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Try Out These 10 New (or Refurbished) Patios

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This summer, Mother Nature's been as all over the place as the Nationals' record. Constant rain and fickle temperatures have made for a June that's hardly lived up to its name.

In between the storms, though, a slew of bars have added areas for patrons to enjoy the outdoors. Some of the patios have opened for the first time while others have undergone renovations so extensive they feel new. Here are the best new patios in which to enjoy a drink or cuisine in the Washington region.
—Dena Levitz

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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As the Nats' season opened, so did Gordon Biersch’s latest location a block from the Navy Yard metro. The outdoor seating across the street from the stadium has become a popular pre- and post-game gathering spot for Gordon Biersch's beer varieties and their signature garlic fries.

Maddy's Taproom

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The booth-filled bar and eatery serving downtown D.C. is the second Maddy’s in the city and the first with outdoor seating. As of the second week in June, Maddy’s added tables along L Street’s intersection with 13th Street, meaning diners can enjoy the 40-plus draft beers and “Texican” cuisine from a new vantage point.

Wagshal's

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American University now has a deli to call its own. Wagshal’s, the family-owned D.C. landmark, moved into a 4,000-square-foot space down the street from the school’s central campus. Along with opening up stations inside featuring pickle bars and a grilling station, owners also debuted a 40-person outdoor patio to accommodate locals featuring on pastrami and paninis.

Tavern 64

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On the ground floor of the Hyatt Hotel, Tavern 64 serves up regionally-focused culinary fare. Open since just mid-June the restaurant also allows diners to savor Maryland-originated rockfish and cauliflower bisque under the stars in a spacious open-air patio.

Le Diplomate

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Arguably the most talked-about restaurant to open on white-hot 14th Street, Le Dipomate isn't just getting raves for its foie gras and steak au poivre. The French brasserie’s lively atmosphere is only helped by an ever-packed patio that looks out to the bustling corridor.

El Chucho Cocina Superior

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Columbia Heights is home to casual Mexican joint El Chucho with a menu of mostly tacos, tortas, elote and tequila-based beverages. The rooftop patio, though tiny, has an aura of camaraderie complete with picnic benches. It isn't new, but it recently was redone in order to be enclosed and heated.

Buck's Fishing & Camping

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October will mark the 10th anniversary of Buck’s existence in the Washington food community. And to get a head start on the big day owners tacked on a new front patio that opened in April and has been seeing action ever since. The expansion came with 45 new seats in which restaurant goers could sample Buck’s menu of local produce and meats.

H Street Country Club

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Already this H Street popular hangout had games like mini golf and skeeball working in its favor. This year also saw the construction of new outdoor spaces as another attraction for bar hoppers. Specifically the rooftop deck was born in late May as another refuge for margarita-drinking and games like ping pong and cornhole.

DC Reynolds

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Neighborhood watering hole DC Reynolds started spring with a new beer garden-style patio in the back space of its property, There are picnic tables that seat 75 people, and the tavern offers up two-for-one happy hour deals on tap beers.

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Jose Andres’ ode to Mediterranean small plates has had tables out front for some time. But a recent makeover to the patio was paired with the introduction of new cocktails like the Harissa Fizz. Teak patio furniture, stainless steel chairs and a new communal table changes the feel of the section and is worth a trip.

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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

As the Nats' season opened, so did Gordon Biersch’s latest location a block from the Navy Yard metro. The outdoor seating across the street from the stadium has become a popular pre- and post-game gathering spot for Gordon Biersch's beer varieties and their signature garlic fries.

Maddy's Taproom

The booth-filled bar and eatery serving downtown D.C. is the second Maddy’s in the city and the first with outdoor seating. As of the second week in June, Maddy’s added tables along L Street’s intersection with 13th Street, meaning diners can enjoy the 40-plus draft beers and “Texican” cuisine from a new vantage point.

Wagshal's

American University now has a deli to call its own. Wagshal’s, the family-owned D.C. landmark, moved into a 4,000-square-foot space down the street from the school’s central campus. Along with opening up stations inside featuring pickle bars and a grilling station, owners also debuted a 40-person outdoor patio to accommodate locals featuring on pastrami and paninis.

Tavern 64

On the ground floor of the Hyatt Hotel, Tavern 64 serves up regionally-focused culinary fare. Open since just mid-June the restaurant also allows diners to savor Maryland-originated rockfish and cauliflower bisque under the stars in a spacious open-air patio.

Le Diplomate

Arguably the most talked-about restaurant to open on white-hot 14th Street, Le Dipomate isn't just getting raves for its foie gras and steak au poivre. The French brasserie’s lively atmosphere is only helped by an ever-packed patio that looks out to the bustling corridor.

El Chucho Cocina Superior

Columbia Heights is home to casual Mexican joint El Chucho with a menu of mostly tacos, tortas, elote and tequila-based beverages. The rooftop patio, though tiny, has an aura of camaraderie complete with picnic benches. It isn't new, but it recently was redone in order to be enclosed and heated.

Buck's Fishing & Camping

October will mark the 10th anniversary of Buck’s existence in the Washington food community. And to get a head start on the big day owners tacked on a new front patio that opened in April and has been seeing action ever since. The expansion came with 45 new seats in which restaurant goers could sample Buck’s menu of local produce and meats.

H Street Country Club

Already this H Street popular hangout had games like mini golf and skeeball working in its favor. This year also saw the construction of new outdoor spaces as another attraction for bar hoppers. Specifically the rooftop deck was born in late May as another refuge for margarita-drinking and games like ping pong and cornhole.

DC Reynolds

Neighborhood watering hole DC Reynolds started spring with a new beer garden-style patio in the back space of its property, There are picnic tables that seat 75 people, and the tavern offers up two-for-one happy hour deals on tap beers.

Zaytinya

Jose Andres’ ode to Mediterranean small plates has had tables out front for some time. But a recent makeover to the patio was paired with the introduction of new cocktails like the Harissa Fizz. Teak patio furniture, stainless steel chairs and a new communal table changes the feel of the section and is worth a trip.

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