Washington DC

Best Rooftop Bars in Baltimore

The Chasseur
The Chasseur
The Chasseur

Baltimore’s scenic waterfront and beautiful centuries-old buildings make great eye candy for visitors and locals. It should come as no surprise then that many restaurants, bars, and hotels offer rooftops to drink in the views along with a Natty Boh or fancy cocktail. Ascend newer hotel rooftop bars, poolside bars, and beautiful balconies perfect for a date night or dinner with friends. Here are 14 Baltimore spots that take drinking to new heights.

Lord Baltimore Hotel
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Lord Baltimore Hotel

LB Skybar at the Lord Baltimore Hotel
Downtown
The LB Skybar delivers views of the surrounding towers from the 19th floor of the Lord Baltimore Hotel. With ivy-covered walls and plants growing herbs, LB is your green oasis in the concrete jungle. Relax on one of the lounge chairs while enjoying $3 Natty Boh and $6 cocktail of the day during happy hour Tuesday through Friday.

The Bygone
The Bygone
The Bygone

The Bygone
Harbor East
Imagine the kind of Jazz Age speakeasy that F. Scott Fitzgerald might have frequented in his day, full of period details and accents, including gold-trimmed, black-and-white photos and velvet chairs. Enjoy classic cocktails and dishes like Dover sole and beef Wellington from the privileged perch of the 29th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, with views of the Inner Harbor, M&T Bank Stadium, and across the bay.

Revival, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Revival, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Revival, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Topside
Mt. Vernon
The 15th floor of the Hotel Revival affords a panoramic view of the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood, including the elegant 19th-century mansions and the original George Washington Monument. The bar and restaurant offers plenty of local beers, lump-filled crab cakes, and pan-seared scallops to entice locavore lovers.The Chasseur New American Bar & Restaurant
Canton
This restaurant added a third floor two years ago, giving patrons a view of the waterfront neighborhood and even out to Fort McHenry. Garage doors open during the warmer months and close during the winter so you can enjoy the scenery year-round.

Merritt Clubs
Merritt Clubs
Merritt Clubs

The Rooftop Pool at Merritt Clubs
Canton
With colorful lounge chairs, cabanas for rent, and a hot tub, this rooftop pool feels more like a resort — if it wasn’t for the sweeping views of downtown in the distance and the surrounding neighborhoods nearby. Order craft brews, sandwiches, and salads from the bar. Non-members can purchase a $50 day pass ($25 if you go with a gym member) during the week. The pool stays open through the end of September.

Woody’s Cantina
Fells Point
Enjoy a wide selection of tacos and margaritas on this Fells Point rooftop deck, located above Irish bar Sláinte. A window seat affords a view of the cobblestone streets below and the Under Armour headquarters just across the water.

Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

Splash Pool Bar and Grill
Harbor East
What better way to spend a summer day than relaxing on a chaise lounge at the Four Seasons by an aqua swimming pool overlooking the waterfront? Non-hotel guests can access the pool Monday-Thursday with a spa treatment valued at least $235 — or if they rent a cabana. 

Mt. Washington Tavern
Mt. Washington Tavern
Mt. Washington Tavern

Mt. Washington Tavern Sky Bar
Mt. Washington
Out-of-towners may not be familiar with this quaint, leafy neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore. Hitting the casual Mt. Washington Tavern is a good way to become acquainted. Head to the rooftop deck for a view of the surrounding village and choose from more than 80 varieties of local and national craft beers.
 
Café Gia
Little Italy
Decorated with colorful murals, the family-owned Sicilian restaurant serves hearty Sicilian fare that visitors can savor on its second-floor balcony. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a view of the charming and historic neighborhood.
 
Blue Hill Tavern
Brewers Hill
Outdoor drinking and dining enthusiasts have a couple of options at this modern restaurant. Kick back a few blue-cheese-stuffed dirty martinis on the second floor rear deck or enjoy a seafood dish on one of the balcony tables with a view of Baltimore’s iconic Natty Boh tower. 

