A steady stream of new rooftop bars, patios and beer gardens have opened this summer, though the beastly weather probably has kept people from making a first visit. With the humidity finally beginning to subside, it's time to get out and enjoy happy hour outside. Here are 10 new outdoor bars to check out this week.
There are three levels at this Florida Avenue bar, opened by the team behind Shaw's Tavern and the Front Page, but you should go straight to the rooftop deck to enjoy a beach-worthy Orange Crush or a Moscow Mule big enough for a group to share.
After a lengthy fight with neighbors over permitting, this cozy Shaw bar finally opened its sidewalk patio in June. It's the perfect place to sip a #19 cocktail: Tanqueray gin, Capitoline rosé vermouth, orange juice and bitters.
D.C.'s only cidery has a lovely yard filled with picnic tables and newly planted apple trees, which will someday provide juice for the bar's cider.
At the southern end of Barracks Row, the Brig offers a large family-friendly and dog-friendly beer garden. Grab a giant mug of German lager or a local craft beer and settle in at an umbrella-shaded table.
The Hyatt Place hotel's rooftop bar has become an attraction near L'Enfant Plaza, thanks to its sweeping views, good cocktails and happy hour tap takeovers with RAR, DC Brau and other local breweries.
Hazel's gem of a patio features wicker lounge furniture, flowering pots hanging on the walls and bright green artificial turf underfoot.
While Mason and Rook's ground-floor Radiator bar is worth a visit, you'll want to linger at the rooftop's poolside bar and enjoy the views with a tiki drink or glass of rosé in hand.
This beer garden, located a block west of Union Market, comes from the team behind the market's outdoor bar, Suburbia. Beers and cocktails are on tap, and bocce and darts are available.
The back patio behind Clarendon staple Spider Kelly's has room for 300 people at tables, benches and around fire pits. Happy hour, which lasts until 8 p.m. on weekdays, includes $4 beers, sangria and wines by the glass.
After weeks of delays, Wunder Garten finally opened in its new location in NoMa on Friday, Aug. 19. The large beer garden features picnic tables and long German-style benches on carpets of artificial turf, a fire pit with a make-your-own-S'mores station and a bar pouring German and American beers. Dogs are welcome on Tuesday for Doggy Happy Hour, which runs from 4 until 7 p.m.