The temperate breeze of fall actually makes it one of the nicest times of year to be outside. Before they close for the winter, head to one of DC’s many outdoor beer gardens for cold beers in the great outdoors. Here are our top recommendations for where to go:
One of the city’s best spots for grabbing a cold one is this H Street haunt, which serves Bavarian brews in its multi-story outdoor space. Grab a seat on one of the large wooden tables outside and order a platter of Bavarian Honey-dipped wings.
1355 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
This always popular Shaw staple serves German beers on tap and delectable eats like handcrafted charcuterie platters and buckets of steamed mussels topped with mustard. Plenty of neighborhood residents like to bring their dogs, so you can count on making a few new canine pals during your visit.
1600 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Located in the thriving NoMa neighborhood, this newly reopened beer garden features a list with international favorites as well as local brew. It’s always full of young professionals enjoying happy hour specials. Head here with your colleagues for craft drinks with an uber-cool crowd.
1st and L Street NE
The DCist named this giant, super-laid-back spot in Northeast one of the city’s top beer gardens, and it’s not hard to see why. Play a game of cornhole while you order an icy growler at the wood-hewn bar and take in the relaxing, West Coast-style vibe. If the weather starts to get a little chilly, you can head indoors and enjoy your drink in the newly built inside area.
1200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20002
Make your way to Arlington for this family-friendly, Thrillist-recommended suburban joint, where you can bring the kids for a relaxing weekend outing. Sip a beer, order some burgers, and unwind.
5863 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205