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P.O.V. Rooftop Lounge and Terrace

Lounge, Roof Deck, and Hotel Bar$$$$
Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown, Washington
132 Tips and reviews
  • scenic views
  • rooftop
  • monuments
  • cocktails
  • good for dates
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  • David D.
    David DerrickAugust 20, 2014
    The whole reason to come here is the outdoor patio with scenic views of most of the downtown DC monuments. Incredible location! The happy hour food and drinks are not bad too.
  • AskMen
    AskMenJune 18, 2010
    Take Dad to the POV lounge atop the W Hotel, where you can ply the old man with bottomless bellinis, show him spectacular views of the monuments, & let him graze to his heart’s content from the place. Read more
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    P.O.V. is open year-round. While lounging on a velvet banquette, savor some craft cocktails along with a small-plates menu inspired by world renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Read more
  • Alexa
    AlexaDecember 30, 2012
    Read some of the reviews here & we were skeptical. Turns out they were quite accommodating. Service was good, food was good & everything is always better with unlimited mimosas. Ask 2 sit with Serita.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerMay 28, 2013
    Everyone mentions the view of the White House (which is great), but the view of the rest of the city is even better. Bring your camera with panoramic feature.
  • TBD
    TBDDecember 28, 2010
    The Hangover Brunch is the way to go, say the Bitches Who Brunch. For $39, you get a bottomless breakfast cocktail, hot dish of your choice and cold buffet that includes a raw bar (and that view!). Read more
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 21, 2011
    Beautiful view of the White House and monuments. $39 bottomless brunch on Sunday with lots of interesting items to choose from, such as sushi. Perfect for a special occasion.
  • Rick S.
    Rick ServossJanuary 18, 2016
    Hands down the best views in the city. Head here on a weekend afternoon and take the elevator up to the 11th floor and enjoy a cocktail.
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan ThomasFebruary 3, 2015
    Amazing view. That's all this place is worth, a great view. At night they go 4 a 'club' vibe, but the music is bad. Ultimately only tourists and the old men trying to hook up with them come here.
  • Lauren Y.
    Lauren YNovember 9, 2014
    Walk in and put your name down for a table. Grab and drink at the bar and wait. Get a text that your table is ready and continue with small bites and more drinks
  • NightScene
    NightSceneNovember 18, 2010
    best rooftop view in the district. this venue is about as "LA Scene" as it gets, reserving table space is the best approach. dont forget the lobby, its underrated! and it's just as nice
  • Laura P.
    Laura PaulusAugust 12, 2012
    Make sure you ask for a table with chairs...we had a reservation with a view (which was fantastic) but our chairs did not have backs and my older mom couldn't stay. Also- sun was in her eyes... Ugh..
  • Scoutmob
    ScoutmobJanuary 11, 2012
    Winter: it's time for locals to take it back. The view of some of Washington's most noteworthy national landmarks, will remind you why tourists flood here every summer.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityAugust 17, 2011
    The commitment to mixology at P.O.V extends to every element: even the ice in your drink is customized, in spheres, cubes, spears, or freshly shaved off a giant ice block.
  • Georgi G.
    Georgi GeorgievApril 29, 2016
    One of the best views in D.C.! Washington Monument can be a competition, but they don't serve cocktails there. Prices are reasonable.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsAugust 16, 2014
    Great place to hang out with friends on a weekend night and get a spectacular view of the Washington Monument and the White House.
  • Luke C.
    Luke CardyDecember 27, 2015
    Definitely worth a trip at night to take a look at the white house. You can also see the Washington Monument and Jefferson Monument etc.
  • Chadwick S.
    Chadwick SpellMay 12, 2012
    View of monument, and white house is amazing, food fantastic, and bartenders didn't know what a beautiful was (cognac and GM), go figure!
  • Fabio
    FabioSeptember 20, 2013
    Great rooftop. One of the best in DC. People r wonderful. Girls r sexy n drinks wonderful. Not a better location if u r cle to t WH.
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsJune 5, 2015
    Simply an unbelievable view of the monuments and white house that I can't believe nobody has ever told me about. Prices aren't as bad as you might think, given the view. $7 beers and $15 cocktails.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 20, 2011
    The buffet at POV on the roof of the the W Hotel is well thought-out and deliciously gourmet. We gave it an A+!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MolitorDecember 20, 2011
    Called ahead for a birthday dinner and they reserved a special ramble and sent a desert with a sparkler. Love the service...
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJune 26, 2013
    The bar at the W Hotel is known for the best views of the city. It is more notable than the hotel itself.
  • Liz T.
    Liz TaylorDecember 12, 2013
    The service is dreadful, but people put up with it because of the view. Food is pretty good - the cheddar/jalapeño peppers and black pepper shrimp are standouts.
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.September 27, 2015
    The view and the cocktails are worth any wait. The food is hit or miss. Olives are great. Charcuterie plate was underwhelming.
