Where To Drink With A View In The District

Washingtonians love warm weather, so it’s no surprise that the city’s residents flock to rooftop bars as soon as the sun comes out. Now that the days are longer and the temperature is perfect for a night out, check out our options below for some of the city’s best spots.

Jack Rose

Get tiki with it at this Adams Morgans rooftop bar, which serves tropical cocktails with a twist like a Mai Rye Tai. The spot is only open in the warm summer months, when you can come by from 5-9pm for happy hour.

2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7388


If you’re planning to check out the local music scene while visiting the District, there’s no better place than this U Street concert venue and bar. After catching your favorite indie band’s set, migrate to the sleek, dark-wood rooftop for cheap beers and views of the hotspot neighborhood.

1940 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 483-5000


Situated in quiet Glover Park, this beachy, family-friendly Mexican spot’s rooftop is one of the city’s best locations for drinking frozen margaritas in the summertime. Order a pitcher for your friends and take shade under one of the umbrellas on the laid-back roof deck.

2444 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 380-9353

Red Rocks

Indulge your pizza cravings at this huge H Street escape, where diners can feast on margherita pies and enjoy frosty beers on the umbrella-shaded rooftop. The three-level joint also has a dancefloor on its second story, so you can show off your moves with a slice in hand.

1348 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 621-7300


Located on bustling U Street, this Belgian bar’s rooftop is a year-round paradise for beer-lovers. Head upstairs and take in the view of the bright lights and nightlife down below with a Leffe and a pot of moules frites (a Belgian mussels and fries dish).

2007 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-7171