The Summer Drinking Semifinals: POV Lounge vs. Roofers Union

Vote for the rooftop that could win the whole competition.

Roofers Union welcomes bar-goers with local brews and house-made sausages (pictured), while POV's view of the top sights is a big draw. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Welcome to the Summer Drinking Showdown semifinals! We’ve come a long way since the first day, when 16 of Washington’s top outdoor bars were ready to battle it out. Now only four of the strongest are left. Yesterday was the tightest competition we’ve ever seen between
Republic and Jack Rose, which ended with Jack beating Republic by just 50.03 percent of the votes.

Today’s matchup between two top-tier roofs promises to be no less exciting. POV at the W Hotel has shown its popularity with locals and tourists alike, all eager to catch an incredible view of the monuments while sipping cocktails in a chic lounge. Roofers Union isn’t quite as fancy—that’s why regulars love it. Those who brave a steep climb from the Adams Morgan streets are rewarded with boozy slushies, plump house-made sausages, and the chance to gaze over Washington’s rooftops.

POV offers the best bar-based view of the Washington Monument and White House. Photograph courtesy of POV.

Which rooftop would you rather hang on: a sleek spot looking down upon the White House, or a laid-back deck in one of DC’s liveliest neighborhoods? Cast your vote in the polls, which close at 5.

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.