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Mt. Vernon Triangle’s Ciel Social Club sports a sleek, wraparound patio.
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16 Outstanding Rooftop Bars and Restaurants Around D.C.

Where to soak up the sun while sipping a few cocktails

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Mt. Vernon Triangle’s Ciel Social Club sports a sleek, wraparound patio.
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Spring is in full swing, 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.

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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 opens at 5 p.m. with a “24/7” happy hour on $3.50 whiskey and tequila shots, and there’s more street seating out front.

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 at sunset, when Maryland crab deviled eggs, chicken skins, and Maine Lunch IPA beers are $2 off (Wednesday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). A few doors down, sister spot Imperial slings gin and tonic goblets and lobster risotto across a leafy rooftop.

3. TAKODA - Rooftop Restaurant & Beer Garden

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715 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Head to the top of this towering Shaw staple to encounter a breezy, 360-degree bar overlooking the nightlife neighborhood below. Executive chef Julio Estrada sends out top-selling tots, bottomless brunch, burgers, chicken wings, and sliders to go along with draft cocktails, mules, and domestic whiskey pours. Better Hospitality Group (BHG) is gearing up to open a sophomore Takoda in Navy Yard that’s nearly twice as large as the original.

4. 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 is known for its blue-toned rooftop, where rum cocktails, cafe con leche, and croquetas are set to a beautiful mural backdrop. Reserve a table here.

5. El Techo

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606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 836-4270
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Packed with dangling flowers, neon-lit palm trees, and a tequila bottle-lined DJ booth, this (retractable) rooftop hangout in Shaw feels like a mini Tulum vacation. Friendly bartenders efficiently send out spicy mezcal margaritas, Tecate cans, and shots, with Mexican fare from its Rito Loco kitchen downstairs. Taco Tuesday calls for a trifecta of tacos and margarita or beer for $20. Reserve via Resy.

6. Salazar

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1819 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 621-6114
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What once was El Centro D.F. on 14th Street is now Mission Group’s multi-level Salazar, serving up quesadillas, bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dogs, and 50 types of tequila. The expansive rooftop is made for all-weather conditions, with a lengthy bar and a retractible roof.

Bar stools lining a rooftop bar
Salazar’s rooftop bar is both retractable and heated.
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7. Conservatory

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1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 763-7942
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The glass-enclosed rooftop oasis atop Matt Baker’s Michelin-rated tasting menu restaurant in Ivy City returned for the season last month. A la carte plates like vadouvan-crusted lamb ribs and wagyu beef tartare offer customers a taste of Baker’s fanciful, French-influenced cooking below. The indoor-outdoor rooftop bar covered in string lights also sends out wines, seasonal cocktails, and cheese and charcuterie. An adjacent urban garden supplies produce to Baker’s kitchen. Reserve via Resy

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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 pina coladas, draft cocktails, and all kinds of hot dogs. 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.

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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 (16 on tap at all times), two-pound pretzels, and people watching.

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. Ciel Social Club

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601 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(855) 243-5762
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D.C. hospitality group Versus (HEISTCasta’s Rum Bar, and Morris American Bar) brought a polished, penthouse-style hotspot to the top of AC Hotel Washington DC Convention Center last fall. The scene-y, indoor-outdoor setup with stunning city vistas stirs intricate cocktails behind a marble bar to go along with a list of small plates. Meanwhile, AC’s newest D.C. hotel in Navy Yard is home to another top rooftop contender (Smoke & Mirrors) with a direct view of the U.S. Capitol.

A huge chandelier hovering over the bar at Ciel Social Club.
A huge chandelier hovering over the bar at Ciel Social Club.
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13. 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, which reopened for the season this week, 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 summery Ketel One and limoncello cocktail is $35, and a Manhattan with 12-year Macallan is $50. For an obscene splurge, Macallan “M” bottle service runs $60,000. There’s also seasonal salads, lamb chops, and charcuterie boards for around $30 and up.

D.C. views from the top of a hotel
Priceless views atop the Watergate Hotel come with a steep bill.
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14. Bar Deco

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717 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 774-5867
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The pinnacle of this industrial-styled hangout is a prime pregame spot for a Capital One Arena show across the street. Known for its voluptuous burgers and nachos, Bar Deco’s weekly specials include $5 margaritas on Tuesdays, $7 Tom Collins cocktails and throwback tracks on Thursdays, and $10 wings by the pound and $8 martinis on Fridays. The roof is first come, first served.

15. 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.

16. 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 $15. Weekday happy hour (3 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays) includes rum drinks with a mixer of choice, Spam musubi, and shrimp dumplings ($5 each) and $4 bottles of Pacifico. Reserve indoors or outdoor seats here.

