17 Great Rooftop Bars in Washington, DC

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Spending a relaxing summer evening with friends at a rooftop bar is wonderful way to enjoy the ambiance of the city. Washington DC has several restaurants that have popular rooftop bars and lounges. (Listed in Alphabetical Order)

ADC (Above DC)
Donovan House, 1155 14th Street NW Washington, DC (202) 379-4366. The Thomas Circle hotel features a rooftop lounge offering a full-service bar, Asian food and a heated pool surrounded by chaise lounges and a private cabana.

Beacon Bar and Grill
1615 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington, DC (202) 296-2100. One of Washington DC’s most popular roof-top bars, Beacon's Sky Bar, features spectacular views of the Dupont Circle neighborhood, Embassy Row and the city’s skyline. The lounge offers a full bar and light fare.

Hyatt Place National Mall, 400 E Street SW, Washington (202) 803-6110. Just opened in summer 2016, the seasonal rooftop bar offers sweeping views of the DC skyline including the Washington Monument, Jeffereson Memorial, and Pentagon.

Cleveland Park Bar and Grill
3421 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC (202) 806 -8940. The popular sports bar features a rooftop deck with a great view of the Cleveland Park neighborhood. Menu includes wood-fired pizza, salads, sandwiches, beer and wine.

1716 I Street, NW Washington DC (202) 785-0270. The rooftop bar offers a full bar and an Asian-fusion appetizer menu.

Heat lamps keep the bar toasty during the cooler months.

El Centro D. F.
1819 14th Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 328-3131. The three-level Mexican restaurant has a lively rooftop bar serving an extensive selection of tequila and a full bar. Located in the U Street neighborhood.

Local 16
1602 U Street NW Washington, DC (202) 265-2828.

The farm-to-table restaurant, serving modern American cuisine with an Italian influence, features a bar and table seating with a balcony overlooking 14th Street.

Madams Organ
2461 18th St. NW, Washington, DC (202) 667-5370. Adams Morgan’s blues bar and soul food restaurant has a popular rooftop bar with picnic tables and a great neighborhood view.

2007 14th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 797-7171. The rooftop bar is an outdoor beer garden, offering an extensive selection of Belgian ales and blondes as well as appetizers and burgers from the bar menu. Located in the vibrant U St. neighborhood.

Nellies Sports Bar
900 U St. NW Washington, DC (202) 332-NELL (6355). The gay sports bar features an expansive rooftop deck with great views.

The Observatory
The Graham Georgetown, 1075 Thomas Jefferson Street NW Washington, DC (202) 337-0900. Located at a luxury hotel in Georgetown, the 3,000 square feet rooftop lounge offers panoramic views of Washington DC.

Ozio Restaurant and Lounge
1813 M St. NW Washington DC (202) 822-6000. The art-deco lounge near Dupont Circle features a rooftop lounge with a lively atmosphere.

Perry's Restaurant
1811 Columbia Road NW Washington, DC (202) 234-6218. The Asian restaurant in Adams Morgan is best known for its rooftop dining and bar with magnificent views of the city.

P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge
W Hotel Washington, 515 15th Street, NW Washington DC (202) 661-2478. The W Washington’s rooftop bar and terrace, has become one of the area’s most popular destinations, hosting top celebrities, politicos and socialites, providing unsurpassed views of the nation’s capital. The menu includes a wide array of spirits and a light fare menu.

Roofers Union
2446 18th Street NW, Washington, DC (202) 232-7663. The covered open air rooftop, known for its 15-seat horseshoe bar, is the perfect setting for outdoor dining or drinks. Overlooking DC’s lively Adams Morgan Neighborhood, Roofers Union features a locally-sourced and sustainable menu of classic American fare, as well as the bar program focusing on craft beers and cocktails.

The Rooftop at Embassy Row
Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC (202) 265-1600.

The Rooftop at Dupont Circle offers skyline views and features teak deck chairs with plush seating, a covered lounge, and a saltwater swimming pool (open to hotel guests and rooftop members only). The Rooftop is complimentary after 5:00 p.m. and available to rent out for private events. Cocktails and small bites are available from the hotel’s restaurant, Station Kitchen & Cocktails. 

Rosewood Washington, DC
1050 31st St NW Washington, DC. (202) 617-2400. The upscale hotel in Georgetown features a  Rooftop Bar and Lounge with sweeping views of the Potomac River, the Washington Monument, Kennedy Center, Roosevelt Island, and the Spires of Georgetown University. The rooftop bar is also home to an intimate indoor and outdoor infinity pool which is open all-year round.

See also, Dining Outdoors in Washington DC