One of the most charming experiences a city has to offer are drinks with a view. Across the globe – in the world’s most glamorous cities, one of the top experiences travelers seek is finding the best rooftop bars. And for good reason. The area around Ft. Meade has a lot of options for roof-top scenery and drinks.
Maybe it’s the heady rush of a well-mixed cocktail, but there is a certain rapture and wonder when you’re perched high above the hustle and bustle of street levels, and change your gaze to one of skylines and treetops.
If you’re in the Fort Meade area, you are in luck! Take a mini-vacation and soak in the views at these amazing rooftop bars.
Top of the Gate, Foggy Bottom
Nestled atop the Watergate Hotel – no one could keep this gorgeous bar a secret for long. And for good reason, as it offers sweeping vistas of the Potomac River, stunning 360-degree views of the Key Bridge, and glimpses into the beautifully historic Georgetown and Arlington neighborhoods. Sunsets are the perfect time to enjoy any rooftop bar – but this one is especially lovely, as you watch the last rays of sunlight sparkle against the river.
Top of the Yard Rooftop Bar & Bites, Navy Yard/Nationals Park
Catching a Washington Nationals baseball game is one of the top things to do in D.C., but if you aren’t able to budget the time for a full game – the Top of the Yard is the place to be. You can still enjoy ball-park style dogs, burgers, wings, pretzels, and ice-cold beers, and hear the cheers of the crowd. All while getting a peek of the action as you overlook Nats Stadium. The baseball-themed cocktails are particularly festive and delightful.
POV at the W, downtown D.C.
The views at POV are truly presidential; this sleek bar boasts fantastic views of the White House. Classic cocktails are the specialty here, and although not the cheapest in town, having one of the most unique views in the country is certainly worth it.
Marvin, downtown D.C.
This vibrant little gem prides itself on great drinks, and affordable beer and wine options, which can be a rarity for a rooftop bar. But the real secret at Marvin’s isn’t the lush treetop views or the welcoming rooftop deck … it’s the live music schedule. After all, the Marvin bar took its inspiration from legendary singer, Marvin Gaye.
Colada Shop, downtown D.C.
Rooftop bars are practically made to enjoy summer – and the Colada Shop takes that sentiment a step further by bringing the Tropics, to you! Enjoy sparkling pineapple sangrias and mojitos, delicious daiquiris and more – all while lounging under Instagram-worthy seafoam green umbrellas and flower boxes tumbling over with blooms.
You might just feel like you’re in Tahiti when you visit the Tiki Barge in Baltimore. Enjoy the rustic vibe, charming tin roofs, and potted palm trees as you overlook the calm waters of the harbor. As the only floating grill and bar in the city – you really will have an island experience, all in the Chesapeake Bay!
Perched 19 stories above the sidewalk, LB’s offers a luxury view – in the historically elegant Lord Baltimore Hotel. Make sure you take in the magnificent lobby, especially the frescoed ceiling and stunning Murano glass chandelier, on your way to the elevators.
Part dive bar, part rooftop bar – L.P. Steamers is 100% laid back and fun. Enjoy ice-cold beer and crack a bucket of crabs while you overlook the Baltimore skyline – including the delightfully historic ‘Domino Sugar’ neon-lit rooftop sign. L.P.’s has been featured in ‘Baltimore Magazine’, the ‘New York Times’, and the Travel Channel – but there’s zero pretention to be found here. Just some really great views, nice drinks, and spectacular food.
Embrace your inner Jack Sparrow when you enjoy rum-soaked cocktails at one of the best dock bar restaurants in Annapolis. Named after the historic, British Royal Navy’s rum brand – this treasure is perched near the water’s edge, making it the perfect place to sip delicious cocktails, as you watch the sailboats slip by.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to unwind after a long week, or dance the night away with live music and great friends – these rooftop bars provide the perfect backdrop for fun!
Written by: Kristi Adams