Named for the multicultural neighborhood in South London, this three-story lounge in Shaw is a prime spot for pub quiz and pre-show drinks (the 9:30 Club is one block away). It’s a big, friendly place with a sizeable rooftop patio that overlooks the booming U Street corridor. Belly up to either bar or perch around the wrought iron railing with a Pimm’s Cup or a shandy in hand—just keep within cooling distance of the fans (a thoughtful touch). The soundtrack is always on point, if loud. Look south as you toast your good fortune: Views of the city include the top of the Washington Monument.
Of all the places where you can kick back with a drink (cocktail den, brewpub, wine bar), those with a killer view always come out on top. From the high-end spectacular to the neighborhood favorites, here are the best rooftop bars in DC.