New Patio Alert: Donovan House Rooftop Opens in Mid-May

Prepare for poolside cocktails—including an on-tap Pimm’s Cup—and Asian tapas from Zentan.

Ghost people party at the Donovan House rooftop, due to debut in mid-May. (Note: some details in the images will change.) Renderings courtesy of GrizForm.

Attention, outdoor drinkers: We have word that Kimpton Hotels will debut a revamped rooftop deck called DNV at the Donovan House Hotel (1155 14th St., NW) in mid-May. Local designers GrizForm helmed the $300,000 remodel of the poolside patio, updating it with dark woods, chrome, and lots of glass.

Jennifer Nyugen, chef at Zentan downstairs, will oversee a menu of shareable Asian tapas. A rep for the restaurant says dishes include rock shrimp tempura with kochojang (a Korean condiment with chilies, glutinous rice, and fermented soy beans), aïoli, and candied walnuts; watermelon salad with Maryland blue crab, shaved hearts of palm, and
pink peppercorns; and pork-stuffed shumai dumplings with chili-ponzu dipping sauce.

Drinks come courtesy of Zentan bar manager Joshua Berner, formerly of Ripple. In addition to a Pimm’s Cup on tap, the list will feature tea-based drinks served in glass jars. Among the ingredients: house-made lemon bitters, citrus-chamomile-tea-infused Beefeater gin, and strawberry-infused tequila real; Berner will combine the last with lemon juice and verbena-mint tea. He will also serve shareable drinks designed for parties of 4 to 12 people. Look for a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 featuring specials on punches, sangrias, frozen drinks, specialty drinks, and spiced rum.

Now, let’s just hope the sun comes back.

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