Celebrating the Fourth at DC Bars

Not surprisingly, DC goes pretty much all-out for the Fourth of July. Hopefully you’ll be joining me by also taking off Friday (or more) to make the 4th more enjoyable.

If you’re sticking in town this week, and if you don’t have access to a great rooftop at work or at home (or have a friend with one) there are plenty of events at bars, shown below, to choose from Thursday, either to see the fireworks or celebrate in general.  Hat tip  (for many of these) to the typically-excellent roundups from the Washington Post‘s Going Out Gurus and the Washingtonian‘s Best Bites Blog.

Thursday Night (Fireworks View)

These roof decks will have (or claim to have) a view of the fireworks on the Mall. Fireworks usually start around 9:15p.

U Street

  • 1905
    • Best bar roof deck in city will be host to a  party co-sponsored by a DC brewery-3 Stars Brewing Company
    • $15 (advance)/$20 (door)
    • 1 item from grill (burger/sausage/ribs) + 2 sides OR 2 beers
    • $5 3 Stars beers (Citra Lemon Saison & Movement Pale Ale)
    • Doors open at 3p
  • The Brixton
    • Miller Lite bucket discounts
    • Hot dog eating contest at 5p ($10 to enter)
    • Doors open at 2p
  • Tabaq Bistro
    • $75 3 course dinner (inc. glass of champagne)
    • View from rooftop
  • Lost Society
    • 2 year anniversary party
    • Open bar w/ apps from 7-8p

H Street


  • P.O.V. (W Hotel Roof)
    • Bar with best view of fireworks in DC
    • Live DJ set
    • $60 for standing room tickets (advance)/$80 (same day, if available)
    • Doors open at 6p

Thursday (No View)

The bars listed here will have events Thursday (day and/or night), but don’t claim to have any view of the fireworks. They’ll be a good place to go to avoid crowds from 7-10p and to go before or after you catch the fireworks elsewhere.


  • DNV (Donovan House Rooftop)
    • Poolside party
    • Fireworks show aired on big screen
    • $12 special frozen Red, White, and Damn Nice View Cocktail
    • Doors open at 7p
  • Lincoln
    • $29 all-you-can-eat cookout + DJ
    • $5 Hopback Amber Ale, DC Brau Public Ale, Origin Sin Cider
    • $3 PBR, Miller Lite
    • $34 Emancipation Punch bowls (normally $39 in HH, $49 other hours)
    • Doors open at 2p
  • J&G Steakhouse Patio
    • $35 per person for cookout
    • Buckets of beers and other drink specials
    • Starts at noon

Adams Morgan

  • Jack Rose
    • “AmeriCAN Drinkdependence Day”
    • $3 (3-7p)/$5 (after 7p) Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA & Underdog Atlantic Lager w/ free coozie
    • Food specials on grill

H Street

  • Rock and Roll Hotel
    • HH 5-8p: $1 off everything, $4 rails, 1/2 off wings
    • $3 PBR Tallboys all night
    • Claim to have great view of the great illegal fireworks in the neighborhood
    • Doors open at 11a

U Street/Logan Circle

  • El Centro D.F.
    • $5 red/white/blue margarita
    • All-night rooftop HH begins at 5p ($4 margaritas, sangrias, Mexican beers, house wine)
    • Ladies drink for free 11p-midnight
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub
    • $20 gets you unlimited PBR, Miller Lite & Natty Boh, along free hot dogs (includes veggie dogs) from 11a-6p
    • $7 Sweet tea vodka lemonades & 16 oz. hurricanes
    • Closes at 8p
  • DC9
    • Grillin’ with DC Brau
    • Brats, burgers, & $4 DC Brau
    • Owners of DC Brau will be DJing
    • Doors open at 1p

Chinatown/Penn Quarter

  • Hill Country Backyard Barbecue (outside National Building Museum)
    • Whole hog will be grilled ($10 plate of meat + side)
    • Live music all day
    • Gates open at noon


  • J Paul’s Saloon
    • Beach Party
    • Noon-midnight
    • cookout menu + $17 6 beer coolers + all day DJ
  • Old Glory Bar-B-Q
    • party on deck
    • $4 burgers/hot dogs, $2 bowl of bbq beans
    • $25 gallons(!!) of Bud Light

Dupont Circle [UPDATED: 7/3]


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