Aslin Beer Garden is a short walk from the center field gates. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

The days when there were no good food or beverage options near Nationals Park are as much a memory as 100-loss seasons (or so we hope). Fast-casual eateries, sit-down seafood restaurants, breweries and bars with frozen cocktails are all within a few minutes’ walk of the ballpark gates. This is a guide to some of the best, including places that are especially welcoming to kids or that offer outdoor space.


All-Purpose Pizzeria

Tucked around the corner from Salt Line, All-Purpose offers traditional deck-oven pizzas, eggplant parm and giant meatballs, plus a welcoming (if small) patio. 79 Potomac Ave. SE. Kid-friendly; outdoor space.

Aslin Beer Garden

Aslin Beer Co.’s hazy IPAs and sour beers have made it a favorite with regional beer geeks. This pop-up beer garden, which will run through the end of the season, is the only place to reliably find Aslin outside of its Herndon brewery. 1299 First St. SE. Outdoor space.

Bardo is a great place to hang out with a group before a game. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)


The vast and vaguely dystopian brewery, with its outdoor fermenters and rough-hewed picnic tables, is a top place to bring a group before a game: There’s room for 750 people, and babies and dogs are welcome. 25 Potomac Ave. SE. Kid-friendly; outdoor space.

The Bullpen

The space has changed several times over the years, but the Bullpen’s formula is simple: cold drinks, live music and plenty of space to gather. The location between the Metro station and center field gate doesn’t hurt. 1201 Half St. SE. Outdoor space.


It takes the fast-casual formula (pick a base/protein/sauce) and upends expectations with healthy and spicy Indian flavors. Get takeout, or dine in with beer and canned cocktails. 1247 First St. SE. Kid-friendly.

The Salt Line

Right across Potomac Avenue from the first base gate, Salt Line boasts a large (if often crowded) waterfront patio, an outdoor bar that pours both craft beers and cocktails on tap, and excellent seafood. 79 Potomac Ave. SE. Outdoor space.

Top of the Yard has a great view into Nationals Park. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Top of the Yard

The advantage over every other bar nearby: This rooftop bar, at the Hampton Inn, looks into the park. 1265 First St. SE. Outdoor space.



With up to 25 housemade beers available, Bluejacket is one of the largest and busiest breweries in the city. The flavorful beers run the gamut from crisp pilsners to potent double IPAs. 300 Tingey St. SE. Outdoor space.


This Korean fried-chicken chain has a devoted following, thanks to its super-crispy double-fried wings. Don’t visit if you’re in a rush: At peak times, wings can take 30 minutes to prepare. 1015 Half St. SE. Outdoor space.

Chloe is one of the newest fine dining options near the stadium; reservations are recommended. (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)


The first restaurant from veteran chef Haidar Karoum, who previously ran the kitchens at Doi Moi, Estadio and Proof, offers tantalizing small plates with global influences. 1331 Fourth St. SE.

District Winery

The first winery to make wine in the District since Prohibition, District Winery offers guided tours and tastings, but you can also just sit on the patio with a glass of their new rosé. 385 Water St. SE. Outdoor space.

Due South

Due South’s Southern-flavored bar food — pimento cheeseburgers, pulled pork nachos — makes a perfect pregame snack, paired with cocktails or the “whiskey of the day.” The new Due South Dockside, on the Yards Park boardwalk, offers beers and frozen drinks next to the Anacostia. 301 Water St. SE. Outdoor space.

Ice Cream Jubilee

Be prepared to wait in line at this small shop, which serves wickedly creative flavors of ice cream and sorbet — such as honey lemon lavender and Thai iced tea — made with all-natural ingredients. 301 Water St. SE. Kid-friendly.

Justin’s Cafe has been in the neighborhood longer than Nationals Park. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Justin’s Cafe

Justin’s opened before Nationals Park, and its sandwiches and craft beers have earned the loyalty of neighborhood residents as well as baseball fans. 1025 First St. SE.

Shake Shack

Sure, there’s a Shake Shack in the ballpark. But this one has shorter lines, and you can carry your food into the game. 54 M St. SE. Kid-friendly.


The raw bar and menu of sustainable seafood are worth a visit, but in warm weather, Whaley’s is best known for its outdoor Rosé Garden, which serves all manner of pink-hued wines. 301 Water St. SE. Outdoor space.


The Brig

While the Brig is a little farther from Nats Park, this can be an advantage: If the hot spots by the ballpark are packed, chances are this large German-inspired beer garden will have a few seats open. Bonus: There’s a Circulator bus stop directly across the street. 1007 Eighth St. SE. Kid-friendly; outdoor space.