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“Not always open”
Review of Top of the Gate

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Ranked #771 of 3,463 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: US$20 - US$100
Description: The energetic and sophisticated rooftop bar and lounge at The Watergate Hotel boasts commanding 360-degree views of the Kennedy Center, the Potomac River, the Key and Arlington bridges, the Washington Monument and the rest of the DC skyline. It is the perfect place for an after-work cocktail or the season’s most talked-about event. In the Winter months, the rooftop transforms into Top of the Skate. A unique, synthetic ice rink and warming cocktails are featured November - March. Firepit tables and heated lounge areas keep visitors cozy while enjoying the view.
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Description: The energetic and sophisticated rooftop bar and lounge at The Watergate Hotel boasts commanding 360-degree views of the Kennedy Center, the Potomac River, the Key and Arlington bridges, the Washington Monument and the rest of the DC skyline. It is the perfect place for an after-work cocktail or the season’s most talked-about event. In the Winter months, the rooftop transforms into Top of the Skate. A unique, synthetic ice rink and warming cocktails are featured November - March. Firepit tables and heated lounge areas keep visitors cozy while enjoying the view.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great views but I feel it should be open seven days a week for cocktails and other services. View of the city and the potomac river was breathtaking.

Thank Janeen G
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Management_Team_365, Manager at Top of the Gate, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Janeen,

It was a thrill to welcome you for rooftop cocktails and we appreciate you sharing your review. With warmer days upon us, we will soon be open seven days a week and we hope you take in all the spring colors along the river with another visit one day soon.

Warm Regards,

Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

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Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

Loved it!! Spent our first night here when we were too tired to go anywhere else and were thrilled we did! There’s a small ice rink on the roof, really friendly staff who were very attentive and the drinks were reasonable! The roof was well heated with a good atmosphere and music until 11!

Thank Corinne F
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Management_Team_365, Manager at Top of the Gate, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2018

Greetings Corinne,

As you discovered, Top of the Gate is a “must-visit” destination for guests of The Watergate and the greater Washington, DC area and we are thrilled to read of your enchanting evening. We hope you had the chance to lace-up and jump on the rink, and if not, watching the action so perfectly framed by the skyline of Arlington and Washington can be just as sensational. We thank you for sharing your kind words and we look forward to one day seeing you again!

Yours in Hospitality,

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Reviewed December 13, 2017 via mobile

A real shame that when we turned up for our reservation on Sunday we were told Top of the Gate had been closed for the day as it was too icy... This was our last day in DC so was unable to come back.

Thank Patricia C
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Management_Team_365, Manager at Top of the Gate, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2017

Dear Patricia,

As you noted, the Washington area received its first snow of the season this past weekend which was an exciting event for all. While we quickly reopened after the snow had fallen and our flooring surfaces had been treated, the safety of our guests and Top of the Gate colleagues is our top priority and we did need to close our rooftop bar through the inclement weather. We share your disappointment and we are saddened to find that the acts of Mother Nature have resulted in a low-rated review. Should you wish to discuss your visit further, I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you and I have provided my contact information below for your convenience. We thank you again for adding us to your “must-visit” destinations and we hope we might see you again one day soon.

Warm Regards,

Robert Muehlich
Director of Food & Beverage
rmuehlich@thewatergatehotel.com

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Reviewed December 11, 2017

Romantic beautiful location!! Views all around....
stand up bar with a budding "scene" on some weekends- bar food-
great stop for DC visitors!!!

Thank Gin2busy
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Management_Team_365, Manager at Top of the Gate, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2017

Dear Gin2busy,

It was a delight to welcome you to Top of the Gate and we are thrilled that you and yours enjoyed. As you noted, our conversation sectionals are by reservation only and they do allow a more romantic setting to snuggle with that special someone or catch up with friends. Once more, we thank you for the stellar review and we hope that we can welcome you back one day soon, perhaps for an evening skate on our rooftop rink!

Best Regards,

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Reviewed November 11, 2017

Cocktails on the roof of the Watergate Hotel with terrific views of the Potomac, the Kennedy Center and the rest of DC. There is a minimum per person in the main seating area - which includes sofas and fire pits (and heaters when necessary), but you can sit at the bar, or grab your own drink and sit at some two-top tables that overlook more of the watergate complex itself. Nice spot when not too crowded.

Thank MarcDavid
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Management_Team_365, Manager at Top of the Gate, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2017

Dear MarcDavid,

We are delighted you could join us and we thank you for sharing your review! While one might assume that the rooftop bar season has come to a close, that’s not the case at Top of the Gate where we have recently installed an ice-skating rink with a skate-up bar! We look forward to welcoming guests in the winter months ahead, and perhaps after a skate, one might consider warming up with a cocktail at The Next Whisky Bar, located on the lobby-level of our hotel. Once more, the pleasure was ours and on behalf of all of us, we hope to see you again one day soon.

Warm Regards,

Top of the Gate at The Watergate Hotel

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