Top of the Gate, one of the District’s most popular rooftop bars at The Watergate Hotel, has transformed into Top of the Skate, letting visitors glide around 1,400 square feet of synthetic ice. The rink offers sweeping views along the Potomac River, from the Air Force Memorial to the spires of Georgetown University. Beyond the scenic vistas, the rink has something that others in the area don’t: a skate-up bar, so thirsty guests can order a cocktail or glass of wine without leaving the ice. The drink menu includes mulled wine, hot bourbon-spiked cider, and boozy Swiss hot chocolate with Jameson and Bailey’s Irish Cream, with most drinks at $16.
Admission is $20 per adult and $10 for children age 12 and younger and includes a skate rental and one hour of ice time, although guests can linger as long as they want, or just go up to the rooftop for a drink without skating. Top of the Skate is open Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.