75 District Sq., SW
The latest sky-high addition to The Wharf’s bountiful outdoor drinking scene is this chic cocktail bar atop the the InterContinetal Hotel. You won’t find a ton of outdoor space in the 170-seat lounge from NYC’s Gerber Group, but wraparound windows with gorgeous views and tasty cocktails more than make up for it. Al fresco weekend brunch also just started if you’re into avocado toast and a cold brew martini.
Dacha Navy Yard Beer Garden
79 Potomac Ave., SE
Dacha just opened a swanky new restaurant and lounge near Nationals Park, and now they’re getting back to their beer garden roots with a huge al fresco bar. The 800-person biergarten, located steps from the eatery, is lined with imported linden and maple trees and boasts waterfront views. You won’t find drafts, but a big list of packaged brews will satisfy beer nerds, including Dachnik, DC Brau’s special can of Helles-style lager exclusively for Dacha. Look for a beer garden food menu to launch soon.
Summit the Rooftop at Conrad
950 New York Ave., NW
Yes, the name sounds like it was pulled from Everest, but you won’t need oxygen tanks to summit the 11th story rooftop at CityCenterDC’s swanky new Conrad hotel. Both the drinks and food take a global approach, so sip an absinthe Parisian Party cocktail alongside glazed short rib tacos and avocado fries. Note the bar opens Monday, May 20.
Cork Wine Bar Patio
1805 14th St., NW
Veteran Cork is no stranger to the 14th Street scene, but the wine bar just launched a pretty patio for the first time designed by Salt & Sundry and Little Leaf neighbor Amanda McClements. If you’re thinking chilled rose and avocado-pistachio toast, you read our minds.
1400 14th St., NW
Player’s Club, Logan Circle’s retro subterranean game den, now has a sister rooftop bar. Board an elevator in the former to get to the latter, which boasts 3,000 square-feet of indoor/outdoor space. Settle in at long picnic tables or lounge seating for creative drinks like a pineapple and chili-spiked batida (a milky Brazilian cocktail). Hungry? Good news: Shake Shack is just downstairs.
El Sapo Mojito Garden
8455 Fenton St., Silver Spring
Silver Spring’s vivacious Cuban spot is getting even livelier with the opening of an outdoor mojito garden. Order the minty rum drink by the glass or pitcher, or ask the tenders at the indoor/outdoor bar to crack a fresh young coconut. We love the street food sampler loaded with Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, and other treats for groups. Live music keeps the good vibes going.
Laos in Town bar
250 K St., NE
Bangkok natives Nick Ongsangkoon (co-owner of Soi 38) and chef Ben Tiatasin (formerly of Thip Khao) are behind this airy Lao restaurant in NoMa. Patrons can sit at the indoor/outdoor marble bar for pineapple-tamarind mules, or head to a patio table for dinner.