A mid-September heatwave isn’t ideal, but why not turn lemons into vodka-spiked lemonade? The forecast looks warm and sunny this weekend, so enjoy these final balmy days with a drink in hand. We’ve rounded up a summer’s worth of the best outdoor drinking spots, weekend happy hour specials, new openings, cocktail recipes, and more.
The latest summer opening: our preview of Nantucket Reef, a beachy seafood restaurant with outdoor space in Rockville.
As of just last week: seven new outdoor drinking spots to try now (plus two on the way).
Also as of last week: five hot new summer openings you should know about (but may have missed while on vacation, lucky you).
If you haven’t already tried a cupcake-gelato cone or cooling sorbet from the newish Dolci Gelati truck, now’s the time.
A fried chicken picnic on the Mall says summer. A BonChon fried chicken picnic on the Mall from the recently opened Arlington location says awesome.
Don’t save happy hour for a trying Wednesday. Here are 20 weekend happy hours, with plenty of al fresco options.
Even more outdoor happy hours to check out.
It’s a little tougher to sneak out of the office early (say, 3 PM) in September, but it’s worth a shot for these 11 early-bird happy hours. Think $3 brews waterside at Cantina Marina from 11:30 to close.
Our roundup of 24 inexpensive tasting menus to try around Washington was geared toward the pre-summer Restaurant Week crowd. Still, nothing says you can’t treat yourself to a six-course menu for under $50 at Pabu anytime.
Online dining editor Jessica Voelker rounds up recommendations for ten eating and drinking experiences to have in August. Since it still feels like August, many of these still apply.
I’m still addicted to Growl’s cold-brew iced coffee, and plan to be well into the winter.
Let’s hope the hot days hold on for a little while longer, as Taylor Charles Steak & Ice hosts a water-ice-eating contest on September 21. The stakes (or should we say, steak) are high with a large rib eye and $150 on the table.
*If you’re set on a deal, make sure to inquire ahead—certain promotions may have changed with the season.