Globe Bar & Cafe

Back Bay

Relocated Boylston Street favorite takes over a beloved, secluded deck
When Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake closed after a quarter-century, it felt like the end of a rooftop drinking era. After all, what young Bostonian hadn’t slurped back a few G&Ts while lounging atop the alfresco enclave? So take heart: The Globe Bar & Cafe -- previously located up the street -- has taken over the space and left the roofdeck alone, which means you can still duck out of your office early and be drinking an alfresco frozen mudslide before you know it.

Sky Lounge


Proof that small hotel rooms can boast big amenities
This is the very rare roofdeck bird that operates all year round thanks to its indoor space. But the Yotel hotel bar really gets going in summer, with morning meditation (Tuesdays), weekly music performances (Thursdays), and end-of-the-weekend afternoon parties with free-flowing mimosas and spritzes. This on top of a stunning 12th floor terraced view of the water.

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Rooftop at Revere

Theatre District

Go for the lobster roll, come back for the weekly specials
There’s a little bit of paradise seven stories above the Theatre District at Revere’s rooftop hideaway. The 16,000-square-foot space got a major makeover in the off-season, with a bigger bar, sleek new furniture, and a new entrance so you don't have to awkwardly walk past the families splashing around in the adjacent indoor-outdoor pool. The elevated menu includes cocktails like the Boston Common Cucumba (Belvedere vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh cucumber, basil leaf) and snacks like tuna tartare tacos and charcuterie (don't worry, the lobster roll hasn't gone anywhere). New this year: dollar oysters on Mondays, weekly rooftop yoga, and a frozen cocktail menu with brain-freezing beauts like the Frozen Red Bull Vodka. Day passes and cabana rentals are available, but admission is still free after 5pm.

The Colonnade Hotel Rooftop Pool

Back Bay

The city’s only roofdeck, outdoor pool open to the public
The stunning rooftop pool at The Colonnade is like heading to a tropical location without ever leaving Back Bay. Curtained cabanas and wicker lounge chairs line the deck, and Brasserie Jo supplies seasonal cocktails, rotating craft brews, and some light fare for poolside snacking. You’ll have to be a hotel guest or resident to get in on the weekends, but it’s a great spot for a post-work sip ‘n’ dip for the 9-to-5 crowd -- especially those worker bees who appreciate morning rooftop workouts and regular cookouts guest-starring area chefs.

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Fort Point

Jockeying for best roofdeck in the city -- certainly the best views
When this eighth-floor space opened a few years ago, the competition to nab entry was downright fierce. It’s understandable: We're talking Boston Harbor and skyline views, snacks like bacon and roasted corn flatbread, many a refreshing cocktail made with locally produced spirits, and an exclusive-yet-chill vibe. Since then, things have only gotten better: an off-season renovation netted us 2,500 additional square feet and the brand-new Harbor Lounge, a lush VIP area with seating looking out right over the harbor.

The Baseball Tavern


Nothing fancy because it doesn’t have to be
Located roughly a fly ball away from Fenway, Baseball Tavern’s roof deck is the place to be before, during, and after a Sox game, whether or not you have tickets. Overlooking the beloved ballpark, this no-frills watering hole supplies mostly the basics, because you don’t need more than domestic suds and deep-fried apps when you’re scoping these sights.

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Legal Harborside

Seaport District

About as glam as Greater Boston’s roofdecks get (pretty glam!)
Legal’s flagship by-the-sea goes overboard with its posh indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge and appropriately named Promenade Deck. And it’s under full sail all four seasons thanks to a retractable glass roof and movable walls. Catch the sunset while slurping infinity oysters, and treat your friends to pitchers of punch. Say it with us... ”pitchers.” There’s also a full sushi menu of refreshing bites perfect for summertime feasting.


Harvard Square

Expansive and lovely, yet still undersung Harvard Square roofdeck
Daedalus’ sleek upper deck has plenty of tables, shade, and a fully stocked upstairs bar so you won’t go thirsty. Start your week off or end your weekend right with Sunday brunch (get the stuffed French toast), then stick around for an afternoon fueled by mojitos and seasonal beers. If you’re there long enough to eat again, the Rhode Island–style calamari with fried cherry peppers and chipotle aioli pairs well with any brewski.

Felipe's Taqueria

Felipe’s Taqueria

Harvard Square

Tacos, margs, what more do you need?
Felipe’s christened its roof a few years ago, and it’s been a non-stop fiesta ever since (weather-permitting). With a ton of tables and umbrellas, it’s the perfect place to knock back a margarita or cerveza, chow down on baja tacos, and mock people in the square who wish they were you.


