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5 D.C. Rooftop Bars to Visit This Weekend

By Jill Fergus | August 2, 2019 | Food & Drink

Who doesn’t love a cocktail in a rooftop bar? Especially when these sky-high cocktail lounges overlook some of the D.C.’s most iconic monuments. Here are five of the best rooftop bars around the Beltway.



Recently revamped, POV is a swanky lounge atop the W Hotel. Sip whimsically named cocktails like the cognac-based Make American Grape Again and nosh on Maryland crab cakes, all while gazing at the Washington Monument. 515 15th St., 202-661-2437,

Top of the Gate

Want to impress out-of-towners? Take them to the Top of the Gate. This sprawling rooftop is located in the infamous Watergate building (now an upscale hotel) and is known for its Insta-worthy Potomac River panoramas. 2650 Virginia Ave., 202-827-1600,

12 Stories

The Wharf, the waterfront retail/dining/entertainment complex has become a rooftop bar hotspot. Joining places like Tiki TNT and Whiskey Charlie, is 12 Stories, a stylish industrial-chic cocktail lounge within The Intercontinental Hotel. 75 District Square, 202-894-9700,

Top of the Yard

Even if you don’t like baseball, you’ll get a thrill out of sipping a cold beer in the shadow of Nationals Park to watch the Nats in action. This awesomely located rooftop lounge sits atop the Navy Yard Hampton Inn & Suites and offers ballpark fare like hot dogs and burgers. 1265 First St., 202-800-1000,

Sauf Haus Bier Hall

Meet up with friends at this hip but laid-back Dupont Circle rooftop beer garden and spend the afternoon drinking German beer from big steins, pigging out on giant Bavarian-style pretzels, and watching international soccer matches. 1216 18th St., 202-466-3355,

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