Happy Hour Guide

Living Your Best Summer Life, Part 2: Views & Booze – 7 Sky-High Rooftop Happy Hours

Happy hour is pretty awesome on its own, but add in rooftop views in an open, airy space, throw in festive cocktails…. and you now have Next Level Happy Hour. We live for the discounted drinks and bites, but we especially love the time of the year when we can do all of that al fresco. Check out these 7 spots for rooftop drinking.

The Haps: 1/2 Price beers, wines by the glass, and bites

The cozy rooftop is located at the end of a painted chicken feet path – follow the little footprints down the alley behind Belga and you’ll find yourself at the cutest gin garden. The happy hour menu features half price select bites (including Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Wild Mushroom Waffletinis, and Chicken Crab Sigaars) in addition to half price select white, red, rose, and sparkling wines; draft beers; and a featured cocktail of the day.

Enjoy your happy hour fare in various nooks and tables strewn about the intimate space – the charming atmosphere is perfect for date night or catching up with a friend or two.

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The Haps: $6 cocktails, beer, and wine; $2 empanadas

We can’t get enough of the cute Cuban-inspired cafe and bar on 14th Street. The colors. The empanadas. The artwork. We could go on forever…but we know you’re interested in the happy hour. Head upstairs to the recently opened roofdeck for amazing views of 14th Street, colorful bar furnishings, and of course, amazing rum-based cocktails. Enjoy $6 drinks and $2 empanadas all set against the backdrop of tropical tunes – bonus: on Thursday nights, enjoy happy hour deals all night long.

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The Haps: Margaritas (rocks or frozen): $4.95 (glass), $14.95 (half pitcher), $28.95 (pitcher) | Select beers: $3.95-$4.95 | Select wines: $5.95

A tried and true standby, you haven’t lived until you’ve had a swirl margarita while on the rooftop of the popular 18th Street destination. Pair that with the fact that said swirl margarita costs $5.95/glass and $15.95/pitcher on Mondays, and you can bet we’re kicking off our happy hour week there. Other daily specials include discounted sangria on Tuesdays ($4.95/glass), mojitos on Wednesdays ($5.95/glass), and wine specials on Thursday ($5.95/glass).

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The Haps: Specialty Cocktails: $7 | Select beers: $4

For an instagrammable backdrop, head to the bar billed as an “adult treehouse.” The plant-filled rooftop located in Shaw offers plenty of social-media worthy photo ops to go along with photogenic happy hour drinks. Choose from a wide selection of $7 cocktails – including the Mezcal Margarita.

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The Haps: Select drafts: $5 | Select craft cans: $5 | House wines: $5 | Rail Cocktails: $6 | Craft Cocktails: $6-9

Bar Deco is one of the best happy hours & best rooftops in Chinatown. The drinks and food are both fantastic, whether you’re craving beer & avocado chicken n’ bacon rolls or wine & funnel cake fries (all on HH, of course). Basking in the outdoor air while people-watching passers-by, or watching a game on one of the outdoor TVs.

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The Haps:$4 drafts | $4 fireball shots | $5 wine & prosecco by the glass | $6 Tito’s mixed drinks | $8 Hawthorne Smash | $6-$8 food specials

Beer? Wine? Liquor? Food? Hawthorne’s happy hours checks every box! With something for everyone, this space is a great spot to bring your crew. We’d recommend the duck fat fries, grilled cheese bites, & wings, washed down with the Hawthorne Smash– the signature cocktail comprised of Bulleit bourbon, smashed lemon & raspberries, and a splash of simple syrup, served over ice. Whether it’s rain or shine, you can enjoy your happy hour goods on the roof – it has a retractable roof!

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The Haps: $4 cervezas | $6 wines | $6 cocktails | Food Specials

Waterfront rooftop views are quite luxurious, and Mi Vida showcases the DC waterfront quite well. Head to the rooftop for the breeze in your hair while you sip happy hour drinks and nosh one happy hour bites. Order the Ponche De Lola, made with mango-infused vodka, guava, mint, strawberries, and a zing of ginger. It serves 5! Enjoy with queso fundidio and perhaps some tacos, and you have yourself a complete happy hour spread.


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Where’s your favorite rooftop drinking spot? Tell us in the comments!

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