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The winter patio at Red's Table
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Ignore the Cold Weather at These Festive Winter Patios

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The winter patio at Red's Table
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It's tempting for the cold-weather averse to stay indoors all winter. But many DC area restaurants make it easier for diners and drinkers to enjoy the outdoors on their patio without getting the chills. Some like Red's Table and Roofer's Union offer covered patios while others install heaters, blankets and fireplaces to keep guests cozy. Many close their outdoor space during snowstorms and frigid nights, while others only open the space on certain days, so make sure to call ahead.

Some are offering new food and drink menus, some of which are available only to patio guests. Hazel, for instance, is offering an outdoor grilling station. One of the new drinks offered at Jack Rose Dining Saloon comes with dessert: The Chai My Buns is topped with a hot cinnamon bun.

Here are several winter patios that will help area residents get some fresh air during a pub crawl or dinner date. And through this weekend, there's one more to consider — Garden District hosts its holiday-themed market on the patio outside through Dec. 18.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ambar Balkan Cuisine

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523 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 813-3039
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The Balkan restaurant offers a year-round rooftop terrace with a five-seat bar. yellow and orange blankets for guests who sit outside on their 10-seat sidewalk patio or on the heated rooftop terrace. Sip a Sumadija hot toddy, mad with sugar, plum brandy, Becherovka (an Eastern European herbal liqueur) and water, topped with a cinnamon stick.
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2. Barcelona Wine Bar - 14th Street

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1622 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-5500
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Heat lamps, blankets and fireplace pack as much heat as the Spanish cuisine at this 14th street small-plates restaurant.

3. Bluejacket Brewery

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300 Tingey St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 524-4862
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The restaurant and brewery’s patio now has TVs, which means that diners won’t miss any game action. Blankets, fire pits, and spiked hot chocolate keep guests warm.

4. City Perch Kitchen + Bar

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11830 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 231-2310
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City Perch uses heaters to keep guests warm on the patio, which stays open during winter except during extreme weather conditions.

5. Dirty Habit Firescape

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700 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-6060
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New this winter season, Dirty Habit has launched the Dirty Habit Firescape, its open-air patio that welcomes guests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights when its 45 degrees or warmer. Guests can throw on a robe and warm up by the fireplace and several warm cocktails.
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6. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 298-8783
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Guests who can’t find an enviable spot near the fire pit can still stay warm at Farmers Fishers Bakers year-round waterfront patio. The Georgetown restaurant has blankets, several heaters and comfy couches.

7. Flavio

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1073 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007
The family owned Italian restaurant in Georgetown keeps the sidewalk seating toasty during winter with low-hanging heat lamps and oversized blankets.
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8. Hazel

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808 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 847-4980
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The winter patio offers outdoor fire pits, a new Kushi Yaki lazy susan service and winter beverage pairing. The lazy susan includes self-grilling stations with beef, chicken, mushroom and other skewers. The new winter beverage menu includes a spiked hot cocoa and a hot buttered rum with tea.
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9. Iron Gate

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1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 737-1371
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Iron Gate's garden patio now has couches, giving it a lounge-y feel. Expect the usual fire pits, blankets and several warm winter cocktails on the menu. The list includes It’s Never Turkish, with amaro, coffee, whipped cream and coffee beans.

10. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-7388
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A retractable glass roof makes the heated rooftop terrace a fine spot to enjoy the outdoors, regardless of the weather. The open-air terrace offers overhead heat lamps while the balcony room is equipped with a wood-burning fireplace, leather couch and glass doors overlooking 18th Street. New warm cocktails include Chai My Buns, with spiced rum, chai tea, soy milk and simple syrup, topped with a warm cinnamon bun.
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11. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 332-3333
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Le Diplomate's patio is open year-round and outfitted with heat lamps and blankets and encloses half of it for guests who need more protection from the elements. The French bistro is offering two warm cocktails that will help heat things up: a hot chocolate with Chartreuse and warm red wine.
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12. Masseria

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1340 4th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 608-5959
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Gather around the low-slung couches that surround the stone tables in the indoor/outdoor courtyard. Sip on some scotch and smoke a cigar from Masseria's rotating cigar selection.

13. Red's Table

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11150 South Lakes Dr
Reston, VA 20191
(571) 375-7755
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Red’s heated back patio offers protection from the elements with a covered awning, as well as views of Lake Thoreau.
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14. Roofers Union

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2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-7663
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The covered and heated open-air rooftop at the Adams Morgan spot offers great views the neighborhood. Call ahead as it’s open only on certain days and times. The 15-seat horseshoe bar known for its signature punch bowls and frozen craft cocktails.
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15. The Gibson

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2009 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 232-2156
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The Gibson’s back patio is open all winter, except during extreme weather conditions. The heated patio is partially covered and has a freestanding chimney for added warmth. The patio also offers a different bar menu, with boozy milkshakes, hot toddies and cocktails. A projector, screening everything from a football game to a Netflix premiere, is another new feature.
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16. The Pub & The People