  • Chandler T.
    Chandler ThompsonMay 27, 2013
    Order the strawberry lemonade! Delicious! Great views too
  • Universal E.
    Universal EmJune 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You endure expensive drinks for the view and swankiness. Bring friends and get a table or come and hit on the cougars.
  • Naptown .
    Naptown 💪 LarryJanuary 2, 2012
    P.O.V. is one of D.C.'s most popular destinations, hosting top celebrities, politicos and socialites, while providing unsurpassed views of the nation’s capital.
  • Mikey V.
    Mikey VillanuevaSeptember 29, 2010
    Get a reservation well in advance so that you're not standing in the lobby wishing you were having drinks and enjoying an excellent view of DC.
  • Anadila M.
    Anadila MahbubSeptember 19, 2013
    Best view of DC so far. Definitely plan to take friends there when they visit.
  • Steven B.
    Steven BenarioJune 10, 2016
    The views around sunset are amazing. Duck quesadillas pretty solid too!
  • Phil B.
    Phil BesharaApril 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a glass of Macallan with an ice sphere made from the copper Taisin machine. Best way to take in the spectacular view.
  • John B.
    John BakerNovember 19, 2014
    Best view in DC. Bring your wallet though as drinks are pricey
  • Stacy M.
    Stacy MesmerOctober 24, 2010
    Pricey Brunch, but, all u can drink Bellini or bloodies if your in the mood :) views of DC are the best in the neighborhood
  • Steve P.
    Steve PrrryNovember 9, 2015
    The view is spectacular. Friendly staff. Food is okay. Modest-sized drinks are VERY overpriced: Bloody Mary was $15; Regular iced tea/$5; Mimosa/$15. Can't beat the view though.
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaApril 22, 2013
    Amazing views! Go to the area without the plastic for good photo ops.
  • John H.
    John HamlinJuly 4, 2015
    Try to get a table in the quiet lounge if you want to avoid crowds and noise at the bar
  • Megan P.
    Megan Pagado WellsApril 8, 2012
    Worth going at the beginning of the night to grab a drink and admire the view.
  • Rob A.
    Rob AtkinsonFebruary 29, 2016
    Amazing views across the city. Not as good in winter when the plastic covers are down
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossJune 14, 2015
    Great views of D.C. at the POV Rooftop. Great place to relax on a Sunday afternoon!
  • Raunak M.
    Raunak MunotOctober 14, 2012
    Party here with the major DC monuments in the backdrop. Lines are inside the lobby so works out well in the cold months.
  • Eric C.
    Eric CNovember 7, 2014
    No question that this is the best view in Washington, D.C. Great place for before dinner drinks.
  • I.S.
    I.S.August 20, 2011
    Smaller than I thought but what an amazing view of the Washington monument. Definitely coming back!
  • Lara A.
    Lara AllenJuly 16, 2015
    Great view of the city and great food!
  • Peter S.
    Peter SpadaforeNovember 23, 2014
    Great views of the White House. Dress to impress and make sure you have your douchebag repellent on.
  • Bikka M.
    Bikka MityaJuly 4, 2012
    Annoying house music. Would be better if they play more chill music. Has better view at day time.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WeitzmanMay 2, 2010
    Only good thing left about the W hotel. Great staff, decor and atmosphere. Hangover Brunch is amazing. At this level, price isn't an issue.
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MallardJune 11, 2010
    Awesome views by day and night. love the bar round midnight. but just lounging around the rooftop on a Sat afternoon is the best
  • Brett H.
    Brett HowardDecember 15, 2014
    Best views of dc and best drinks :)
  • D2MD
    D2MDApril 28, 2012
    Order any food with bacon. Seriously, bacon is outstanding!
  • SELF Magazine
    SELF MagazineAugust 12, 2013
    A rooftop pool AND bar... with a view of The White House. Need we go on?
  • Nigel F.
    Nigel FenwickMarch 29, 2013
    Book a table in advance. Only small plates for food.
  • Rich H.
    Rich HessJune 20, 2011
    I have no problem paying $15 for a good drink but when that drink comes from a premixed pitcher chilled behind the bar something is wrong. The view would be nice.... If they ever cleaned off the roof.
  • GOSO
    GOSOAugust 5, 2011
    Take out-of-towners here for the sweet view of monuments from the rooftop terrace.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaMarch 30, 2014
    A pitcher is economical for groups, but the drink choices are far too sweet for two people... like a diabetic's nightmare.
  • Ally K.
    Ally KazmuchaFebruary 24, 2016
    One of the best views in DC
  • Emily C.
    Emily CenterMarch 27, 2011
    They no longer have the cold buffet during brunch. So bottomless drinks plus one hot entree is now $30, not $50.
  • Nilly
    NillyJune 20, 2012
    If you love America, you love the rooftop at the W hotel
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CFebruary 3, 2016
    Great for sunset views of White House
  • Ann-C D.
