It’s 70-ish, sunny, and freakishly gorgeous weather in DC. And you know it won’t last long. Here’s where to make the most of the outdoors while you sip a delicious drink and/or dig into something tasty this week.
Try one of these picturesque places by the water
We mapped all the waterfront bars and restaurants (that we know of) within a two-and-a-half drive of DC—whether you’re looking for a quick getaway or a great riverfront cocktail that’s accessible via Metro.
In the mood for happy hour with a view, a fancy date night dinner, or a new hotspot? Try one of our 25 favorite waterfront spots.
If the weather is still looking balmy for the weekend, it’s a perfect time to fit in a pretty brunch by the water.
Get cracking on some crabs
April 1 marked the start of Chesapeake crab season. And while crabs may not be as plentiful as they are during the peak summer and fall months, there are still feasts to be found. Here are our favorite Chesapeake crab houses, plus some classic DC-area crab houses within city limits if you don’t want to drive.
Take your best pal to a pup-friendly patio
These restaurants, bars, and beer gardens go above and beyond when welcoming pets. Forget bowls of water—we’re talking puppucinos, booze-free dog beers (yes, that’s a thing), and even built-in play areas where they can run off-leash.
Get high (on life) at a rooftop bar
In the mood for a lofty view? Try one of these eye-catching rooftop bars and restaurants.
Spend time at a beer garden
There are a bunch of new (and soon-to-open) beer destinations around DC, many with great outdoor space.
Or a winery near DC
Here are six great wineries within an hour’s drive of DC where you can sip in the sun.
*This post has been updated from an earlier version.