Updated September 23, 2022. Between Rosslyn on one end and Tysons on the other, Northern Virginia has some lovely skylines that host a handful of restaurants, bars, and lounges. Best of all, they offer the chance to see NoVA like you’ve never seen it before. Think sweeping, 360-degree panoramic views or watching the sunset from high above the Potomac, all while enjoying a cold beer or specialty cocktail. It’s a little more memorable of an experience than your run-of-the-mill rooftop bar, don’t you think?
If you’re looking to raise the bar, literally, for your next happy hour or date night, consider checking out one of these high-rise bars and lounges.
Skydome Restaurant – DoubleTree Crystal City
There’s nowhere else in the DC area where you can get a true panoramic view of the nation’s capital than at Skydome Restaurant, the region’s only revolving rooftop restaurant. Located on the 15th floor of the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Crystal City, Skydome is the perfect place to relax with a drink while enjoying stunning sights, particularly when the city lights up at night. 300 Army Navy Dr., Arlington
Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Arlington
Fans of aviation may already know about this hidden gem, but for the rest of us, the Arlington outpost of Ruth’s Chris — located on the 11th floor of an otherwise inconspicuous office building — has unmatched views of Reagan National Airport. The restaurant overlooks the runway, providing visitors with a unique opportunity (outside of sitting at one of DCA’s gates, of course) to watch the comings and goings of DC. 2231 Crystal Dr., Arlington
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner Club Lounge
If you’re looking for a local staycation, book a room on one of the club-level floors of The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, which gives you access to the 24th-floor lounge. It’s only available for hotel guests, but that’s the price of admission for the club lounge’s sweeping views, attentive concierge team, and complimentary beer, wine, cocktails, and other culinary delights like Virginia-inspired mini apple pies, macaroons, locally sourced charcuterie and cheeses, and more. 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean
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