16 Essential Boston Rooftop Bars with Jaw-Dropping Views

The sky’s the limit.

The Lexington
The Lexington | Photo by Brian Samuels
The Lexington | Photo by Brian Samuels

It’s a phenomenon that many of us know all too well. You emerge bleary-eyed from your apartment and stumble into the Common to find a world reborn—chubby resident squirrels grazing under the warm sun while the unmistakable scent of cannabis laps against your nostrils. The harsh Boston winter has abated, and you and your fellow Massholes have emerged from your Skyrim-filled hibernation in search of nachos, margs, and, of course, sweeping vistas of the city that we all call home.

Thankfully, Boston’s rooftop bars have sprung back to life over the past few weeks—just in time to celebrate you and your second vaccine jab’s two week anniversary. Whether you’re planning a hot Tinder date, reuniting with long lost college pals, or trying to match the energy of the Saweetie feat. Doja Cat Best Friend music video, there’s a skyhigh drinking den somewhere across the Greater Boston Area calling your name.

Ristorante Fiore
Ristorante Fiore | Photo courtesy of Ristorante Fiore

Ristorante Fiore

North End
There’s no shortage of incredible Italian food available throughout the North End, but Ristorante Fiore’s rooftop deck adds that special non so che that makes for a perfect summer evening in the city. From arancini to zucchini, this cozy bistro is a veritable treasure trove of savory and sweet Euro-inspired delights and the wine menu is nothing to turn your naso up at either. 
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Sam Adams Boston Taproom
Sam Adams Boston Taproom | Photo courtesy of Sam Adams Boston Taproom

Sam Adams Boston Taproom

Downtown
This Faneuil Hall-adjacent brewhouse made its grand debut in January 2020, yet was forced to close indefinitely just a few months later. Fortunately, the sleek venue has pulled a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 6, springing back from the grave with over twenty different brews available on draft alongside soft pretzels, tater tots, and other decadent pub grub. It’s far from the tallest rooftop bar in the city, but what this outpost lacks in height it more than makes up for in liquid refreshment.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating or reserve online.

The Lexington

Cambridge
A very recent addition to the Greater Boston dining scene, The Lexington checks off all of our boxes with gorgeous architecture, classic American cuisine, and picturesque views of Cambridge Crossing. Opt for the East Side Izzy, a gin martini crowded with fresh pickles—it makes for, er, a dill-icious complement to basking in the balmy Cambridge weather. (Please forgive us.)
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Six\West

South Boston
Perched on the top floor of the Cambria Hotel, Six\West has been gracing Southie’s busiest thoroughfare with an ample selection of beer, wine, and cocktails since late 2019. Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with a Prickled Pink—the bar’s signature prickly pear-infused take on a Cosmo—or treat your inner Nicki Minaj to a Trinidad Seventy-Five, a flavorful champagne cocktail with a healthy dose of Angostura. 
How to book: Reserve online (90-minute limit).

Alba Restaurant

Quincy
Making the journey from Boston to Quincy can be quite a commitment, but Alba’s trendy atmosphere and extensive drink menu make it well worth hopping on the Red Line. Once you’ve alighted at the Quincy Center T stop, make your way five minutes south to find fresh seafood and juicy steaks served feet away from Alba’s verdant rooftop herb garden. There are no reservations here, but don’t skip out on dinner just because it’s raining—the property has a retractable roof in place for those exact occasions.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Coppersmith

South Boston
Once a local leader in copper production, this stately former factory now serves as one of Southie’s top watering holes, equipped with a rustic red-brick indoor bar and—of course—a rooftop deck complete with its own drink counter operating out of a hollowed out Airstream. Whether you’re swinging by for a bloody Mary-laden brunch or pitching in for a pitcher of margaritas with your besties, Coppersmith is sure to leave you with fond (albeit hazy) memories. 
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Cunard Tavern
Cunard Tavern | Photo by Brian Philips Photography

Cunard Tavern

East Boston
Eastie is best known as the home of Logan Airport, but this underrated neighborhood is well on its way to developing a booming food and drink scene, with local favorite Cunard Tavern leading the charge in rooftop dining. While you can feast on fish tacos and lobster rolls framed by the Boston skyline, don’t miss out on weekend brunch—it’s only served inside, but it’s still pretty killer.
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Dorchester Brewing Company

Dorchester
Boston’s largest neighborhood tends to fly under the radar when it comes to tourism, but craft beer aficionados would be remiss to skip out on a trip to Dorchester Brewing Company. Their open-air roof deck provides some of the area’s best skyline views, which conveniently pair perfectly with a fresh Ned’s Atomic DIPA or thirst-quenching Dorchequis salt lime lager. 
How to book: Reserve via Tock.

