Where to Sit at the Bar Outdoors in DC

Published: May 16, 2021

Starting Friday May 21st, people will be able to sit and order from bartenders at staffed bars legally for the first time in DC since March 15th of last year. For months, this has been the number one thing people miss about bars during COVID times. However, many people of all statuses will still want to continue (either to enjoy the weather or for COVID-safe reasons) doing outdoor drinking and dining. Inspired by a Twitter request, here’s a list of spots in the District that have outdoor bars where you can sit (and possibly stand) and be served by a bartender. (Places where you can only order but not sit at the bar not included). [See also outdoor bars/beer gardens, and rooftop bars guides-to be updated]

Note: Many of these spots have not yet re-opened fully or will not have open their outdoor bar seating as of May 21st. Places in bold have confirmed outdoor bar seating available. Many others keep their outdoor seating enclosed for much of the year.

  • Navy Yard
    • The Salt Line
    • Bardo River Brewery
    • All Purpose Capitol Riverfront
    • Bluejacket
    • The Brig
    • Top of the Yard
    • Stadium Sports
  • Barracks Row
    • Betsy
    • Tortuga Caribbean Bar & Grill
    • Ophelia’s
  • The Wharf/Other SW
    • TikiTNT
    • Hank’s Oyster Bar at The Wharf
    • La Vie
    • Officina
    • Whiskey Charlie
    • CityBar
    • The Point
    • Island Time Bar & Grill
    • H Street/NoMa/Union Market/Brookland
    • Biergarten Haus
    • H Street Country Club
    • Dirty Water
    • Indigo
    • Laos in Town
    • Brookland’s Finest
  • Georgetown/Glover Park/Foggy Bottom
    • El Centro D.F.
    • Nick’s Riverside Grill
    • Sequoia
    • Tony & Joe’s
    • The Graham Georgetown Rooftop
    • HIve Rooftop
    • Top of the Gate (Watergate)
    • Tonic at Quigley’s
  • U Street/Logan Circle
    • El Rey
    • Lulu’s Wine Garden
    • Red Light
    • DC9
    • Cortez
    • Dirty Goose
    • Local 16
    • The Brixton
    • Lost Society
    • Hawthorne
    • Nellie’s
    • Wet Dog Tavern
    • Colada Shop (mobile bar sometimes upstairs, other times outdoor counter seating)
  • Shaw
    • Roy Boys
    • Calico
    • Dacha Beer Garden
    • El Techo
    • 801
    • Ivy & Coney
    • The Delegate
    • Flash
    • Uproar
    • Cambria Hotel Shaw
  • Adams Morgan/Cleveland Park
    • The Imperial
    • Jack Rose
    • Madam’s Organ
    • Roofers Union
    • Perry’s
    • Cleveland Park Bar & Grill
    • Dupont Circle
    • Lauriol Plaza
    • Sauf Haus
    • Ozio
    • Decades
    • Public Bar Live
  • Columbia Heights/Petworth/Park View/16th St Heights
    • Lou’s City Bar
    • Lyman’s Tavern
    • Homestead/Drift
    • Moreland’s Tavern
    • Red Derby
    • Little Coco’s
  • Penn Quarter/Chinatown/Downtown
    • Dirty Habit
    • Bar Deco
    • Summit the Rooftop at Conrad
    • Cloak Room
    • The Ellipse Rooftop Bar (Hyatt Place WH)
    • POV (W Washington)
    • Eden
    • Dauphine’s

Other Spots Open Air Due to Open Windows But Seated Bar is Not Outdoors: Pearl Dive, Dock FC, Midlands, Takoda


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