SocialStudiesDC: Rooftop Bars in DC


Climb those stairs, survey the city, and Booze. It. Up. Wondering where to go? Enjoy our list of DC rooftop bars and feel free to comment with your favorites or any suggestions we missed. (Arranged alphabetically.)

Beacon Bar and Grill
1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW

Nestled near Scott Circle you’ll find Beacon’s Sky Bar, where happy hour brings $5 martinis, Jamaican jerk chicken wings, and a scintillating sunset.

Cleveland Park Bar and Grill
3421 Connecticut Avenue NW

A perpetual favorite among upper-NW-ers, this sports haven is good for more than its 27 TVs streaming all the Nats, Caps, and Redskins games you can handle. Pair homemade chili and a few cold drafts with an evening screening at the Uptown.

El Centro D.F. 
1819 14th Street NW

At Richard Sandoval’s taquería haven, you’ll find not one but two rooftop bars. Sate your thirst with agave cocktails—like the mango margarita or the mojito mexicano with chili-ginger simple syrup—before catching a show at the Black Cat.

1940 9th Street NW

Inaugurated two years ago and still going strong, this rooftop deck bears all the signatures of a sunset favorite—great views of the surrounding Shaw neighborhood, a central, wood-paneled bar serving up cold brews, and plenty of good company for whiling away an evening.

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