Old favorites and new additions make DC one of the best cities for rooftop drinking

VUE, located on the 11th floor of Hotel Washington.

The nation’s capital is no stranger to accolades. Known for its rich history, iconic landmarks, and vibrant cultural scene, DC has a new feather in its cap – it has been recognized as one of the “Best Cities for Rooftop Drinking.”

Roof Gnome, an online service connecting consumers to roofing professionals, compared nearly 300 of the biggest U.S. cities based on a cocktail of 18 metrics. It factored in the rooftop bar and lounge access and consumer ratings, stirred with data-driven mixers like affordability and climate. Based on its analysis, DC ranked 5th overall.

Whether it’s looking out over the Potomac River, gazing at the Washington Monument, or enjoying a panoramic view of the city’s skyline, rooftop bars in DC provide an experience that’s hard to match.

Several new rooftop bars have popped up around the city, each bringing a unique vibe and perspective. Among those not to be missed are:

In addition to these new spots, DC has several well-established rooftop bars that continue to draw in crowds. VUE (formerly POV) at Hotel Washington and Top of the Gate at the Watergate Hotel have been popular choices for years, and were recently ranked among the top rooftop bars in the U.S. by Time Out. In addition, Crimson View at the Motto by Hilton Washington DC City Center and Summit at the Conrad recently reopened to rave reviews with updated decors and offerings.

It’s not just the number or quality of rooftop bars that make the District a top city for rooftop drinking. It’s also the diversity – from sophisticated cocktail lounges to casual beer gardens, there’s a rooftop bar to suit every taste and occasion in DC.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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