Now that we’re past the winter hibernation – you know, we can actually walk down the sidewalk without fear of black ice or teary eyes from the frigid winds – I’m sharing some of my favorite DC summer Happy Hour spots. Here’s hoping we can enjoy a cold drink in the warm sunshine very soon!
Georgetown Waterfront (pictured) – Georgetown
Jefferson Street and K Street, NW | Washington, DC 20007
It doesn’t really matter where you score a seat – Sequoia, Nick’s Riverside Grille, Tony & Joe’s – the point is that you’re on the water. Nothing says summer like a Blueberry Mojito while the lingering sunshine reflects off the river.
Lauriol Plaza – Dupont Circle / U Street
1835 18th Street NW | Washington, DC 20009
This is one of the first places I visited in DC while searching for an apartment, but the memory of the Swirly Margarita hasn’t faded. Go with a group, grab a pitcher and some tortilla chips, and enjoy! They don’t take reservations, and are quite popular, so you may end up waiting for inside or outside seating – but I promise it is worth it.
Poste – Penn Quarter
The best part of happy hour at Poste is the modern and chicly decorated courtyard space. Situated in the gorgeous historic Post Office Building, this modern bar and restaurant is a great place to meet a group (or to take a break from a sightseeing day) and relax either in the spacious air conditioned interior, or in the shaded courtyard, with a new take on a traditional cocktail in your hand.
Jazz in the Sculpture Garden – National Mall / south of Archives and Chinatown
7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW | Washington, DC 20565
Another place to go for the ambiance more than anything, but it is a DC tradition I love. If you can, stake out a grassy spot amongst the works of art on Friday afternoon because space goes fast. A few years ago you could discreetly BYOB to enjoy on your picnic blanket while the music plays across the fountain. But I hear that has become less acceptable, so spring for a pitcher of the Pavilion Cafe Sangria to linger over until dusk falls and the music stops.
Bodega – Georgetown
3116 M Street NW | Washington, DC 20007
So far this is my favorite sangria in DC, though I’m open to suggestions if you have any! Right on M Street, this is a great spot to stop into for a reprieve from the crowded cobblestone sidewalks full of shoppers. Sit at the bar and share a pitcher while you watch the crowd pass along outside. Food here is good too!
Hanks Oyster Bar – Dupont Circle (also in Capitol Hill)
1624 Q St NW | Washington, DC 20009
The gorgeous, intimate atmosphere transports you directly to the classiest of high-end, hipster-friendly beach bars, if such a thing existed. With hand crafted cocktails and, of course, a great raw bar, its a reminder to linger, slow down and savor the moment. Great for dates or as a pre-cursor to a night out. If you can, snag a table in the small sidewalk seating area; otherwise they usually open the front windows so sitting inside is just as fun.
POV at the W Hotel – Penn Quarter
515 15th Street NW | Washington, DC 20004
No DC happy hour guide could be complete without the addition of P.O.V. (Point of View), the rooftop bar that the W Hotel downtown. You’ll first go through the impressive hotel lobby to the elevators, which deposit you in the chic black-and-white ultra modern decor of the rooftop bar. Scout for seating – you’ll see many tables are often reserved – or just take in the view over the White House and the Ellipse. It is the best spot to take out-of-town guests for a truly unique view and fun atmosphere.
Cheers, Mes Amies!