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Much has been made of The Wharf, the multi-billion dollar neighborhood revitalization project on the Southwest Waterfront. I was eager to check out what all the hype was about. Fortunately, Whiskey Charlie invited us to preview the new rooftop bar and lounge.

The Movers and Shakers

Keith Halfmann, president of Endurance Management Group which helped create the space, explained to us a little history of the Waterfront and its past as a maritime and commercial hub. The name Whiskey Charlie comes from the call signal, WC, short for “Washington Channel” which it overlooks.

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The Vibe

Whiskey Charlie is located in the penthouse of the Canopy by Hilton, and sits right on the marina, overlooking The Wharf. It’s the only rooftop bar in the area (so far at least) and has incredible views of the Washington Channel, East Potomac Park, and Arlington.

The space has a sleek, glass enclosed bar for panoramic views inside, as well as an outdoor space with cozy couches, another bar, firepits and heaters to keep warm during the cooler months. The overall vibe is chic and understated, letting your attention stay on the gorgeous vistas all around you.

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Is This Seat Taken?

Whiskey Charlie is located in a hotel but it’s definitely not your average hotel bar. It’s open to the public, and is a great spot for couples or small groups grabbing a drink. Hungry? The menu of “light snacks” conveys elevated bar food, with a nautical theme without leaning too heavily on seafood.

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Guests can snack on oysters, cheese and charcuterie boards, hummus, olives, mixed nuts, and more. Don’t miss the crab cake sliders with pineapple relish and chipotle aioli.

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The Libations

We were impressed by several of the cocktails we tried. The “WC Mule,” with vodka, fresh ginger, strawberry-mint shrub, and lime, was a lighter version of your classic. Grapefruit gives a sweet twist to the “Mermaid Margarita.”

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If you’re looking for something a little stiffer, I recommend the “Port Of Call” (pineapple rum, demerara, and angostura bitters) or the pretty in pink “Warm Spell” (blanco tequila, mezcal, pineapple, agave nectar, lime, and chili pepper tincture). At $13, the cocktails are pricey, but comparable to other spots in the District.

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The bar also offers a small, curated selection of beer and wine as well as large format cocktails and tankards to share as a group.


With incredible views and dynamite drinks, Whiskey Charlie is a great spot to bring a date before dinner on The Wharf. You know where to find us!

Whiskey Charlie opens Friday to the public. It will be open Monday – Thursday from  p.m. to midnight, Friday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to midnight.  Reservations are accepted but not required.

Whiskey Charlie
975 7th St S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024

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