The rooftop at Tiki TNT
The rooftop at Tiki TNT overlooks the Potomac
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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 opens at 5 p.m. with a “24/7” happy hour on $3.50 whiskey and tequila shots, and there’s more street seating out front.

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 at sunset, when Maryland crab deviled eggs, chicken skins, and Maine Lunch IPA beers are $2 off (Wednesday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). 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. TAKODA - Rooftop Restaurant & Beer Garden

715 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Head to the top of this towering Shaw staple to encounter a breezy, 360-degree bar overlooking the nightlife neighborhood below. Executive chef Julio Estrada sends out top-selling tots, bottomless brunch, burgers, chicken wings, and sliders to go along with draft cocktails, mules, and domestic whiskey pours. Better Hospitality Group (BHG) is gearing up to open a sophomore Takoda in Navy Yard that’s nearly twice as large as the original.

715 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. Colada Shop

1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The cute Cuban cafe off 14th Street NW is known for its blue-toned rooftop, where rum cocktails, cafe con leche, and croquetas are set to a beautiful mural backdrop. Reserve a table here.

1405 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. El Techo

606 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Packed with dangling flowers, neon-lit palm trees, and a tequila bottle-lined DJ booth, this (retractable) rooftop hangout in Shaw feels like a mini Tulum vacation. Friendly bartenders efficiently send out spicy mezcal margaritas, Tecate cans, and shots, with Mexican fare from its Rito Loco kitchen downstairs. Taco Tuesday calls for a trifecta of tacos and margarita or beer for $20. Reserve via Resy.

606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Salazar

1819 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Bar stools lining a rooftop bar
Salazar’s rooftop bar is both retractable and heated.
Daniel Swartz for Salazar

What once was El Centro D.F. on 14th Street is now Mission Group’s multi-level Salazar, serving up quesadillas, bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dogs, and 50 types of tequila. The expansive rooftop is made for all-weather conditions, with a lengthy bar and a retractible roof.

1819 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. Conservatory

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

The glass-enclosed rooftop oasis atop Matt Baker’s Michelin-rated tasting menu restaurant in Ivy City returned for the season last month. A la carte plates like vadouvan-crusted lamb ribs and wagyu beef tartare offer customers a taste of Baker’s fanciful, French-influenced cooking below. The indoor-outdoor rooftop bar covered in string lights also sends out wines, seasonal cocktails, and cheese and charcuterie. An adjacent urban garden supplies produce to Baker’s kitchen. Reserve via Resy

1401 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

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 pina coladas, draft cocktails, and all kinds of hot dogs. 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.

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 (16 on tap at all times), two-pound pretzels, and people watching.

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. Ciel Social Club

601 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
A huge chandelier hovering over the bar at Ciel Social Club.
A huge chandelier hovering over the bar at Ciel Social Club.
John Robinson/Ciel Social Club

D.C. hospitality group Versus (HEISTCasta’s Rum Bar, and Morris American Bar) brought a polished, penthouse-style hotspot to the top of AC Hotel Washington DC Convention Center last fall. The scene-y, indoor-outdoor setup with stunning city vistas stirs intricate cocktails behind a marble bar to go along with a list of small plates. Meanwhile, AC’s newest D.C. hotel in Navy Yard is home to another top rooftop contender (Smoke & Mirrors) with a direct view of the U.S. Capitol.

601 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. Top of the Gate

2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
D.C. views from the top of a hotel
Priceless views atop the Watergate Hotel come with a steep bill.
Watergate [official photo]

The Watergate Hotel’s rooftop, which reopened for the season this week, 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 summery Ketel One and limoncello cocktail is $35, and a Manhattan with 12-year Macallan is $50. For an obscene splurge, Macallan “M” bottle service runs $60,000. There’s also seasonal salads, lamb chops, and charcuterie boards for around $30 and up.

2650 Virginia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037

14. Bar Deco

717 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The pinnacle of this industrial-styled hangout is a prime pregame spot for a Capital One Arena show across the street. Known for its voluptuous burgers and nachos, Bar Deco’s weekly specials include $5 margaritas on Tuesdays, $7 Tom Collins cocktails and throwback tracks on Thursdays, and $10 wings by the pound and $8 martinis on Fridays. The roof is first come, first served.

717 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

15. 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

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16. 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 $15. Weekday happy hour (3 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays) includes rum drinks with a mixer of choice, Spam musubi, and shrimp dumplings ($5 each) and $4 bottles of Pacifico. Reserve indoors or outdoor seats here.

1130 Maine Ave SW
Washington, DC 20024

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