In case you haven’t noticed, our Outdoor Drinking Guide for 2014 is live and jam-packed with useful info. It’s full of all our favorite outdoor drinking destinations from around the city because we (obviously) love drinking outdoors and know you do, too. However, sometimes just being outside isn’t enough. Sometimes you’d rather have a quality dopplebock than a fancy cocktail and toast your friends with a sloshing stein rather than a long-stem glass. For these occasions (which we hope are not infrequent in your life), we bring you this short, sweet guide to D.C. beer gardens. We’ll give you a peek at what’s open now and what’s coming soon.
An H Street staple since its inception, Biergarten Haus offers a massive outdoor beer garden behind its deceptively small indoor space. With 16 German beers available as well as a selection of authentic German food including smoked and cured fish, fresh pretzel rolls, spatzle, shnitzel, and other filling carb-y goodness, Biergarten Haus is your best bet for a true Deutsche beer garden experience.
A relative newcomer to the Shaw scene but already popular, you can bring your dog and/or your kids and enjoy one of their delicious brews in the sprawling outdoor space under the watchful violet gaze of their beautiful Liz Taylor mural. Dacha recently started serving food like brats and wursts as well as sauerkraut and roasted potatoes. They have gluten-free options too!
Another beer garden in NE (we’re not complaining), this stripped down Bladensburg Road beer garden has 20 beers on draft, an abundance of corn hole stations, a fire pit, and a projector so you can take in a picture while you sip. Bring your dog to meet the resident canine – appropriately called BarDawg – play some games, drink some beer. It’s really that simple here.
(By popular demand)
If you haven’t been to Standard/Garden District yet, you haven’t lived in DC very long. 6 draft beers, 1 beer in a bottle, great food, fantastic location. It’s always crowded on even remotely nice days, so get here when they open to snag a seat and make friends with the strangers at your shared table.
10 drafts indoors, 6 drafts outdoors. Delicious food made from locally sourced ingredients and meat sliced and cured in their own butchershop. A beautiful, cozy outdoor space strung with fairy lights. Live music in the garden on Friday and Saturday nights. This is the perfect relaxing summer evening destination.
According to Washington City Paper, the Howard Theatre is applying for permits for a beer garden and BBQ venture behind the building this summer in order to keep up with the suddenly trendy neighborhood in which it finds itself. The Howard wants to feature primarily local beer including brews from Right Proper Brewing Company, which is right next door. The garden could open as soon as June, so keep your eyes peeled!
The Neighborhood Restaurant Group you know and love (Birch & Barley, Churchkey, Bluejacket, The Partisan, GBD, Iron Gate, Red Apron… You get it.) is planning a beer garden concept in the coming Pike & Rose area along Rockville Pike. Set to open in mid-2015, this will be NRG’s first venture in Maryland and we can’t wait to see Beer Director Greg Engert’s selections for this space.
Set to open sometime this summer, Dacha 2 will be twice as big as its predecessor and have the same menu. It will be open in the mornings for coffee and have free wi-fi. Beer AND coffee in one place? We’re already sold.