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Top Of The Gate

DC's Most Enviable Rooftop Bar & Lounge

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.

Hours & Reservations

Monday - Friday | 5:00 - 11:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday | 1:00 - 11:00 pm

FAQ and Reservation Guide

Contact toglounge@thewatergatehotel.com for reservation inquiries. 

Experience The Top of the Gate

GATHER

Whether you’re lounging with friends, entertaining a small party of co-workers, or hosting a 300-person soirée, we will accommodate any type of gathering. Reservations are required for all sofa seatings.

IMBIBE

An array of specialty cocktails paired with an eclectic collection of international beer and wine is curated for the post-work crowd. A wide selection of cordials and digestifs complement after-dinner stargazers.

SAVOUR

Chef Michael Santoro features a menu of artisanal pizzas and icy granitas.

Food and Drink Menu

LIVE

Expect the unexpected. Sunrise Tai Chi. Sunset street magic. Post-theater dessert and nightcaps.

Now appearing Tuesday evenings from 6 - 8PM
Mentalist and Entertainer: Alain Nu
Alain has entertained at three Presidential Inaugural Balls and The International Spy Museum. 

Reservation Guide

We offer a variety of packages that make us the perfect location for private, political, corporate, fundraising & media events as well as social celebrations such as birthday parties and wedding receptions. 

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday – Thursday: 5pm to 11pm
Friday: 5pm to 1am
Saturday: 1pm – 1am
Sunday: 1pm – 11pm

RESERVATION GUIDE FOR TOP OF THE GATE

Reservations 

Reservations at Top of the Gate are based on Peak (before sunset) and Off Peak (after sunset) times.  Minimums are based on a per person spend that can increase or decrease based on your party size, day of the week and event start & end times. Pricing also varies by day, with Friday & Saturday having the highest minimums, starting at $50 per person.  All reservations have 3 hour limits.  

By making a reservation at Top of the Gate you are guaranteed a pod or lounge space that will accommodate your party size as well as the ability to jump the line and catch the next available elevator to the roof!  To jump the line, check in with the host who will place you in the expedited elevator line. 

The “Gatekeeper” assigns reservations to Top of the Gate pods & lounges just like a restaurant assigns tables.  Guests can reserve specific pods and lounge areas.  Please note that premium seating at peak times may have higher food & beverage minimums. 

We offer 5 types of reservations at top of the Gate:
1. Communal Seating
2. Pod Seating
3. Lounge Seating
4. Partial Buyout 
5. Full Buyout 

Communal Seating 

Ideal for dates or small groups of 3-4 guests. Communal seating rates start at $25 per person off peak, prices are subject to availability & weather conditions. 

Pod Seating 

For smaller groups, up to 8 guests.  Pod seating consists of a combination of chairs, couches & cocktail tables. Food & beverage minimums are based on the number of guests in your party and the day and time of your reservation.  Rates start at $300 off peak, prices are subject to availability & weather conditions.

Lounge Seating 

For larger groups, up to 50 guests.  Lounge seating consists of a combination of pods.  Food & beverage minimums are based on the number of guests in your party and the day and time of your reservation.  Rates start at $600 off peak, for groups of 20 or less and $1500 for groups of 50 or less. Prices are subject to availability & weather conditions.  Beverages are charged on consumption. Menu offerings include pizza, platters & passed hors devours that start at $25 per person. 

Partial Buyout 

For groups, larger than 50 guests.  Partial buyout seating consists of a combination of lounge areas.  Food & beverage minimums and room rental is based on the number of guests and the length of your event.  Our tailored offerings include personal bar packages, platters & passed hors d’oeuvres that start at $100 per person.   

Full Buyout 

For events, up to 350 guests.  Food & beverage minimums and room rental is based on the number of guests and the length of your event.  Our tailored offerings include personal bar packages, platters & passed hors d’oeuvres that start at $100 per person. 

Entrance

The entrance to Top of the Gate can be found on our B1 level.  The elevators can be accessed at the bottom of our lobby stairs.  There are 2 elevators that have direct access to the roof.  Please note that during high volume times there may be a line & wait to gain entrance to the roof. 

No Reservation Necessary

The bar area is first-come, first-serve and does not require reservations.  This space has 6 high top tables and standing room for 150 guests.  All cocktails and pizza are ordered directly through our bartenders. 

Food & Beverage Minimums

All food & beverages ordered go towards the food & beverage minimum.  Minimums are based on the party size, date and length of the reservation.  It is the reservation hosts responsibility to ensure that the minimum is met.  If the minimum is not met there will be a room rental charge of the remaining balance. 

Menus

We serve 6 pizzas, one salad and Hawaiian ice at Top of the Gate.  For parties of 20 or more guests we have a variety of platters.  For groups, larger than 50 we offer a variety of passed canapes in addition to platters and pizza.  

Fire Pits

Top of the Gate has 4 fire pits that can be reserved.  When booking your reservation please inquire about fire pit availability.  

Payment 

Reservations must be secured with a credit card to guarantee the space.  Final payment can be made with up to 4 cards, split evenly or by percentage (30%, 20%, 50%) or can be paid with cash.  

Inclement Weather 

Top of the Gate is an open-air rooftop and is not covered.  In the event of inclement weather, either heavy rain, high winds, hail or lightening, Top of the Gate closures will be announced via email & phone.  Guests can cancel their reservation up to 3pm the same day as their reservation due to inclement weather.  If management makes a call to close the roof, reservations that are not canceled by the guest will be canceled by management via email or phone call.  In the event that heavy rain is expected later in the evening, Top of the Gate will open as usual, and remain open until Security makes a weather call.  For groups that have ordered platters, if canceling a reservation platters must be canceled 48 hours in advance. 

For Reservations or Questions
Please call 202-322-6455 or email TOGLounge@thewatergatehotel.com