Best Summertime Bars In DC

June 14, 2012 6:00 AM

Photo Credit: Beacon Bar & Grill via Facebook

From museums and monuments to restaurants and bars, summer is the best time to explore everything D.C. has to offer. Whether you prefer to sit in the rays of the setting summertime sun or in a breezy, air-conditioned room, there is a summertime bar in D.C. with your name on it. 
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Sky Bar at the Beacon Hotel
1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-1126

Looking for a place that offers tasty food, delicious drinks, amazing views of D.C. and a place to sit and stay awhile? Head on over to Beacon Sky Bar, a hotspot that’s totally under the radar. Enjoy food and drink specials, like countdown happy hours or the chef’s daily lunch specials, comfortable outdoor sofas and chairs and a beautiful outdoor fountain. Inside, the Sky Bar features an intimate lounge and light lounge-y music playing in the background. Stop by on Sundays and enjoy a delicious brunch buffet with unlimited champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys. Reservations are highly recommended.

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Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar
1104 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

With a name like Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar, you know it’s going to be an interesting place. The two-story establishment features purple overhead lights, which cast an eerie shadow on the collection of eclectic sculptures and artwork. You’ll find a wide selection of craft beers and whiskeys, plus themed nights like Kostume Karaoke and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, featuring alternative tunes from the 80s every other Wednesday night. Head upstairs and dance to the latest hits or go outside to the patio and sit among little gothic statues, fountains and the odd mirror or two. Little Miss Whiskey’s also features grilled foods perfect for summertime every Thursday through Sunday. The menu constantly changes, so be sure to stop by to see what’s cooking.

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2007 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-7171

Enjoy a delicious drink and a beautiful summer day, atop the rooftop bar at Marvin. Inspired by Marvin Gaye and his self-imposed exile in a small town in Belgium, the menu at Marvin features a delicious blend of Belgium-inspired dishes, like moules frites, and Soul Food, like the oh-so-popular country fried chicken and waffles. Marvin also features three full-service bars, a rooftop beer garden with more than 30 Belgian ales, a DJ and dancing. Special events at the bar include community fundraisers and a tribute to the great Marvin Gaye. Prefer to stay indoors? Marvin also features a luxurious lounge with plenty of air conditioning to go around.

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Cantina Marina
600 Water St. SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-8396

Want to get away? No need to head out of town (have you seen the price of gas lately?) Head over to Cantina Marina instead, where every day is a vacation. Known as the only restaurant and bar in D.C. that sits on top of water, Cantina Marina offers a mellow, beach-like atmosphere and Tex-Mex cuisine. Grab a tasty margarita from the margarita bar, relax and watch the yachts float by. Cantina Marina also offers unique views of the city as well as gorgeous sunsets. Heading to a Nats game? Be sure to swing by on your way home. Sitting on the upper level dock with a cool beverage sure beats sitting in traffic.

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P.O.V. Roof Terrace
515 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 661-2400

Located atop the W Hotel, the P.O.V. Roof Terrace provides a, well, unique point of view of downtown D.C., including the White House, the Washington Monument and the Ellipse. Grab a drink and head over to the super comfy banquette couches or grab a wicker lounge chair under the gorgeous red and white awning on the deck. The P.O.V. Roof Terrace also provides two full-service bars, a DJ and dancing after 9 p.m. and light fare, such as tapas and calamari. If you prefer to stay cool, hang out in the P.O.V. Lounge. The glossy black and red lacquered walls and red leather couches practically ooze sophistication. Dress to impress.

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Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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