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6 New Outdoor Spots Where You Can Eat and Drink Outside Tonight  

The outdoor terrace at Sally's Middle Name is a blissful place for brunch. Photograph courtesy of Sally's Middle Name

Sally’s Middle Name 

1320 H St., NE

Sally’s second-floor deck is an oasis off H Street. The serene space was open for a limited time last year, and was recently revamped with more dining seats and communal tables for around 30 guests. Diners can browse the oft-changing chalkboard menus during brunch and dinner—we love the fried chicken special on Wednesday—though drinkers are also welcome anytime (no food order necessary).

Ten Tigers Parlour 

3813 Georgia Ave., NW

Drinks go for just $3 in the Garden Bar during happy hour, where you’ll find three-buck Sapporo drafts, a select cocktail, and wines (Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 pm). The Asian bar/cafe from the Hilton brothers, (formerly Chez Billy) partnered with Kyirisan chef Tim Ma for a menu of soup dumplings, bao buns, and more.

Dirty Habit’s courtyard stretches a whole city block. Photograph by David Phelps

Dirty Habit

700 F St., NW

The interior of the Monaco Hotel restaurant (formerly Poste) may be moody, but the new courtyard—which encompasses an entire city block—is all sunshine. New lounge couches and chairs, fire pits, and a dedicated bar make for a comfortable setting. Snack on ceviche and dumplings alongside seasonal cocktails—which include a house gin and tonic for two.

Courtyard Garden at the Fairmont Georgetown 

2401 M St., NW

Fresh off a $27 million renovation, this high-end hotel boasts a new garden courtyard with lounge furniture, fire pits, and tables for lunch and dinner. A “shaken and stirred” happy hour brings $9 rotating cocktails—or a trio of seasonal libations for $12—plus $5 beers and $7 wines (Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 pm).

The Bird’s colorful patio compliments a second-floor terrace (pictured above). Photograph courtesy of The Bird

The Bird

1337 Eleventh St., NW 

There’s plenty of outdoor space to perch at Logan Circle’s new avian-themed restaurant. A sidewalk patio seats 50 while the terrace adds another 30 above. Both serve a new spring menu with categories like “pecking” (Korean-style wings, emu tartare) and “big bird” entrees. Sunshine calls for a Rockin’ Robin cocktail with vodka, blanc vermouth, raspberry, mint, and lemon.

Mezcalero 

3714 14th St., NW

The array of tacos and mezcals is quite dazzling at Alfredo and Jessica Solis’s new Columbia Heights eatery (not to mention a bounty of Mexican dishes). The front patio, by comparison, is cozy—less than 20 seats, all under the watchful eye of a colorful rooster statue. Get there early.

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Anna Spiegel
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.