Food

The Summer Drinking Showdown Begins: POV Lounge vs. Rock & Roll Hotel

Vote now for your favorite rooftop bar.
POV Lounge (pictured), with some of the best downtown views, goes up against Rock & Roll Hotel's chill rooftop. Photograph by Daniel Swartz.

Welcome to the first day of the Summer Drinking Showdown! We’ve gathered 16 of the best outdoor bars in Washington, pitting patios against roof decks, beer gardens against backyards. Only one watering hole can emerge victorious in this sudden-death competition, open for public voting each weekday between 9 and 5. Kicking off the drinking games: POV Lounge versus the Rock & Roll Hotel.

On the one side we have POV, the W Hotel’s swanky rooftop bar with some of the best views in the city—nowhere else can you get bottle service while looking down at the White House. The chic lounge goes up against H Street’s kind of hotel bar, one of the rocking variety. While bands play on the floors below, drinkers chill out on the deck over cold PBR, or catch tunes during the weekly DJ happy hour.

The Rock & Roll Hotel rooftop is a prime place to chill, or catch DJs during happy hour. Photograph courtesy of Rock & Roll Hotel.

So who will win in this fight to the deck? Vote now to decide.


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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.