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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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Boundary Stone Public House

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This unpretentious Bloomingdale favorite keeps the enclosed patio space open so the whiskey flows all winter long

Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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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.

El Chucho Cocina Superior

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This Columbia Heights upstairs patio covers up but keeps on serving Mexican street fare and the occasional warming pozolé verde.

El Rey

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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.

Farmers Fishers Bakers

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Serving a sustainable, seasonal menu, this Foggy Bottom adjusts for winter with a fire pit and heated patio.

Iron Gate

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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.

Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar

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The eccentric outdoor patio expanded to two levels and added gas heaters to maintain the magic during winter.

Poste Moderne Brasserie

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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.

Satellite Room

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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.

St. Arnold's on Jefferson

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The Cleveland Park location has more space to enjoy pots of mussels on the enclosed patio.

A BAR + Kitchen

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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.

Boundary Stone Public House

This unpretentious Bloomingdale favorite keeps the enclosed patio space open so the whiskey flows all winter long

Bourbon Steak Washington DC

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.

El Chucho Cocina Superior

This Columbia Heights upstairs patio covers up but keeps on serving Mexican street fare and the occasional warming pozolé verde.

El Rey

Newcomer on U Street uses a retractable roof to cover the shipping container construction, with space heaters and strong tequila cocktails as back up.

Farmers Fishers Bakers

Serving a sustainable, seasonal menu, this Foggy Bottom adjusts for winter with a fire pit and heated patio.

Iron Gate

A brick fireplace sure beats space heaters, as seen in this warm courtyard in the Dupont Area, still serving grilled entrees outside.

Little Miss Whiskey's Golden Dollar

The eccentric outdoor patio expanded to two levels and added gas heaters to maintain the magic during winter.

Poste Moderne Brasserie

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.

Satellite Room

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.

St. Arnold's on Jefferson

The Cleveland Park location has more space to enjoy pots of mussels on the enclosed patio.

A BAR + Kitchen

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.

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