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The downside to central air-conditioning in DC is that no one takes a break during the heat of the day in the summertime to sit under a canopy, sip a cool drink, and try to catch a slight breeze.
But Washingtonians have taken that onetime summer ritual and pushed it back a few hours: Come quitting time, they’re looking for a place to enjoy a cold beer or cocktail outside, either on a rooftop deck, patio, or porch under a sunshade or umbrella.
Washington’s bar owners have obliged, putting tables out on sidewalks and remodeling rooftops to accommodate customers. Some of the capital’s best outdoor drinking scenes:
POV (Point of View): The place with the best views has indoor and outdoor seating. The covered terrace catches the breezes above Pennsylvania Avenue; in bad or cold weather, the staff drops plastic curtains and fires up the propane heaters as needed.
The waterside Sequoia bar draws the beautiful crowd, but a more relaxed waterfront drinking experience can be found at Cantina Marina (600 Water St. SW). Views of the Washington Channel and marinas combined with pitchers of margaritas make for a nice end to the business day. Their policy of making customers pay for chips and salsa is odd, though.
Johnny’s Half Shell offers the best of urban sidewalk happy hour: large umbrellas, drink specials, stunning views of the Capitol and tree-lined parks, and terrific people watching.
Lauriol Plaza has a huge rooftop deck and free-flowing margaritas to make Lauriol Plaza especially appealing on a steamy summer night.
© Patricia Nevins Kime from Moon Washington DC, 1st Edition