Best Summertime Rooftops and Patios in The DMV

Posted on July 17th, 2018.

Best Rooftops and patios in Washington DC Metro

Those looking to buy a home in the DC area often wonder what activities the area offers in our 4 distinct seasons. Well, summertime means patio and rooftop season all over DC, Maryland and Virginia. There are so many options it can be hard to know where to start. (What a great problem to have, right?) 

Dependent on your wants and needs, there are rooftops and patios for pretty much any mood or occasion. Happy hours are a common theme, while many get lively on selected nights with a DJ.

No matter where you’re located in the DMV, we’ve narrowed down a few standout spots you have to try before summer’s end. Cheers!

The District


1811 Columbia Rd NW

Washington, D.C. 20009

(202) 234-6218

Whoever thought of pairing up Japanese food and a gorgeous rooftop got it right. You don’t even have to wait for summertime – this Adams Morgan hotspot serves sushi al fresco all year.


Roofers Union

2446 18th St NW

Washington, D.C. 20009

(202) 232-7663

Enjoy looking out on Adams Morgan while you sip beers, drink punch, and grab some bar snacks in this beautiful glass-enclosed space.



3000 12th St NE

Washington, DC 20017

(202) 248-4558

If French toast and duck liver mousse paired with a liter of rosé sounds great to you, you’ll love the vibe of Brookland’s new French-inspired wine bar. To celebrate patio season, they’re serving up their full lunch and dinner menus for al fresco diners.


The Gibson

2009 14th St NW

Washington, DC 20009

(202) 232-2156

This U Street mainstay is under new management, and the patio makeover is complete. You’ll love the simplicity of a handful of bar snacks and a drinks list that sticks to the basics: three beers, five wines, and a cocktail.



1336 U St NW

Washington, D.C.

(202) 853-9194

Hawthorne’s one-of-a-kind rooftop is glass-enclosed and has a retractable roof. Don’t miss these panoramic views of the city.



Frida Beer Garden

4905 Fairmont Ave.

Bethesda, MD 20814

(240) 858-6975

It’s a Caribbean and South American take on a beer garden with a menu of tacos, arepas, and tostadas. There’s a separate outdoor bar with coastal cocktails and craft beers.


Denizens Beer Co.

1115 East-West Hwy.

Silver Spring MD 20910

(301) 557-9818

You’ll love the local beer in this laid-back outdoor space that seats 200. Did we mention its dog-friendly?


Orchid Gaming & Smoking Patio

7002 Arundel Mills Cir

Hanover, MD 21076

(443) 842-7000

It’s Maryland’s first outdoor casino area. Enjoy barrel-aged cocktails and carefully-chosen cigars in this nature-inspired space.


Tommy Joe’s

7940 Norfolk Ave.

Bethesda MD 20814


Crabcakes and wings, anyone? With 11 televisions, you’ll be able to keep up with your favorite teams while you’re outside on the patio or roof with views of downtown Bethesda.


The Society Lounge

8229 Georgia Ave.

Silver Spring, MD 20910


Good food, good people, good will. Smoke hookah and cigars on the rooftop deck. Then stick around for dinner, drinks, and a fun night out.




Don Tito

3165 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington VA 22201 (Clarendon)


Tacos, tequila, and beer. All-you-can-eat Mexican brunch. Gorgeous rooftop deck. Enough said.


Southside 815

815 South Washington St.

Alexandria, VA 22314


Fantastic Southern food and a relaxing, welcoming patio that’s a favorite of the Old Town locals.


Amuse, Le Meridian

1121 19th St N

Arlington, VA 22209 (Rosslyn)

(703) 351-1211

There are some seriously-striking views of Georgetown and the Potomac River from this bar and restaurant atop the Le Meridien Hotel.


Skydome Lounge

300 Army Navy Dr

Arlington, VA 22202 (Pentagon City)

(703) 416-3862

Take in the Panoramic views of the DC skyline from 15 stories up in the area’s only revolving restaurant.


Whitlow’s on Wilson

2854 Wilson Blvd.,

Arlington VA (Clarendon)

703-276-WOWE (9693)

Summertime and tiki rooftop bars are a perfect pairing – and the extensive beer list doesn’t hurt, either.




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