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Take Refuge at These Relaxed D.C. Rooftop Bars and Restaurants

A more chill experience

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Summer is high season for grazing on a few bar bites or sipping a cocktail while taking in the views at one of D.C.'s many open air rooftops. But heading out to one of these al fresco locations can often mean encountering boisterous crowds, loud music or lines out the door.

While pretty much any rooftop bar or restaurant is likely to get busy during prime hours and weather, some are better bets than others when it comes to providing some elbow room and a more relaxed atmosphere.

These are some of the area's best rooftops for people looking to find a chill location to enjoy good food and drink, conversation and a hopefully a little space to breathe. Will the crowds start coming once the "secret" is out? Only time will tell.

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1905 Restaurant Roof Deck

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Tucked away on 9th St., the rooftop here has a full bar and food menu which includes typical bistro fare along with southern dishes like shrimp and grits or fried catfish. There are several tables and railings along with great city views.

Ambar Balkan Cuisine

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This Balkan small plates restaurant has a cozy upstairs patio with several tables and a bar. Be sure to take advantage of the restaurants selection of rakia-based cocktails.

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Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill

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Arlington Rooftop attracts the Clarendon young professional crowd with al fresco bar fare and a reasonably-priced menu of beer, wine and cocktails.

Biergarten Haus

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Grab a pint of seasonal German beer and maybe some Bavarian pretzel rolls and enjoy the convivial atmosphere at this H Street spot. There is plenty of outdoor space and occasionally even live polka music.

Cleveland Park Bar & Grill

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Sports fans gather at this rooftop to watch a game and gaze out over Connecticut Ave while enjoying a pizza or a burger in a neighborhood environment.

DC9 Rooftop Bar

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The rooftop here is open year-round and it's a great place to grab a burger and a cheap beer. There's plenty of room to hang out and it's great for happy hour, which runs until 8.

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Dogwood Tavern

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The view from Dogwood Tavern's second floor patio may be of a parking lot. But the vibe is chill and the nachos are generous.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

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The pizzas at this Adams Morgan spot are creative and tasty. There's also a decent selection of craft beers, though the selection on the rooftop is not as extensive as on other floors.

Red Derby

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While it's not totally immune from crowds, this low-key dive bar is a good bet for beer and fare like fries, tacos or a burgers. There are tons of weekly food specials to take advantage of as well and board games available to keep things entertaining.

Rock & Roll Hotel

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A drink at the roof bar here is a good option for getting some air and away from the noise of the concerts and DJs on the first two floors.

Roofers Union

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The view from the top floor of this casual American concept encompasses surrounding Adams Morgan and event stretches down to the Washington Monument. Executive Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley's menu features stuffed sausages, sandwiches and a large selection of craft beer and cocktails.

Rosewood Washington, D.C., Georgetown

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Word is only slowly starting to get out about this new rooftop destination, where drinkers can also enjoy Frank Ruta's burgers.

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The roof deck at this casual Glover Park restaurant is a great place to kick back with a quesadilla and something tropical like a dark & stormy.

Takoda's rooftop combination of beer, whiskey and the bustling Shaw neighborhood is enough to attract crowds. But Takoda fancies itself as a dining destination first and foremost and leaves plenty of elbow room on the roof for guests standing around the bar or eating at a table.

Ten 01

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This year-round, heated rooftop comes from the family behind Ben's Chili Bowl. Instead of half-smokes and chili fries, H St. roamers can pop in for plates like jerked salmon, crispy pork belly and weekend brunch.

The Graham Georgetown

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Drinking here isn't cheap, but the premium prices comes with panoramic Georgetown views, a classy crowd and ample seating.

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The Liaison Capitol Hill, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

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Take the elevator up to the pool deck and bask in the sun and southern vibes. The kitchen at Art and Soul – the hotel's flagship restaurant – has created a special roof menu. Bites include things like a cheeseboard and hummus and drinks like sangria and the bar's twist on a Moscow Mule are great for hot weather.

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1905 Restaurant Roof Deck

Tucked away on 9th St., the rooftop here has a full bar and food menu which includes typical bistro fare along with southern dishes like shrimp and grits or fried catfish. There are several tables and railings along with great city views.

Ambar Balkan Cuisine

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This Balkan small plates restaurant has a cozy upstairs patio with several tables and a bar. Be sure to take advantage of the restaurants selection of rakia-based cocktails.

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Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill

Arlington Rooftop attracts the Clarendon young professional crowd with al fresco bar fare and a reasonably-priced menu of beer, wine and cocktails.

Biergarten Haus

Grab a pint of seasonal German beer and maybe some Bavarian pretzel rolls and enjoy the convivial atmosphere at this H Street spot. There is plenty of outdoor space and occasionally even live polka music.

Cleveland Park Bar & Grill

Sports fans gather at this rooftop to watch a game and gaze out over Connecticut Ave while enjoying a pizza or a burger in a neighborhood environment.

DC9 Rooftop Bar

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The rooftop here is open year-round and it's a great place to grab a burger and a cheap beer. There's plenty of room to hang out and it's great for happy hour, which runs until 8.

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Dogwood Tavern

The view from Dogwood Tavern's second floor patio may be of a parking lot. But the vibe is chill and the nachos are generous.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

The pizzas at this Adams Morgan spot are creative and tasty. There's also a decent selection of craft beers, though the selection on the rooftop is not as extensive as on other floors.

Red Derby

While it's not totally immune from crowds, this low-key dive bar is a good bet for beer and fare like fries, tacos or a burgers. There are tons of weekly food specials to take advantage of as well and board games available to keep things entertaining.

Rock & Roll Hotel

A drink at the roof bar here is a good option for getting some air and away from the noise of the concerts and DJs on the first two floors.

Roofers Union

The view from the top floor of this casual American concept encompasses surrounding Adams Morgan and event stretches down to the Washington Monument. Executive Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley's menu features stuffed sausages, sandwiches and a large selection of craft beer and cocktails.

Rosewood Washington, D.C., Georgetown

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Word is only slowly starting to get out about this new rooftop destination, where drinkers can also enjoy Frank Ruta's burgers.

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Surfside