Baseball season is upon us, which means the neighborhood around Nationals Park will be lively with fans and tourists alike. It also means time spent outside drinking beer, eating hot dogs, and enjoying the warm weather.

If you’re headed to a baseball game at Nationals Park this season and want to grab a drink before the game, here are five spots to check out. All have open patios in the summer, as well as a friendly neighborhood vibe!

Agua 301

301 Water Street SE, Washington, D.C., 20003 Located on the waterfront, this modern Mexican restaurant is a great place to catch some views and down a couple specialty margaritas before a game. The menu perfectly blends traditional Mexican cuisine with modern touches. Start by enjoying any of the guacamoles or some beef flautas, and share a couple different tacos with your party. Or go straight for the entrees! Favorites include Lomo Saltado (sliced beef tenderloin) and Bistec a Caballo (skirt steak). If you’re going to have a drink, they have more than 50 different kinds of tequila on the menu and a large cocktail selection. Agua 301 has happy hour every day from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m., which is fantastic for weekend games and any time you get off work early. [caption id="attachment_8631" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Nationals Courtesy of[/caption]

Bardo Brewing

25 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, D.C., 20003 Bardo Brewing just recently relocated to the Navy Yard neighborhood and is already making a splash. It’s considered one of the top 22 beer gardens in America by Time Out -- and rightly so. Part brewery, part bar, this place features a large outdoor seating area (able to accommodate more than 750 customers), a dog park, corn hole and other yard games, and gorgeous river views. They open two hours before Nationals games during the week, and at 1 p.m. on Saturdays. [caption id="attachment_8632" align="alignnone" width="958"]Nationals Courtesy of[/caption]


300 Tingey Street SE, Washington, D.C., 20003 This microbrewery is a neighborhood favorite, whether there’s a baseball game happening or not. The bar is located in a historic building, built in 1919, and Bluejacket has maintained its industrial feel. There is also an outdoor space, where during the Nationals season, the chef serves food on an outside grill. The menu is full of elevated American favorites. Start by sharing a cheese and charcuterie board, and then choose between diver scallops or arctic char for your seafood fix. If you’re more into sandwiches, try the grilled cheese or the Bluejacket double burger. And of course, you can’t forget the beer here. Make sure to ask your bartender for personalized recommendations! [caption id="attachment_8634" align="alignnone" width="840"]Nationals Courtesy of[/caption]

Due South

301 Water Street SE, Washington, D.C., 20003 If you want to have a full dinner before heading out to the ballpark, Due South is the place for you. The restaurant serves up the best of Southern-inspired cuisine, as well as an extensive menu of craft cocktails and draft beers. It also features a “dockside” patio space, with views of the water and plenty of seating. The dinner menu is a carefully curated assortment of favorites such as grilled chicken jambalaya and braised boneless beef short rib, as well as some innovative dishes like the Shiner Rock beer cheese and the Louisiana hot crawfish dip. Due South features a patio and lounge that opens up specifically on home game days for baseball fans and viewers. [caption id="attachment_8635" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Nationals Courtesy of[/caption]

Justin’s Cafe

1025 First Street SE, Washington, D.C., 20003 Justin’s Café is the perfect place if you’re looking for something casual and reliable. It’s located just a block and a half from Nationals Ballpark and is usually filled with fans before and after games. And if you’re looking to be near the action, but don’t have tickets to the actual game, you can enjoy it on one of five large-screen televisions placed all over the bar. The menu features classic American fare, from sandwiches to pizza. Try the pulled BBQ pork sSandwich or the Edisto pizza for a satisfying meal. Justin’s Café also has plenty of libations for you to sip on. You can check out the drink menu here for the selection of cocktails and beers on draft. Catch the “progressive” happy hour Monday through Friday, until 8 p.m. [caption id="attachment_8636" align="alignnone" width="949"]Nationals Courtesy of[/caption] Where are you planning to hang out before the baseball game? Let us know your favorite bars and restaurants in the comments below!

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