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Drinking on rooftop bars is a popular pastime in Arlington and Washington, D.C. Locals take advantage of warm summer evenings to sip their favorite drinks with the stars and the city lights twinkling beyond. Here’s a guide to some of Arlington’s elevated watering holes. Catch a sunset, dine on pub grub and breathe in the atmosphere.
The lively Clarendon neighborhood is packed with restaurants and bars and has its fair share of rooftop spots for a craft cocktail or a cold brew.
This new rooftop bar atop new Mexican restaurant Buena Vida serves up delicious Mexican fare, brightly colored cocktails, frozen drinks and neighborhood views. Munch on freshly made guacamole, lamb birria, enchiladas, chilmole, seafood and other authentic eats as you sip on margaritas and other house-made cocktails.
Dance the night away outdoors at the Art Deco Moderne Clarendon Ballroom. In the historic Woolworth Building, this nightclub and event venue has an expansive Rooftop Pavilion with a bar. Come on Thursday nights for the rooftop happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m.
This Mexican restaurant and bar is known for its tacos, tequila and beer, and features a DJ booth on the rooftop. Tuesdays nights mean half-price tacos, hookah and bottle service. Fair warning, the rooftop tables are first come, first served.
Rub elbows with Arlingtonians for an after-work happy hour or night out on the town at Whitlow’s On Wilson. The Whitlow’s Rooftop Tiki Bar features festive cocktails and a beachy summer atmosphere that’s reminiscent of a tropical getaway right here in Arlington.
You don't have to wait for warm weather to enjoy the rooftop at Wilson Hardware Kitchen & Bar in the heart of Clarendon. This rooftop is also heated in the winter. Head over weekdays for happy hour specials on foods like dips and calamari, drinks like draft and slushy cocktails, and wine.
If you want to kick outdoor dining up a notch, try the terrace at the Amuse restaurant at Le Méridien Hotel in the Rosslyn neighborhood. Enjoy views of Georgetown, Washington, D.C.’s oldest neighborhood, and the Potomac River while you dine on Mediterranean cuisine and drink wine.
Located in the Courthouse neighborhood, this upscale-casual bar offers a large rooftop deck, curated selection of wine and beer, and classic American eats. Catch their weekday happy hour with discounts on wine, beer, cocktails and food.
Billed as the largest rooftop bar in Arlington, Dudley's offers a sprawling deck with picnic tables, sunshades and an aerial view of Shirlington. This sports bar serves up pizza, tacos, stadium "dawgs" and other bar bites along with a sizable beer list and boozy milkshakes.
Savor a glass of champagne while taking in jaw-dropping views of Washington, D.C. and Virginia at the View of DC. This sleek, new observation deck has a champagne bar and a large terrace 400 feet above bustling Rosslyn.
Located in Crystal City, Highline RxR features more than 30 beers, a creative bar menu and daily specials. This gathering spot features weekly trivia, happy hour and a wall of board games. The upstairs indoor space opens out onto a semi-open rooftop.
At Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, diners sit outdoors on Matchbox restaurant’s elevated terrace enjoying wood-fired pizzas, salads, sliders with onion frizzles and other American eats. Grab a craft cocktail or a draft beer.
Looking for beer-centric options? Check out Arlington's Beer Gardens.
Author: Talia Salem