Rooftop bars Washington

Complete guide to the 8 best rooftop bars in Washington DC in 2020

Made by the world's leading experts on rooftop bars

So, which is the best rooftop bar in Washington? This is the ultimate list with all info you need - opening hours, dress code, pics, maps and much more. Washington is packed with great bars, lounges and restaurants. Many of them located at roof terraces. There are even rooftop swimming pools available in the summer and rooftop ice skating during the winter. In other words – DC is a great city when speaking of rooftops. Just scroll down and find the Washington DC rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Last updated: January 4th, 2019
Area:John F. Kennedy Center
Rooftop bar Washington Top of the Gate in Washington
Top of the Gate
$$$$ 2650 Virginia Ave
  • Highlights
  • 15th floor
  • Crafted cocktails
  • Magical 360-views
  • Rooftop Skating Rink
A vibrant roof bar perched on top of the superb Watergate Hotel Georgetown. From the 15th floor terrace you get spectacular 360-degree views over the Potomac River, historical monuments and the DC skyline. You can even wave to Virgina. Luxurious and modern in decoration, this is an ideal place for some fun and sunny after-work cocktails with your colleagues and friends during summer. In winter the Rooftop Skating Rink is open, the rooftop igloos are installed and the bar serves hot cocktails.
Rooftop bar The Graham Geotgetown Rooftop in Washington
The Graham Geotgetown Rooftop
$$$ 1075 Thomas Jefferson St NW
  • Highlights
  • 8th floor
  • Speciality cocktails
  • Panoramic views
  • Chic & relaxed atmosphere
On top of the Graham Hotel in the heart of Georgetown you find this modern, open air rooftop bar and lounge offering a great view of the Washington Monument, the Kennedy Center and the city's skyline, topped off with a beautiful sunset. Indulge in crafted specialty cocktails, bubbles by the glass, bottle service or try some seafood from the fresh raw bar. Trendy and chic in vibe, it's a great spot for relaxing sunset cocktails and lounge beats, or more vibrant atmosphere at weekend nights.
Rooftop bar Washington DNV Rooftop Lounge in Washington
DNV Rooftop Lounge
$$$ 1155 14th St NW
  • Highlights
  • 14th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Panoramic views
  • Crafted cocktails
The perfect rooftop bar in Washington for the really hot days. Relax by the rooftop pool with a drink in hand or a bite of street food to nibble on. To make this happen, you need to stay at Kimpton Donovan Hotel, since the rooftop terrace is exclusive pool lounge for guests during daytime. But at night it turns into a chic cocktail lounge, open to all. Located right by Thomas Circle Park in downtown DC, the rooftop offers magical views over the city skyline along with poolside inspired cocktails, beer and even some sake.
Area:The White House
Rooftop bar Washington P.O.V Rooftop terrace in Washington
POV Rooftop Terrace
$$$$ 515 15th St NW
  • Highlights
  • 10th floor
  • Elegant & sophisticated
  • White House views
  • Restyled 2019
Recently renovated, POV launched a new look in May 2019. From this 10th floor roof terrace you get an awesome view over the Washington skyline with the Monument and the White House as the main attractions. Located on top of the stylish W Washington, here you can enjoy a food menu with tempting seafood and juicy thick burgers, while the rooftop bar serves unique and tasty cocktails that take inspiration from political history.
Rooftop bar Washington Brixton in Washington
$$$ 901 U St NW
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Beer cocktails
  • Good view
  • Live DJs & music
British Pub, restaurant and rooftop beer garden located in the U-Street area of Washington DC. The cherry on the cake at this multi-level venue is definitely the roof terrace. Quite simple in decor and the views over the rooftops in Washington are not breathtaking, but the ambience is fun and usually buzzing, and it is a great spot for sunny and relaxing drinks. The rooftop bar serves draught beer from rotating taps, some exciting beer cocktails and classic pub fare. And best of all, every day of the week is Happy Hour.
Area:Adams Morgan
Rooftop bar Washington Jack Rose in Washington
Jack Rose
$$$ 2007 18th St NW
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Whiskey bar
  • Great ambience
  • Crafted cocktails
A rooftop bar in Washington with an infinitely of different whiskeys. With the largest whiskey collection in the Western Hemisphere, it is clearly heaven for any fan of the pourable gold. But not only for whiskey-lovers, as the rooftop bar also serves well-made cocktails, wine and beer along with a food menu with rustic dishes. The open-air terrace is decorated in a classic bar/saloon style, and while the vews are not panoramic, it is lovely and friendly in ambience and vibe.
Area:H Street Corridor
Rooftop bar Washington H St Country Club in Washington
H St Country Club
$$$ 335 H St NE
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Weekend brunch
  • Sunset views
  • Playful
Playful indoor venue with mini-golf, table tennis and shuffleboard, that is complemented with the biggest roof deck on H Street. The 2 000+ square feet rooftop terrace is more of a lounge spot, perfect for sunny cocktails, good vibes and cool views over the city. Urban industrial in decor and laid-back sophisticated in vibe, the rooftop bar serves house Margaritas, beer, a few wines, Mexican inspired food along with a Sunday brunch. Perfect spot for a fun night out with friends.
Area:H St Corridor
Rooftop bar Washington The Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington
The Rock and Roll Hotel
$$$ 1353 H St NE
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Live music
  • Live DJs
  • Great atmosphere
A music venue and nightclub set over three floors, with concert hall, 2nd floor lounge, and up top, a rooftop bar. Located on H Street, the ground floor concert hall is the place for catching live acts, while the rooftop terrace is a great spot for pre- or post show drinks, or just for al fresco drinks and bites without a show. Casual and vibrant, the rooftop bar serves signature cocktails, frozen drinks, beers and a good selection of pub food.

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Rooftop-grade: 7/10
Prime season: April-Oct
Residents: 5 millions
Climate: temperate

Which are the best rooftops in Washington? This complete guide will help you find the best rooftop bars in DC. When it comes to rooftop bars there are a lot of good ones to visit in Washington DC. Most roof terraces here are quite luxuriously decorated.

The bar and lounge-culture in Washington is very inveterate which means that the city has a plethora of great bars, lounges and rooftops.

Most of the terrace bars in Washington are located at hotels, night clubs or fancy restaurants.

About Washington

US capital and political center. The city is located in the District of Columbia and therefore does not belong to any state. There are plenty of wide avenues, parks and beautiful monuments. With the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the White House among the most famous. The city's street system is built on a grid - in a similar way as New York - which makes it very easy to find your way along the streets and avenues. Washington is also known for its many historic colleges and universities, and that sports is a big part of interest.