Drink Around the World in Five Beer Gardens

Photograph by Scott Suchman

Illustration by Mikey Burton.

American South

Fried pickles, pulled pork, and steins of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale make for a down-home day at Garden District. Just say yes to the barbecue pig head when it’s on special. 1801 14th St., NW; no phone.


Though Dacha boasts plenty of German brews and bites, it has a variety of Belgian specialties such as Rodenbach Grand Cru (Flemish red ale) and hefeweizen-steamed mussels. 1600 Seventh St., NW; 202-350-9888.


The new canine-and-kid-friendly Tysons’ Biergarten boasts 10,000 square feet of patio for downing hefeweizen and radlers, noshing on pretzels, and catching live music. 8346 Leesburg Pike, Tysons; 703-856-5613.


At the tree-shaded Piazza Beer Garden outside Cesco, the calamari are always crisp and the Peroni flows. 7401 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 202-841-9114.

South America

Cold Mahou drafts and slow-roasted meats are the thing at chef Victor Albisu’s courtyard beer garden outside his Peruvian steakhouse, Del Campo. 777 I St., NW; 202-289-7377.

This article appears in our August 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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.