Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and spots around DC are celebrating with outdoor activities, rooftop barbecues, boozy slushies, and brunches for your day off.
711 Kennedy St., NW
The Brightwood Park cidery celebrates its fifth anniversary with afternoon festivities on Sunday, May 29. Look for $5 drafts and $5 drink and food specials from 1 to 5 PM, plus live music from 3 to 8 PM.
1509 Fifth St., NE
The popular rooftop spot at Union Market is going big, hosting a four-day “Rooftop Grill-Out & Picnic Party” from Friday, May 27 until Monday, May 30. Look for a number of barbecue specials, cocktails, lawn games, and live music and entertainment. More information can be found on Instagram.
2001 18th St., NW
The AdMo restaurant and bar will extend its summer happy hour pop-up, DC Boardwalk, into Memorial Day weekend. Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29, check out a special selection of beach-inspired snacks, drinks, and frozen cocktails from 4 to 7 PM (after Memorial Day, the pop-up will operate from Wednesday through Friday).
Ivy City and Bethesda
It’s not a Memorial Day weekend in many people’s books unless there’s a crab feast involved. Sure, you could head to the Chesapeake Bay and check out some of our favorite crab houses. But if you’re looking to stay in town, Ivy City seafood distributor ProFish is steaming up a good deal. Customers can order a dozen #1 large male crabs ($80) by Friday, May 27 for pickup on Sunday, May 29 at two locations: the Bethesda Central Farm Market (7600 Arlington Rd.) or Ivy City Smokehouse seafood market (1356 Okie St., NE). Order them here.
950 New York Ave., NW
The rooftop bar on top of the Conrad hotel is hosting a seafood-boil/picnic with beer from Right Proper Brewing Company. The meal for two is available on Sunday, May 29 between 4 and 10:30 PM and Monday, May 30 between 2 and 8 PM. On Memorial Day, a member of the Right Proper team will be there to offer more tastes of the brewery’s specials.
79 Potomac Ave., SE
The Navy Yard location of the pizza shop will serve its Bubbe’s banana bread, bottomless mimosas, and other brunch specials on Monday
623 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
The Eastern Market restaurant is serving its brisket hash, citrus French toast, Irish coffee, and bottomless mimosas ($20) Monday from 11 AM to 3 PM. Make a reservation here.
The Boardwalk Bar & Arcade
715 Wharf St., SW
The Wharf’s new beach-inspired bar and restaurant recently launched weekend brunch, and will host a special holiday version on Monday from 11 AM to 2:30 PM. In addition to a la carte dishes like waffles, breakfast tacos and burritos, or avocado toast, diners can get a prix-fixe that includes two courses—an appetizer and choice of entree—and bottomless mimosas. There’s also a kid’s menu.
116 Rhode Island Ave., NW
The Bloomingdale spot is doing brunch right this Memorial Day. From 11 AM to 3 PM, guests who get brunch at the bar will score two free mimosas.
476 K St., NW
The modern Mexican joint is offering two bottomless brunch options on Memorial Day from 10 AM to 3 PM. Bottomless food and drinks is available for $55, or opt for unlimited food for $35 and buy drinks separately.
606 Florida Ave., NW
The rooftop Mexican joint in Shaw is extending its weekend brunch to Monday from 12 to 4 PM. Order a la carte or go for its bottomless brunch—one entree and unlimited drinks for $45. Reserve a seat here.
88 District Square, SW
The Wharf Mediterranean restaurant is doing limitless brunch and mimosas ($64 per person) from 11 AM until 3 PM on Memorial Day. Or, order food a la carte and get bottomless mimosas for $39. Reserve a table here.
600 Florida Ave., NW
The mod Shaw Italian restaurant is serving brunch from noon to 7 PM on Monday. Bottomless brunch is $45 a person, and includes and entree and choice of endless cocktails. Make a reservation here.
Smokecraft Modern BBQ
1051 N. Highland St., Arlington
Clarendon’s high-end barbecue spot is offering its myriad benedicts, smoked meats, and barbecue sandwiches on Monday.