clock menu more-arrow no yes
The patio at Augie’s
The patio at Augie’s
@ShootJoeC/Augie’s

Where To Drink Outside in Alexandria

Find locally brewed witbier, frosé, tiki drinks, and riverfront views

View as Map
The patio at Augie’s
| @ShootJoeC/Augie’s

So many spots in Alexandria have stepped up their outdoor setups for the summer. Stroll through King Street in Old Town to check out patios built onto the street and lush cocktail gardens. Closer to the water, drinkers can find happy hours with Potomac River views. In suburban Del Ray, the main drag has seen an influx of beer gardens and wine-friendly patios. Local brewers like Port City, Lost Boy cider, and Aslin Beer Company have also added more alfresco seats with options in the shade. Here are 18 options for grabbing a drink outside.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hops N Shine

Copy Link
3410 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 566-1509
Visit Website

Del Ray beer garden Hops N Shine aims to be a neighborhood hangout, drawing locals to its back patio for events like a Tuesday night “Paint N Sip.” Moonshine appears on the drink list in cocktails and on the rocks. There’s a lengthy draft beer list and frosty drinks like spiked slushees.

2. Evening Star Cafe

Copy Link
2000 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 549-5051
Visit Website

Over the past two years, Evening Star Cafe brought on more outdoor seating. In addition to its Front Porch, “The Back Yard” features cabanas and shady umbrellas. This Del Ray institution from Neighborhood Restaurant Group offers beer, wine, and cocktails such as a “Front Porch Frosé” and an iced tea-infused bourbon slushee.

3. The Garden

Copy Link
1503 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
(571) 970-2791
Visit Website

What used to be a garden store on Del Ray’s main strip is now an outdoor beer garden run by the owners of nearby Live Oak restaurant. Prosecco on tap and spiked seltzer cans round out the lengthy draft list.

4. Cafe 44

Copy Link
44 Canal Center Plaza Suite 401
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 344-9100
Visit Website

Try Cafe 44’s balcony for cocktails on a rooftop perch overlooking the Potomac River. The bar also is all-in on happy hour, even on Saturdays, with $5 beer, $6 house wine, and $7 spirits.

5. Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap

Copy Link
401 E Braddock Rd
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 683-5330
Visit Website

In Del Ray, this pizzeria created a garden oasis complete with misters and fans for hot days. Keep cool with frozen drinks like citrus sangrias and frosé. There’s also $4 wine and $5 beer during happy hour.

6. Port City Brewing Company

Copy Link
3950 Wheeler Ave
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 797-2739
Visit Website

There are picnic tables and umbrellas outside at this long-running Alexandria brewery, known for beers like Optimal Wit and Beach Drive golden ale. For a bite to eat, consider ordering barbecue from nearby Rocklands.

7. The Peoples Drug

Copy Link
103 N Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 257-8851
Visit Website

Old Town cocktail bar the Peoples Drug built a charming setup in the street full of umbrellas and planters. Order a Watermelon Whiskey Smash or spicy mezcal margarita, and share an order of truffle fries.

8. Augie's Mussel House and Beer Garden

Copy Link
1106 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 721-3970
Visit Website

Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden boasts one of the most popular patios in Old Town. The drinks menu highlights beer from Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic, with picks from Belgium and some other imports.

9. Blackwall Hitch

Copy Link
5 Cameron St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-6090
Visit Website

Blackwall Hitch’s Potomac Patio offers a view of the river with comfy seating and tables equipped with fire pits. The cocktail menu includes drinks like strawberry-ginger margaritas and blueberry mules.

10. Taverna Cretekou

Copy Link
818 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-8688
Visit Website

In Old Town, Taverna Cretekou’s lush side street garden is a beautiful spot for a glass of wine and a meze platter.