Trillium Brewing Company
Trillium Brewing Company | Photo courtesy of Trillium Brewing Company

Trillium Brewing Company

Fort Point
Craft beer Stans take note: Trillium is one of Fort Point’s hottest spots for sampling a slew of brews served alongside a healthy dose of fresh air. Wild-fermented ales and spice cake-inspired imperial stouts are just a few of the complex and fascinating concoctions up for grabs here, but don’t sleep on the food program either—not to be dramatic, but we would literally die for their fried chicken sandwich. 
How to book: Reserve via Resy.

Rooftop@Revere

Theater District
There’s plenty of room for activities atop the Revere Hotel—16,000 square feet’s worth, to be exact. While Rooftop@Revere is best known as the largest rooftop lounge in the city, this open-air hangout has a lot more to offer than room to roam. From a lengthy international wine list to a constantly-rotating draft beer selection and myriad craft cocktails, the world is your (boozy) oyster at this urban dreamscape perched seven stories above the Common.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Lookout Rooftop & Bar

Fort Point
Rooftop bars and gorgeous skyline views tend to go hand-in-hand, but few destinations in the city offer such a spectacular shot of downtown Boston as Lookout. An early mover and shaker in the winter dining department, this polished venue has been welcoming curious diners into igloo pods way before it was cool, plying them with sweet and spicy pork belly and Seaport sangrias since 2017.
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Pier 6

Charlestown
Fresh off the heels of their grand reopening, this harborside haunt is home to some of the finest seafood-centric dining anywhere in Charlestown. And if you’re desperately craving crab cakes and swordfish tacos but don’t feel like taking the bus from downtown Boston, no need to worry—the restaurant offers a complimentary water taxi that departs just a short walk from the Maverick T stop to make all your fishy dreams come true. 
How to book: Reserve via Resy (90-minute limit).

Daedalus
Daedalus | Photo by Kayla Walazek

Daedalus

Harvard Square
Classic cocktails and contemporary American fare await at Daedelus, a cozy pub that’s been serving the denizens of Harvard Square since the turn of the millennium. If the summer sun has you feeling drained, Daedalus’ breezy rooftop has the perfect antidote: A refreshing caipirinha, Moscow Mule, or mojito paired with a crisp and hearty quinoa bowl. 
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

Legal Harborside

Seaport District
Located steps away from the Leader Bank Pavilion (or whatever they’ve decided to call it this week), Legal Harborside is a haven for seasoned seafood aficionados and first-time samplers alike. The menu is decked out with lobster rolls, crab rolls, and a surprisingly large sushi selection, but nothing pairs quite so beautifully with a view of Boston Harbor as their opulent seafood platter (and a few glasses of hand-selected wine, of course).
How to book: Reserve online.

Felipe’s Taqueria

Harvard Square
Head to the former stomping grounds of Elle Woods to find Felipe’s Taqueria, a charming Harvard-adjacent venue that specializes in hearty Mexican fare. While it’s definitely tempting to stuff your face with flautas and nachos, make sure to save some room for the frosty passion fruit margarita, and even add a mezcal float if you’re feeling bold. Reservations are nonexistent around here, but no worries—that gives you the perfect opportunity to take a leisurely stroll around Harvard Square as you wait for a table to open.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

Cityside Tavern

Cleveland Circle
It’s a bit of a hike from downtown Boston, but if you’re willing to put up with the relentless metallic screech of the Green Line, Cityside Tavern is ready to reward you with tasty cocktails and a gorgeous bird’s-eye view of Cleveland Circle. Equipped with a diverse menu full of flavorful pub fare, whiskies from across the globe, and boozy brunch cocktails, it’s no wonder that this spot has been adored by BC students and local professionals alike since 1985. 
How to book: Reserve via OpenTable.

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Jared Ranahan is a contributor for Thrillist.