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Eater DC's Guide To Heated Patios For Year-Round Outdoor Drinking

Which bars restaurants keep their patios and outdoor spaces going even in a polar vortex?

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Like it or not, winter arrived. Favorite DC seasonal beer gardens close up shop, taxis encourage laziness, and hibernating at home instead of bar-hopping sounds tempting, if just for a moment.

But winter blues are hardly necessary when some area bars and restaurants outsmart the cold with cures for acute stir-craziness. Feel festive again with enclosed patios, fur blankets, cozy fire pits, heaters and when all else fails, whiskey. Read on for Eater's guide to winter patios where the end of summer doesn't mean the end of drinking outside.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Boundary Stone Public House

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116 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 621-6635
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This unpretentious Bloomingdale favorite keeps the enclosed patio space open so the whiskey flows all winter long

2. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 944-2026
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Toast the season in Georgetown by drinking a classic hot cocktail like Buttered Rum while huddled under new blankets around heat lamps and fire pits.

3. El Chucho Cocina Superior

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3313 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 290-3313
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This Columbia Heights upstairs patio covers up but keeps on serving Mexican street fare and the occasional warming pozolé verde.

4. El Rey

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919 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 506-6418
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Newcomer on U Street uses a retractable roof to cover the shipping container construction, with space heaters and strong tequila cocktails as back up.

5. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 298-8783
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Serving a sustainable, seasonal menu, this Foggy Bottom adjusts for winter with a fire pit and heated patio.

6. Iron Gate

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1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 737-1371
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A brick fireplace sure beats space heaters, as seen in this warm courtyard in the Dupont Area, still serving grilled entrees outside.

7. Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar

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1104 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
The eccentric outdoor patio expanded to two levels and added gas heaters to maintain the magic during winter.

8. Poste Moderne Brasserie

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555 8th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-6060
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Poste added free s'mores kits for the outdoor lounge fire pits, where drinking hot cocktails like tequila and chili pepper spiced hot chocolate just feels right.

9. Satellite Room

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2047 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 506-2496
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Defy winter in Shaw while drinking a boozy milkshake, like malted with Murphy's stout or peanut butter whiskey, on the heated patio next to the 9:30 Club.

10. St. Arnold's on Jefferson

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1827 Jefferson Pl NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 833-1321
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The Cleveland Park location has more space to enjoy pots of mussels on the enclosed patio.

11. A BAR + Kitchen

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2500 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 464-5610
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Starting December 1 through February, A Bar + Kitchen's outdoor terrace is stocked with two fire pits, four area heaters and blankets to keep things cozy. There's a DIY $5 hot cider bar and $5 hot chocolate bar (add a shot to either for an extra $6). $5 s'mores kits are also available in addition to the usual drink and bar bites menu.

1. Boundary Stone Public House

116 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
This unpretentious Bloomingdale favorite keeps the enclosed patio space open so the whiskey flows all winter long
116 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

2. Bourbon Steak Washington DC

2800 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C. 20007
Toast the season in Georgetown by drinking a classic hot cocktail like Buttered Rum while huddled under new blankets around heat lamps and fire pits.
2800 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, D.C. 20007

3. El Chucho Cocina Superior

3313 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
This Columbia Heights upstairs patio covers up but keeps on serving Mexican street fare and the occasional warming pozolé verde.
3313 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

4. El Rey

919 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Newcomer on U Street uses a retractable roof to cover the shipping container construction, with space heaters and strong tequila cocktails as back up.
919 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Serving a sustainable, seasonal menu, this Foggy Bottom adjusts for winter with a fire pit and heated patio.
3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

6. Iron Gate

1734 N St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
A brick fireplace sure beats space heaters, as seen in this warm courtyard in the Dupont Area, still serving grilled entrees outside.
1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

7. Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar

1104 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
The eccentric outdoor patio expanded to two levels and added gas heaters to maintain the magic during winter.
1104 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

8. Poste Moderne Brasserie

555 8th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Poste added free s'mores kits for the outdoor lounge fire pits, where drinking hot cocktails like tequila and chili pepper spiced hot chocolate just feels right.
555 8th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

9. Satellite Room

2047 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Defy winter in Shaw while drinking a boozy milkshake, like malted with Murphy's stout or peanut butter whiskey, on the heated patio next to the 9:30 Club.
2047 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10. St. Arnold's on Jefferson

1827 Jefferson Pl NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
The Cleveland Park location has more space to enjoy pots of mussels on the enclosed patio.
1827 Jefferson Pl NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

11. A BAR + Kitchen

2500 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20037
Starting December 1 through February, A Bar + Kitchen's outdoor terrace is stocked with two fire pits, four area heaters and blankets to keep things cozy. There's a DIY $5 hot cider bar and $5 hot chocolate bar (add a shot to either for an extra $6). $5 s'mores kits are also available in addition to the usual drink and bar bites menu.
2500 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20037

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