Chez Billy’s patio opens for happy hour tonight in Petworth

This morning's rain showers probably had you thinking about ways to stay warm and dry, not patios to visit for end-of-the-week drinks. But cheer up: The Capital Weather Gang says everything will dry up by the evening, with temperatures as high as the mid-70s: Just in time for the opening of Chez Billy's new patio bar.

Chez Billy Patio

Chez Billy's new covered backyard patio features eight taps and a full bar. (Photo by Jillian Zins/Courtesy of Chez Billy)

The Petworth bar had been planning to unveil its covered back patio on Sunday to celebrate Chez Billy's first anniversary. But since everything is ready now, they're going to let the public check it out tonight, beginning at 5:30. Grab a seat at one of the wooden beer garden-style benches and don't worry about wind or rain: The sun shines through skylights overhead. The usual happy hour deals apply: $5 pints of Stella Artois, glasses of chardonnay or pinot noir, and a cocktail du jour until 7:30 p.m. (Yesterday's cocktail was a potent rum punch.)

On Sunday, the jazzmen of Capitol Bop will be performing outside, beginning at 7. There's a $15 suggested donation. (Note that the bar on the patio will be closed, so you'll have to order food and drinks inside.)

The real party begins Tuesday: Chez Billy's three-day anniversary celebration features $1 Stella Artois drafts on the patio and half-price bottles of wine in the dining room. Doors open at 5:30 each night.

Chez Billy

Chez Billy's covered back patio has room for dozens of customers. (Fritz Hahn for The Washington Post)

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