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Celebrate the return of patio season at DC Reynolds’s new outdoor bar

Today started off rather chilly, but there's good news on the horizon: It's going to be sunny and 64 on Sunday! And then in the 70s next week! Patio season, how we've missed you.

Over the winter, DC Reynolds added a 25-foot bar on its rear patio. (Fritz Hahn/The Post)

I took advantage of the afternoon sun (and brisk winds) last Saturday to check out the new patio bar at DC Reynolds in Park View. A number of the picnic tables that filled the bar's backyard last summer have made way for a 25-foot bar with eight microbrew taps. The wide wooden counter is spacious enough for eating or reading the Sunday paper, but more importantly, it makes the service that much faster. No more waiting while your server goes inside to get your beer, only to find out that the keg has kicked.

There are still enough picnic tables that we recommend this place for groups; the beers skew local (DC Brau, Chocolate City, Lost Rhino), and best of all, you can take advantage of the bar's daily buy-one, get-one happy hour from 5 to 9 p.m. Just remember to hang on to your receipt to claim your freebie.

We were lucky last Saturday, as the wind might have kept some people from heading out to enjoy the sun, and there were barstools to spare. I have a feeling that won't last long.

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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