In the heat of a Northern Virginia summer, there’s nothing better than relaxing and having a cool drink in the sunshine. Regardless of where you’re at in Northern Virginia, you can find plenty of places to drink al fresco. Many bars and restaurants also have great happy hours on their rooftops and patios.
At these local bars’ happy hours, you’ll find classic cocktails, craft brews, extensive wine lists, and appetizers to go with your drink. Plus, many bars offer live music and other fun events a few times a week. When the sun is shining, be sure to head to one of these eight great Northern Virginia outdoor happy hours with your friends, coworkers, or lucky other half!
Whitlow’s on Wilson
When you enter Whitlow’s rooftop tiki bar in Arlington, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the tropics. You can enjoy happy hour specials as you relax by the bar that’s decorated with palm fronds. Whitlow’s happy hour goes from 5 PM to 7 PM on Monday through Thursday. On Friday, the happy hour goes from 4 PM to 7 PM. They have different drink specials every day, including $3 draft beers, $3 rails, and $3 red and white wines.This tropical bar has a wonderful laid back atmosphere.
Epicure Café in Fairfax offers creative dishes and drinks in an eclectic space. Their cozy rooftop deck is open throughout the summer. While their rooftop menu is limited, you can order from their inside space downstairs and bring your food and drinks up to the roof. They often have live music and other interesting events—check out their schedule to see their upcoming events.
Epicure Café has a happy hour every Monday through Friday from 5 PM to 7 PM. During their happy hour, they have $5 pizza and a variety of drink specials. Be sure to ask the bartender what the specials of the day are when you arrive at Epicure. And best of all, it’s only a 5 minute drive from Room Escape Fairfax!
Kybecca is a contemporary American restaurant located in Fredericksburg. They have a lovely patio that’s perfect for a sunny day. Their happy hour is on Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM. They offer $3.50 beers, $5 glasses of wine, and $5 cocktail specials. To eat, they have $1 local hand-shucked oysters and $5 selected appetizers.
If you’re still hungry after snacking on your happy hour appetizers, stay for dinner and check out Kybecca’s menu of classic American dishes with modern twists. Or, you can skip straight to dessert and order delicious treats like Nutella pot de crème and vanilla bourbon crème brûlée.
MacDowell Brew Kitchen
If you want to go the beach without leaving Northern Virginia, head to MacDowell Brew Kitchen in Leesburg. This bar and grill created their own outdoor beach backyard featuring a fire pit, tables with driftwood benches, and a bar made out of an old boat.
Enjoy happy hour at the beach on Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 PM to 6 PM. During happy hour, draft beers, wine, and liquor drinks are all $2 off. Plus, you can get select appetizers for 50 percent off. At MacDowell Brew Kitchen, you’ll be able to feel the sand between your toes as you sip on a beer, a frozen drink, or a cocktail.
Sonoma Cellar in Alexandria has an extensive menu of wines from Sonoma, California. They have a gorgeous garden patio where you can relax as you sip your wine. They also have a bistro menu featuring healthy dishes that are perfect to share. Plus, Sonoma Cellar is dog-friendly, so you can bring your pup along to enjoy happy hour with you. Sonoma Cellar has their happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 6:30 PM, and during this time, they offer great wine and appetizer deals.
Dogfish Head Ale House
Dogfish Head Ale House serves classic bar food and drinks in a casual atmosphere. They offer a variety of craft beers from around the world, and they have seasonal options. They have locations in Falls Church and Fairfax, and both places have patios you can hang out in on warm nights.
Dogfish Head Ale House’s happy hour is on Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 7 PM. The specials include discounted beers, cocktails, wines, and appetizers. If you’re looking for a fun place to spend the evening with some friends, Dogfish Head Ale House is a great choice.
OpenRoad Grill is located in Falls Church, and they offer a menu featuring handcrafted cocktails that they change each season. They have a lovely patio with its own bar, and they have live music there on the weekends. Their extensive list of happy hour beer and cocktail specials are available in the bar area, and they offer their specials on Monday through Friday from 4 PM to 7 PM. They can get pretty crowded during happy hour, though, so be sure to arrive early so you can grab a table.
P.J. Skidoo’s is a fun bar in Fairfax with a cute little patio that’s surrounded by flowers. They have TVs on their patio, so if there’s big game going on you’ll be able to watch it as you enjoy your drink. Their happy hour goes from 11 AM to 8 PM, giving you plenty of time to take advantage of their drink specials and $4.99 appetizers.
If you’re at P.J. Skidoo’s from 4 PM to 6 PM, you can enjoy an early bird special dinner with your happy hour drink. They also have daily blackboard specials that you can try out.
The Best Happy Hour “Pregame” In Town!
Northern Virginia’s outdoor happy hours are the perfect way to spend a leisurely summer evening with your friends. If you’re looking for something fun to do before you hit happy hour, check out our exciting adventures here at Room Escape Fairfax – with the most escape rooms on the whole East Coast! Get a group together and come try one of our six exciting escape rooms. After you escape, celebrate your victory with a drink at an outdoor bar.
These eight Northern Virginia outdoor bars are the perfect place to toast an escape room win. If you want to learn more about our escape rooms or book a room, contact us online or give us a call at 703-270-0377.