Local 16

Lounge / Restaurant / Rooftop Bar
Local 16 A large rooftop bar and an emphasis on locally-grown products have made Local 16 a popular hangout for a mix of foodies, preppies, and hipsters alike. Washington, DC United States 38.916882 -77.037147
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Local 16 - Lounge | Restaurant | Rooftop Bar in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review A large rooftop bar and an emphasis on locally-grown products have made Local 16 a popular hangout for a mix of foodies, preppies, and hipsters alike. A casual weeknight vibe quickly turns to a rowdy, overly-packed scene... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Green, Yellow Lines: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

  • Phone:

    202-265-2828

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Bar/Rooftop: M–Th 5pm–2am, F–Sa 5pm–3am, Su 11am–1am
    Restaurant: Su–Th 5–10pm, F–Sa 5–11pm
    Brunch: Su 11am–4pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Local 16 Review

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A large rooftop bar and an emphasis on locally-grown products have made Local 16 a popular hangout for a mix of foodies, preppies, and hipsters alike.

A large rooftop bar and an emphasis on locally-grown products have made Local 16 a popular hangout for a mix of foodies, preppies, and hipsters alike.

A casual weeknight vibe quickly turns to a rowdy, overly-packed scene on weekends when swarms of college students take over the large tiki-styled rooftop deck to flirt with coeds at the bar while a DJ spins a soundtrack of Top 40.

Couples and young professionals looking for a mellower scene can check out the downstairs restaurant and bar, whose red and dark wood décor and warm fringed lanterns create a more intimate and laid-back atmosphere.

Simple bistro-style wooden tables, chairs, and leather booths are snuggled against the walls of the main dining area and face the bar through a half-wall made of stacked liquor bottles. The bar itself has a distinctive pub feel, with a mixture of simple wooden stools and scattered tables, and a large street side window overlooking U Street provides patrons with a perfect people-watching perch.

Once recharged by the downstairs vibe, patrons at Local 16 can easily head back up to the rooftop via a narrow stairway in the rear of the bar, where the scene often changes so quickly it’s like a slap in the face.

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Tip from Lucas:

The rooftop is popular and you can’t reserve tables, so even if you’re lucky enough to snag one during peak hours, there’s a two-hour limit with a food order. Set up a home base early in the bar downstairs.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, local foodies, college students, and frat types, early 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Chill reggae, rock, pop, 80s, and 90s music weekdays on the rooftop. DJs spin Top 40 Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. TV.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Seasonal menu of American-inspired cuisine, including a variety of pizzas and an aerie burger with cheddar. Catering menu available for private parties. Valet parking on the weekends from 6pm. Happy Hour M–F 5–8pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch $8–$12, prix fixe brunch for Facebook fans $18, appetizers $5–$9, entrées $13–$24. Beer $5–$6, wine $6–$9/glass or $24–$135/bottle, cocktails $8–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, shorts, jeans, flip-flops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekends for the college vibe, or midweek for a more relaxed atmosphere.

  • Close By

    Two blocks away is Marvin (2007 14th Street NW), a club with packed dance floors and a rooftop space as well.

Local 16 User Reviews

Average rating:
U Street Mainstay - Great Rooftop
Jimmy D. Nov 24, 2012
Best in the summer, but crowded throughout the year, Local 16 has been going strong for over a decade. The rooftop bar gets packed in the summer but its one of the better outdoor venues in the U Street area during the summer. The food in the restaurant is traditional and good. Not great. There is virtually always a line at the door on weekends. Local 16 has various rooms upstairs in additional to the bar/restaurant downstairs and the rooftop. This bar is usually a must stop by on my swings through the U Street corridor.
Go for the dinner and the scene
Sherry M. Aug 5, 2012
This place strikes a nice balance between having good food (not your standard pub fare) and a cool scene for after dinner. I recommend eating downstairs for dinner - secure a table with your friends BEFORE the after-dinner crowds roll in. Then you can enjoy the scene from your prime real estate.
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