Residents Cafe & Bar channels an alpine lodge to its winter terrace. Photo by Hawkeye Johnson
When winter comes, we feel like a hot drink by an ever-warming bonfire. These bars and restaurants go above and beyond the average patio heater with al fresco fireplaces, alpine decor and private outdoor spaces (cabins! Igloos!) For fun in cold weather. It is clear that the more closed a structure is, the less outdoors it becomes. Pay attention to – and comply with – companies’ mask mandates and vaccination requirements. And as always, be respectful of employees who enter enclosed spaces.
Winter Lodge at Residents
1306 18th St., NW
The trendy hangout Dupont Circle will get diners in the mountain mood thanks to a new winter dream landscape on the terrace – all designed by the local design studio, Bee Inspired Events. Take a seat on a wooden beam – with pillows and blankets for comfort – in the middle of a forest of pine branches, pine cones and imitation snow. The regular brunch and dinner menus are offered with seasonal specialties. Hot drinks and espresso martini too? You can believe it.
Cottages in Four Seasons Georgetown
2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Get an alpine getaway minus the price of a plane ticket at Four Seasons Georgetown, which recently custom-built outdoor pine “suites” inspired by luxury chain hotels in ski destinations in the French Alps, Jackson Hole and beyond. Each chalet is equipped with rugs and pillows, rustic-chic décor and themed food and drinks such as ice-wine martinis, buttery seafood plates and smoked s’mores (the full Bourbon Steak menu is also available). As you probably guessed, these chic cabins are not cheap – reservations start at $ 300 per person. cabin, plus a minimum of $ 200 food / drinks (so bring five of your smartest friends). The hotel also hosts an outdoor holiday market on the weekends (through December 19) around a giant Christmas tree with spiced cocoa and lots of presents.
1309 Fifth St., NE
Union Market’s huge rooftop bar / restaurant gets a fun winter makeover. Climb up to “Mount Hi-Lawn” for serious après-ski vibe – mulled wine, hot booze, 20 campfires, shot ski (yes, those are pictures from a ski) and comforting meals like grilled cheese sandwiches and frankfurters. There is also a huge tent of 2,500 square meters with heaters for when the temperature drops, equipped with retro mountain decor. They celebrate the launch with an ugly sweater party on Friday, December 17th and have weekly entertainment evenings including live music on Thursdays.
Scandal igloos at Watergate
2650 Virginia Ave., NW
Drink as if it were 1972 at the Watergate Hotel, which has just launched outdoor “scandal igloos” themed around the 50th anniversary of Nixon’s infamous crimes. The domes are equipped with cozy rugs and Playboy-like velvet chairs, working Victrola turntables, non-functioning typewriters, books about Watergate and other scandal-era accents. Food and drink also belong to 1972 – think Singapore Slings, lamb chops with mint jellies, chocolate cigars and the aforementioned fondue. Rentals start at $ 150 with a minimum of $ 75 for food and beverages per person. person.
Lulu’s Wine Garden Chimineas
1940 11th St., NW
The indoor / outdoor setup of this U Street Corridor vineyard has always been warm thanks to the desert-inspired Southwest touch. A semi-sheltered street is protected by an airy wooden structure hung with plants and cornices, while wood-burning chimineas keep things toasty on the front and back terraces. There is also a “warm-up menu” – all contact free QR code service – with hot thermos cocktails, cheesy chicken tortilla soup and blankets that can be purchased. You can even adjust your table heater on your phone.
9201 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring
Silver Springs’ new restaurant and garden – which takes over the historic Mr. K’s Tollhouse – is ready for winter. A holiday market runs every Friday to Sunday until Christmas with crafts, hot drinks and much more. Borrowers can make reservations in the large gardens at heated patio picnic tables or around campfire sites with warming eateries like crab dip and braised sliders with short ribs.
Après Ski Rooftop at Conrad Hotel
950 New York Ave., NW
You can not drive on the slopes near CityCenterDC, but you can channel mountain moods on Conrad Hotel’s high roof terrace. Enjoy the view of the monuments while enjoying rum-spiced hot chocolate and hot bourbon cocktails with rosemary as well as cozy heaters and blankets. The food is French-inspired – think of cheeses, meats and a toasty croque madame. The pop-up runs through December 26th.
Waterfront Igloos at Del Mar, Fiola Mare
791 Wharf St., SW; 3100 K St NW
Is the faux-igloo trend a bit ridiculous? Yes. It seems too indulgent to rent a plastic ball for $ 175. Probably. That said, we would not complain if a friend rented one of these fooled snowballs at Fabio Trabocchi’s Seafood Center restaurants in Georgetown or at Wharf – and then pampered us with a seafood platter. (Note: rental fees vary over holidays and there is a limit of six people.)
Winter festival in Wundergarten
1101 First St., NE
NoMa’s huge outdoor beer garden is in the middle of its annual WinterFest celebration (through December 23), where you will find a Christmas tree party, Christmas pop-up markets and much more. Even after it’s finished, partygoers can expect hot cocktails, cider with tips and hot chocolate; seasonal winter beer; roaring fireplaces; and private cabanas lit with colorful lights (prices vary by size and date). See a schedule of fun activities here.
Winter Wonderland at HalfSmoke
651 Florida Ave., NW
Owner Andre McCain debuted a large “winter wonderland” pop-up outside his Shaw restaurant last year with socially distant seating for 100 guests. The terrace is set with 12 heated and ventilated igloos for two-to-six that can be reserved, breakfast for dinner, as well as outdoor picnic tables. You can reserve the globe here.
Candy Cane Greenhouses at Maxwell Park Navy Yard
1346 Fourth St., SE
You may know Maxwell for his quirky wine list – now sommelier Brent Kroll and friend Adriana Salame Aspiazu (part of the talent behind the former Miracle on 7th Street Christmas bar) are getting creative with a pop-up holiday wine bar. There is fun decorating indoors and outdoors, lots of champagne and themed drinks like eggnog shooters. If you want to celebrate outside, you can order a greenhouse with sugar cane (which requires a deposit of $ 300) equipped with heat and speakers for Christmas songs. Available through December 31st.