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Here Are 15 Great Patios for Drinking Beer in D.C.

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Spending a sunny afternoon or a mild evening lingering over some beers is always a welcome idea. Bars and restaurants with outdoor seating are everywhere in the city, but rooftops are often too crowded to move, and other spaces can lack the casual environment that beer drinkers crave. Not to mention that it's never fun to snag a prime seat only to discover that the draft selections are five varieties of mass-produced lager.

Luckily, D.C. is actually pretty well-endowed with patios well suited for beer lovers. From German beer gardens to hipster hangouts and craft-beer hubs, there are plenty of options in and around the beltway.

Here are fifteen patios that combine the benefits of an outdoor location with notable beer lists to match.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. American Ice Company

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917 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 758-3562
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This buzzing hangout has a barbecue-inspired menu and serves its modest selection of draft beer in mason jars. The outdoor patio features a number of picnic tables that can fill up fast during peak hours.

2. Bardo Brewpub

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1200 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(762) 233-7070
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If it's possible to have an outdoor dive bar, then Bardo might just be it. The sprawling and casual space features house-brewed beers along with space for hanging out or for games like corn hole.
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  • 3. Biergarten Haus

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    1355 H St NE
    Washington, D.C. 20002
    (202) 388-4053
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    The Bavarian atmosphere is strong at this H Street beer garden. There are multiple levels of outdoor seating, and the bar serves beer by the half and full liter along with traditional German food. The large projection screens make it a solid game time destination.

    4. Brasserie Beck

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    1101 K St NW
    Washington, D.C. 20005
    (202) 408-1717
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    Chef Robert Wiedmaier's Belgian cafe overlook's K Street, and its patio is a prime spot for people watching. The beer selection includes draft options from Belgian breweries like Chimay and De Dolle, in addition to a lengthy bottle list.

    5. Brookland Pint

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    716 Monroe St NE
    Washington, D.C. 20017
    (202) 758-2757
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    Brookland Pint has a laid back, neighborhood atmosphere and a sizable patio that's ideal for lingering over the restaurant's rotating selection of 24 draft beers.

    6. Chef Geoff's

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    3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington
    D.C., 20016
    (202) 237-7800
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    Located along a quiet Northwest D.C. street, Chef Geoff's patio begs guests to settle in with a pint or a 33-ounce "supermug." The respectable beer list features the bar's signature IPA, produced by Virginia's Starr Hill brewery.

    7. Courthaus Social

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    2300 Clarendon Blvd
    Arlington, VA 22201
    (703) 243-4900
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    Arlington residents flock to Courthaus Social for the large outdoor bar and its accompanying draft list.

    8. Dacha Beer Garden

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    1600 7th St NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    (202) 524-8790
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    This Shaw bar gets plenty of traffic, with crowds drawn to its communal tables and atmosphere. Beer offerings here have a German tilt, but there are plenty of American craft brews, including a handful of local choices.
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    9. DC Reynolds

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    3628 Georgia Ave NW
    Washington, D.C. 20010
    (202) 506-7178
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    The relaxed DC Reynolds has a spacious back patio full of communal tables for throwing back a few beers with friends. The bar slings a couple good bargain beer-and-a-shot combos, too.

    10. Denizens Brewing Co.

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    1115 E West Hwy
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    (301) 557-9818
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    The huge, dog-friendly patio at this Silver Spring brewery has 200 seats. It's decked out with picnic tables and umbrellas for sunny D.C. weather, and the tap list rotates to reflect the brewery's freshest offerings.

    11. Garden District

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    1801 14th St NW
    Washington, D.C. 20009
    Elbow room comes at a premium at this beer garden, which serves up German and U.S. craft beer alongside a barbecue-inspired kitchen menu.

    12. Sixth Engine

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    438 Massachusetts Ave NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001
    (202) 506-2455
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    Don't overlook this outdoor sipping spot in NoMa. The restaurant has rotating draft beer from many local breweries like Union, Jailbreak, and 3 Stars.

    13. Bluejacket Brewery

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    300 Tingey St SE
    Washington, D.C. 20003
    (202) 524-4862
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    Enjoy the fruits of one of the city's most prolific breweries outside in the sun. The bar makes for great Navy Yard outdoor beer drinking, especially for those interested in creative brews.

