While several D.C. bars are planning on hibernating for the winter during the novel coronavirus crisis, others are hoping to lure customers outside for hot toddies served around heat lamps and fire pits. When temperatures drop, here’s where to drink alfresco on rooftops and patios equipped with heaters. But be aware: D.C. bars are operating with a 10 p.m. cutoff for alcohol consumption, so don’t go waltzing onto a patio expecting to be served at 9:55. For ideas on dining outside, check out this map of restaurants with heated patios. For a running list of bars running Christmas pop-ups, go here.
Editor’s note: Every restaurant needs help right now. Don’t forget about neighborhood favorites while chasing the hot new thing. For a list of resources on how to help fight food insecurity in the D.C. area, go here.
A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, 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.Read More