By Jake Emen, On Tap Magazine

The month of May dragged on with a record-breaking stretch of gloomy days and dreariness. I thought it was supposed to be April showers, but I digress. The good news is that there’s no stopping summertime once June hits. Scope out some of the District’s finest outdoor hotspots to grab a refreshing drink or two and soak up that sunshine. Finally.

Take in the sights from Takoda’s rooftop, a 71-seat roof deck with a 270-degree view of the area, and retractable windows bringing in that summertime breeze. The bar showcases 24 beers on draft and more than 50 American whiskeys. On the cocktail front though, try the Cold Toddy ($12), a summer rendition on the wintertime favorite, with house-made honey syrup, Redemption bourbon, lemon and cinnamon. Takoda :715 Florida Ave. NW, DC;