DC restaurants launch ‘summer’ season Memorial Day weekend 2023

Hi-Lawn, Brickstones, dLeña, Atlas Brew Works unveil special events, menus to start unofficial summer season in DC

The unofficial summer season launches this weekend. After recognizing our fallen heroes, many of us in the DC Metropolitan area will indulge our freedoms at local eateries, supporting our hard-working restaurant owners and staff. There is plenty to enjoy this year. Here is just a taste.

Union rooftop bar Hi-Lawn, an expansive social gathering place in Washington, DC, will be hosting its Rooftop Grill-Out & Picnic Party each day during Memorial Day weekend. Expect to see a variety of activities, including live music, grilled eats, buckets of booze, festive cocktails, and lawn games. This is the event’s second year.

Hi-Lawn added to the menu racks of ribs, BBQ chicken, and sides like Mac and cheese and tamp/ charred dill potato salad.

At the bar, look for retro coolers packed with mix-and-match canned brews, spiked seltzers and adult juice boxes. Hi-Lawn will also provide a regular menu of seasonal draft cocktails, more than 20 canned. Draft beers, wine, and zero-proof beverages will be aplenty.

What’s more, Sunday, May 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., a live band will play 90s hits on the lawn.


Brickstones Kitchen and Bar

At the downtown DC restaurant-bar, a bounty of half smokes, DC’s signature dish, in addition to burgers and cocktail specials throughout Memorial Day Weekend. Plus, from Friday, May 26, to Monday, May 29, guests can enjoy a creative twist on backyard barbecue favorites. These include the chili cheese half smoke with chili con carne, Tillamook cheddar, and caramelized onions, an elote dog half smoke with corn relish, cotija cheese, tajin, and Kewpie mayo. 

Indulge in the wild boar burger melt with cheddar and American cheeses, applewood smoke bacon, exotic mushroom, and Texas toast, and onion fried smashburger with caramelized red onion, cheddar cheese, fried egg, and a brioche bun. 

Brickstones will also offer Whiskey Strawberry Iced Tea ($12) made with Jack Daniel’s whiskey, unsweetened iced tea, strawberries, and mint leaves. There is also the Summer in DC ($14). Prepared with Malibu rum, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, and maraschino cherries, it comes highly-recommended from the bar.

“As always, guests are also encouraged to try the restaurant’s renowned Smoked Old Fashioned with bitters, bourbon whiskey, brandy cherry, orange peels, and a touch of maple syrup,” announced the restaurant-bar.

Reservations can be made on OpenTable.



Bottomless brunch service is the name of the game at  dLeña for Memorial Day. Monday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., dLeña brunch guests will have a choice between ordering bottomless food and drinks ($60) or bottomless food ($37), as well as  drinks a la carte. 

Enjoy enfrijoladas with scrambled eggs, cotija cheese, black bean sauce, pico de gallo, and crema, bacon guacamole with crispy bacon, pickled chili, queso fresco, and tortilla chips, and birria beef tacos with peanut guajillo sauce, radish, red onion, cilantro, and green tomatillo salsa. Customers can choose additional food selections at a la carte pricing.

Atlas Brew Works Navy Yard Brewery & Tap Room

Atlas Brew Works Navy Yard will treat guests to wallet-friendly all-American treats. Monday, May 29. the brewery will celebrate with happy hour offerings. From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m, two slices of pizza and a pint will be priced at a mega-appealing $10. Additional select pints can be snagged for $5 throughout the day.

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