    Ann-C DoFebruary 16, 2011
    Great view. No cold bar w/ brunch in the winter, however, because "it's not busy enough for the cold bar to be sensible. We don't like to waste food." More like they don't want to lose money...
  • TAMMY G.
    TAMMY GIAJanuary 2, 2015
    Great view in a nice spring day :)
  • Angela S.
    Angela StevensonMay 25, 2012
    Nice place but the service is horribleeee!!! So be prepare lol
  • Will (@wj) J.
    Will (@wj) JonesJune 21, 2011
    Locals secret: Go here to view White House roof sniper, National Mall and all the way from Maryland to Virginia. Read more
  • Olmedo M.
    Olmedo MirandaOctober 31, 2016
    Great bar and great view of the city!
  • Amol K.
    Amol KSeptember 22, 2015
    Great bar with great views.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GladstoneNovember 26, 2010
    Ask for a complimentary blanket if you get cold. Faux Fur, very cuddly.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Sky Terrace at Hotel Washington as seen on Rachael Ray - $40 a Day Read more
  • Vinnie D.
    Vinnie DaboulMay 14, 2015
    Great lunch menu. Service was fair.
  • Jacob B.
    Jacob BriarsMay 22, 2011
    Try the delicious and summery Mixed Berry Caipirinha with your White House view
  • Tim
    TimJune 24, 2015
    Amazing view of DC
  • Dyan S.
    Dyan SmithApril 13, 2013
    Blair is the best bartender ever!
  • Monti B.
    Monti BrayMarch 27, 2016
    Drinks are pricey but you can't beat that view
  • Jeremy E.
    Jeremy EdgeJuly 17, 2016
    View of course. Come at odd hours.
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 9, 2016
    The perfect lunch establishment ! All worth it !
  • AJ
    AJAugust 8, 2010
    Sunday events like yoga and brunch are a good deal. 40 bucks for entree, unlimited bloody marys and cold food bar. Service was sub par in my opinion not going back.
  • LilyPad
    LilyPadSeptember 5, 2011
    My favorite place to meet and drink in the District!
  • Aimee A.
    Aimee AimeeMay 10, 2013
    I really wanted to like this place because of the gorgeous view but everyone who works here is so rude. Won't ever be back. Heading to Old Ebbitt next door where they treat customers like humans.
  • Samir L.
    Samir LJune 29, 2016
    Grab a drink while taking in the White House and surrounding sites.
  • Logan H.
    Logan HarrisOctober 2, 2011
    It would be easy to do but don't be tacky and jump to your death from here
  • Abigail B.
    Abigail BassettMarch 9, 2011
    Wow. Just try the Dark and Stormys. So good.
  • Vick R.
    Vick RouzeeNovember 29, 2010
    Nice terrace, awesome views (on white house east wing)
  • Christian M.
    Christian MoritzJuly 13, 2010
    Terrace is nice, great views. call ahead for seating.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicAugust 8, 2015
    Good view, but overpriced drinks and a douchey crowd ruin the experience.
  • Adeem A.
    Adeem Al ShuaibiDecember 23, 2016
    Stunning view of the district. 😍
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaJuly 20, 2015
    Try the honey lavender!
  • Chancy
    ChancyJune 27, 2015
    Food was alright but the views are incredible.
  • Jae Young L.
    Jae Young LeeJune 30, 2014
    View from the top
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithApril 3, 2011
    food = delish. view = mesmerizing. service = notsomuch.
  • Casey D.
    Casey DobynsSeptember 30, 2012
    Best rooftop views in the city.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanOctober 13, 2009
    get lunch there! great view and the chicken sandwich is tasty and reasonably priced
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LeonardMay 4, 2010
    Champagne bottle "SEX" is very good! Highly recommended.
  • Leon M.
    Leon ManganApril 25, 2012
    Look out for the snipers on the Whitehouse roof !
  • Lisa R.
    Go for the view.
  • Heather G.
    Heather GeorgeApril 9, 2010
    awesome views- don't forget a reservation... even just for the bar
  • Frank B.
    Frank BrownSeptember 30, 2012
    Only if Marissa is bartending! The best!
  • Ivan F.
    Ivan FrankMay 27, 2013
    House, deep house.
  • Kasie Lynn C.
    Kasie Lynn ClouserNovember 15, 2010
    ahmazing view of dc while at the hungover washington brunch.
  • Michel Stéphane B.
    Michel Stéphane BrunoFebruary 28, 2013
    Take a picture of the view
  • Katie S.
    Katie ShaverNovember 2, 2011
    Absolutely fab view!
  • Beth C.
    Beth CrossMarch 5, 2011
    Great views. Great service.
  • Lucy M.
    Lucy MontoyaSeptember 13, 2016
    Increíble vista de la ciudad, solo por eso vale la pena ir
  • Rodolfo Salmón
    Rodolfo SalmónOctober 20, 2016
    La vista espectacular buena música buen trago!
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