When it comes to good weather, I live by the following credo: “if you drink it, it will come.” And by that I mean it’s time to start boozing like spring has sprung, whether or not it snowed in DC yesterday.
It works kind of like a rain dance: the more we get housed outside of our houses, the more the weather gods will want to reward us with sunshine, highs in the mid to upper 70s, and perhaps a light breeze. So check out my favorite outdoor spots to sip on liquid happiness (that would be beer), peruse some of my favorite Spring brews, and go get your scrumps on!
On Connecticut Ave, skip Lucky Bar (too crowded) and head across the street to 18th Street Lounge. The fact that it’s basically a real-life Diagon Alley and you have to pace up and down the block for ten minutes just to figure out that it is indeed the unmarked door sandwiched between Nando’s and Mattress Discounters may sound like some trying-too-hard-to-be-under-the-radar baloney, but this place is happily neither an H Street hipster dungeon nor a GW intern mecca. Their terrace is big enough and the hype is minimal enough that Babygirl could probably even leave her inhaler at home.
Just make sure you flee the scene before reggae night gets going on Wednesdays. That is, of course, if you prefer to avoid rastafarian clustercusses.
- Fox and Hounds. This place is super salty AND they pour a real stiffy. But for the sake of not doubling up on my previous plug, I’ll leave it there.
- Bourbon (Glover Park, not AdMo). Nice-sized patio, very respectable beer list, and Tots. What more could a person ask for? (I don’t know… maybe a way to get to Glover Park without a. driving one’s nonexistent motor vehicle or b. taking three different buses?)
Back when Snags lived in Petworth, he and I spent many an evening scouring the neighb for great local bars with good beer selections where we wouldn’t run the risk of getting shanked. While I don’t miss the days when Fish in da Hood was just around the corner, it is nice to get back up to our own stomping grounds now and then to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Especially since everywhere south of Meridian Hill Park is hopelessly packed pretty much every night except Sunday these days. (I’m looking at you, American Ice and Standard!)
While I’m more loyal to the nearby Looking Glass as a whole, Wonderland Ballroom definitely wins out in the outdoor drinking department. They have this great front yard area with picnic tables where everyone brings their dogs… a great alternative to being that sad stalker lady in the dog park creeping out the owners when she starts whispering sweet nothings in their goldendoodles’ ears.
Stoop Kids Afraid to Leave the Stoop
Okay, so being that Snags and I live in a basement (wait for it) apartment…. we don’t actually have a stoop. BUT our upstairs neighbors do – if indeed they exist – and they always seem to be in Germany. Which means more stoop for us!
The fact of the matter is that stoopin’ it is the ideal outdoor drinking situation ALWAYS… unless you’re talking about sipping on Coronas while playing cornhole in Loveladies (keep it together Beezy).
The best part about stoopin’ it (other than not having to leave the house) is that you can have any.beer.you.want. and for less mons than they’ll give it to you for at a bar. Here are my picks for springtime stoopin’…. enjoy biatches.