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The Five Best Rooftop Bars Within Walking Distance from Legacy West End


Living at Legacy West End apartments in downtown DC means that the hottest rooftop bars are a 20-minute walk or less from your home.


  1. The Rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel – Dupont Circle


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Named “One of the Best Rooftop Pools in America” by USA Today and boasting a bird’s-eye view of Dupont Circle, you’ll never want to leave. This rooftop offers a heated saltwater pool, grill, bar, resort cabanas and a shaded lounge, making you feel transported from the city. Spend your day sipping cocktails and enjoying top-notch eats sourced from their ground-floor hot spot, Station Kitchen & Cocktails. And the best part – it’s only a 10-minute walk from Legacy West End!


Day passes for the pool are available for $30 starting at 2 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday, but if you’re just ordering food and drinks, you don’t need to buy one. And there’s plenty happening up here this summer – high-energy pool parties, live DJs, silent discos, sunrise yoga and bottomless Sunday brunch.


  1. Sauf Haus Bier Hall – Dupont Circle


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Want to celebrate Oktoberfest all year long? Sauf Haus lets you do just that – on their roof with German brews and two-pound pretzels. This fun-filled beer garden is only a 10-minute walk from Legacy West End.


  1. Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel – Foggy Bottom



There’s no better way to take in the sights of the nation’s capital than from the roof of the luxurious Watergate Hotel, sipping specialty cocktails and noshing on artisanal pizzas. The sophisticated Top of The Gate offers 360-degree views of the Washington Monument, Potomac River and the rest of the DC skyline.


  1. Jack Rose Dining Saloon – Adams Morgan



Known for its whisk(e)y, Jack Rose is an Adams Morgan hot spot. It has three distinct areas on its rooftop: the open-air terrace with pit-grilled tacos and seasonal cocktails; the Balcony Room; and the Tiki Bar, open Thursday through Saturday serving up tiki cocktails like the Banango Tango and Bitter Blue Hawaiian.


  1. DNV Rooftop at The Kimpton Donovan – Downtown



Head up to the top of The Donovan to feel like you’ve been whisked away to a chic beach-getaway. Retreat poolside with a craft cocktail or boozy popsicle and enjoy the charming view of Thomas Circle. Sit back and relax while you savor Asian- inspired street food, like duck confit spring rolls and sushi donuts, from the ground-floor restaurant, Zentan. And, to add to the fun, The Donovan DNV Rooftop will bring back their free Rooftop Rewind every Thursday night from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., where DJ Lee will play throwback hits from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s.


Whether you’re stopping for a drink after work, going for happy hour or enjoying weekend brunch, these rooftop bars are a 20-minute walk or less from the Legacy West End apartments in downtown DC. With stunning views, signature cocktails, outdoor dining and live music, be sure to enjoy these rooftops this summer. But, before heading to these rooftop bars, stop by Legacy West End for a tour!