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5 DC Beer Gardens
Prost! A toast to full steins and picnic tables
The only thing better than enjoying a good German beer is enjoying a good German beer in a scenic, outdoor setting. From the Old Europe vibe to modern takes, here’s a quick five on DC beer gardens.
With an extensive German beer list, authentic cuisine and a secret-garden feel, you’ll think you’ve been transported to a beer garden in Bavaria. Save the plane ticket cash and head to one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods to check out this H Street NE spot complete with German decor, wooden beer hall tables and big, wooden barrels to serve as high-tops to rest your brew.
1355 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002
This Capitol Hill favorite has been around for 30 years and is a staple for those looking for good, authentic German cuisine and a brew to wash it all down. The menu features a wide range of German favorites as well as seasonal features. The patio is open year-round (weather permitting) and offers a quiet retreat to enjoy a taste of Germany in DC. Don’t miss enjoying your beer from a bierstiefel (the boot) as this is one of the few places in DC to offer them.
322 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002
Dacha Beer Garden
This no-frills seasonal beer garden in the Shaw neighborhood is a temporary set-up until the permanent structure is built. Until then, patrons can enjoy an impressive German beer list from shared picnic tables. And for the thirsty brew-lover, go for the one-liter boot of beer. Dacha doesn’t serve food – yet – but guests are welcome to bring their own.
1600 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
With space for you and 500 of your closest friends, this empty lot-turned beer drinker’s heaven is like a party in a friend’s backyard – just a friend with a really huge yard, picnic tables and really, really good beer. Food trucks are the only food option but an extensive, diverse beer and fun atmosphere keep customers coming back for more.
1200 Bladensburg Road NW, Washington, DC 20002
Garden District is a little bit country and little bit oom-pah-pah but with a friendly, neighborhood hang-out kind of vibe. The menu leans towards barbecue and southern favorites but has a few German standards in the way of by-the-liter beer and bratwurst with sauerkraut. This Logan Circle neighborhood spot is only open during warmer weather as it has very little in the way of indoor seating … but really, who’s looking to sit inside at a place like this?
1801 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
H Street NE