The 14 best rooftop happy hours in D.C.

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Happy hour is truly only 60 minutes at the Betsy, the gin-focused rooftop escape hidden above Belga Cafe on Barracks Row, and accessed through stairs in a back alley.

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— Fritz Hahn

16 Outstanding Rooftop Bars and Restaurants Around D.C.

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An impressive selection of gin and tonics steal the spotlight at chef Bart Vandaele’s open-air rooftop, tucked behind sibling Belga Cafe on Capitol Hill.

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— Tierney Plumb

26 Rooftop Bars with Epic Views of Washington DC

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From the team that brought you the beloved Belga Cafe comes Betsy, a charming rooftop oasis that was practically made for Instagram.

Cocktail at Betsy

— Lulu Chang

4 must-try rooftop bars in Washington, D.C.

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A whimsical gin garden serving colorful cocktails on Capitol Hill.

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— Sami Sparber, Chelsea Cirruzzo

Soak in the Sun at One of the Top Rooftop Venues in Washington D.C.

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If you find yourself sipping a handcrafted cocktail on a Washington D.C. rooftop, there’s likely something that will stand out to you: D.C. has no skyscrapers.

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— Cat Buckley

The Betsy: This Summer’s Best Rooftop Secret

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All Washingtonians know what warm weather means – summer cocktails on patios and rooftops.

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— China Riddle

6 New DC Rooftop Bars for Sipping in the Sunshine

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Fresh decks for margaritas, happy hours, and water views.

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— Anna Spiegel