11. King & Rye

Copy Link
480 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 842-2761
Visit Website

King Street’s King & Rye rolled out a Cocktail Garden in April that features fire pits, lounge areas, and more private dining spaces. In addition to a long list of rye, bourbon, and rare whiskeys, find refreshing summer cocktails like a cucumber gin rickey.

12. Vola's Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

Copy Link
101 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 935-8890
Visit Website

This riverfront restaurant with a tiki sensibility serves a potent Painkiller and rum punch alongside a seafood-heavy menu full of coconut shrimp, crab grilled cheese, and po’ boys. Frozen orange crushes are $6 at happy hour, and brunch is a big draw, too.

13. Aslin Beer Company

Copy Link
847 S Pickett St
Alexandria, VA 22304
(571) 431-7603
Visit Website

Aslin Beer Company added an outdoor beer garden to its neon-tastic Alexandria brewery and taproom, which is just as colorful as its beer cans. The beer garden is open Thursday through Sunday, which is also when Andy’s Pizza’s serves up Sicilian pies here too.

14. Daniel O'Connell's Irish Restaurant & Bar

Copy Link
112 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-1124
Visit Website

This classic Irish pub took advantage of King Street’s expanded pedestrian zone, putting in a verdant streetside seating area for customers enjoying a pint.

15. Hummingbird

Copy Link
220 S Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 566-1355
Visit Website

Cathal Armstrong and Meshelle Armstrong’s seafood restaurant Hummingbird seats guests on a stylish patio with fire pits and river views. The drink menu includes wine by the glass, Virginia brews, and sharable cocktails like Mint Juleps or blackberry sangria.

16. Ada's on the River

Copy Link
3 Pioneer Mill Way
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 638-1400
Visit Website

This new Old Town restaurant with picturesque Potomac River views on its patio serves cocktails with ingredients like pour-over coffee, fresh raspberries, or cinnamon nutmeg syrup.

17. Barca Pier & Wine Bar

Copy Link
2 Pioneer Mill Way
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 638-1100
Visit Website

One of Old Town’s most unique new drinking spots, Barca Pier & Wine Bar seats customers on industrial freight containers floating on the Potomac River. Order cocktails like passionfruit frojitos or pomelo sangria along with tapas.

18. Lost Boy Cider

Copy Link
317 Hooffs Run Dr
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 566-5737
Visit Website

This cidery near the Eisenhower metro stop added a 1,200-square-foot outdoor tent to its airy, 6,000-square-foot taproom.

1. Hops N Shine

3410 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305

Del Ray beer garden Hops N Shine aims to be a neighborhood hangout, drawing locals to its back patio for events like a Tuesday night “Paint N Sip.” Moonshine appears on the drink list in cocktails and on the rocks. There’s a lengthy draft beer list and frosty drinks like spiked slushees.

3410 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305

2. Evening Star Cafe

2000 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Over the past two years, Evening Star Cafe brought on more outdoor seating. In addition to its Front Porch, “The Back Yard” features cabanas and shady umbrellas. This Del Ray institution from Neighborhood Restaurant Group offers beer, wine, and cocktails such as a “Front Porch Frosé” and an iced tea-infused bourbon slushee.

2000 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

3. The Garden

1503 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

What used to be a garden store on Del Ray’s main strip is now an outdoor beer garden run by the owners of nearby Live Oak restaurant. Prosecco on tap and spiked seltzer cans round out the lengthy draft list.

1503 Mt Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301

4. Cafe 44

44 Canal Center Plaza Suite 401, Alexandria, VA 22314

Try Cafe 44’s balcony for cocktails on a rooftop perch overlooking the Potomac River. The bar also is all-in on happy hour, even on Saturdays, with $5 beer, $6 house wine, and $7 spirits.

44 Canal Center Plaza Suite 401
Alexandria, VA 22314

5. Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap

401 E Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22301

In Del Ray, this pizzeria created a garden oasis complete with misters and fans for hot days. Keep cool with frozen drinks like citrus sangrias and frosé. There’s also $4 wine and $5 beer during happy hour.

