Seven patios and rooftops for spring drinks

One of the best ways to get rid of winter’s cabin fever? Sit outdoors with a nice cold drink.

Garden District
Status: Open, with heaters.
Go for: The pulled-pork barbecue sandwiches and the cheap-but-good beers. And go early, because when it’s warm out, it’s nearly impossible to get a seat at the popular 14th Street spot.
1811 14th St. NW. gardendistrictdc.com.

Donovan House rooftop
Status: Opens April 11.
Go for: The sweeping vista of Thomas Circle and downtown. There’s also a new Asian taco menu, featuring chilled mushroom tacos topped with mango and jalapeno, crispy jicama taco shells and takoyaki, a type of croquette made with octopus.
1155 14th St. NW. donovanhousehotel.com


The Donovan House rooftop (Photo by Stephanie Breijo)

Chupacabra
Status: Open, with heaters.
Go for: Happy hour every day and sit-down service at this Mexican restaurant’s half-covered sidewalk patio on H Street NE. Chupacabra’s Inferno salsa is so spicy, you have to sign a waiver before eating it.
822 H St. NE. chupacabradc.com

Dacha
Status: Open, with heaters.
Go for: German beers, some of which are served in an enormous, boot-shaped vessel. The broad picnic tables and Liz Taylor mural add to the warm-weather vibe at this Shaw watering hole.
1600 Seventh St. NW. facebook.com/DachaBeerGarden


Dacha was packed on its opening weekend of 2014. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Roofers Union
Status: Open, with heaters
Go for: Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley’s sausages and homemade pretzel rolls, bourbon punch by the bowlful, and the amazing views across Adams Morgan.
2446 18th St. NW. roofersuniondc.com


The view from Roofers Union's rooftop deck (Maura Judkis/for The Post)

Iron Gate
Status: Open with heaters on a night-by-night basis, depending on weather.
Go for: The gorgeous patio -- an oasis of calm in the city -- and chef Anthony Chittum's foccaccia bread and small plates.
1734 N St. NW. irongaterestaurantdc.com

Bardo
Status: Open in good weather. Call ahead: 762-233-7070
Go for: The more than 500 outdoor seats, the cornhole, and -- thankfully -- the new indoor bathrooms.
1200 Bladensburg Rd. NW. bardo.com.au

 

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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