Now that summer is finally here, take advantage of the weather by enjoying dinner, drinks, or just coffee outside. From acclaimed restaurants, to some of the city’s best wine bars, the variety of places to kick back outdoors is exciting. Check out our favorite Washington, DC patios to soak up the sun:
A short walk from the St. Gregory Hotel, this chicken-themed restaurant has an expansive patio filled with rainbow-colored outdoor furniture. Pull up a technicolor seat and enjoy poultry-focused appetizers like a duck burger with American cheese or a hen terrine.
1337 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
This rustic Italian spot on 14th Street is one of the District’s top places to see and be seen. For optimum politician-spotting, we recommend grabbing a seat on the restaurant’s gorgeous, romantically lit patio. If you’re more into pasta than into politics, never fear—there’s also a wide selection of traditional Old Country fare like a hearty fusilli ragu.
1401 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Logan Circle wine bar Cork is a reliable stand-by for a delicious dinner as well as a flight of vino. Grab a seat on the small outdoor patio to watch the world go by and try a few selections from Cork’s small plates men , like the parsley seasoned French fries (a DC staple).
1720 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Make your way to Truxton Circle for happy hour at this uber-cool Basque cidery, where you can take a seat on one of the huge communal picnic tables outside. Snack on tapas like patatas bravas (fried potatoes with aioli) or bocadillos that’ll transport you to a vacation in Spain.
300 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Shaw cocktail bar Columbia Room is one of the District’s best date spots. Take advantage of sunny weather to enjoy one of the bar’s expertly-created concoctions out on its gorgeous wooden patio deck, which is full of greenery and stocked with stunning modern furnishings. If you’re looking to impress someone, this is definitely the place to go.
124 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001