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Summertime means everything moves outside giving way to picnics, barbecues and, a local favorite, summer beer gardens. Sit outside and enjoy the breeze, company, and perhaps some live music while sipping on your favorite summer brew. And Arlington has several beer gardens serving up craft beer and a good time.
Grab a pint and bask in the fun atmosphere at the Continental Beer Garden in Rosslyn. Attached to the Continental Modern Pool Lounge, the beer garden serves German brews like Weihenstephaner, Virginia craft beer, slushies and cocktails, as well as sausages, sandwiches, salads and other bites.
A Clarendon neighborhood favorite, Spider Kelly’s expanded its offerings to include a backyard beer garden, and it’s getting fantastic reviews. The beer garden features an extensive list of beer, homemade sangria and ciders with seating for small and large groups, including two fire pits and TVs. The venue’s full menu is also offered outside in the beer garden.
A few blocks away, you will find Arlington's newest beer garden: The Lot. Once a car dealership, this sprawling outdoor space features food trucks, container bars, picnic tables, couches, and games. In addition to the expansive beer list, The Lot serves Frose, Redbull Slushies and Orange Crushes.
In the heart of the Courthouse neighborhood, Courthaus Social has a sprawling patio beer garden that faces the plaza. It offers an open and inviting social environment to enjoy local craft beers, food and specially crafted cocktails. The menu is a mixture of locally sourced classic American cuisine, and traditional beer garden classics, and a unique draft and bottled beer selection features select craft beers from top local breweries.
For a casual burger and beer head to Crafthouse in the Ballston neighborhood. This brewpub has an extensive selection of local and global craftbeer, which pair perfectly with its sunny patio.
Locals the place to be on summer evenings is Westover Beer Garden & Haus in the quaint residential neighborhood of Westover. The watering hole started as a tiny neighborhood market and has quickly blossomed to a gathering space for locals and visitors alike. On weekends, live music takes the stage at the garden while guests sip on any of the several hundred beers available, as well as pub fare – much of it made in the onsite butcher shop.
So on a warm day, sit outside and enjoy a pint (or two) in a relaxing atmosphere. Cheers to Summer!
Author: Talia Salem