Here in Washington, our love of craft cocktails, local beers, and ice-cold margaritas doesn’t just kick in when night falls. Nope — we partake in plenty of boozy brunches and early-afternoon cocktail hours, too. And now that the DMV is (finally!) getting a break from summer's oppressively hot temps, it's high time you headed out for a little day drinking to celebrate.
From dive bars to posh patios, there's a pre-happy hour hotspot here to suit every taste: You can kick back at a German-style beer garden, spend the afternoon on a street-side patio, or chill in comfy seats with views of the Potomac or the White House. And, since the choices for sipping in the sunshine can be overwhelming, we’ve narrowed down the list to 12 watering holes that invite you to sit and stay a while (even if that means ducking out of work early for, um, a "meeting").