Jul 16, 2023 - Food and Drink

This waterfront bar is one of D.C.'s best kept secrets

Island Time Bar & Grill

Island Time Bar & Grill at the Columbia Island Marina. Photo courtesy of Island Time

Island Time Bar & Grill is D.C.'s best-kept secret on the waterfront.

Why it matters: Riverfront bars get packed, but this low-key hideaway at the Columbia Island Marina feels like a hidden boater's gem.

What's happening: Not too much — and that's the point. Go for grapefruit crushes, crispy shrimp baskets, live music on weekends, and Pentagon Lagoon views.

How to get there: By boat, bike (it's near Mt. Vernon Trail by Lady Bird Johnson Park), or car if you're southbound on the GW Parkway.

The bottom line: It's island time vibes — just don't think about what could be lurking in the Pentagon Lagoon.

The bar is open seasonally, noon to 7:30pm on weekdays, and 11am-8pm Friday through Sunday.

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