Top 5 D.C. Beer Gardens

Nothing beats having a nice cold beer, chatting with friends at home for a summer barbecue. But wait, if no one is throwing a barbecue, how will you be able to enjoy that same feeling of drinking a cold one on a beautiful patio? Two words: beer gardens!

Beer gardens are always a hit in D.C., especially in the warmer months. Enjoy a cold brew and delectable dining on the outdoor patio seating at these amazing local bars and restaurants:

Garden District

Located in Logan Circle, this restaurant/bar is a pretty popular spot in D.C. Their menu list contains several handheld foods such as their pulled pork sandwich, hush puppies and half-sour pickles, along with a small selection of beers. Even though their selection is not very wide, the customers love their outdoor seating with its picnic ambience and hanging string lights that a nice touch to the summer night hangout. Check out their website for more information!

Dacha Beer Garden

This Shaw bar and grill is also popular with Washingtonians. Along with their wide selection of brews from Germany, Belgium and other places in the United States, they also serve tasty treats and meals such as their bucket of mussels during happy hour, bratwurst and grilled steak skewers. Their outdoor beer garden is also a great place to hang out in the summer with its out door bar and long picnic tables surrounded by greenery, giving it an amazing backyard feel. Click here to see their happy hour menu and the rest of their website!

Sauf Haus 

This Dupont Circle-centered beer hall and garden has a sun roof-covered patio as well as an indoor area with a screen projector, foosball table, and bar area with tons of space. The patio area definitely has a large backyard ambience, even with the sun roof. Kielbasa, half smokes and soft pretzels are the main options on their food menu, but their beer menu has a wide selection of German brews that anyone would enjoy. Click here to look at their weekly specials and happy hour.

Takoda Restaurant & Beer Garden 

Takoda is another restaurant/beer garden located in the Shaw area. They have tons of happy hour specials throughout the week, and they also have dinner and brunch menus. Some of their dinner entrees include shrimp and grits, their Takoda bacon burger and a chicken and sweet potato waffle. Their beer menu offers 24 American draft beers to choose from, including cider. You won’t be disappointed when you see the beautiful rustic outdoor patio! Click here to learn more.


Bardo is claimed to be one of the biggest beer gardens in D.C. sitting at 15,000 square-feet. They have a wide selection of beers on their beer menu such as Dremo, Tatonka Stout and White Lightnin. They also have several ales and malts such as their Bardo Pale Ale and the Smoked and Oaked Bacon IPA, which they smoked themselves! Click here to check out their website and see their hours.

Grab a couple of friends and head on over to one of these amazing beer gardens, or try them all!

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