Cleveland Circle

Where BC alums go to mingle outside and up a floor
Keeping watch over Cleveland Circle, Cityside’s cozy roof deck is an urban oasis stocked with shady umbrellas and summery beverages. In addition to a lengthy beer list and six kinds of mules, this spot pours an array of thirst-quenching cocktails, like the John Daly (sweet tea vodka, lemonade, iced tea) and a classic mojito. If rumors of Mary Ann’s imminent demise are true, expect even more BC grads to be elbowing for upstairs space.

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Pier 6


The next best thing to your own private harborside veranda
If you’ve never seen Boston and the harbor from Pier 6’s roof deck, then you’re missing out big time. The chic terrace’s seafood-heavy menu includes a raw bar, grilled octopus, and baked crab cakes, and for your summer sipper, indulge in the house Mai Tai made with Gosling’s and Real McCoy rums.

Ristorante Fiore

North End

A roofdeck that’s just one of the many hidden North End gems
From the marble-topped bar to the cast-iron furniture, Fiore’s roof tilts classy-yet-relaxed. For dinner, the grilled Bistecca alla Fiorentina is the way to go, and you’ll find plenty of Italian vino options to accompany it. Post-meal, indulge in top-shelf liqueurs, grappas, ports, and single malts for even more relaxation.



South Boston

Where else do you get to drink outside and upstairs astride an Airstream?
The deck features a retrofitted airstream trailer that's now a fully stocked bar, the very one from which you'll be ordering tropical drinks aplenty. With a 150-person capacity, a diverse noshing menu from the restaurant and the two indoor food trucks, picnic tables to chill at, and lawn games to entertain, this rooftop bar is a perfect al fresco hangout.

The Sinclair

Harvard Square

Upstairs, outdoors pregaming before the concert du noir
The Sinclair has been a neighborhood favorite since it opened its doors in 2013, and the casual/cool roof terrace attracts crowds like moths to the proverbial flame. Take over a high-top (or sink into a low-top, your call) as you partake in its boozy wares, such as the Bulleit-based Renegade Ambassador or the vodka-gin Dreams of Mine. Nationally renowned musicians play almost every night here, so be sure to keep up with the events calendar.

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Where to Watch the FIFA World Cup in Boston

Updated On 06/22/2018 at 06:17AM EST
L isten closely: Can you hear it? That’s the faint sound of vuvuzelas, aka the infamous FIFA World Cup noisemakers of 2010 -- and the rumored sound agent of 2018. The leap year of sporting events is once again upon us (June 14 is the official kickoff this year), which begs the logical question: Where to watch? Team USA’s absence, combined with the many-hour time difference between Boston and host country Russia, means some fair-weather bars will bow out of contention, but there are still plenty of sports dens around town dedicating themselves to live broadcasts. We've rounded up the best spots to watch the World Cup in Boston below and plan to update them as the games progress. Start rescheduling your morning meetings.
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The Banshee


Where to hang with soccer fanatics of all cloths
Drive by the Banshee on any Saturday morning and you’ll inevitably spot a posse of Chelsea fans idling outside, smoking and rehashing the day’s match. So when the World Cup rolls around, you know where to find the die-hards. Irish and British expats will definitely overflow the dark corners of this transplanted-from-Dublin pub, so get there early for your best chance at grabbing a bar seat or corner table. The all-day menu sets you up with the expected pub grub (burgers, nachos, quesadillas), but if you’re there for the day’s first match, splurge on the Irish breakfast and Bloody Marys (the well-poured Guinnesses will always be there).

Phoenix Landing

Central Square

Ground zero for up-to-11 World Cup enthusiasm
This has been a Liverpool fan mainstay for more than a decade, and it’s the mothership for expat football fans of all stripes. In other words: World Cup viewing crowds don’t get more rapturously rowdy. Grease up your funny bones, because you’ll spend most of your time elbowing your way to the bar and then elbowing your way back to your designated standing spot. But it’s all well worth it: minus the 8am beers, a viewing visit to “official World Cup headquarters” is about as close as you can get to the full European experience.

Grafton Street Pub

Grafton Street Pub

Harvard Square

An early bird that will draws crowds of newbies and die-hards alike
Intimidated by the rabidity of World Cup fandom? Grafton Street is here for you. The longtime Harvard Square hangout wasn’t at the top of everyone’s list back in 2014 but is kicking (sorry) into higher gear for the 2018 World Cup, offering an 8am opening time and special breakfast menu for the group stage matches, broadcast on a giant drop-down projector screen. Count on an eclectic crowd of authentic fans, idly curious tourists, and young professionals playing hooky. (Note that if you call ahead and make a reservation, you should get free parking out of the deal.)

