4 D.C. Bars Channeling All the Summer Feels

From Spanish cider straight from the barrel to tiki classics by the river, these bars serve up summer fun.

The Patio at Fish

At Minibar, José Andrés is known for creating “culinary high-wire acts,” to quote The Washington Post. But the celebrity chef also knows how to throw a party. His seasonal outdoor bar at MGM National Harbor dives into the classic Maryland crab shack, complete with craft cocktails (margaritas topped with clouds of salt “air”) and cider served Spanish party style—straight from the barrel. 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill, Md., 301.971.6050


The Southeast waterfront highly anticipated pop-up Rosé Garden has us thinking pink with the refreshing blush-hued wine, sipped under candy-striped umbrellas, just a stone’s throw from the river. 301 Water St. SE, 202.484.8800

Whaley’s Rosé Garden

The Columbia Room

For a limited time this July, the creative minds at this top-rated drinking den get to the root of Washington’s love for flowers with a four-course cocktail tasting menu (reservations required) highlighting pretty petals. The result? Concoctions like Chrysanthemum, an update on the pre-Prohibition classic that actually includes the bud, and Dandelion, a “no waste” negroni that’s as green in the philosophy behind its creation as it is in color. Miss the special menu? Fear not! The patio also serves up some top-shelf sips, too, all summer long with no reservations needed. 124 Blagden Alley NW, 202.316.9396

The Columbia Room

Tiki TNT

At award-winning mixologist Todd Thrasher’s waterfront digs in Southwest, expert bartenders serve up classic summer nostalgia. In a massive three-story Polynesia-themed space, drinkers sip Mai Tais and Zombies in kitschy barware. You can’t get more summer than that. 1130 Main Ave. SW, 202.900.4786

Tiki TNT

Anne Kim-Dannibale
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