Downtown sushi spot Nooshi expanded to Barracks Row last week, and the most impressive part of the noodles-and-rolls restaurant is its rooftop deck. Well, it would be -- if the restaurant was allowed to have tables on it. Apparently one neighbor has objected to the deck, despite the presence of three other restaurant rooftops on the same stretch of Eighth Street, and Nooshi is tied up with permits.

The rooftop bar and deck at Nooshi on Barracks Row (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

In the meantime, Nooshi is using the indoor portion of its top floor, and opening the wide folding glass doors that lead to the deck. That way you can enjoy the sun and the breeze at happy hour, which runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on weeknights. There are no sushi deals, but all drinks are half-price. (Yesterday, a friend and I enjoyed Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Allagash White for $3.50 a pint; wine and mixed drinks are about a dollar more.)

The view from Nooshi's rooftop deck includes the Washington Monument and historic Christ Church. (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Street artist Gaia created the mural on the side of Nooshi. (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)