When the weather’s warm, a good neighborhood bar with a lively terrace and refreshing drinks is hard to beat. Here are some of our favorite spots to raise a glass outdoors in Washington.
On the restaurant’s front terrace, you can sip sherry cocktails and sangría while keeping tabs on lively 14th Street. Just be sure to get there early—the patio fills up fast.
One of the few year-round beer gardens in DC, this is a great place to down a liter of German beer alongside schnitzels, bratwurst, and warm Bavarian pretzel rolls with beer cheese and mustard.
Delve into one of the city’s best and most comprehensive cocktail lists (don’t miss the lemongrass-scented G&Ts) in this sprawling courtyard hidden inside the Georgetown Four Seasons.
This French bistro boasts a quiet side patio where, in addition to French-inspired cocktails and bottles of rosé, you’ll find classics like steak frites and French onion soup.
(1801 14th St., NW; no phone; gardendistrictdc.com)
This snug beer garden, open March through December, serves up easy-drinking pilsners and lagers alongside tangy pulled-pork barbecue and a deservedly famous burger.
This French/German brasserie’s daily happy hour is one of our favorites—especially when we can snag one of the umbrella-topped tables. From 3 to 7 every day, dig into fantastic short-rib hotdogs and $5 wine and beer.
Hiding along a block that fringes Union Market is one of the most seductive restaurant spaces around—with a pool-blue tiled patio that’s lovely for sipping beet-tinted Negronis and smoky “Hennessy Jed” cocktails.
It’s a classic-rock-and-blues venue on the inside, but outside lies a quaint, herb-lined patio that’s just right for a boozy brunch.
This article appears in our Washingtonian Welcome Guide.