Washington DC Bars and Happy Hours

Washington DC has a vast selection of bars and happy hours to complete your experience while visiting DC. If you have a favourite drink, there’s probably a DC restaurant or bar that calls it their specialty. Wine lovers flock to wine-driven restaurants like downtown’s Proof and Capitol Hill’s Sonoma, while wine bars like Bouche Bistro, Veritas and Vinoteca are attracting large, diverse crowds. With the 80s and 90s and soon to be 100s creeping into Washington DC, why not head to a rooftop bar to catch some fantastic views of the capital city and enjoy the evening. Here are some of our favorites:


Beacon Bar and Grill

1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW

Nestled near Scott Circle you’ll find Beacon’s Sky Bar, where happy hour brings $5 martinis, Jamaican jerk chicken wings, and a scintillating sunset.




Cleveland Park Bar and Grill

3421 Connecticut Avenue NW

A perpetual favorite among upper-NW-ers, this sports haven is good for more than its 27 TVs streaming all the Nats, Caps, and Redskins games you can handle. Pair homemade chili and a few cold drafts with an evening screening at the Uptown.


Washington DC bars

Enjoy the many Bars and Happy Hours in Washington DC

El Centro D.F.

1819 14th Street NW

At Richard Sandoval’s taquería haven, you’ll find not one but two rooftop bars. Sate your thirst with agave cocktails—like the mango margarita or the mojito mexicano with chili-ginger simple syrup—before catching a show at the Black Cat.



1940 9th Street NW

Inaugurated two years ago and still going strong, this rooftop deck bears all the signatures of a sunset favorite—great views of the surrounding Shaw neighborhood, a central, wood-paneled bar serving up cold brews, and plenty of good company for whiling away an evening.



Eden DC

1716 I Street NW

This vibrant, dance-heavy spot can be a little much for the rooftop crowd, but put us with a cold cocktail on the roof illuminated with iridescent lights and we’re not complaining.


Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th Street NW

True men flock to this establishment outfitted with more than 1,400 bottles of hand-selected scotches, bourbons, and spirits. Pair barbecue and bourbon on the open-air terrace.


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