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Drink Al Fresco at These Brand New Patios Around D.C.

The latest places to sip under the sun

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The patio at Columbia Room.
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Now that warm weather is here, plenty of restaurants are getting into the outdoor patio game for the first time.

The following patio picks on this list are brand new — some even days old. Others mark comebacks or expansions of existing drinking destinations. Jaleo in Chinatown is back after going offline to accommodate construction last year, and Columbia Room’s patio just grew with more seats.

Pretty soon, D.C. drinkers will have even more al fresco options with the Memorial Day debut of a street-level patio from El Techo, along with TBA openings of W Hotel’s anticipated beer garden; Seven Reasons’ new lounge; and a small outdoor setup at Hopscotch, which is replacing Crisp in Bloomingdale.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. El Sapo Cuban Social Club

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8455 Fenton Street at, Wayne Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 326-1063
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Cuban-born chef Raynold Mendizábal’s playful homage to Havana’s party scene debuted in downtown Silver Spring last year and grew this spring with the addition of a 100-seat outdoor “Mojito Garden” and cafe. The plan is to perk up customers with Cuban espressos during the day and roll out street foods and live music at night. The evolving arrangement is similar to that of D.C. and Sterling’s Colada Shop.

El Sapo’s patio features pops of bright green.
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2. I’m Eddie Cano

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5014 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 890-4995
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The retro-themed Italian restaurant debuted last fall in upper Northwest, and an 18-seat patio now comes alive daily starting at 4 p.m. (an hour earlier than inside). Weekday happy hour includes $4 drafts and $5 rose, prosecco, and spritzes, along with a small bar bites menu. To celebrate Italy’s upcoming “Festa del Lavoro” — its Labor Day, of sorts, on Wednesday, May 1 — industry folks get 25 percent off their check.

I’m Eddie Cano’s wildly popular eggplant parm.
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3. Roy Boys

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2108 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 558-9382
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The team behind Arlington millennial hangouts (Don Tito and The G.O.A.T.) knows a thing or two about outdoor drinking. Their new neon-lit fried chicken and oyster stop in Shaw just installed a strip of indoor-outdoor seating running along the bar, making it easy to keep oyster shooters and daily bloody marys coming. Lunch service also entered the mix last week.

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Roy Boys’ all-day bloody marys.
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4. Gaslight Tavern DC

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2012 - 2014 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 864-6272
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The Shaw cocktail bar just unveiled a new 600-square-foot cocktail garden pouring new draught selections like a Boulevardier and Rum Old Fashioned. The airy respite, lined with colorful rhododendrons and hibiscuses, also sports a retractable awning to encourage drinking in the spring rain.

Gaslight Tavern’s new patio.
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5. Jake's Tavern

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1606 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Long-delayed neighborhood bar Jake’s Tavern debuted this winter, bringing Shaw a casual option for classic cocktails and blue-collar brews in a nautical setting. A fenced-in patio, complete with canopy lights and powder blue stools, opened up out back this month. The outdoor addition serves seasonal specials tied to Kettle One’s new botanical vodka line, with a Derby Day party in the works.

Jake’s Tavern
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6. Zeppelin

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1544 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 506-1068
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The two-month-old Japanese street food and omakase eatery just unveiled its 800-square-foot outdoor patio that seats 65, calling for al fresco sushi sourced from Toyosu Market in Tokyo, Japan. The airy canopy-lit setup, similar to the team’s sister restaurant Chaplin’s down the street, is lined with old lamp posts and a black-and-white monster film mural stretching along the brick facade. Drinks include 80 types of sakes and over a dozen cocktails made with its pricey highball machine inside. An ordering window is coming soon.

Muralists Patrick Owens painted this dramatic Godzilla-themed mural at Zeppelin.
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7. Coconut Club

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540 Penn St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-5500
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Chef Adam Greenberg’s pastel-hued ode to the islands debuted in the dead of winter in Union Market, but its patio came to life just in time to ring in spring. It’s first-come, first-serve (open 5 p.m. to close every day and starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday), complete with bright white bench seating and palm-filled planters. The dog-friendly getaway also offers custom water bowls for Fido.

Coconut Club
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8. Columbia Room

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124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 316-9396
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The award-winning cocktail bar from Drink Company can now seat more at its outdoor Punch Garden this spring, thanks to a new larger bar and bench tables. The secluded drinking oasis tucked inside Blagden Alley is adorned with greenery. The bar now slings seasonal sips like the Polyglot Punch (Capitoline White, Great King Street Artist’s Blend Scotch, manzanilla, amchoor, and lemon).

Columbia Room’s Punch Garden
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9. Streets Market

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51 M St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 898-1314
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Homegrown grocer Streets Market brought the residential-heavy NoMa neighborhood a much-needed drinking destination in January with the opening of a cavernous bar inside. A newly attached outdoor patio, located in the courtyard of Ava NoMa’s apartment building, comes complete with high-top tables, lots of rosé pours, and access to 30 draft lines.