401 E Braddock Rd
Alexandria, VA 22301

6. Port City Brewing Company

3950 Wheeler Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304

There are picnic tables and umbrellas outside at this long-running Alexandria brewery, known for beers like Optimal Wit and Beach Drive golden ale. For a bite to eat, consider ordering barbecue from nearby Rocklands.

3950 Wheeler Ave
Alexandria, VA 22304

7. The Peoples Drug

103 N Alfred St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Old Town cocktail bar the Peoples Drug built a charming setup in the street full of umbrellas and planters. Order a Watermelon Whiskey Smash or spicy mezcal margarita, and share an order of truffle fries.

103 N Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314

8. Augie's Mussel House and Beer Garden

1106 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Augie’s Mussel House and Beer Garden boasts one of the most popular patios in Old Town. The drinks menu highlights beer from Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic, with picks from Belgium and some other imports.

1106 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

9. Blackwall Hitch

5 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Blackwall Hitch’s Potomac Patio offers a view of the river with comfy seating and tables equipped with fire pits. The cocktail menu includes drinks like strawberry-ginger margaritas and blueberry mules.

5 Cameron St
Alexandria, VA 22314

10. Taverna Cretekou

818 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

In Old Town, Taverna Cretekou’s lush side street garden is a beautiful spot for a glass of wine and a meze platter.

818 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

11. King & Rye

480 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

King Street’s King & Rye rolled out a Cocktail Garden in April that features fire pits, lounge areas, and more private dining spaces. In addition to a long list of rye, bourbon, and rare whiskeys, find refreshing summer cocktails like a cucumber gin rickey.

480 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

12. Vola's Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge

101 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

This riverfront restaurant with a tiki sensibility serves a potent Painkiller and rum punch alongside a seafood-heavy menu full of coconut shrimp, crab grilled cheese, and po’ boys. Frozen orange crushes are $6 at happy hour, and brunch is a big draw, too.

101 N Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314

13. Aslin Beer Company

847 S Pickett St, Alexandria, VA 22304

Aslin Beer Company added an outdoor beer garden to its neon-tastic Alexandria brewery and taproom, which is just as colorful as its beer cans. The beer garden is open Thursday through Sunday, which is also when Andy’s Pizza’s serves up Sicilian pies here too.

847 S Pickett St
Alexandria, VA 22304

14. Daniel O'Connell's Irish Restaurant & Bar

112 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314

This classic Irish pub took advantage of King Street’s expanded pedestrian zone, putting in a verdant streetside seating area for customers enjoying a pint.

112 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

15. Hummingbird

220 S Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Cathal Armstrong and Meshelle Armstrong’s seafood restaurant Hummingbird seats guests on a stylish patio with fire pits and river views. The drink menu includes wine by the glass, Virginia brews, and sharable cocktails like Mint Juleps or blackberry sangria.

220 S Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314

Related Maps

16. Ada's on the River

3 Pioneer Mill Way, Alexandria, VA 22314

This new Old Town restaurant with picturesque Potomac River views on its patio serves cocktails with ingredients like pour-over coffee, fresh raspberries, or cinnamon nutmeg syrup.

3 Pioneer Mill Way
Alexandria, VA 22314

17. Barca Pier & Wine Bar

2 Pioneer Mill Way, Alexandria, VA 22314

One of Old Town’s most unique new drinking spots, Barca Pier & Wine Bar seats customers on industrial freight containers floating on the Potomac River. Order cocktails like passionfruit frojitos or pomelo sangria along with tapas.

2 Pioneer Mill Way
Alexandria, VA 22314

18. Lost Boy Cider

317 Hooffs Run Dr, Alexandria, VA 22314

This cidery near the Eisenhower metro stop added a 1,200-square-foot outdoor tent to its airy, 6,000-square-foot taproom.

317 Hooffs Run Dr
Alexandria, VA 22314

Related Maps