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1648 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 796-5820
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A tent equipped with mistletoe, garlands and lights gets guests in the holiday spirit while heaters and blankets keep them warm and cozy. Wine, cider and ale are available for sipping. Order from the full food and drink menu, which includes three hot cocktails: hot bourbon cider, spiked, hot chocolate and Irish coffee.
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17. Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro

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1940 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 332-9463
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The back plaza has everything to make a drinker’s outdoor winter escape complete: wood-burning fire pits, heaters, holiday lights and mulled wine.
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1. Ambar Balkan Cuisine

523 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Ambar's winter patio
The Balkan restaurant offers a year-round rooftop terrace with a five-seat bar. yellow and orange blankets for guests who sit outside on their 10-seat sidewalk patio or on the heated rooftop terrace. Sip a Sumadija hot toddy, mad with sugar, plum brandy, Becherovka (an Eastern European herbal liqueur) and water, topped with a cinnamon stick.
523 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

2. Barcelona Wine Bar - 14th Street

1622 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Heat lamps, blankets and fireplace pack as much heat as the Spanish cuisine at this 14th street small-plates restaurant.
1622 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Bluejacket Brewery

300 Tingey St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
The restaurant and brewery’s patio now has TVs, which means that diners won’t miss any game action. Blankets, fire pits, and spiked hot chocolate keep guests warm.
300 Tingey St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

4. City Perch Kitchen + Bar

11830 Grand Park Ave, North Bethesda, MD 20852
City Perch uses heaters to keep guests warm on the patio, which stays open during winter except during extreme weather conditions.
11830 Grand Park Ave
North Bethesda, MD 20852

5. Dirty Habit Firescape

700 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Official
New this winter season, Dirty Habit has launched the Dirty Habit Firescape, its open-air patio that welcomes guests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights when its 45 degrees or warmer. Guests can throw on a robe and warm up by the fireplace and several warm cocktails.
700 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

6. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Guests who can’t find an enviable spot near the fire pit can still stay warm at Farmers Fishers Bakers year-round waterfront patio. The Georgetown restaurant has blankets, several heaters and comfy couches.
3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

7. Flavio

1073 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
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The family owned Italian restaurant in Georgetown keeps the sidewalk seating toasty during winter with low-hanging heat lamps and oversized blankets.
1073 31st St NW
Washington, DC 20007

8. Hazel

808 V St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Official
The winter patio offers outdoor fire pits, a new Kushi Yaki lazy susan service and winter beverage pairing. The lazy susan includes self-grilling stations with beef, chicken, mushroom and other skewers. The new winter beverage menu includes a spiked hot cocoa and a hot buttered rum with tea.
808 V St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Iron Gate

1734 N St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Iron Gate's garden patio now has couches, giving it a lounge-y feel. Expect the usual fire pits, blankets and several warm winter cocktails on the menu. The list includes It’s Never Turkish, with amaro, coffee, whipped cream and coffee beans.
1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

10. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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A retractable glass roof makes the heated rooftop terrace a fine spot to enjoy the outdoors, regardless of the weather. The open-air terrace offers overhead heat lamps while the balcony room is equipped with a wood-burning fireplace, leather couch and glass doors overlooking 18th Street. New warm cocktails include Chai My Buns, with spiced rum, chai tea, soy milk and simple syrup, topped with a warm cinnamon bun.
2007 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

11. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
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Le Diplomate's patio is open year-round and outfitted with heat lamps and blankets and encloses half of it for guests who need more protection from the elements. The French bistro is offering two warm cocktails that will help heat things up: a hot chocolate with Chartreuse and warm red wine.
1601 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

12. Masseria

1340 4th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Gather around the low-slung couches that surround the stone tables in the indoor/outdoor courtyard. Sip on some scotch and smoke a cigar from Masseria's rotating cigar selection.
1340 4th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

13. Red's Table

11150 South Lakes Dr, Reston, VA 20191
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Red’s heated back patio offers protection from the elements with a covered awning, as well as views of Lake Thoreau.
11150 South Lakes Dr
Reston, VA 20191

14. Roofers Union

2446 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Official
The covered and heated open-air rooftop at the Adams Morgan spot offers great views the neighborhood. Call ahead as it’s open only on certain days and times. The 15-seat horseshoe bar known for its signature punch bowls and frozen craft cocktails.
2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

15. The Gibson

2009 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20003
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The Gibson’s back patio is open all winter, except during extreme weather conditions. The heated patio is partially covered and has a freestanding chimney for added warmth. The patio also offers a different bar menu, with boozy milkshakes, hot toddies and cocktails. A projector, screening everything from a football game to a Netflix premiere, is another new feature.
2009 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20003

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16. The Pub & The People

1648 N Capitol St NW, Washington, D.C. 20002
Official
A tent equipped with mistletoe, garlands and lights gets guests in the holiday spirit while heaters and blankets keep them warm and cozy. Wine, cider and ale are available for sipping. Order from the full food and drink menu, which includes three hot cocktails: hot bourbon cider, spiked, hot chocolate and Irish coffee.
1648 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C. 20002

17. Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro

1940 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Official
The back plaza has everything to make a drinker’s outdoor winter escape complete: wood-burning fire pits, heaters, holiday lights and mulled wine.
1940 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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