Rooftop Tequila Bar & Tacos in Shaw

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


Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2019 at CORTEZ!

4 Hour Open Bar 9PM-1AM

The BEST New Year’s Eve package in all of D.C.!

Open Bar includes all beers, rail drinks & house margaritas. PLUS, all guests receive a shot of tequila for a midnight toast!

Friday & Saturday
(from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM)

Shot of Sauza Tequila & a Beer for ONLY $10

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday
(5:00 PM – 7:00 PM W/TH/F | All day Sunday)

Get a free beer with every taco

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
(Happy Hour 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM)

All Beers are $5 and All Frozen Drinks are $8


CORTEZ only sources the best local ingredients for our food and drink items. Our menus change on a seasonal basis. We pride ourselves on using the best ingredients 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 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 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.


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