16 on the Park
16 on the Park
16 on the Park

16 on the Park
Eager Park
The Johns Hopkins Medical Campus might be an unlikely place to find a rooftop bar, but the Residence Inn’s rooftop bar and restaurant offers the best view of East Baltimore. Eat crab cakes inside or drink your cocktails on the outdoor lounge on a nice day.

GDL Italian
Horseshoe Casino
Giada De Laurentiis serves her signature California-inspired Italian cuisine and cocktails named for movies produced by her grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis, on the second floor of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. The colorful restaurant features bold colors and modern design inside and comfy lounge seats outside on the terrace, with views of M&T Bank Stadium.

Pure Wine Cafe
Pure Wine Cafe
Pure Wine Cafe

Pure Wine Café
Ellicott City
Though historic core of 19th-century mill town Ellicott City was hit by two recent floods, many original businesses remain, including this local favorite wine bar whose patio overlooks historic Main Street. The wine list is organized by flavors: crisp, complex, balanced, and rich.
 
Budweiser Roof Deck
Camden Yards
If you’re headed to an O’s game, stop by the roof deck with a full-service bar and seats that overlook center field and downtown buildings on Eutaw Street. Expect fireworks many Friday nights and bands to play Saturday home games.Sign up here for our daily DC email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Julekha Dash is a Maryland writer who covers food, travel and design with bylines in USA Today, American Way, Architectural Digest, Eater, Fodor’s and others. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram and check out her Contently portfolio

Washington DC

15 Totally Free Things to Do in DC

A full itinerary, completely free of charge.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Washington DC is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, and for those of us who call the District home, it’s easy to see why. With dozens of world-class museums, murals that transform streets into galleries, and sites brimming with history, DC offers a full agenda-completely free of charge. Whether you want to try a new farmer’s market, explore a new hike, or polish off your roller skating or canoeing skills, here are some of our favourite free things to do in the District.

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Flickr/gawnesco
Flickr/gawnesco

Hike, bike, or stroll along the C&O Canal

The historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is one of the most accessible nature escapes from the District. Thanks to a multi-year restoration project, the first mile of the canal is an idyllic walk that’s easy to access in Georgetown. Stick to a short stroll there, or grab a bike or lace up your hiking shoes for a longer adventure along the 184.5-mile canal.

Jump on the pickleball craze

Pickleball is working its way up the ladder past kickball and softball as one of America’s favourite games. Jump on the craze and practice your paddling at one of the District’s pickleball courts in Takoma Park, the Palisades, and more. Plus, Washington DC Pickleball invites guests to drop in to beginner sessions to try their hand at the sport before signing up for a $30 annual membership.

Flickr/mcfeelion
Flickr/mcfeelion
Flickr/mcfeelion

Bike the Mount Vernon Trail

DC is incredibly bike-friendly, and luckily that applies to the land immediately outside of the city as well. Start in the city and bike along the Mount Vernon Trail, a scenic route that hugs the water and cuts through the woods. It’s about a 10-mile trip from DC to Mount Vernon, but you can cut the trip slightly short and end at the Old Town Alexandria waterfront-just make sure to factor in time for ice cream before pedalling home.

Explore a sculpture park

While not located in the District proper, Glenstone, an expansive sculpture park in Maryland, is worth the 45-minute drive. Tickets to the park are free (just be sure to reserve several weeks in advance), and the 300-acre space offers stunning art, architecture, and open land. In addition to its indoor gallery spaces, you can spend hours walking on paths that wind through sculptures, meadows, and forests.

