Sip in the sky: Some of D.C.’s best rooftop bars

Brixton Website

901 U St., N.W.

Hours: Monday-Saturday open 5 p.m., Sunday open 11 a.m.

Meet up with friends in the U Street Corridor for a few cocktails and a great view of the city. But be sure to grab some grub downstairs before heading up to the roof -- you won't find a food menu up there.

(Courtesy of Emily Clack)
Red Derby Website

3718 14th St., N.W.

Hours: Monday-Friday open 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday open 11 a.m.

During the weekend, catch up over brunch on the rooftop deck. Red Derby offers an omelet bar and $2 mimosa and Bloody Mary drink specials. The staff also grills on the roof for dinner with cookout classics like hotdogs, brauts and half-smokes.

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POV at the W Website

515 15th St., N.W.

Hours: Monday-Friday open 3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday open 11 a.m.

POV at the W has one of the best views in the District. Gaze at the Washington Monument and the White House while sipping on cocktails or champagne. Rooftop visitors can also snack on small plates or order from the Sunday brunch menu.

(Courtesy of Swati Samtani)
El Centro D.F. Website

1819 14th St., N.W.

Hours: Monday-Friday open 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday open 11 a.m.

Order yourself some traditional Mexican fare and a specialty cocktail. Summertime drinks include a spicy mango margarita, a mojito Mexicano and the ponche sangria. And for those who prefer to get their margaritas earlier, rather than late-night, El Centro has a great happy hour menu.

(Courtesy of R. Lopez)
The Reef Website

2446 18th St., N.W.

Hours: Monday-Sunday open at 5 p.m.

Stop for a drink or appetizer at The Reef's rooftop bar. Diners and drinkers can choose from an impressive beer list, as well as a food menu. Plus, the spot provides a great view of Adams Morgan, but it's covered for a cool break from the afternoon sun.

(Courtesy of The Reef Restaurant)
Beacon Sky Bar A new app could spice up your nightlife. (Thinkstock)
The Observatory Website

1075 Thomas Jefferson St., N.W.

Hours: Monday-Thursday open 5 p.m., Friday open 3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday open noon

Nothing says swank quite like The Observatory. Settled on top of the Graham Hotel Georgetown, The Observatory offers guests cocktails, light fare and a view of D.C.'s skyline.

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Rock & Roll Hotel Website

1353 H St., N.E.

Hours: Monday-Sunday open 6 p.m.

The outdoor deck is located on the third floor of the H Street music venue. Visit during happy hour from 6-8 p.m. for $4 rails, $3 PBR and half-price wings among other deals.

(Courtesy of John Shore)
Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill Website

2424 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington

Hours: Monday-Saturday open 11 a.m., Sunday open 10 a.m.

Get out of the office and get on the roof for the restaurant's daily lunch special. Diners can also take advantage of the elevated outdoor space during the afternoons, evenings and weekend brunch.

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Zeba Website

3423 14th St., N.W.

Hours: Monday-Sunday open 5 p.m.

Stop in at Zeba's outdoor deck in Columbia Heights for happy hour, daily specials or a late night drink.

(Courtesy of John Jefari)
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