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Which Outdoor Bar is the Best in Washington?

Get ready to vote in our Summer Drinking Showdown.
Which Outdoor Bar is the Best in Washington?
Where's the best place to drink outside in DC during the summer? Photograph via Shutterstock.

We love drinking outside—yes, even on the muggiest summer days in Washington. So where’s the best place to grab a cold one? That’s up to you to decide.

While the city has no shortage of great spots to sip in the sun, we picked 16 of the top patios, rooftops, and beer gardens for our Summer Drinking Showdown. The online polls will open each weekday at 9 am beginning Monday, July 13, when our first two lofty contenders—POV Lounge and the Rock & Roll Hotel—go roof deck-to-deck. The summertime madness will continue until a winner is chosen.

May the best outdoor bar win!

Bracket Results:

Semifinals: Denizens Brewing Co. vs. Jack Rose

Semifinals: POV Lounge vs. Roofers Union

Quarterfinals: Republic vs. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Quarterfinals: Dacha Beer Garden vs. Denizens Brewing Co.

Quarterfinals: 1905 Bistro & Bar vs. Roofers Union

Quarterfinals: POV Lounge vs. Bardo Brewpub

Jack Rose vs. Whitlow’s on Wilson

DC Reynolds vs. Republic

Cantina Marina vs. Denizens Brewing Co.

Dacha vs. Brixton

Vinoteca vs. Roofers Union

1905 Bistro & Bar vs. Garden District

Biergarten Haus vs. Bardo Brewpub

POV Lounge vs. Rock & Roll Hotel

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.