    14. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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    2007 18th St NW
    Washington, D.C. 20009
    (202) 588-7388
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    The rooftop for Jack Rose isn't just a haven for tiki drinkers. Head upstairs to experience what their beer list has to offer in an outside setting.
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    15. The Big Hunt

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    1345 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    (202) 785-2333
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    The Big Hunt has always been one of the divey choices for beer fans, and a good place to experience their list is on the back patio. Choose from a well-curated and frequently-changing list of tap beers here.
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    1. American Ice Company

    917 V St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
    This buzzing hangout has a barbecue-inspired menu and serves its modest selection of draft beer in mason jars. The outdoor patio features a number of picnic tables that can fill up fast during peak hours.
    917 V St NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001

    2. Bardo Brewpub

    1200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

    3. Biergarten Haus

    1355 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
    The Bavarian atmosphere is strong at this H Street beer garden. There are multiple levels of outdoor seating, and the bar serves beer by the half and full liter along with traditional German food. The large projection screens make it a solid game time destination.
    1355 H St NE
    Washington, D.C. 20002

    4. Brasserie Beck

    1101 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
    Chef Robert Wiedmaier's Belgian cafe overlook's K Street, and its patio is a prime spot for people watching. The beer selection includes draft options from Belgian breweries like Chimay and De Dolle, in addition to a lengthy bottle list.
    1101 K St NW
    Washington, D.C. 20005

    5. Brookland Pint

    716 Monroe St NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
    Brookland Pint has a laid back, neighborhood atmosphere and a sizable patio that's ideal for lingering over the restaurant's rotating selection of 24 draft beers.
    716 Monroe St NE
    Washington, D.C. 20017

    6. Chef Geoff's

    3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 20016
    Located along a quiet Northwest D.C. street, Chef Geoff's patio begs guests to settle in with a pint or a 33-ounce "supermug." The respectable beer list features the bar's signature IPA, produced by Virginia's Starr Hill brewery.
    3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington
    D.C., 20016

    7. Courthaus Social

    2300 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
    Arlington residents flock to Courthaus Social for the large outdoor bar and its accompanying draft list.
    2300 Clarendon Blvd
    Arlington, VA 22201

    8. Dacha Beer Garden

    1600 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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    This Shaw bar gets plenty of traffic, with crowds drawn to its communal tables and atmosphere. Beer offerings here have a German tilt, but there are plenty of American craft brews, including a handful of local choices.
    1600 7th St NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001

    9. DC Reynolds

    3628 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
    The relaxed DC Reynolds has a spacious back patio full of communal tables for throwing back a few beers with friends. The bar slings a couple good bargain beer-and-a-shot combos, too.
    3628 Georgia Ave NW
    Washington, D.C. 20010

    10. Denizens Brewing Co.

    1115 E West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    The huge, dog-friendly patio at this Silver Spring brewery has 200 seats. It's decked out with picnic tables and umbrellas for sunny D.C. weather, and the tap list rotates to reflect the brewery's freshest offerings.
    1115 E West Hwy
    Silver Spring, MD 20910

    11. Garden District

    1801 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
    Elbow room comes at a premium at this beer garden, which serves up German and U.S. craft beer alongside a barbecue-inspired kitchen menu.
    1801 14th St NW
    Washington, D.C. 20009

    12. Sixth Engine

    438 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
    Don't overlook this outdoor sipping spot in NoMa. The restaurant has rotating draft beer from many local breweries like Union, Jailbreak, and 3 Stars.
    438 Massachusetts Ave NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001

    13. Bluejacket Brewery

    300 Tingey St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
    Enjoy the fruits of one of the city's most prolific breweries outside in the sun. The bar makes for great Navy Yard outdoor beer drinking, especially for those interested in creative brews.
    300 Tingey St SE
    Washington, D.C. 20003

    14. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

    2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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    The rooftop for Jack Rose isn't just a haven for tiki drinkers. Head upstairs to experience what their beer list has to offer in an outside setting.
    2007 18th St NW
    Washington, D.C. 20009

    15. The Big Hunt

    1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
    Official
    The Big Hunt has always been one of the divey choices for beer fans, and a good place to experience their list is on the back patio. Choose from a well-curated and frequently-changing list of tap beers here.
    1345 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington, D.C. 20036

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