Spring is in the air: Dacha and Bardo will open Saturday

March 7, 2014
Dacha A one-liter boot of Weihenstephan Pilsner at Dacha Beer Garden. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

There's still snow on the ground, but spring is in the air: the Capital Weather Gang expects sun and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s on Saturday, perfect weather for having a beer outdoors. Garden District opened its doors for the season last Saturday, and two more of our favorite outdoor drinking destinations will follow suit tomorrow.

Dacha, the German-style beer garden in Shaw, will open at noon. Dacha had planned to have an indoor component this year, including a kitchen and permanent bathrooms to replace a row of portable toilets. However, the bar didn't get its permits in time, says owner Ilya Alter, and construction will begin "after Oktoberfest."

Because there's no kitchen, customers are invited to bring their own food;  we recommend sandwiches from Sundevich or snacks from the new Giant a few blocks away. Expec to find a dozen draft beers, including the excellent Weihenstephaner Korbinian, Fruh Kolsch and cherry-flavored B Nektar Cherry Mead  from Chicago.

Over in Trinidad, Bardo Beer Garden will open Saturday at 1 p.m. While the planned brewpub isn't completed, there's plenty of room for corn hole and hanging out at the bar. (The bar is eagerly tweeting about the Rogue beers that will be on tap this weekend, including Shakespeare Stout and XS Imperial IPA.) As always, the lot is dog-friendly.

Dacha, 1600 Seventh St. NW. Opens Saturday, March 8 at noon.
Bardo Beer Garden, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NW. Opens Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m.

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
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