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Hi-Lawn, “Urban Rooftop Bar + Eatery Atop Union Market, introduces new post-pandemic offerings including weekly “Live on the Lawn” music performances, special themed nights & giant chess”

1309 5th Street NE courtesy Hi-Lawn

Ed. Note: What could possibly go wrong with giant chess pieces on a roof

From a press release:

“One of Washington, DC’s largest, most expansive rooftops for outdoor dining, drinking and safe socializing, Hi-Lawn has just introduced several exciting post-pandemic offerings, making it DC’s ultimate warm-weather destination this season. The scenic astroturf-covered green space is now open seven days a week, with live music, giant lawn games, weekly themed nights, and new summer food and drink menus.

Located on the Rooftop at Union Market, the sprawling space (with a capacity of 1040) is the perfect place to spread out, have a picnic and take in the views, outfitted with picnic tables and colorful patio umbrellas, designated picnic spaces on artificial turf, neon-hued lawn lounge furniture, and wood decking with an artfully-designed shipping container bar dispensing draft cocktails, spiked seltzers, craft beers by the can and bucket, and affordable, well-curated wines.

courtesy Hi-Lawn

Hi-Lawn is embracing the season of picnics and cookouts by offering fare ideal for outdoor group gatherings.

Picnic snacks abound, such as homemade Onion Dip & Chips; a Mezze Platter of dips + dippers like whipped feta, hummus, pita, pickled carrots, roasted olives and crisp cucumber; a Charcuterie + Cheese plate of aged country ham, aged cheddar, nuts, jam, cornichons and crackers; and a mai tai vinaigrette-dressed Arugula Salad with avocado, chevre, berries and toasted almonds.

Guests can escape to the shore without leaving DC, with seaside bites like the Brown Butter Mayo Lobster Roll spiked with shrimp, plus celeriac, lime and scallions in a split top roll; Fried Clam Strips with yum yum sauce and lemon; and Grilled Mahi Sandwich with avocado, celeriac slaw and chipotle lime aioli on a Martin’s potato roll.

courtesy Hi-Lawn

Hi-Lawn also offers craveable snacks and sandwiches like Mozzarella Sticks with spicy tomato sauce; Curly Fries drizzled with togarashi ranch; a stacked Turkey Club with roasted turkey, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles and black pepper mayo on buttermilk toast; and local beef and meatless burgers hot off the grill.

BHG beverage director Ian Fletcher has debuted selection of creative draft cocktails designed to refresh guests in the rooftop transport. Summer cocktails include the Cool Rummings (Hamilton Navy Strength Rum, Cardamaro Pineapple, Passionfruit, Cranberry, Lemon); the Mourning After Seacrets (Deep Eddy Lime Vodka, Giffard Peach Liqueur, Passionfruit, Grenadine, Prosecco); Coconut Creamsicle (Orange, Lemon, Vanilla, Coconut Cream, Coconut Milk); Mezcal Margarita (Union Mezcal, lime, triple sec, agave, grapefruit); and Silver Lining (Old Overholt Rye, Green Tea, Peach, Lemon, Honey).

Hi-Lawn also offers craft beer and spiked seltzer by the can and bucket, plus wines by the glass/bottle, and seasonal zero-proof options for non-drinkers. All food and drink orders and payments are contactless, via QR code through GoTab.

Hi-Lawn has just launched a series of weekly themed nights, including Live Music Thursdays and Get Nauti Mondays!

Every Thursday from 7:30-9:30pm, local musicians are performing Live on the Lawn, with a lineup ranging from funk & soul grooves from Jarreau Williams, to high energy cover band The Perfectionists, to retro hits from Cathy D Music. Local concerts are free to attend, but reservations are recommended.

And every Monday from 3-10pm, Hi-Lawn is hosting a nautical-themed deck party featuring seaside specials (freshly-shucked oysters, fried clam strips and lobster rolls), plus discounted Champagne (in bottle, magnum and half-bottle formats) and buckets of beer.

Come mid-July, Hi-Lawn will launch Games We Play Tuesdays featuring communal lawn games, such as giant chess, Jenga, cornhole and more, plus themed specials for the night.

Hi-Lawn is open 7 days a week, Monday-Thursday from 3pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday from 12pm-12am, and Sunday from 12pm-8pm. Hi-Lawn takes both reservations via Resy, and walk-ins.

Hi-Lawn is one of Washington, DC’s largest, most expansive rooftops for outdoor dining, drinking and safe socializing. A fun, casual, and safe rooftop park-like space for the community, Hi-Lawn offers seasonally-changing eats, creative draft and juice box cocktails, hosted picnics, and stunning 360-degree city vistas. From the restaurateurs behind Blagden Hospitality Group’s Tiger Fork/Calico/Fainting Goat/Hei Hei Tiger and of The Royal/Lulu’s Winegarden, Hi-Lawn is located at 1309 5th Street NE in Washington, DC.”

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