We’ve Had a Lot of Cocktails This Summer—Here Are Some Favorites

Go away, frosé.

The grapefruit-and-tequila Paloma cocktail at Service Bar.

About Open-Air Dining

The height of a DC summer isn’t when we’d typically put together a guide to eating alfresco. Nowadays, though, a restaurant’s plant-filled rooftop or charming patio feels as important as its food. If you’re ready to get out, here are 77 favorite ways to dine under the sun, shade, and stars (and stay six feet apart!) right this very moment.

Part of our series of 77 favorite ways to dine under the sun, shade, and stars (and stay six feet apart!).

Spicy Paloma at Service Bar (926 U St., NW). The classic tequila-and-grapefruit refresher comes with a no-joke kick.

Painkiller at Astoria (1521 17th St., NW). This mix of orange and pineapple juices, cream of coconut, and rum over crushed ice is shaping up to be the drink of the summer.

Embrasse de la Terre at Brasserie Liberté (3251 Prospect St., NW). If fruity isn’t your thing, turn to this super-smooth martini with a whiff of celery.

Reggi and Rose at Green Zone (2226 18th St., NW). A frosé-slaying mix of Lebanese rosé and fresh watermelon juice.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

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.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.