Flickr/Geoff Livingston
Flickr/Geoff Livingston
Flickr/Geoff Livingston

See the monuments at night

When the sun goes down-and the summer humidity somewhat dissipates-head to the National Mall for the rare chance to see the monuments without busloads of tourists. Moonlight will give you a different perspective as you traverse the marble steps of the Lincoln Memorial or gaze up at the Washington Monument set aglow with lights.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery

Museum hop the day away

One of DC’s greatest strengths is its world-class Smithsonian museums that are open to the public free of charge. There is no shortage of options, from the intimate Renwick Gallery, to the sprawling National Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonians offer something for everyone. Pro tip: Some of the museums are open late in the evenings, making for an ideal date night.

muralsdc
muralsdc
muralsdc

Explore the city’s murals

Washington is home to hundreds of murals that are becoming as much a part of the city’s landscape as the monuments on the National Mall. Take a self-guided tour of these colourful creations no matter which neighbourhood you happen to be in. MuralsDC, the organization behind 150 of the District’s public artworks, is a great resource for mapping out a route to explore the city’s street art.

Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington

Take in a birds-eye view of the city

Washington looks pretty stunning from up high, and there are few spots within the city that make for phenomenal vantage points. Rooftop bars and restaurants offer epic views for the price of a drink or two, but there’s no more iconic sight than seeing the city from the top of the Washington Monument, which is completely free. Book a ticket ahead of time and ride an elevator all the way to the top of the monument and step out on the 500-foot observation deck.

Flickr/Nicolas Raymond
Flickr/Nicolas Raymond
Flickr/Nicolas Raymond

Wander through a garden

DC is home to some of the most beautiful urban gardens in the country, and many of them are open to the public for free. There is nothing like an afternoon spent strolling through, or picnicking, at the expansive 446-acre United States Arboretum or wandering through the Botanic Garden on the edge of the Mall. For something a bit smaller, explore the grounds at Tudor Place or Dumbarton Oaks (free in the winter), both of which are in Georgetown.

Flickr/ehpien
Flickr/ehpien
Flickr/ehpien

Hike the Billy Goat Trail

You can catch one of the District’s most popular hiking trails, the Billy Goat Trail, from the C&O canal. The full trail is 4.7 miles and ranges from easy to strenuous, so hike a section in and back or make the full loop for the variety.

Pay your respect at Arlington National Cemetery

Just across the Potomac from DC, Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 veterans. The cemetery is an expanse of 639 hallowed acres and the ANC Explorer allows visitors to locate graves, notable sites, and take self-guided walking tours to spots including the tomb of the Unknown Soldier as well as the final resting place of President John F. Kennedy.

Lace up your roller skates

When was the last time you went roller skating? Chances are it’s been too long. So get back into this nostalgic activity at the Anacostia Park roller skating pavilion. You can rent skates for free, just show proof of a government-issued ID, and the skating pavilion is open from 9 to 5 every day.

Help clean up the Anacostia River

We all know there’s a lot of work to be done to keep our waterways clean. Do your part, and have some fun, by participating in the city’s Green Boat initiative. On select weekends, DCers can join a two-hour guided paddle along the Anacostia River to collect trash and monitor the river’s progress.

Eastern Market
Eastern Market
Eastern Market

Stroll your local farmer’s market

DC’s close proximity to the farms of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and beyond mean that the city’s farmers’ markets always have something to offer. Check out the year-round markets like Eastern Market in Capitol Hill and the Sunday market in Dupont Circle or head to seasonal markets like the pop-up in front of the White House that draws vendors like Cucina al Volo and Call Your Mother Deli.

The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress

Play tourist all around the city

It’s easy to forget that all those traditionally touristy activities can be fun for locals too. If you haven’t been on a tour of the White House, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, or the Capitol, this is your sign. All are free with advanced reservations. Plus, tucked in the northern quadrant of NW, the Washington National Cathedral is free and open to all. Tour the cathedral’s impressive architecture, 215 stained glass windows, 112 Gothically-inspired gargoyles, and enormous pipe organ. See if you can spot the sculpture of Darth Vader.

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Madeline Weinfield is a Thrillist contributor.

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