Street Market’s new tree-lined courtyard patio.
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10. Red Bear Brewing Co

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209 M St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 849-6130
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This months-old, gay-owned brewery sports a rustic campground look, fitting well into its NoMa nook that includes outdoors tycoon REI. Its added patio invites patrons to sample brews made on-site while playing one of its 100-plus board games.

11. Reverie

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3201 Cherry Hill Ln
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 808-2952
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This new American restaurant from executive chef Johnny Spero joined the Georgetown dining scene this winter, and its recently completed outdoor patio tucked away off the restaurant’s cobblestone street offers intimate seating for 15. There they can sample new spring cocktails like The Business (gin, honey, and citrus), with more specialty drinks and design tweaks to the coming to the minimalist respite soon.

Reverie’s modern outdoor drinking cube.
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12. Jaleo

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480 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-7949
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The popular Penn Quarter patio at chef José Andrés’s first-ever restaurant went dark last year to accommodate scaffolding on the building. It reopened this spring, complete with gin and tonic pours, Spanish tapas, and views of the bustling neighborhood around Capital One Arena.

Jaleo’s newly reopened patio.
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13. Detour Coffee

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946 N Jackson St
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 988-2378
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This coffee bar by day, happy hour spot by night entered the Clarendon restaurant scene in fall 2017 and just welcomed a new 30-seat outdoor patio last month. The artificial grass-lined setup is shooting for spring garden vibes, with grape vines coming soon. Its opening coincides with Detour’s newly expanded rosé list, with sparkling sips and outdoor-friendly pours sourced from Argentina, Spain, and France. On Wednesdays the whole wine list is half price, and future drinking plans call for a mimosa bar this summer.

Detour Coffee
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14. Tortuga

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514 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 507-8143
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Hill Restaurant Group’s Key West-themed replacement to Tio Javier just opened this week with a Barracks Row-facing patio filled with furniture painted every color of the rainbow. And sister spot Willie’s Sports Bar, Navy Yard’s five-year-old barbecue and beer bar, christened its newly expanded patio in time for Opening Day at Nationals Park.

15. Vim & Victor at the St. James

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6805 Industrial Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 705-9549
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Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn made his foray into health food this winter inside the all-encompassing sports and wellness center located in an industrial area of Springfield, Virginia. A newly opened patio invites 42 workout fanatics at a time to fuel up before heading inside the sprawling 450,000-square-foot complex to play football or splash around in the waterpark. Brunch also just came online, complete with chilaquiles and breakfast burgers.

Vim & Victor’s new patio features marble dining tables a lounge area.
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1. El Sapo Cuban Social Club

8455 Fenton Street at, Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
El Sapo’s patio features pops of bright green.
El Sapo/Facebook

Cuban-born chef Raynold Mendizábal’s playful homage to Havana’s party scene debuted in downtown Silver Spring last year and grew this spring with the addition of a 100-seat outdoor “Mojito Garden” and cafe. The plan is to perk up customers with Cuban espressos during the day and roll out street foods and live music at night. The evolving arrangement is similar to that of D.C. and Sterling’s Colada Shop.

8455 Fenton Street at, Wayne Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

2. I’m Eddie Cano

5014 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
I’m Eddie Cano’s wildly popular eggplant parm.
I’m Eddie Cano/Facebook

The retro-themed Italian restaurant debuted last fall in upper Northwest, and an 18-seat patio now comes alive daily starting at 4 p.m. (an hour earlier than inside). Weekday happy hour includes $4 drafts and $5 rose, prosecco, and spritzes, along with a small bar bites menu. To celebrate Italy’s upcoming “Festa del Lavoro” — its Labor Day, of sorts, on Wednesday, May 1 — industry folks get 25 percent off their check.

5014 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

3. Roy Boys

2108 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Roy Boys bloody mary
Roy Boys’ all-day bloody marys.
Roy Boys/official

The team behind Arlington millennial hangouts (Don Tito and The G.O.A.T.) knows a thing or two about outdoor drinking. Their new neon-lit fried chicken and oyster stop in Shaw just installed a strip of indoor-outdoor seating running along the bar, making it easy to keep oyster shooters and daily bloody marys coming. Lunch service also entered the mix last week.

2108 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. Gaslight Tavern DC

2012 - 2014 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Gaslight Tavern’s new patio.
Gaslight Tavern/official photo

The Shaw cocktail bar just unveiled a new 600-square-foot cocktail garden pouring new draught selections like a Boulevardier and Rum Old Fashioned. The airy respite, lined with colorful rhododendrons and hibiscuses, also sports a retractable awning to encourage drinking in the spring rain.

2012 - 2014 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

5. Jake's Tavern

1606 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Jake’s Tavern
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Long-delayed neighborhood bar Jake’s Tavern debuted this winter, bringing Shaw a casual option for classic cocktails and blue-collar brews in a nautical setting. A fenced-in patio, complete with canopy lights and powder blue stools, opened up out back this month. The outdoor addition serves seasonal specials tied to Kettle One’s new botanical vodka line, with a Derby Day party in the works.

