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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.

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.

The Donovan House rooftop (Photo by Stephanie Breijo)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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



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