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Enjoy Drinks With a View at D.C.'s Hottest Rooftops

By Jeff Dufour | May 8, 2018 | Food & Drink

Take your entertaining game to the next level—specifically, D.C.’s buzziest rooftops.

CRIMSON VIEW

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At the new Pod DC Hotel in Chinatown, the Hilton Brothers, Eric and Ian, have unveiled a first-floor diner, basement whiskey bar and rooftop gem. Your View: Penn Quarter in the foreground; Washington Monument in the background. In Your Glass: Old- Fashioneds made with everything from smoky mezcal to barrel-aged gin, and a murderer’s row of martinis—all the better to go with the local oysters. 627 H St. NW, crimson-dc.com

WHISKEY CHARLIE

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Crowning the Canopy Hotel, this indooroutdoor, 10th-floor perch lords over all it surveys at The Wharf. Your View: Rows of yachts and sailboats at the Southwest marina. In Your Glass: Mules, Negronis and margaritas. If with a group, order them up in largeformat “tankards.” 975 Seventh St. SW, whiskeycharliewharf.com

HOTEL HIVE

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Another boutique hotel for D.C., this hipster haven opened last year and quickly drew crowds for the after work scene. Your View: The Kennedy Center straight down Foggy Bottom to the Lincoln Memorial. In Your Glass: Simple cocktails made chiefly with local spirits. For happy hour nosh, &pizza will dispatch pies to your table. 2224 F St. NW, hotelhive.com

DISTRICT WINERY

No, D.C. didn’t sprout fields of vineyards while you weren’t looking. But you can get locally-made wine sourced from a smorgasbord of grapes that have been subjected to boozy alchemy. The rooftop is reserved for special events. Your View: Kayakers on the water by day, National Park lights by night. In Your Glass: Everything from riesling to malbec to chardonnay. 385 Water St. SE, districtwinery.com

ROSEWOOD ROOFTOP BAR & GRILL

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Rule the Georgetown roost at this ideally situated and highly sophisticated lounge where after-work wine or cocktails with cheese, charcuterie and oysters make the perfect pairings. Or take a nightcap after dinner at The Grill Room. Your View: Panoramas include the always classic Washington Monument. In Your Glass: The summery La Paison or Berry Night cocktails. 1050 31st St. NW, rosewoodhotels.com

TOP OF THE GATE

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It doesn’t get anymore Washington than sipping cocktails atop of one of the city’s most iconic establishments, The Watergate Hotel. Your View: Take in the sunlit greenery of Theodore Roosevelt Island or the enchanting evening illumination of the Rosslyn skyline and iconic Key Bridge. In Your Glass: Strawberry Negronis, Chamomile Juleps and the Chili-infused, Don Julio-based Furiosa. 2650 Virginia Ave. NW, thewatergatehotel.com



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