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11 Of The Best Rooftop Bars In Washington DC

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Washington offers numerous work opportunities, access to majestic outdoor places, and moderate year-round temperatures. This makes Washington, DC, one of the most desirable cities to live in.

However, despite the laid-back and relaxed lifestyle, DC can be busy and crowded during working hours. 
There is no better way to relax after a day of sightseeing in the busy city than with a panoramic view of the area.

Even in the sweltering summer heat, when there always seems to be a chance of thunderstorms, Washingtonians head to rooftop bars. The bars are popular, whether you’re looking for a new view, great cocktails, or a change of happy hour scene.

If you’re visiting for the first time, below is a list of the twelve best-rated rooftop bars in Washington DC you will truly love.

11 Best Rooftop Bars In Washington DC

Ellipse Rooftop Bar

1522 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20005 //+12028301904

Ellipse Rooftop Bar is found just a few blocks from the White House, on top of the Hyatt Place Washington DC/US Capitol.

This rooftop bar features a collection of signature cocktails, local and premium beers, a selection of fine wines, and a small bite menu to indulge in while admiring the stunning views of downtown D.C. 

Light Salad At The Ellipse Bar

We tried interesting gin-based cocktails such as Sunset Views, MR. COOL, which has a refreshing cucumber taste, and Mermaid Mule, which is mixed with vodka.

The burger and the fresh citrus and cucumber salad were beyond our expectations. The bar has fast service and an incredibly warm staff.

Overall, the menu was not very deep, but everything was fresh and tasty. The Ellipse Rooftop Bar is definitely worth visiting.

The Rooftop DC

Rooftop Level, 476 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20001 //+12029095600

If you are in the mood for one of the best classic and seasonal cocktails you should definitely visit The Rooftop DC in the center of downtown’s vibrant Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Reservations are not required, but you should follow the strict dress code.

The Rooftop DC Guacamole

Casual sophisticated wear is preferred. You definitely shouldn’t miss the happy hour from 4 pm to 7 pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays and 1 pm to 7 pm on Sundays.

Relax with 50% off all drinks and cocktails from the menu. You should try the guacamole from the bites menu, perfectly paired with a glass of sparkling wine.

This is one of the fancier rooftop bars in Washington. 

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Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar & Bites

1265 First St SE, Washington, DC 20003 //+12028001000

The Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar & Bites has a beautiful and panoramic view of the city. It is situated above the Hampton Inn in Washington, DC, at Navy Yard, and offers a direct view of the National Park, Capitol Riverfront, and many other monuments.

Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar & Bites Margarita Cocktail

They offer a simple menu with solid standards, but the hot dog, the pizza, and the burgers were delicious. The drinks were also nice and refreshing, and you must try the classic Margarita. The prices are acceptable, the staff is friendly, and the service is quick despite the fact there were many other orders.

If you decide to visit this amazing rooftop, make sure to have a reservation if you want to experience the wonderful view this place offers.

The Rooftop at the Graham 

1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW, Washington, DC 20007 //+12023370900

One of the best views of Georgetown and one of the neighborhood’s few rooftop bars that provide a 360-degree view is from the luxurious Graham Georgetown hotel. Once you visit this charming rooftop, you will wish to come again.

That is not only because of the great view of the old town but the ambiance of the wooden decking, the comfy couches, the glass railings, and everything else about this gem amongst the rooftop bars in Washington DC.

The Rooftop at the Graham  Beef Tenderloin

The menu is unusual and unique, and we tried almost all of their signature cocktails. Believe me; it was worth it! The Peach Paradise is one of our favorites.

Spicy tuna lettuce wraps, beef tenderloin, and pesto & tomato flatbread are also available on the snack menu. If you want a getaway from the city crowd, this DC rooftop is ideal for brunch or dining, where you can enjoy the calm and relaxed lounge atmosphere.

Hush Rooftop Bar

1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005 //+12027423100

Cocktails, refreshing beers, bold wines, swimming in the open-air pool… You can find all of this in the Hush Rooftop Bar, located in the Viceroy hotel in DC. It’s one of the most chilled out rooftop bars in Washington DC.

This bar doesn’t offer much to eat, but I found their cocktails delicious and made with perfectly chosen ingredients. The atmosphere is intimate and private, making it perfect for your first date.