Cafe Dello Sporto

North End

The quickest way to transport yourself to Rome for the Coppa
You can take Italy out of the World Cup, but you can’t take Cafe Dello Sporto out of the World Cup venue lineup. Even as the fútbol world continues to grapple with the Blues failure to qualify (“A World Cup without Italy is like a pizza without cheese” goes one commonly heard refrain), Cafe Dello Sporto is prepared to do what it always does: air every match while treating guests to the authentic Italian cafe experience. This means espresso, gelato, morning Negronis, and lots of older Italian men yelling at the TVs.


Back Bay

Where fans of England go to live or die by every kick
Gathering place of the Boston Gooners, the city’s official (only?) Arsenal fan club, Lir gets into the soccer spirit far more than once every four years. But if you seek to ensconce yourself among Three Lions devotees, you can do no better than this Boylston Street mainstay. Additional selling points: a spacious setting that grants you wider-than-expected elbow room and a waitstaff more than accustomed to all manner of hooliganism. They'll serve their brunch menu during the games, so you can get everything from a morning quesadilla with eggs to the full Irish breakfast with the works.

Parlor Sports

Parlor Sports

Union Square

A hybrid sports bar and hipster hangout
Are you the type that pontificates on the history and meaning of the tournament but struggles to name a single star player? Well, you’ve found your venue! Parlor caters as much to the whiskey enthusiast as it does the Ronaldo obsessive. In this comparatively cozy spot, bartenders remember your name and patrons keep their approving roars to a minimum. Its beer menu skews craft and regional, but there’s no shame in taking in an afternoon matchup over a Negroni or Manhattan (all of the classic cocktails ring in at just 10 bucks). Save the lowbrow consumption for the food: griddled dogs, fried pickles, and fried chicken on a biscuit for brunch. Even when it's not World Cup season, Parlor is known to host watch events for the Midnight Riders soccer team.

Cask 'n Flagon

Kenmore Square/Fenway

The ideal watching spot for both baseball and soccer fans
As emblematic as the Citgo sign, the Cask is the easiest World Cup answer for the equal-opportunity sports fan. It’s a Sox establishment first and foremost, but all those HD screens means at least one will be tuned in to the tournament at any given time. And with so many of the weekday matches starting at 11am and 2pm, there’s little overlap with Boston games anyway (especially since the six-month-long NBA playoffs will finally be done). Chicken Parm is about as global as the menu gets, but all finger food categories are well represented.

Cathedral Station

Cathedral Station

South End

Go-to hangout for LGBTQ World Cup fans, with a patio
This year’s World Cup is not without its controversies. Russia’s anti-gay policies have led to some calls for a boycott, and gay couples have even been warned not to hold hands at the tournament. But back at Cathedral Station, all’s as inclusive as ever. The gay-friendly sports bar plans to show every match airing during opening hours (the bar is open starting at 2pm on weekdays; weekend brunch starts at 11am). This might be the time to switch from beer to the harder stuff, as cocktail prices here are surprisingly reasonable. Come halftime, you can head out to the lovely back patio for a quick hit of vitamin D. The brunch menu, which you'll probably need to fuel up, includes omelets, breakfast burritos, and the bar's take on the Reuben.

The Kinsale

Government Center

Where to find fellow American football fans
Where many local Irish pubs attract soccer-loving expats yearning for a taste of home, the Kinsale lures in something else entirely: Americans who have somehow caught the European fútbol bug. So it’s devotion with different accents, along with many an Irish menu classic, from shepherd's pie to bangers and mash (and of course, a well-poured Guinness). Word to the weekday drinkers: if it's a Monday and you're fine with sticking around long after the game, The Kinsale has 50-cent jumbo wings on sale after 5pm.



Back Bay

The ideal spot to cheer for England alongside Manchester United devotees
It’s a given that “America’s First Sports Bar” is going to devote sizable resources to the summer tournament, but once you learn that McGreevy’s serves as an unofficial gathering place for Manchester United fans, the numbers of devotees will make even more sense. Even better, the bar’s daily food specials align nicely with the odd-hours match schedule, including weekend dollar oysters from 10am to 1pm and a five-buck burger on Tuesdays.



South Boston

Al fresco party spot for the newly woke Cupper
So no, they’re not airing every match, just the weekend afternoon ones, but the ones they are? They'll be projected onto two walls of the building in the restaurant’s garden -- fitting for the bigger-than-life spectacle that is the World Cup. In fact, Publico’s outdoor space is being transformed into a rose and beer garden for the entire summer, so while you may be mingling with some World Cup neutralists, you’ll also be getting some fresh air with your fandom. Publico's added new globally inspired menu items to its food menu just for the games.

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