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Best of Washington 2012: Best Drinking and Dining al Fresco

These four were named the best spots to grab drinks and dinner outdoors.

The W Hotel’s POV Roof Terrace. Photograph of POV courtesy of W Hotel.

Best of Washington 2012

Lunch With a View

While many people head to the W Hotel’s POV Roof
for cocktails, this rooftop aerie overlooking the White
House and the monuments is also a prime perch for a lazy outdoor lunch.
You won’t have to fight the evening crowds for the low, loungey tables and
couches. And prices on the short, snack-friendly menu are gentler than you
might expect—think tuna burgers with yuzu pickles and fries ($12). 515
15th St., NW; 202-661-2400.

Cocktails by Moonlight

Oozing romance, the Gibson’s back patio is a
twinkle with candlelight. Upping the chic factor are bistro-style tables
and chairs plus a tree seemingly growing out of concrete. Besides the
bar’s regular craft cocktails, the patio offers smart takes on frozen
blender drinks such as the Hurricane. 2009 14th St., NW;

Roof Party

Eventide’s snug Clarendon rooftop has the
clamor of a nightly house party but with a backdrop of the sun sinking
into the horizon. The restaurant has an eclectic wine list, and you can go
for either nibbles—including fishcake sliders with tomato confit—or a full
meal on the roof. 3165 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-276-3165.

Porch or Picnic

Tables on Black Market Bistro’s charming porch
are in high demand, but Black Market also does food to go: The antipasto
for two is a natural for picnicking. A park across from the restaurant has
grassy knolls and benches—a backup plan if there’s no room at the bistro.
4600 Waverly Ave., Garrett Park; 301-933-3000.