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Photos of the New Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill

by ARLnow.com December 1, 2010 at 9:32 am 6,309 53 Comments

We haven’t heard an “official” opening date yet, but it appears that Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill is just about ready to open.

Photos posted on the establishment’s Facebook page show an inviting, high-ceilinged bar/lounge area chock full of flat screen TVs. The bar stools, chairs, booths — all ready for customers.

We’ve also seen photos of the wood-floored rooftop deck, with some neat views of the Courthouse area, but would-be deck-goers may have to wait until the spring to enjoy it.

It has been an especially arduous permitting process for Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill, which had hoped to open while the weather was still warm. Building permit applications for the bar go all the way back to mid-2009.

Photos via Facebook

  • Very exciting space; I love the roof deck concept. I was wondering what the heck was going on there the past few months as they’ve renovated the exterior building as well.

  • Frenchy B

    Nice looking place, but a lame name.

    • A.M.

      Seriously! I will never understand people who go through all of this work to open their business, get the permits, spend all this money renovating, etc and then name it something as boring as “The Rooftop”. The interior also looks really bland.

      The rooftop itself looks pretty awesome though – hopefully the food and beer will make up for it.

      • KalashniKEV

        I don’t think it’s bland at all, what are you looking for in there? Colorful Parrots flying around while all the screens play “experimental film” around a huge fire and water sculpture???

        You must be the same person that doesn’t like Vapiano because there’s more than one of them…

        • Low Concept

          No, that was me and I like this one.

        • A.M.

          Actually, what you have described is exactly what I’m looking for. Can we not have just a smidgen of eccentricity around here? Or does everyone who doesn’t want to hang out at a sports bar/meat market have to stay confined to their Galaxy Hut cage?

          • uhyeah

            Noone should be allowed in Galaxy Hut if they haven’t arrived to the premises on their fixed gear. Other laws should be placed into effect as well; if you dont have most of the traits listed in this video, you cant get in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVmmYMwFj1I&has_verified=1

  • NorthAdams

    boy this is close to home and exciting. Arlington never looked so nice as that one window picture. kewl.

  • DT

    Nice use of an old space. Losing that parking for Delhi Dhaba is interesting. Who is the owner of the new spot?

    • Concerned

      The owner owns Delhi Dhaba, and I think he also owns Subway.

      • DT

        Ah, so it is Paul from DD. He also owns the lot out back.

        • SoCo Resident

          The guy with that “house” with this concrete mushroom on Pershing

  • SoArlRes

    Swanky-lookin’ joint.

  • tuesdayschild

    From the picture, it looks like way too many TVs for a regular bar/lounge. Maybe they are hedging bet to be a quasi-sports bar.

    • Darwin

      Quasi-sports bar like Mr. Days which tries to randomly enforce a dress code of shirts with colars and not hats.

      • JamesE

        Classy place that Mr. Days

      • bennynojets

        Haha. I agree it is a little absurd. I tried to go there several years ago, and they wouldn’t let me wear my fedora inside. Not that I am in the habit of wearing hats inside but I would have appreciated a hat check if such a rule is in place. If you want to be a nice place, do it right.

        • DudeGuy

          It is because it is a fedora 🙂

        • KalashniKEV

          Maybe they would have let you keep it if they knew it was covering a low-fade blowout…

          • DudeGuy

            OH SNAP!

      • tuesdayschild

        I have only been to Mr. Days in Clarendon once. that was enough. I am old enough to remember going to the old Mr. Days that was in an alley on 18th Street in DC.

        • V Dizzle

          Last year I was watching an NCAA football game there that was delayed, and by the end of the game the club crowd was everywhere, they took away the tables, and were playing dance music. I guess they aren’t a sports bar after 10pm. It was amusing that if you jumped up and shouted after big plays it scared the crap out of the 21 yr old girls. 🙂

          • JamesE

            There needs to be a national ban on bars that try to turn into dance clubs after a certain hour.

          • Hey_Ovie_Go_Long

            or maybe just a ban on Mr. Days – what a craptastic joint that is!

      • NJmetsfan

        I love Mr. Days! They have great food and a big selection! It’s a great place for birthday parties.

      • Clarendude

        Back in the 90’s I was booted from Blackies in Springfield for lack of collared shirt, even though the bouncer had an AC/DC T-shirt. Still seems like a strange dress code for what these places are.

