The spring and summer heat can be stifling in Washington D.C., but there’s no better way to beat the heat than by enjoying a refreshing cocktail at one of the city’s hottest rooftop bars. From sleek and modern lounges to hip speakeasies, D.C. has no shortage of options when it comes to finding the perfect rooftop bar to suit your style.
So, whether you’re looking for breathtaking views of the cityscape or simply hoping to enjoy a few drinks in the fresh air, be sure to check out one of these cool rooftop bars in D.C.
1. Jack Rose Dining Saloon
If you’re a whiskey lover, Jack Rose Dining Saloon will not disappoint. Take a look at the Jack Rose Whiskey Book with hundreds of single malt scotch whisky choices along with an extensive bourbon, rye, and American Whiskey list. They even have a 4-page list of rare bottlings. Visit their year-round heated terrace for happy hour and enjoy Manhattans and small bites, or head inside for a fine dining experience.
2. Anchovy Social
For incredible views of the Anacostia River and the D.C. Navy Yard, head to the rooftop bar at Anchovy Social for some serious waterfront vibes. Sip on their creative cocktails like the Henny Colada, or opt for classics like Prosecco or Espresso martinis, while enjoying small bites like their anchovy toast or a clams casino focaccia pizza.
3. Roofers Union
Located in the vibrant Adams Morgan neighborhood in D.C., Roofers Union has something for everyone—craft cocktails, a good beer selection, and fun frozen cocktails. Offering up a rooftop dinner menu that includes snacks and sandwiches like wings, mac n cheese, and a variety of chicken sandwiches.
4. Tiki TNT Rooftop Lounge
For a more laid-back vibe, head to Tiki TNT Rooftop Lounge on the Southwest Waterfront overlooking the Potomac River. This open-air bar boasts views of the Washington Monument and offers up a menu of tropical rum cocktails and Hawaiian-inspired dishes like Tiki cocktails and rum drinks served in bowls while snacking on light bites like Tiki Tots and Shrimp Dumplings.
5. Whiskey Charlie
Whiskey Charlie is the place to be for “waterfront cocktails and nautical vibes.” Head over to Whiskey Charlie for sunset craft cocktails overlooking The Wharf. Sip on their clever seasonal cocktails like the Mermaid Margarita or the Churchill Martini while enjoying some sky-high snacks like their District Wings, or share the salted caramel cheesecake with someone you love.
6. Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garten
For German beer and 2-pound pretzels, head to Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garten. A hidden gem in Dupont Circle, this rooftop bar will have you out late at night because it’s hard to walk away from the crazy-cool vibe of this authentic beer hall. If you’re craving smoked sausage, sauerkraut, and German potato salad, this is the place for you.
7. Ellipse Rooftop Bar
If you love a good rooftop bar with 360-degree views, Ellipse Rooftop Bar is a great spot for enjoying panoramic views of downtown D.C. This open-air bar features comfy, plush seating and offers up signature cocktails like the Mermaid Mule and the Buzz on Cap Hill. We love pairing our cocktails with their small plates like the citrus and cucumber salad or a charcuterie board.
8. The Observatory Rooftop Bar at The Graham Georgetown Hotel
The Observatory Rooftop Bar at The Graham Georgetown Hotel is the perfect spot for enjoying drinks with a view. Sip on classics like negronis and martinis while taking in sweeping views of the Potomac River. And, if you get hungry, the bar also offers a menu of small plates like charcuterie boards and truffle fries. We love pairing their delicious flatbreads with our cocktails, like the fig and goat cheese flatbread, or the Thai tiger shrimp flatbread.
9. Cut Above
For an intimate evening head to Cut Above where you’ll have amazing sunset views overlooking the D.C. skyline. The perfect spot for date night or to celebrate with friends, Cut Above has comfy modern furniture allowing your party to feel relaxed and cozy while you enjoy the last flickers of daylight and move into the ambiance of the night. Pair artisan cocktails or champagne with ceviche, caviar, or oysters for a memorable experience.
10. The Gibson
For a truly unique experience, head to The Gibson. This second iteration of The Gibson after shuttering its doors during the pandemic doesn’t exactly have a rooftop bar…but it does have a patio and we wanted to mention it on our list because it’s such a cool speakeasy with fantastic prohibition-style, classic cocktails. Visit this hidden speakeasy and sip on classic cocktails like negronis and martinis while enjoying small plates like charcuterie boards and truffle fries.
11. The Rooftop at Union Market
The Rooftop at Union Market is a great spot for people-watching. This open-air bar overlooks the bustling Union Market district and offers views of some of D.C.’s most iconic landmarks, including the U.S. Capitol building and the Washington Monument. Enjoy classic cocktails like Moscow Mules and Old Fashioneds while snacking on light bites like sushi rolls and chicken skewers.
12. VUE Rooftop D.C.
Last but not least, VUE Rooftop D.C. is one of the coolest, chicest rooftop bars in town. This swanky spot overlooks the U.S. Capitol building and offers views of some of D.C.’s most iconic landmarks. Sip on creative cocktails like the Rooftop Mule or enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive list while dining on everything from brunch to surf n’ turf.
So, whether you’re looking for breathtaking views of the cityscape or simply hoping to enjoy a few drinks in the fresh air, be sure to check out one of these cool rooftop bars the next time you’re in D.C.. Do you love the nightlife in Washington D.C.? If you’re thinking of moving to D.C. check out all the great Apartment locations. Our leasing specialists are happy to help you find a new apartment that’s perfect for your style and needs.