chesapeake-centric prix fixe destination Gravitas invites customers to this rooftop garden bar with a glass enclosure and a slightly more dressed-down menu. Snack on butter-poached king crab leg ($22) with an aerated Hollandaise, bone marrow crumble, and petite herb salad, or share a fried chicken platter for two (including pommes puree, braised kale, and a black truffle honey glaze) for $60. Reserve a spot marked “Conservatory” here. — Gabe Hiatt

1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Ivy and Coney

1537 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This dive-y Shaw favorite identifies as a hangout for Chicago and Detroit expats, but everyone can appreciate the casual, enclosed roof deck with cheap beers, $2 Ballpark hot dogs, Detroit-style pies, and wings. Book a seat online.

1537 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. Hi-Lawn

1309 5th St NE Rooftop, Washington, DC 20002
Hi-Lawn/official photo

The roof of Union Market sets the stage for this artificial turf-lined bar serving pouched painkillers, lobster rolls with brown butter mayo, cheeseburgers, and picnic baskets full of seasonal spreads. Hi-Lawn comes from restaurateurs Greg Algie and Nathan Beauchamp (Tiger Fork, Calico, Fainting Goat, Hei Hei Tiger) and Paul Carlson (The Royal, Lulu’s Winegarden). Book a reservation online Wednesdays to Sundays.

1309 5th St NE Rooftop
Washington, DC 20002

9. O-Ku DC

1274 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Take in the a stellar view of the area around Union Market from the roof of this sushi spot and Japanese grill. The upper deck is one of many seating areas in the multi-level restaurant, and it fills up fast during happy hour. Book a spot online.

1274 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

10. Sauf Haus Bier Hall

1216 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Lined with communal tables, Dupont’s Bavarian beer hall is known for its solid selection of German brews, pretzels, and people watching. During happy hour (Tuesday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), the whole menu is $3 off.

1216 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. The Graham Georgetown

1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Georgetown’s adults-only lounge, open daily starting at 4 p.m., continues to be a hip hangout for espresso martinis, Hermann Moser Gruner Veltliner by the glass and bottle, flatbreads, and arancini. Certain seats on the wraparound rooftop sport monument views.

1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Washington, DC 20007

12. The Summit at Conrad Washington DC

950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

The 11th floor of Hilton’s glitzy hotel has reopened with a a revised focus on Mid-Atlantic produce, local distillers/brewers, and female winemakers. Executive chef and Virginia native Josh Murray is sending out pork barbecue prepped in a solar oven, alChesapeake hard clams, and fluke ceviche. Reserve from Thursdays to Sundays, with the option to rent a pod in the lounge area ($500 minimum).

950 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. Crimson View

627 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Get a view high above Chinatown at Crimson View, the rooftop bar located on the top of the Motto hotel. Crimson View falls under the umbrella of nightlife vets Eric and Ian Hilton. The indoor-outdoor space now serves serving smashed and stacked Gee Burgers, wine, and colorful cocktails.

627 H St NW
Washington, DC 20001

14. Top of the Gate

2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Watergate [official photo]

The Watergate Hotel’s rooftop has always been a draw for stunning views of the Potomac and Key Bridge. That view comes with steep prices on food and drinks — $27 for hummus? There are a range of wines by the glass and cocktails set at $25. A cherry blossom-themed Belvedere vodka drinks is $35, and and barrel-aged Woodford Manhattan is $60. Spring salads and other light apps join whale-fishing rooftop bites like foie gras terrine or Siberian caviar service ($295).

2650 Virginia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

15. POV

515 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
POV’s newly unveiled rooftop seats 120.
Dan Swartz/POV

The W Hotel’s decade-old bar overlooking the White House offers one of the best views in the entire city. A massive makeover included installing cloud-like floating decor, a neon-infused bar backsplash modeled after the Metro system, and political-themed cocktails like a “Yes We Can” and “Ghost in the White House.” A pricey surf and turf menu includes steaks, crab cakes, lobster rolls, and lobster fried rice. Reserve a table at happy hour (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) for bottles of Moet & Chandon at a 20-percent discount.

515 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

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16. TTT Clarendon

2900 Wilson Blvd Suite 103, Arlington, VA 22201
Booths overlook the Clarendon skyline at Buena Vida Social Club
Colorful rooftop booths at TTT Clarendon.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Clarendon’s modern Mexican bar is a prime place for shaken margaritas and sangrias by the glass and pitcher. Although the complex, from the hospitality group behind Balkan hot spot Ambar, originally held three separate restaurants, every level focuses on fast-casual Tacos, Tortas, and Tequila now.

2900 Wilson Blvd Suite 103
Arlington, VA 22201

17. BETSY

back alley, 514 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

An impressive selection of gin and tonics steal the spotlight at chef Bart Vandaele’s open-air rooftop, tucked behind sibling Belga Cafe on Capitol Hill. The garden-style setup serving sharable American bites is also a popular meetup spot for weekday happy hour and brunch.

back alley, 514 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

18. Officina

1120 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
Officina’s rooftop terrace has a garden vibe
Officina [official]

The Southwest Waterfront is rooftop central, but the sprawling outdoor setup at chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s multi-level Italian complex sets the bar when it comes to style. Dubbed Terrazza, it offers a garden setting full of fire pits, cabanas, and a long bubbly list at the bar. Reserve a spot online.

1120 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

19. Tiki TNT & Potomac Distilling Company

1130 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
The rooftop at Tiki TNT
The rooftop at Tiki TNT overlooks the Potomac
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Todd Thrasher, the bar owner who helped pioneer the speakeasy trend at now-closed PX in Alexandria, owns and operates this massive tiki bar at the Wharf with a rooftop deck overlooking the Potomac. Tropical cocktails integrate Thrasher’s Rum, made in a distillery underneath the bar. They come in classic, “not-so-classic,” and frozen flavors, all for $14. Happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; Sunday) includes a $5 price tag on rum drinks with the customers’ choice of mixer, daiquiris, and snacks like Spam musubi. Reserve indoors or outdoor seats here. — G.H.

1130 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

20. 12 Stories

75 District Square SW 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20024
The rooftop patio at 12 Stories above the InterContinental at the Wharf
The rooftop patio at 12 Stories above the InterContinental at the Wharf
Anna Meyer/12 Stories

The Wharf development’s buzzy rooftop cocktail spot atop the 12th story of the Intercontinental Hotel comes complete with its own private elevator. The D.C. debut for Gerber Group, the prominent bar builder behind New York City’s trendy hotel bar Mr. Purple, is the place to cool off with Casamigos cocktails and ceviche. Reserve a spot here.

75 District Square SW 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20024

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