  • NorthAdams

    people complained about the boring Market Common and then complain about the ornate Cheescake factory. watchawant?

    • Wildhair

      I want Dr Dremo’s back.

  • Black Flag

    I would rather go to Delhi Dhaba or Subway

    • V Dizzle

      I would rather go to Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill, or Delhi Dhaba, or Subway. When I grow up, I want to be either a Fireman or a caterpillar.

      • Katie


  • Novanglus

    Odd combination: upscale high-price menu, with sports bar TV’s and a rooftop that’s likely to be a drinker’s hangout/meet market. I assume the rooftop is a circumvention of the smoking ban, but smokers tend not to be high-spenders.

    Seems like an upscale Whitlow’s without the chef caliber of Eventide or Liberty. I’ll keep my mind open, but I’m not understanding the concept.

    Also, where are all these people going to park? And how loud/vomitous are they going to be when they stammer back to their cars on the neighborhood streets? The residents of Adams, Barton, 16th, and Custis should start getting their 24-hr permit-only petitions ready. That’s what the Whitlows and Liberty neighbors had to do.

    • a’town

      where did you see the “high priced menu?” is that published already?

      And why does the rooftop have to be a drinkers hangout? Could it not be like the rooftop at Eventide?

      Pretty bitter today, arent we? Considering the lack of alternatives in that area, I think this could be a cool neighborhood spot. It looks really nice.

    • V Dizzle

      Menu is creative, but probably cheaper than Four Courts I think: http://arlingtonrooftopbarandgrill.com/

      We’ll see…

      • a’town

        thx for the link

      • Hey_Ovie_Go_Long

        what a completely boring ho-hum pedestrian list of tap beers.

    • Vinh An Nguyen

      Prices don’t seem that high to me.

    • Clarendude

      Smokers tend not to be high spenders ?

      • V Dizzle

        That’s due to hating freedom 🙂

        • Katie

          When I was a server, the smokers were also heavy drinkers and big tippers. I hate cigarette smoke but I endured it with a fat wallet.

      • KalashniKEV

        Smokers = more impulsive = in the moment = lots of food/ big tip

  • LeeHwy

    The location is kind of odd. It’s definitely a short walk to the main drags of Court House and Arlington, but it’s far enough into the no man’s land between the two that it won’t get any traffic from either spot. I think it might be tough for it to get customers right away given its location.

  • Justin Russo

    I like how they turned those narrow parking spots on the side into a patio.

  • Mike

    Eh, if they are going to have a Manhattan on the menu, why not call it the correct name?

    • Eric

      Prrobably red sox fans; you know how those douchebags can be

      • DudeGuy

        Yikes, someone has something tucked the wrong way.

  • The Pope of South Arlington

    Let me tell you somethin’, If youre a chick and you gotta a boyfriend that goes to bars to watch sports, start hookin’ up with everybody in the neighborhood because the relationship is completely over.

  • DCChughes

    The menu looks awesome! I hope they manage to pull it off. If they do, I can see myself here every night for a week trying all the various things. I’m not sure what all the hatin’ is about in the comments. I hope it all works out for them. I’ll reserve my contempt for all the new chains trying to break into the Clarendon enclave (ahem, Crumbs) and steal the business away from honest-to-goodness entrepreneurs like Bakeshop and Boccato.

  • RandomGuy

    RE: Establishment naming – Seriously, who cares about the name. Do folks really decide if thery’re going to go somewhere based on its name?? THAT’s shallow and lame, shame on you, you’re supposed to be smart..
    If they execute it well and run a good bar all power to them. Glad to see it.

  • SoCo Resident

    “with some neat views of the Courthouse area”. It is SO hard to imagine a “neat view” of Courthouse! Wonder how long it will be until a new building blocks the view?

  • LPS4DL

    Newspaper reporting 101: Who, What, Where, When, Why. Where is the Rooftop Bar and Grill located? I’ll look it up later, but I’m on the ARL NOW web page where it would have been nice to see the address listed.

    • 2400 block of Clarendon Ave (you can also access it from Wilson Ave).

  • DerpyDerp

    I’m pretty sure they open next week. Next weekend should be a massacre there, as it is with all new bars that open up in that area. I’m gonna go make friends with the bartenders early so they take care of me, lol.


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