‘Cool’ places to dine, drink this season

WASHINGTON — The holiday season is heating up, and to celebrate, many D.C. dining establishments are cooling down with winter-themed patios, pop-ups and more.

Whether it’s alongside ice sculptures or inside igloos, here are a few ways you can chill out and drink in the holiday season:

Bourbon on Ice at The Four Seasons 

The outdoor lounge at Bourbon Steak is giving a whole new meaning to ordering “on ice.” This winter, the restaurant’s patio is outfitted with six-seat, heated “ice domes,” where guests can sip hot and cold beverages and snack on Alpine-themed fare. For information and reservations, call 202-342-0444.

Winterfest at Wunder Garten 

The Northeast beer garden transforms into a winter wonderland for Winterfest, a holiday market and food/drink pop up. The market will be open Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., though Dec. 16. Trees will also be available for those who need to bring one home.

‘Top of the Skate’ at The Watergate Hotel’s Top of the Gate

‘Tis the season for The Watergate Hotel’s rooftop bar to turn into an ice-skating rink. Catch unparalleled city views and a menu of hot pretzels, apple cider doughnuts, mulled wine and more.

(Courtesy Watergate Hotel, Credit David Preta)


The Next Whisky Bar at The Watergate Hotel 

Also at The Watergate: 12-foot heated igloos, available for parties from two to eight at The Next Whisky Bar. Reservations start at $200, but come with special food and drink menu options.

(Courtesy Watergate Hotel, Credit David Preta)


Miracle on Seventh Street 

D.C.’s annual Christmas pop-up bar is back, and this year’s theme is all about the panda. Keeping in the pop-up’s tradition, visitors can expect creative names alongside craft cocktails, plus decorated backdrops, perfect for photos.

(Photo credit Ana Valentin)

Whaley’s Winter Patio

The Yards Park restaurant, Whaley’s, is well known for its rosé garden, but when the temperatures drop, the space turns into a cozy cocktail club, complete with heaters and blankets.

This season, sip on cider and check out two neighboring light installations, “The Pool,” by New York-based Jen Lewin Studio, and “Angels of Freedom,” by Israel-based OGE Group at The Yards Park Boardwalk. Both will be on display 6 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 4.

(“The Pool” by artist Jen Lewin, photo by Brendan Burkett)


Christmas tree Farm at The Ritz-Carlton

There’s no need to leave the city to retrieve a farm-fresh Christmas tree. All you need to do is drive down to the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, sip on some complimentary hot chocolate — and stay for a cocktail or two — and pick out a Virginia-grown evergreen (plus wreaths, holiday jams, ornaments and more). The Christmas tree pop-up is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 16.


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