Food & Drink

The Best Patio Bar in 16 Boston 'Hoods

Published On 05/13/2015 Published On 05/13/2015
Courtesy of The Green Briar
Courtesy of Carolyn Rasley/River Bar
Courtesy of Poe’s Kitchen at The Rattlesnake
Courtesy of The Green Briar
Courtesy of Brian Samuels/Battery Park
Courtesy of Mike Young/The Sinclair
Courtesy of Dyer Brown/Canary Square
Cambridge Brewing Company
Courtesy of Audubon Boston
Aragosta Bar and Bistro
Atlantic Beer Garden
Courtesy of Carolyn Rasley/Brass Union
Courtesy of Copper House Tavern
THE LANDING at Long Wharf
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1. River Bar 661 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA 02145

A palace of wood, glass, and white marble, Somerville's River Bar dishes up Asian fusions on American classics. The sleek interior and fire-warmed back patio guarantee you'll see more than a few couples splitting a small plate of fried potatoes with miso aioli or corned beef and cabbage dumplings. If they're really comfortable with each other, them they're probably sinking their teeth right into the grass-fed burger -- a bulgogi-marination creation topped with bacon eggs rolls -- instead. That's true love (we mean for the burger).

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2. Deep Ellum 477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

Whiskey cocktails and Southern-inspired brunch fare are the name of the game at this Allston cocktail hangout. Deep Ellum's menu features seven types of Manhattans and more than 25 beers on tap, all worth exploring while you attempt to talk over blaring music (tip: get here early for a spot on the quieter, plant-filled back patio). While there is a solid dinner menu (go for the reuben sandwich and truffle gorgonzola fries), the brunch dishes are Boston bucket list-worthy and served seven days a week (!), and include a killer kielbasa & egg sandwich and a BBQ breakfast with braised pork shoulder, cornbread, and a fried egg.

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3. Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake 384 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

For a while, Rattlesnake got by on being the only spot on Boylston with a rooftop deck, but eventually doing the bare minimum wasn't enough. To remedy the situation, the RS folks brought in chef Brian Poe to ensure that customers nevermore (see what we did there?) walked away complaining of the rooftops's lack of carne asada tacos. That, plus quesadillas, nachos, BLTs, a whole range of tequilas, cocktails, beers & wines, is exactly what they're now offering up. On a roof. On Boylston. It's the perfect combination at last.

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4. The Green Briar 304 Washington St, Brighton, MA 02135

This local Irish favorite in Brighton has 22 drafts, 32 brown liquors, 14 specialty cocktails, AND a patio. Can you say summer hotspot? Cause we can.

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5. The Field Pub 20 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA 02139

The Field crew carved into that awkward back alley space behind their bar to create one of the mightiest semi-hidden patios in Cambridge. The brew selection tilts classic/simple, and your best bet is a perfectly poured nitro such as Guinness, Murphy’s, or Belhaven. If you’re into lighter fare, Tucher and Radeberger Royal Pilsner are the way to go.

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6. Battery Park Bar & Lounge 33 Batterymarch St, Boston, MA 02110

From the dudes behind Amesbury's wildly successful Murphy's Riverside, BPB&L is a refined 87-seat sports/after-work lounge (located in the old 360 Ultra) decked out w/ a deep red mahogany bar and 16 flat-screens.

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7. The Sinclair Kitchen 52 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Rocking out in Harvard Square, the music promo dudes at The Bowery overhauled the former Phatt Boys into a 500-plus capacity, industrial-aesthetic'd concert venue/ rustic bar & kitchen/ casual-cool rooftop with occasional rooftop movie nights.

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8. Canary Square 435 S Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Essentially a marriage of the concepts at Coda & Common Ground, CS's a neighborhood bar/eatery (from the cats behind both of those spots) slingin' seasonally inspired, locally sourced grub.

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9. Cambridge Brewing Company 1 Kendall Square, Building 100, Cambridge, MA 02139

Check out the oldest brewery-restaurant in the Boston area for an epic selection of brewskis and and even a personal pairing to your dish.

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10. Audubon Boston 838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215

Audubon Boston has a standout cocktail menu, including the A.B.‚Äôretto Sour with Lazzaroni amaretto, Overproof Plantation rum, lemon, and sugar egg white. Or try the Mis Suenos, boosted by Dulce Vida reposado, Punt e Mes, and smoked ginger syrup. For brew-hounds, they also dispense eight craft drafts that'll help wash down their honey jalape√Īo wings. The Pork Muffaletta and Corn Husk Flounder are also standouts.

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11. Aragosta Bar and Bistro 3 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109

If you aren’t hip to the hidden gem known as Battery Wharf, then you’re missing out on Aragosta’s posh seaside terrace. Grab an Adirondack chair near a fire­top table, ogle the gleaming harbor, and sink into your afternoon. The Aragosta Shellfish Tower is everything you want it to be, and has everything you want: shrimp, oysters, littlenecks, chilled half-­lobster cocktail, and so on. Balance all that raw bar goodness with a bit of heat courtesy of the Cilantro Sting scorched by serrano chili-infused tequila.

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12. Atlantic Beer Garden 146 Seaport Blvd, South Boston, MA 02210

Occupying prime real estate in Boston's Seaport District, Atlantic Beer Garden is an indoor/outdoor sports bar and restaurant with spectacular water views. Flatscreen TVs dominate the dining room, and if it's warm enough, the large roof deck is the place to be. The food and drink menu is classic American sports lounge cuisine -- think burgers and buffalo chicken sandwiches, nachos, and potato skins to eat, and New England beers to drink.

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13. Merrill & Co. 1 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116

Come to Merril for something between comfort food and fine dining -- you might grab some of their delicious catfish, you might grab some of their tender BBQ ribs, you might just grab something from their craft cocktail menu -- but you will definitely not regret stopping by.

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14. Brass Union 70 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143

At Brass Union, the front, tavern-style setting gives way to a funk/soul lounge in back, which boasts vintage table-top video games, board games, life-size Connect Four, and a 14-foot shuffleboard court.

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15. Copper House Tavern 380 Winter St, Boston, MA 02141

Copper House Tavern’s beer garden-style porch definitely adds to Watch City’s growing street cred. Picnic tables provide ample seating for your crew to comfortably take down copious snacks and drinks, like 40 craft beers (Cisco Sankaty Light), and many hard­-to-find small batch spirits (Smuggler’s Notch Bourbon). But you’re there to have a signature Copperhouse Kicking Mule with Tito’s and crisp ginger beer served in a totally boss copper mug.

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16. The Landing at Long Wharf One Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

This fully outdoor patio on the Waterfront is made for enjoying drinks by the water.