by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
Washington, D.C., has some excellent spots to grab a beer--but you can't beat a D.C. beer garden for a relaxing place to unwind with a pint. Whether it's a Bavarian-themed spot fit for 300 or a more intimate bar bedecked in string lights, the district has a great collection of beer gardens for the next time you want to sling some back outdoors.
Updated: August 09, 2010
Washingtonians from all corners of the district anticipated the opening of this H Street bar, and for good reason: The 300-person beer garden brings Bavaria to life with frothy liters of German drafts, authentically dressed accordion players and multiple views of the big game--all from the comfort of a shaded picnic bench.
From the outdoor bathtub to the purple string lights and gold gurgling fountain, there's no shortage of eye candy at this H Street bar, but it's the beer garden out back that we're drawn to. It's a quiet spot to escape the DJ and enjoy something from the bar's bottled and canned beer collection. Just get there early--it closes at midnight.
Busy every night of the week, this U Street restaurant and lounge boasts a rooftop beer garden with more than 30 Belgian ales and blondes. A limited bar menu is available, but save the dining for downstairs: The rooftop is all about enjoying a cold brew in the breeze.
This Columbia Heights hipster hangout is as popular for its sweaty upstairs dance floor as it is for its bohemian beer garden; an impressive selection of brews on tap (and more available by the bottle) makes it a draw for a low-key night outside.