Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill- Perfect Sunday Night Out

Finally, a rooftop and bar in Arlington that has a similar ambiance to some of the rooftop hangouts I frequented when visiting San Diego this past October and January.

The recently opened Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill has one of the best settings in Arlington for an outdoor, lazy Sunday dinner with friends…which is exactly what I visited it for. I have a feeling it is going to absolutely blow up in the next couple of months– which is a shame considering the best part about the place was how not overly crowded and peaceful the place was.  The inside does feature four floors filled with T.V. screens and a spacious dining area. The rooftop bar is pretty large, although only one side features outdoor seating. I am hoping they put in lounge areas (outdoor couches/beds) somewhere on the non-seating side).

Since I’ve only been to this place once, I can’t say a whole lot about the menu. The restaurant does feature a pretty nice wine (about 30+ wines by glass and bottle) and beer selection– Sam Adams seasonal, Bells, Dogfish, etc. in addition to signature cocktails.

For an appetizer, our party decided to try the Gramajo- shoestring fries, vidalia onions, serano ham and cheddar cheese. We were a little taken aback that the “cheddar cheese” was in fact liquid nacho cheese, but it surprisingly complemented the flavor of the vidalia onions (yes, I’m actually being serious). There wasn’t that much Serano ham in the fries, but overall they were pretty tasty and our entire table had several tries.

Entrée-wise, a large portion of the menu contains signature burgers and sandwiches. I opted for the tuna triplet sliders which came with ahi tuna and a wasabi ginger mayo. I’ve definitely had better ahi tuna, but the bread and mayo were delicious and the tuna was still of decent quality that I was satisfied (esp for bar food).

Everyone else in our party loved their burgers, and the wings also came highly recommended. Hopefully I will have an opportunity to update this entry further once I taste some of the options listed under their Main Courses menu.

This bar is definitely a couple of steps above Whitlow’s, Clarendon Grill or Hard Times, but still more than a couple of steps below the cuisine quality and alcohol selection of Lyon Hall, Liberty Tavern, and Eventide.  When the weather is nice however, the ambiance is hard to beat elsewhere in Arlington.

Recommended for: Groups, day drinking, Sunday-night dinners, sports-watching, happy hour

Pros: Tons of TVs, pretty large inside space, best bar rooftop in Arlington, better than average bar cuisine and drinks, metro-accessible

Cons: Rooftop is relatively small (not that large of a dining/seating space), limited parking, not well-lit at night, bound to get very crowded in the coming months