Rooftop Tequila Bar in Shaw

CORTEZ is a Mexican rooftop bar in the historical Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. Known for its Baja-focused interior restaurant décor, spacious rooftop bar and multiple event spaces, CORTEZ has quickly become one of the most popular hospitality venues in our nation’s capital.

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Shot of Sauza Tequila & a Beer for ONLY $9


4-7PM T/W/TH/F | 2-5PM SAT 

All Beers $5

All Margaritas & Specialty Cocktails  $8

Now Open !
(Happy Hour 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM)

Join us on the Rooftop from 4pm – 9pm


Enjoy cold, refreshing drinks in one of DC’s best rooftop bars. CORTEZ only sources the best local ingredients for our food and drink items. Our menus change on a seasonal basis. We pride ourselves on serving the best pairings that are “in-season”. We are located at 1905 9 Street NW at the 9th and U intersection, two blocks from the Shaw-Howard University Metro Station accessible on the Green and Yellow Lines. Please use public transportation or a car service. There is limited public street parking directly in front of CORTEZ. The nearest parking lot is at 2031 8th Street NW.


CORTEZ is one of the premier Washington, D.C. event venues. We regularly host birthday, engagement, graduation, alumni, after-party, and other small to large sized events at CORTEZ. The minimum size for an event at CORTEZ is 20 people. Unlike a lot of DC venues, CORTEZ does not charge room rental fees. Depending on the time of year and day/night of the week, we also normally do not charge minimum spends. If you are interested in hosting an event at CORTEZ, please email us at [email protected]. We are looking forward to hosting you!


CORTEZ accepts reservations for groups of 8 people or more. If you are a group of 8 people or more, please email us at [email protected]. We pride ourselves on being a casual, neighborhood gathering place, so we always keep prime space for walk-ins. If you are group of less than 8 people, please just walk in! We do not accept reservations for our rooftop high-top tables and rooftop rail tables, but we keep the rooftop open for walk-ins. We suggest you arrive early to check availability for our rooftop high-top tables and rooftop rail tables.