With Memorial Day weekend coming up, it's time to start planning a summer of outdoor drinking, eating and socializing with friends and family. Washington's low skyline offers bars sweeping views of the city and the surroundings, whether its waterfront at the Wharf or perched high above Logan Circle. Here are five new rooftop bars to hit the next time the weather calls for a round of drinks with a side of fresh air.
(75 District Sq. SW)
Take the elevator to the top of the Intercontinental Hotel to sip craft cocktails in a hip lounge atmosphere. The sleek 12 Stories has indoor seating, a large bar with house and classic cocktails, and an outdoor section for taking in the sprawling water views of the Wharf below.
(1350 Okie St. NE)
Sip D.C.-made rosé, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc on this fourth-floor rooftop garden, a new addition to the Ivy City bar scene. The kitchen has a seasonal, produce-forward menu with everything from farro risotto or crab cakes to cured meats and cheeses.
(1120 Maine Ave. SW)
This is the debut summer for chef Nick Stefanelli's al fresco terazza at the Wharf. The open space occupies the restaurant's third floor and a more laid-back option than the indoor trattoria. Snack on Roman-style pizzas, open faced sandwiches, wings and Italian appetizers like calamari and arancini. Bartenders are happy to mix up an Aperol spritz or a riff on a Sazerac. And there's always the option for some chilled bubbles or red wine from the extensive list of bottles and glasses.
(1400 14th St. NW)
You've got to go down to Players Club in order to get up to Skybox, an expansive retro-themed rooftop overlooking Logan Circle. Grab a glass of wine or a craft beer, or go for a draft cocktail like the “Red Hot Chili Pineapple Batida,” made with reposado tequila, red chili pepper, pineapple, milk and nutmeg. The deck also has ample seating at picnic tables, comfy couches and several inside bar stools.
(1201 K St. NW)
Music, cocktails, and even s'mores table service are on the menu at Wild Days, part of the Eaton DC hotel. Guests mingle with locals all hours of the day, including during happy hour when local Atlas beer is $4 and seasonal wine $7. A small food selection features Asian-inspired tacos like confit duck with mole and bitter greens slaw and ginger chicken.