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Best View in D.C.: Point of View Rooftop Bar

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Best View in D.C.: Point of View Rooftop Bar

The view from one corner of Point of View

Photo By Tania Anderson

Washington may not boast the skyscrapers that New York or Chicago have, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t amazing views to take in. One such place to catch a high-level view of Washington’s skyline is Point of View, a rooftop bar with a sweeping vista of Washington’s iconic sites.

Look to your left and you can practically reach out and touch the Washington Monument. Look a little to your right and you could possibly make out a view of the Obama family having dinner at the White House. Stroll over to the far right corner of the bar and you may spot a bill being passed at the U.S. Capitol building.

Point of View, which is at the top of the W Hotel at 515 15th St., NW between 14th and 15th Streets, is swanky, dimly lit and full of its own ambience even without the views. The dress is trendy but not casual. You won’t find jeans and flip flops in this crowd. And this certainly isn’t the type of hotel bar that only attracts its guests. Even the natives like to take in the sights.

The drinks are pricey. You’ll be hard pressed to find a bottle of wine under $45 and most of the cocktails run about $15. Individual glasses of wine range from $10 to $15 and beers go for about $10.

The bar takes reservations for its small window-side tables and there are some private lounge areas for larger parties. If you’re not into standing around, a reservation for a table is a must on a Friday or Saturday night. If reservations aren’t your thing, then it’s best to get to Point of View before 9 PM. A long line to get into the bar on a summer night in 2010 had already formed around 10:30.

It’s all about the view and if you want to see the city from a different vantage point, Point of View is the place to do it.

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