DC’s Best Outdoor Drinking Spots for Summer

Neighborhood favorites for drinking cocktails, beer and wine alfresco

July 6, 2015
by Rina Rapuano

Bloomingdale: Big Bear Cafe

Day or night, this is one of our favorite outdoor spots in the city. The bushy, abundant herbs that surround it, the cobblestones underfoot and the lights strung above impart the feeling of a peaceful garden on a rolling hill — rather than a cafe steps from a busy Florida Avenue intersection. It's the kind of place that has a very tight list of reasonably priced beers, wines and cocktails, but you know they're always going to be good.

1700 First St. NW; 202-643-9222