Here at BYT, we are good for finding reasons to be drunk and since it’s brutally sunny and brutally hot this week, why not use those extra hours of light to go on a day drinking adventure? We mapped a seamless route to some of the best spots in all four quadrants of the city to do some outdoor boozing from sun up to sunset. Before embarking on your great drunk adventure, consider the following pro-tips.
- Bring/wear sunscreen and sunglasses and maybe a hat with a visor. It’s going to be a long day.
- Wear sensible shoes. Flip-flops are not sensible. They are dangerous.
- Extra deoderant, because it’s hot and you will be outside and at some point you will stink.
- Finally, repeat after me “I would like a (fill in name of drink) with a glass of water please.” Every stop. Every time.
Also, don’t drink and drive, duh! Make sure to plan for Uber and Metro.
Because only so many places open early in the a.m., we mapped this route starting from the south and moving through each quadrant from right to left. After about 4 p.m., most places are open so feel free to switch em’ up kids!
Busboys and Poets Shirlington: (Start 10:00 a.m.)
Begin your day at one of the many Busboy’s locations for breakfast. I recommend starting at either the southern route of the tour in Shirlington (Arlington) or the northern route in Takoma depending on your starting point. One of the few places in the city that actually opens for breakfast. You have a long day ahead so take your time and pack your tummy full of carbs, fats and proteins. Think waffles, eggs, bacon, french toast, biscuits, etc etc. Personal Menu favorites: Oaxaca omelette, bagel with lox and home fries. Let all that coat your stomach before indulging in a few rounds of bloody mary’s, because you know, liquor before beer and all that.
Orange Anchor: (11:00 a.m.)
Do you own a boat? Know anyone that owns a boat? Wish you owned a boat? Maybe you have a pair of Sperry’s. Good, this is the spot for you! Some people might call this place a little fratty, and that might be fair, but their mojitos are great, their rum runners are great and that lobster mac and cheese is some of the best damn drunk food on this side of the city. Pair all of that with a stellar view of the Georgetown waterfront and you have a prime summer day drinking locale. The marina is especially peaceful early in the day before any of the crowds, so get there right at 11.
Burger Tap and Shake: (Noon)
Not a lot of drinking spots open before noon, so head on over to Burger Tap and Shake on Penn Ave to grab a pint out on the patio. If you didn’t get enough for breakfast, consider ordering a side of their delicious fries as well.
POV Lounge: (1:00 p.m.)
Some people will tell you not to go here. Some people are very tourist averse. I am not one of those people. I love POV lounge, ESPECIALLY during the day-time early afternoon hours because it’s much more relaxed than the clubby night atmosphere. POV’s drinks are pricy, but if you’re only going to be here an hour, grab one, gaze out to an unobstructed view of the Washington Monument, toast our founding fathers and this great country, and move on to your next stop.
Cantina Marina: (2:00 p.m.)
An obvious summer outdoor drinking choice. No day drunk list should exist without it. Order up some margaritas or whatever ungodly syrup-filled cocktail of your preference (my fave is the mango margarita) and enjoy some of the best clear water views in the city.
BlueJacket: (3:00 p.m.)
Honestly, you have no time for a beer tour today, so grab a pint and take a seat at one of the tables outside. Depending on the time and day you get here, you might have to fight off a swarm of Nats fans, but they usually take all the air-conditioned indoor spots so finding a patio seat shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Biergarten Haus: (4:00 p.m.)
A fairly standard outdoor bavarian beer garden to hit up on your way to some other stops. If you want to feel like you’re in some WWII era euro village outdoor pub, this is your spot. The Weihenstephaner Vitus is my favorite beer of theirs but it’s definitely a heavy hitter in terms of alcohol content. I’m a big fan of the $36 flight of samples of all 12 drafts covering your beer bases in one fell swoop. Biergarten opens right at 4pm, happy hour starts right away.
Second half of the tour looks like this (click map for link)
Bardo: ( 5:00 p.m.)
Normally I would go from Bardo to Biergarten, but as Bardo opens at 5 and we are on a schedule, I flipped it. A short distance from Biergarten, you can mosey on over to Bardo. When it comes to feeling like you’re drinking beers in your best friend’s junky but welcoming backyard, this is definitely the spot. Bardo is probably the least pretentious outdoor drinking spot on this list, so if you’re a little sloppy at this point, don’t worry too much about it. Personal favorites: Marion Berry Lambic and Lemon Ginger Honey Radler (my absolute favorite summer beer in the city). Lastly order up some Crank (mate, coffee guarana) to realign those brain cells and push into the evening of this tour.
Dacha Beergarden: (6:00 p.m.)
I used to avoid Dacha because they didn’t have indoor bathrooms. I mean, who wants to drink in the heat and then have to piss in a hot disgusting port-o-potty. They must have heard the people’s complaints because their spring reno’s include flushable indoor toilets. They also serve food now, which, if you’re this point in the day drunk tour, might want to refuel on.
Vinoteca: (opens at 7:00 p.m.)
What would be a day drinking tour without a few stops on U street? Vinoteca opens at 5PM, so check this place out a little later in the day, grab a spot on the deck, maybe play a round of bocce while sipping whatever wine you fancy. If you’re not into wine, go for a summery mint julep or negroni.
Kangaroo Boxing Club: (8:00 p.m.)
Many of you may skip this spot because Columbia Heights is faaaaar. But, I do know some people come here to play drinking games, and at this point in the day, you might have run out of conversation with whomever you happen to be with. I’m more of a sit on the patio and watch people walk by sort of person, so this a good spot to chill for a bit on the sidewalk and have a few pimms cups or whatever your DOC is here.
Roofers Union: (9:00 p.m.)
End your day at Roofers Union. Head straight up to third floor rooftop for probably the best view of Adams Morgan. A solid choice for beer lovers and cocktail enthusiasts alike, they offer 22 drafts on tap and a ton of deliciously crafted drinks. The Lei Me Down punch is the best summer cocktail ever. Seriously, if you don’t order this, I hate you. Adams Morgan is a nightmare on the weekends and especially at night, so you might want to make a reservation for a table first, grab a bite and then eventually wander your way up to the third floor for some prime AdMo people watching. This last stop is well worth the patience and planning.