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Get to Know Columbia Heights’ Best Patios

Bridget Todd
Bridget Todd
Posted on July 5   |   Updated on July 6
Buddy’s patio with Johnny’s visible right down the road in red.

Buddy’s patio with Johnny’s visible right down the road in red. (Kaela Cote-Stemmermann/City Cast DC)

Hiya! City Cast DC Host Bridget Todd here. When the air quality allows, I love spending D.C. summer afternoons on local patios, enjoying sunshine, people watching, and maybe throwing back a beverage or two. With so many new spots open on 11th Street NW, here are my favorite spots to spend a sunny day in Columbia Heights.

Grab coffee and donuts at Johnny’s.

Johnny’s just opened in what used to be Bad Saint, but it’s one of those places that feels like it’s been there for years. This boxing-themed, Ohio-tinged, dive-ish spot boasts lovely outdoor seating and a much more extensive menu than the dive-bar charm would suggest. During the day, it’s a cafe serving coffee, donuts, and breakfast sandwiches.

Brunch time at Wonderlands Ballroom.

Brunch time at Wonderlands Ballroom. (Kaela Cote-Stemmermann/City Cast DC)

Keep it lowkey with brunch at Wonderland Ballroom.

It’s a classic for a reason. Whether you’re at the streatery or the beer garden, Wonderland Ballroom is a great place to soak up both sun and mimosas. At around $13 a plate with $15 mimosa pitchers, it’s one of the cheapest brunches in town. Just please, don’t get the mac n’ cheese pancakes; I swear they’re not made for human stomachs.

Is there a game on? Time to head to Buddy’s.

I don’t follow sports, but luckily, Buddy’s is more of a good bar where sports just happen to be playing. The roomy outdoor bar is equipped with TVs, lanterns, and lots of seating. With extensive cocktail and mocktail menus, Buddy’s is a nice spot if you’re looking for an alternative to boozy drinks. I love the Bison with butterfly tea and cherry.

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