It’s rooftop time, D.C.!
It’s officially rooftop bar season, and we’re loving it, especially when it comes with a side of gorgeous city views! From wonderful waterfront enclaves to leafy paradises, these 10 D.C. rooftops have it all!
1. 12 Stories, The Wharf
Located at the top of the InterContinental hotel, this chic rooftop offers stunning 360-degree views of the Potomac and the D.C. skyline. If you’re looking for a luxurious night out, then 12 Stories, with its upscale cocktails and bar bites, is definitely the place to go!
Find 12 Stories on the 12th floor of 75 District Square SW.
2. Red Derby
If you’re looking for a dive-bar atmosphere with rooftop vibes and affordable drinks, then look no further! Nestled in Columbia Heights, Red Derby is a local favorite for its cheap bar eats and infamous $3.50 whiskey and tequila shots.
Find it at 3718 14th Street NW.
3. Crimson View, Chinatown
This beautiful rooftop located atop the Pod Hotel in Chinatown serves amazing craft cocktails with a side of Southern Hospitality. The rooftop bar serves a bevy of traditional cocktails like their Paloma ($11) — with altos plata tequila, Jarritos grapefruit soda, and hibiscus syrup — and excellent light bar bites.
Find it at 627 H Street NW.
4. El Techo, Shaw
Spice up your evenings at Shaw’s El Techo. The rooftop serves amazing Latin American food and offers happy hours with $4 beers and $8 cocktails every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Find El Techo at 606 Florida Avenue NW.
5. Officina, The Wharf
This stylish trattoria’s beautiful terrazza offers some amazing views of the Wharf and the Potomac River. A venture by Michelin-starred chef Nicholas Stefanelli, the rooftop serves a wide variety of seasonal cocktails, plenty of champagne options, and some small Italian bites. Buonissimo!
Find it at 1120 Maine Avenue SW.
6. Perry’s, Adams Morgan
This charming rooftop is a total Adams Morgan staple and a definite must-try on our bucket list. At Perry’s, you’ll be able to enjoy some excellent Japanese cuisine paired with a wide variety of Japanese wines, whiskey and sake while relaxing at its beautiful rooftop terrace.
Find it at 1811 Columbia Rd NW.
7. Colada Shop
Though Colada Shop has multiple locations in the DMV, its flagship right off bustling 14th Street NW is the one to visit if you’re seeking cocktails with a view. Its quaint rooftop offers a beautiful mural, comfy seating, and delicious cocktails and Cuban fare. What more could you ask for?!
Find it at 1405 T Street NW.
8. Rooftop at The Graham Hotel, Georgetown
The Graham Hotel’s modern rooftop bar offers a beautiful view of the Washington Monument, the Kennedy Center and the city skyline. The rooftop is perfect for enjoying craft-cocktails while watching the sun set over D.C.
9. Top of the Gate at the Water Gate Hotel, Foggy Bottom
This rooftop located on top of the Watergate Hotel is a total must-try destination all year long. In summer you can enjoy its 360-degree views over DC and Virginia while sipping on refreshing cocktails while in winter you can check out its super cool ice skating ring!
10. Top of the Yard, Navy Yard
Are you a fan of the Nationals and awesome skyline views? Then the Top of the Yard is the place to go! This rooftop located just above Nationals Park is perfect for enjoying some low-key baseball cocktails and munching on hotdogs, burgers and pretzels. Throw in a baseball game and you’ve got yourself the recipe for a totally fun night!
[Featured image: @officinadc, Instagram]