Hush Rooftop Bar Cocktails

We recommend placing your order on time because the service is slow. The prices are a little higher than the other restaurants in the neighborhood, so be ready to spend more than you have planned.

Located on the 11th floor and decorated in chic style makes the experience chilled and romantic. 

Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009 //+12025887388

Decorated in a classic saloon bar style with wooden chairs and tables, the Jack Rose Dining Saloon offers a rooftop bar with the widest selection of bourbons, scotches, and whiskeys with over 2,700 bottles.

It is the largest whiskey collection in the Western Hemisphere!

Besides the whiskey lovers, the bar also serves well-made cocktails, wine, and beer, giving you more options for drinks to pair with their excellent food. We ordered some bites like Chicken Skins and their Blistered Shishito Peppers.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon Fried Chicken Skin

We had that paired with a Japanese whiskey, Yamazaki Single Malt. We had Orzo Summer Pasta and Chipotle Rubbed Pork Tenderloin for the main course with some good Chardonnay.

Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garden

1216 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036 //+12028449064

Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garten is located in the heart of Dupont Circle and is D.C.’s largest and most authentic German Biergarten.

They believe in the power of good hospitality, good beer, good music, and good soccer to bring people together. If you are a fan of good German craft beer and snacks, this is the right place for you.

Luckily, our waiter was fluent in German, but that is less important because the food and the beer were great!

Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garden Craft Beer

I strongly recommend this place for socializing and for a nice dinner at a DC rooftop bar! 

VUE Rooftop

515 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004 //+12026612437

Perched above the Hotel Washington, the newly opened VUE Rooftop is an artfully designed destination that brings the outside world in.

Offering unparalleled views of the White House and Washington Monument, VUE pairs the effervescent energy of DC’s skyline with seasonal cocktails, elegant plates, and a stylish ambiance like no other.

VUE Rooftop Chicken Breast

They offer a great selection of food and beverages at affordable prices. If you are a fan of chicken, you should try roasted chicken breast, which is a real best seller there.

They offer a good dessert, too, like the lemongrass creme brulee. Overall, we had a good time at this notable DC rooftop bar; I hope you will too!

12 Stories

75 District Square SW, 12th floor, Washington, DC 20024 //+12028949700

The 12 Stories rooftop bar is a swanky and stylish rooftop cocktail lounge located on top of the InterContinental – Washington, DC, in the equally hot and trendy The Wharf district.

This rooftop bar offers all of the classic cocktails and a lot more from their signature cocktails, such as a Lychee Martini, Chandon Spritz, The Southwest, and Strawberry Fields.

12 Stories lychee Martini

Be sure whatever you choose at this Washington rooftop bar, you won’t be wrong. It’s one of the finest rooftop bars in Washington DC.

Summit

Rooftop – 11th Floor, 950 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001 //+12028445900

The seasonal rooftop bar at the top of the Conrad Hotel in City Center DC is open now for Thursday through Sunday imbibing.

We enjoyed the ambiance and the red wine Sangria with fresh berries. Like the views, prices are high too.

Summit Sangria

The sangria costs $55 and Burrata salad $22. The comfortable seating and the wooden elements make the ambiance warm and perfect for dining in the evenings.

El Chucho Cusina Superior

3313 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20010 //+12022903313

The best Margharita and the most delicious tacos at affordable prices I have ever tried are in the Mexican rooftop, El Chucho Cusina Superior. It’s one of the best Mexican rooftop bars in Washington DC.

With simple decorations, comfortable chairs, and friendly staff, you will feel like you are eating in a Mexican neighborhood.

I will definitely come back for the burritos stuffed with Chihuahua cheese, beans, and rice with the delicious spicy topping. 

El Chucho Cusina Superior Burrito

Rooftop Bars In Washington DC: Wrap Up

We sincerely hope we gave you good tips for visiting some of the best rooftop bars in Washington DC. We carefully choose the best rooftops in that city, and we hope you will enjoy them as much as we did.

Don’t forget there are many more places to visit during your stay in DC. Enjoy your romantic dinner, the best rooftop views, brunches, and dinners, and create wonderful memories in the city of Washington.

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