1606 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. Zeppelin

1544 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Muralists Patrick Owens painted this dramatic Godzilla-themed mural at Zeppelin.
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

The two-month-old Japanese street food and omakase eatery just unveiled its 800-square-foot outdoor patio that seats 65, calling for al fresco sushi sourced from Toyosu Market in Tokyo, Japan. The airy canopy-lit setup, similar to the team’s sister restaurant Chaplin’s down the street, is lined with old lamp posts and a black-and-white monster film mural stretching along the brick facade. Drinks include 80 types of sakes and over a dozen cocktails made with its pricey highball machine inside. An ordering window is coming soon.

1544 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Coconut Club

540 Penn St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Coconut Club
Coconut Club/official photo

Chef Adam Greenberg’s pastel-hued ode to the islands debuted in the dead of winter in Union Market, but its patio came to life just in time to ring in spring. It’s first-come, first-serve (open 5 p.m. to close every day and starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday), complete with bright white bench seating and palm-filled planters. The dog-friendly getaway also offers custom water bowls for Fido.

540 Penn St NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. Columbia Room

124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001
Columbia Room’s Punch Garden
Nicholas Karlin/www.karlinvillondo.com

The award-winning cocktail bar from Drink Company can now seat more at its outdoor Punch Garden this spring, thanks to a new larger bar and bench tables. The secluded drinking oasis tucked inside Blagden Alley is adorned with greenery. The bar now slings seasonal sips like the Polyglot Punch (Capitoline White, Great King Street Artist’s Blend Scotch, manzanilla, amchoor, and lemon).

124 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001

9. Streets Market

51 M St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Street Market’s new tree-lined courtyard patio.
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Homegrown grocer Streets Market brought the residential-heavy NoMa neighborhood a much-needed drinking destination in January with the opening of a cavernous bar inside. A newly attached outdoor patio, located in the courtyard of Ava NoMa’s apartment building, comes complete with high-top tables, lots of rosé pours, and access to 30 draft lines.

51 M St NE
Washington, DC 20002

10. Red Bear Brewing Co

209 M St NE, Washington, DC 20002

This months-old, gay-owned brewery sports a rustic campground look, fitting well into its NoMa nook that includes outdoors tycoon REI. Its added patio invites patrons to sample brews made on-site while playing one of its 100-plus board games.

209 M St NE
Washington, DC 20002

11. Reverie

3201 Cherry Hill Ln, Washington, DC 20007
Reverie’s modern outdoor drinking cube.
Obi Okolo/Reverie

This new American restaurant from executive chef Johnny Spero joined the Georgetown dining scene this winter, and its recently completed outdoor patio tucked away off the restaurant’s cobblestone street offers intimate seating for 15. There they can sample new spring cocktails like The Business (gin, honey, and citrus), with more specialty drinks and design tweaks to the coming to the minimalist respite soon.

3201 Cherry Hill Ln
Washington, DC 20007

12. Jaleo

480 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Jaleo’s newly reopened patio.
Jaleo/official photo

The popular Penn Quarter patio at chef José Andrés’s first-ever restaurant went dark last year to accommodate scaffolding on the building. It reopened this spring, complete with gin and tonic pours, Spanish tapas, and views of the bustling neighborhood around Capital One Arena.

480 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

13. Detour Coffee

946 N Jackson St, Arlington, VA 22201
Detour Coffee
Detour/official photo

This coffee bar by day, happy hour spot by night entered the Clarendon restaurant scene in fall 2017 and just welcomed a new 30-seat outdoor patio last month. The artificial grass-lined setup is shooting for spring garden vibes, with grape vines coming soon. Its opening coincides with Detour’s newly expanded rosé list, with sparkling sips and outdoor-friendly pours sourced from Argentina, Spain, and France. On Wednesdays the whole wine list is half price, and future drinking plans call for a mimosa bar this summer.

946 N Jackson St
Arlington, VA 22201

14. Tortuga

514 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Hill Restaurant Group’s Key West-themed replacement to Tio Javier just opened this week with a Barracks Row-facing patio filled with furniture painted every color of the rainbow. And sister spot Willie’s Sports Bar, Navy Yard’s five-year-old barbecue and beer bar, christened its newly expanded patio in time for Opening Day at Nationals Park.

514 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

15. Vim & Victor at the St. James

6805 Industrial Rd, Springfield, VA 22151
Vim & Victor’s new patio features marble dining tables a lounge area.
Vim & Victor/official photo

Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn made his foray into health food this winter inside the all-encompassing sports and wellness center located in an industrial area of Springfield, Virginia. A newly opened patio invites 42 workout fanatics at a time to fuel up before heading inside the sprawling 450,000-square-foot complex to play football or splash around in the waterpark. Brunch also just came online, complete with chilaquiles and breakfast burgers.

6805 Industrial Rd
Springfield, VA 22151

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