Location: 1600 Seventh St. NW
Readers’ pick: Dacha Beer Garden
When you want to toss back a cold beer outside, several outdoor spots around the District call your name. But only one serves up a wide menu in a truly laid-back atmosphere.
Dacha Beer Garden has more than two dozen beers on the menu, so there’s something for everyone from a hearty dark stout to a light summer ale. All of the drafts come in two sizes ranging from a pint to a giant glass boot, allowing you to commit to downing a huge draft or switch up your drink throughout the day or night.
The kitschy boot is essentially just clever Instagram bait, but the large size is worth the $16 to $44 it will set you back. Once you get down to the last few drops, it can be difficult to finish off your beverage, but turn the boot so the toe is facing you and gravity will send the cold brew rushing into your mouth.
Luckily if the thought of beer triggers a visceral reaction to Natty Lite, the outdoor bar also doles out a selection of cocktails for $10. Servers who wander the gravel patio with iPads to quickly record your order also have an extensive wine list on hand.
Dacha Beer Garden has you covered with a full dinner menu for when a long day of drinking in the sun carries you into the night. The bar sticks to its German roots with options like a “monster pretzel” ($14) and bratwurst ($8) topped with pickled slaw and sauces that are perfect for sharing.
If you are sick of D.C.’s many sleek cocktail bars and want to sit perched at a no-frills picnic table in the sun or under a tent, Dacha Beer Garden is the perfect destination for a day of drinking.