4 Must-Try Rooftop Bars in D.C.


D.C. is home to a slew of swanky rooftop bars from which you can see some of the top sights in the city. Here are four rooftop bars that should be on your radar.


Sip a Cocktail and Enjoy Panoramic Views at These Four D.c. Venues

Washington, D.C. has long been a see-and-be-seen town where power players make high-stakes deals, political alliances, and no-holds-barred campaign strategies. Not surprisingly, living such a fast-paced lifestyle necessitates a little R&R between campaigns and elections. Thankfully, D.C. is home to a slew of swanky rooftop bars from which you can see some of the top sights in the city (and maybe even glimpse some politicians and power players in the process). Whether you’re looking for a hip new place to grab cocktails with friends or a more laid-back place to unwind after a long day, here are four rooftop bars that should be on your radar.

The Rooftop at the Embassy Row Hotel

If you’re looking for the perfect poolside lounge, this is it. Named “One of the Best Rooftop Pools in America” by USA Today, the heated saltwater pool at the Embassy Row Hotel offers prime views of the Washington Monument. Relax in a poolside cabana or order beer, cocktails, and appetizers from the full-service bar.

Top of the Gate

If you’re looking for a more notorious establishment, head to Top of the Gate atop the Watergate Hotel. In 1972, the five men who broke into the DNC headquarters used room 214 as their meeting point, thus embroiling the hotel in one of the nation’s biggest scandals. Today, the swanky rooftop bar serves up cocktails and Mediterranean-inspired small plates in a glamorous setting with a scandalous past. Guests can glimpse 360-degree views of the Potomac River, the Washington Monument, and other key attractions from the rooftop.

Top of the Yard

Baseball lovers, take note: this rooftop bar is the place for you to rendezvous. Atop the Navy Yard Hampton Inn and Suites, you can get a bird’s-eye view of Nationals Park, home of MLB team the Washington Nationals. To help you feel like you’re at the game, the bar serves up hotdogs, pretzels, and other game fare. Of course, there are plenty of spirits to choose from as well.

City Winery

Step aside, Napa Valley. California may be known as America's most famous wine region, but places like City Winery are proving that the East Coast has something to offer as well. In addition to a full-service winery and music venue, the 10,000-square-foot building has a year-round rooftop wine garden where guests can watch live performances as they munch on appetizers. While wine is the star of the show here, you can also order beer and cocktails.

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