The dog days of summer are best spent imbibing and catching rays on outdoor patios at restaurants. But with temperatures reaching the 90s and heat indices making it feel like more than 100 degrees out there, drinking outside begins to feel more like punishment than relaxation. Luckily, a few local spots are a step ahead of the heat wave with forehead-cooling misting fans. Here are three places to get spritzed on while you sip that frosty drink:
This Logan Circle restaurant and bar specializes in oysters from coast to coast. Cool off with $5 wines by the glass and half-price local oysters during happy hours, Monday through Friday, from 4 to 7 PM. 1612 14th St NW
This neighborhood beer garden in Shaw serves an array of German, Belgian, and American brews as well as other refreshments. The dog- and kid-friendly garden offers weekend brunch plates like a Hangover Special and dishes featuring Bullfrog Bagels. 1600 7th St NW
Whitlow’s on Wilson
Featuring weekend late-night menus, live music, and a rooftop tiki bar, this Arlington bar has an extensive list of beers from around the country and abroad as well as tiki umbrellas to keep you cool in the shade. 2854 Wilson Blvd, Arlington.