Sometimes I think I’m just as temperamental as D.C. weather. When it’s cold, I beg for summer. And when summer finally comes, I long for the areas signature hot and muggy air to get cold again.

Yet one surefire gain to Washington’s climbing temperatures, is sitting atop a well-appointed rooftop, cold cocktail in hand.

The Best Washington, D.C. Rooftops

Here are 16 of the most glorious rooftop patios and decks to visit this summer:

POV at W Hotel

W Hotel’s POV is classic Washington. Situated close to the White House, the chic rooftop draws in political elites.

Crimson View at Motto by Hilton

The Pod Hotel is conveniently situated in Chinatown, has one of the tallest buildings in the area, and well appointed decor. The cocktails are worth coming back for and the relaxed atmosphere will make it a staple in your summer rooftop repertoire.

Marvin Restaurant

You’ll love Marvin’s in D.C.’s U Street neighborhood for their great service, delicious food, and deep cultural roots. Some of the best DJ’s in the city have residencies and boast loyal followings.

Washington Post Building

If you’re invited to the Washington Post’s K Street headquarters, make a stop at their stunning rooftop promenade. The newspaper reserves the space for employees, special guests, and parties.

12 Stories atop the Intercontinental Hotel

Brand new to the scene, 12 Stories recently opened atop the Wharf’s Intercontinental Hotel. The space features modern artwork by Paige Smith, concrete flooring, and enough velvet and  marble to carry us into year 2043.

12 Stories atop The Intercontinental. Photo by Anna Meyer


“Where southeastern Europe meets South East D.C.,” Ambar offers $4 Balkan nibbles and drinks during happy hour.

Cava Meze

The Capitol Hill location of Cava Mezze, a local chain of Mediterranean fare, puts all the small plates you have seen in Whole Foods on a gorgeous deck.

DC 9

DC 9 has the coziness and price tag of a dive bar, but also an expansive collection of drinks and a spacious deck. What more can you ask for in a music venue?

The Graham Hotel

The Graham Georgetown rooftop’s infused drinks are perfect for the historic district. If you just made your first million, ask for their $500 cocktail.

The Liaison Capitol Hill

Open from May 23 to Labor Day, the rooftop lounge at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel boasts one of the most prestigious addresses in Washington, DC.

DNV Rooftop Lounge

DNV Rooftop Lounge is small but mighty. What they lack in space they make up for with an incredibly energetic atmosphere. If you care about vibes and are looking for high vibrations, look no further than DNV.

Penthouse Pool Club Navy Yard

Penthouse Pool Club is a members only rooftop pool in D.C.’s Navy Yard neighborhood. Their rooftop experience is like none other, as the pool deck is lined with 11 cabanas. Do yourself a favor and snatch the exclusive VIP one – you will feel like the sultan.

30th-birthday-ideas-dc-penthouse-pool-club-capitol-standard-the-yards-navy-u-streetColumbia Room

If you’re into effortless luxury, Columbia Room in D.C.’s tucked away Blagden Alley is where you belong.  The drinks and service are superb. And the plant filled backdrop will remind you of your last escape abroad.

Rock & Roll Hotel

Rock and Roll Hotel’s rooftop bar has you covered for pre-show beer and post-show shots.

The Rooftop Bar at Mason & Rook

An “urban oasis” in D.C.’s boisterous Adams Morgan neighborhood, The Rooftop Bar at Mason & Rook sits atop the Kimpton Mason & Rook hotel. The bar boasts panoramic views of the city, a striking swimming pool, ample seating, and delectable drinks. The hotel’s rooftop is open to guests from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; but non-hotel guests 21 and older can visit from 5 p.m. until closing.

Roofer’s Union

The second floor of this Adam Morgan establishment is humongous and looks over the heart of neighborhood.

Where’s your favorite place to people watch and enjoy the warm weather?

Feature photo by Anna Meyer