Welcome back to round three of the Summer Drinking Showdown! Yesterday was an exciting one for beer garden fans, as Biergarten Haus went keg-to-keg with Bardo Brewpub. The latter emerged victorious, and will take on POV Lounge in the quarterfinals.
Today’s boozy matchup is between two bars with loyal regulars. The laid-back rooftop of 1905 Bistro & Bar is no longer a secret, though there’s a reason we named it the “Best Uncrowded Rooftop Bar” in this year’s Best of Washington issue. That’s not to say it’s never packed, but we’ve enjoyed many evenings sipping gin-and-tonics and snacking on deviled eggs without feeling suffocated (or old).
Going up against the Shaw hangout is another favorite: Garden District (née the Standard). Though this urban beer garden is the see-and-be-seen al fresco spot on 14th Street, it lacks pretension. Boots of beer, smoked meats, and freshly-fried cinnamon doughnuts guarantee a crowd, but a fun one looking to feast, drink, and dig into the occasional barbecued pig’s head.
So which bar does the outdoors better? Vote now.