Hi-Lawn Opens on the Rooftop at Union Market

Image courtesy: HiLawn at Union Market

We used to go there for Kastles team tennis games, interactive art exhibits, and outdoor fitness classes. Now outdoor dining, drinking, and safe socializing is happening on high at Union Market.

Hi-Lawn is now open on the Rooftop at Union Market (1309 5th Street NE). The astroturf-outfitted Hi-Lawn is reminiscent of a laid-back park/playground with seasonally-changing fare, creative draft and juice box cocktails, hosted picnics, lawn games, and outdoor music. And all of this comes with 360-degree city views!

Image courtesy: HiLawn at Union Market

Right now the “lawn games” are on hold, but the rest of the experience is happening in a COVID-safe environment. The sprawling space (with a pre-COVID capacity of 1040) is outfitted with socially-distanced picnic tables and colorful patio umbrellas, designated picnic spaces on artificial turf, and wood decking. Guests will enjoy draft cocktails, boozy punch pouches, spiked seltzers, craft beers by the can and bucket, and affordable, well-curated wines.

Mid-fall, a kitchen and culinary outpost is coming, but Hi-Lawn is kicking things off for the late summer/early fall season, with a Picnics + Cookouts menu to savor the last of DC’s warm weather. Curated picnic basket coolers come stocked with outdoor gathering essentials. For a more upscale outing, they will also host weekend Steak & Lobster nights, featuring individually-portioned lobster boils and hanger steak dinners.

Hi-Lawn is family- and child-friendly. It will be open Thursday 4pm to 10pm, Friday from 4pm to 11pm, Saturday from 12pm to 11pm and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm, with plans to expand hours of operation shortly.
Hi-Lawn will implement COVID precautions to the utmost degree, with safely-distanced tables, strictly-enforced mask policies, stringent cleaning procedures, contactless online ordering via GoTab and complimentary sanitizing stations all in line with and beyond DC health and safety guidelines. All food and drink orders and payments will be contactless, via QR code through GoTab. Full menus can be found at www.hilawndc.com.

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