Best DC Restaurants/Bars to Eat and Drink Outdoors Right Now

The Brig – February 2021 (picture by author)

Although bars and restaurants have been allowed to serve patrons onsite outdoors since May 29th of last year, many DC residents have shied away from going more than a handful of times (or at all), even outdoors. But now as people get vaccinated, expect the visits to increase. Still, given the pandemic is still not over, people will want to check out outdoor spots which are trying their best to keep people safe and/or have the space that make you feel more comfortable.

Based entirely on crowdsourcing and other research of PoPville comments/replies to other Twitter posts, here’s a partial list of spots people felt were worth visiting. Feel free to leave comments below of spots you feel are doing great personally (or @ on Twitter). If you appreciate content like this, please feel free to join the absolutely-zero-benefits Patreon.

**Contactless (QR code, GoTab) ordering and usually payment to reduce contact with servers for safety reasons

Mentioned Multiple Times

Capitol Hill/Eastern Market/Navy Yard/The Wharf

  • The Roost/Shelter (large wraparound patio)**
  • Trusty’s (small sidewalk cafe, 2nd floor deck is sheltered)
  • The Brig (large beer garden, new streatery)**
  • Atlas Brew Works Navy Yard (large beer garden along relatively slow traffic street, sometimes pedestrianized)
  • Cantina Bambina (outdoor open air waterfront bar)
  • The Salt Line (big outdoor space near water)
  • Others Mentioned Once
    • Pearl Street Warehouse, Lupo Marino, Walter’s, Bardo, Little Pearl, Rose’s Luxury, Albi, Dacha Navy Yard, Duffy’s, All Purpose Capitol Riverfront, Duck and Peach**, Fight Club**

Petworth/Park View/Columbia Heights/Mt Pleasant/Brightwood Park

  • The Midlands (large beer garden)
  • Saint Vincent (large wine backyard garden)**
  • Jackie Lee’s (sidewalk cafe)
  • Others Mentioned Once
    • Wonderland Ballroom, Queen’s English, Makan, Purple Patch, Hook Hall

Shaw/U Street/Bloomingdale

  • All Souls (big side patio)
  • Lulu’s Winegarden (great streatery, front patio, and bucolic back patio)**
  • Calico (huge bi-level patio)**
  • Compass Rose (gorgeous streatery)
  • Le Diplomate (great single party stalls in streatery)
  • Ivy and Coney (outdoor roof deck. limited seating, walls)
  • Electric Cool-Aid (frozen drink and canned beer garden)
  • The Royal (streatery)**
  • Tiger Fork (streatery)**
  • Others Mentioned Once
    • Pearl Dive,** Pub and the People, Bresca, Dacha Beer Garden, Rebel Taco**, Estadio**

Dupont/Adams Morgan/West End/Penn Quarter/Georgetown

  • Iron Gate (gorgeous interior courtyard patio)
  • Others Mentioned Once
    • Rasika West End, Annabelle, Lapis, Himalayan Heritage, The Green Zone, Tail Up Goat, Chez Billy Sud, Zaytinya, Jaleo, Oyamel, Penn Quarter Sports Tavern, Across the Pond

NoMa/Union Market area/Ivy City/Brookland

  • Other Half Brewing (lots of outdoor space)
  • Red Bear Brewing (multiple outdoor patios)
  • St. Anselm (single party stalls in streatery)
  • Dew Drop Inn (outdoor deck and lots of seating in lane set below street)
  • Others Mentioned Once
    • Right Proper Brookland, Primrose, Atlas Brew Works Ivy City, Brookland’s Finest, Wundergarten

Georgetown/Glover Park/Tenleytown/Cathedral Commons

  • Others Mentioned Once
    • Chez Billy Sud, La Piquette, Surfside, Guapo’s Tenleytown


3 responses to “Best DC Restaurants/Bars to Eat and Drink Outdoors Right Now”

  1. Salt Line has a perfect outdoor space – tents so you’re covered, great heaters, yet good air flow. A favorite throughout COVID winter. All purpose a close second.

  2. If you’re near Penn Quarter, you HAVE to try Ella’s Pizza+Bar on 9th Street!

  3. Breadsoda in Glover Park has ample patio seating. I am up to 2 – 3 visits per week. Some indoor seating allowed at times. No pool, ping pong or games. Take out and delivery apps. They are, and always have been, scrupulous about cleaning. CDC/DC guidance followed at all times. Open Tues. thru Sat., 4 PM to 12 AM, as of this writing.

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