202 M St. SE. 202-484-0699. facebook.com/ilparcodc.
Opened: February 2016
Canal Park's splash fountains and ice rink make it one of the most popular outdoor areas near the Navy Yard. This year, there's a new dining option in the park in place of the Park Tavern: Il Parco, where the centerpiece is an enormous Italian pizza oven that blisters the crusts of Neapolitan pies. Five Italian beers are on tap, while the drink list is heavy on Italian wines.
Hampton Inn's Top of the Yard Lounge
1265 First St. SE. 1-202-800-1000. totydc.com.
Opened: March 2016
Washingtonians go crazy for rooftop bars, and only one in the city can offer a view straight into Nationals Park: the Top of the Yard lounge at the Hampton Inn. From a couch or all-weather lounge chair, guests can look past the parking garages and the roof of the Bud Light Loft to see all of the infield, most of right field and a sliver of center. (A large video monitor above the Budweiser Scoreboard Walk shows all replays in case you miss something.) You might not want to watch a whole game from a block away, but would be a great place to watch warmups or batting practice before heading to the park. (Doors open at 5 p.m. most days, and earlier when there's an afternoon game.)
The lounge itself is a fine place to hang out: monuments and cranes are visible in all directions from the communal table or groups of chairs. The beer list is short and honestly not much different than inside the park – Goose Island IPA, Bud, Shock Top, with a pint of Goose Island for $7 – while the menu contains riffs on ballpark fare, including half smokes, a Chicago-style hot dog, and soft pretzel.
1007 Eighth St. SE.
It's been a long time coming for the Brig, a German-style beer garden first announced back in the fall of 2010. But now partner Mark Brody says that the outdoor bar, at the corner of Eighth and L streets, should be ready to open on May 1. Expect a number of German beers on the bar's 40 taps, plus some local options; long, umbrella-shaded tables on a paved patio; live music; and possibly an outdoor grill. Dogs will be welcome.
301 Water St. SE. whaleysdc.com.
Nick and David Wiseman, the owners of DGS Delicatessen, plan to serve seafood towers, Virginia oysters and sustainable fish in the Lumber Shed building at the Navy Yard. A May opening is planned.
This post was originally published April 4, 2016.