Party Earth Review Set atop the city’s elegant W Hotel, P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge delivers exactly what its name promises – an expansive panorama that encompasses several of DC’s most beautiful monuments. Occupying two distinct spaces on the hotel’s top floor, the venue attracts a wide range of political elites, professionals from nearby ... more
515 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Restaurant / Rooftop Bar
Party Earth Review Frequent drink specials, weekend DJs, and walls covered in TVs and photos of athletes give upscale Public Bar wide appeal among sports fans, Happy Hour enthusiasts, and weekend dance fiends alike. Exposed brick walls peppered with quotes from sports greats like Muhammad Ali set the sporty tone in this former nightclub ... more
1214 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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 on weekends when swarms of college students take over the large tiki-styled rooftop deck to flirt with ... more
1602 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Rooftop Bar / Rooftop Lounge
Party Earth Review Located at the top of the Donovan Hotel, ADC (“Above DC”) is a happening rooftop pool and bar where sexy patrons seek out sophisticated drinks and sultry sunset vistas. Although reserved for hotel guests by day, the requisite bikini girls and beach bodies that dominate the scene give way to the miniest miniskirts and highest ... more
1155 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
DC doesn’t have any skyscrapers within city limits, and last time we checked, the Washington Monument wasn’t serving drinks on the top floor. Fortunately, even short buildings can host one of life’s great pleasures: the rooftop bar.
Many rooftop bars in DC sit atop luxury hotels, catering to travelers and locals alike. On the roof of the Donovan Hotel, ADC (“Above DC”) serves drinks around a rooftop pool, where sexy patrons seek out sophisticated drinks and sultry sunset vistas. Fourteen stories above the bustling Thomas Circle intersection, young professionals and posh girls enjoy the million-dollar views from this luxurious nightclub.
The always-trendy W Hotel has a prime location, and visitors to the P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge can enjoy their cocktails with a view of some of the world’s most famous monuments. The relaxed daytime bar transforms into a nightclub scene at night, with the view of lit-up monuments setting the backdrop.
Unlike in more vertical cities, DC rooftop bars are not surrounded by a canyon of buildings, so they offer the perfect place to spread out and feel removed from the anarchy that often occurs in capital cities. Hipsters who would never set foot in a hotel lounge – and college students who probably couldn’t afford it – have options like Local 16, where a rooftop deck provides a break from the dark room below.
With few options to view the city from up high, rooftop bars of all kinds let DC residents feel like they’re on top of the world.