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Warm up by the fire at Iron Gate.
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Get Cozy at These Warming Outdoor Patios

Don't retreat indoors just because it's cold outside

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Warm up by the fire at Iron Gate.
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The temperatures couldn’t remain in the 70s forever. They were bound to dip at some point. But lovers of the outdoors can still sip a drink outside at these D.C. area restaurants and bars. These patios remain open during the colder months (except in heavy snow or rain and frigid temps). Many even offer heaters, blankets, and hot toddies to help guests stay warm.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Room 11

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3234 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202) 332-3234
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Open throughout winter, Room 11’s patio features a fire pit and a few heat lamps, and serves the same menu outside as it does indoors. Sip some Glögg, full-bodied red wine, orange, cardamom, baking spices, star anise and brandy.

Photo: Room 11

2. Roofers Union

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2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-7663
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The covered open-air rooftop at this Adams Morgan spot offers views of the neighborhood. The 15-seat horseshoe bar ia known for its signature punch bowls and frozen craft cocktails.

Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

3. Masseria

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1340 4th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 608-5959
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Gather around the low-slung couches that surround the stone tables in this indoor/outdoor courtyard. Sip on some Scotch and smoke a cigar from Masseria's rotating selection.

Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

4. Iron Gate

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1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 737-1371
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Iron Gate's garden patio is once again outfitted with fire pits and fireside cocktails, including the Bourbon Diversion made with bourbon, creme de cacao, Fernet Branca, absinthe, and hot water.

Iron Gate DC fire pit Sit by the fire pit at Iron Gate. Photo: Iron Gate

5. Boutbon Steak

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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 944-2026
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Guests can enjoy the cozy brick-walled patio with its warming outdoor fire pit and fur blankets. Popular hot toddies include the buttered rum flavored with vanilla bean, ginger and dulce de leche foam. Note: customers can call ahead to reserve seats by the fire pits.

Photo: Bourbon Steak

6. Pinstripes

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1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 625-6500
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Pinstripes’ year-round patio offers guests blankets and heaters and an outdoor fire pit during the colder months. The Georgetown bocce and bowling bistro also recently extended their happy hour to the patio.

Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

7. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 298-8783
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Guests who can’t find an enviable spot near the fire pit can still stay warm on the Farmers Fishers Bakers patio. The Georgetown restaurant has added blankets and several heaters, as well comfy couches.

8. Empress Lounge

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1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 787-6868
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The Empress Lounge inside the swanky Mandarin Oriental has installed some new fire pits on the patio. This winter, guests can enjoy s'mores and sparkling wine with a view of the hotel's garden as weather permits.

Photo: Mandarin Oriental

9. Ambar

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523 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 813-3039
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This restaurant specializes in the cuisine of the Balkans. It also offers yellow and orange blankets for guests who sit outside on their 10-seat sidewalk patio or on the heated rooftop terrace. Sip a Sumadija boozy hot tea, made with plum rakia, Becherovka herbal liqueur, caramelized sugar and topped with a cinnamon stick.

Photo: Ambar

10. Lena's Wood-Fire Pizza & Tap

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401 E Braddock Rd
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 683-5330
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One of Alexandria’s newest restaurants opened October 26, offering guests a 68-seat outdoor garden patio with a fire pit and several heaters to warm up during the colder months.

Photo: Lena's

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1. Room 11

3234 11th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Photo: Room 11

Open throughout winter, Room 11’s patio features a fire pit and a few heat lamps, and serves the same menu outside as it does indoors. Sip some Glögg, full-bodied red wine, orange, cardamom, baking spices, star anise and brandy.

3234 11th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

2. Roofers Union

2446 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

The covered open-air rooftop at this Adams Morgan spot offers views of the neighborhood. The 15-seat horseshoe bar ia known for its signature punch bowls and frozen craft cocktails.

2446 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

3. Masseria

1340 4th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Gather around the low-slung couches that surround the stone tables in this indoor/outdoor courtyard. Sip on some Scotch and smoke a cigar from Masseria's rotating selection.

1340 4th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

4. Iron Gate

1734 N St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Iron Gate DC fire pit Sit by the fire pit at Iron Gate. Photo: Iron Gate

Iron Gate's garden patio is once again outfitted with fire pits and fireside cocktails, including the Bourbon Diversion made with bourbon, creme de cacao, Fernet Branca, absinthe, and hot water.

1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

5. Boutbon Steak

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20007
Photo: Bourbon Steak

Guests can enjoy the cozy brick-walled patio with its warming outdoor fire pit and fur blankets. Popular hot toddies include the buttered rum flavored with vanilla bean, ginger and dulce de leche foam. Note: customers can call ahead to reserve seats by the fire pits.

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20007

6. Pinstripes

1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC

Pinstripes’ year-round patio offers guests blankets and heaters and an outdoor fire pit during the colder months. The Georgetown bocce and bowling bistro also recently extended their happy hour to the patio.

1064 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

7. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

Guests who can’t find an enviable spot near the fire pit can still stay warm on the Farmers Fishers Bakers patio. The Georgetown restaurant has added blankets and several heaters, as well comfy couches.

3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

8. Empress Lounge

1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
Photo: Mandarin Oriental

The Empress Lounge inside the swanky Mandarin Oriental has installed some new fire pits on the patio. This winter, guests can enjoy s'mores and sparkling wine with a view of the hotel's garden as weather permits.

1330 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

9. Ambar

523 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Photo: Ambar

This restaurant specializes in the cuisine of the Balkans. It also offers yellow and orange blankets for guests who sit outside on their 10-seat sidewalk patio or on the heated rooftop terrace. Sip a Sumadija boozy hot tea, made with plum rakia, Becherovka herbal liqueur, caramelized sugar and topped with a cinnamon stick.

523 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

10. Lena's Wood-Fire Pizza & Tap

401 E Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22301
Photo: Lena's

One of Alexandria’s newest restaurants opened October 26, offering guests a 68-seat outdoor garden patio with a fire pit and several heaters to warm up during the colder months.

401 E Braddock Rd
Alexandria, VA 22301

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