Sunny days necessitate outdoor drinking, and sometimes you need to take that outdoor drinking to a whole new level. Literally. And to help you broaden your horizons (again, literally), we've cataloged all of Boston's rooftop bars. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to visit every single one of them this season, because... you know... winter is coming.
Your Guide to Every Rooftop Bar in Boston
Renovated prior to the summer of 2014, the stunning rooftop pool at The Colonnade transports you to a tropical location without ever leaving Back Bay. Curtained cabanas, wicker chaise lounges, and a modern Tiki bar line the deck, and Brasserie Jo supplies seasonal cocktails, rotating craft brews, and some light fare for poolside snacking. Did we mention there is a pool? Yeah, there’s a pool... totally ideal for an after-work dip 'n sip.
Bask in the late-afternoon sun on ABG’s roof deck as you enjoy sweeping views of the city, the harbor, and a lengthy beer list that runs 80-strong. Hungry? Roll with the mac & cheese-stuffed burger or Buffalo chicken wontons -- you can't go wrong with either.
Located roughly one fly-ball away from Fenway Park, Baseball Tavern’s roof deck is THE place to be before, during, and after a game, regardless of if you have tickets. Overlooking America’s Most Beloved Ballpark, this no-frills watering hole supplies mostly the basics, and mostly because you don’t need more than domestic suds and deep-fried apps once you’re scoping the sights. Pro tip: this place rents out the roof deck for private events, and you can ask Joe all about it. Email for party info: info@TheBaseballTavern.com.
From the moment this eighth-floor space opened last season, the competition to nab entry was downright fierce. Figures: we're talking Boston Harbor and skyline views, snacks like smoked bacon flatbread, many a refreshing cocktail made with locally produced spirits, and an exclusive (yet chill) vibe. Reservations are available, and highly recommended, given how in-demand this place is -- never mind that hotel guests get first dibs.
South Beach comes to Newton at BOKX 109’s rooftop pool, complete with cabanas, day beds, and enough treats for an army of sun worshippers. With savory burgers and potent potables (like a crème de casis float and the stacked Auburndale iced tea with Belvedere Citron, Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach, gin, rum, and tequila), the emphasis here is on fun. And speaking of fun, from 11am to 4pm on Sundays, it even does themed partiesloaded with live entertainment, food, and revitalizing tipple.
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 build-your-own margarita menu, this spot also pours Hurricanes, Long Island lemonade, five distinctive martinis, and an array of thirst-quenching mojitos, like the Pineapple Express.
As one of three rooftops in Cambridge, Daedalus’ sleek upper deck has plenty of tables, shade, and a fully stocked upstairs bar so you won’t go thirsty. Or have to walk downstairs! Start your week off right with Sunday brunch (stuffed French toast), then stick around for Sunday Funday fueled by signature mojitos, coconut Mai Tais, or seasonal pours like Blue Point Summer Ale. If you’re there long enough to eat again, the Rhode Island-style calamari with fried cherry peppers pairs well with any brewski.
Felipe’s just christened its roof on Cinco de Mayo, and it’s been a non-stop fiesta ever since. It doesn’t have a mariachi band (yet), but it does have a plethora (yes, plethora) of tables, umbrellas, and cervezas to maintain optimal levels of happiness. Knock back a margarita, chow down on Baja tacos, and mock people in the square who wish they were you. FYI: Felipe’s acquired a full liquor license and expanded the menu during its relocation last year.
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.
Floating casually between office buildings, Market’s roof deck puts you sky high in the FiDi for cold beers, appetizers, and after-work good times. In the cold-beer category, domestic cans and Harpoon Big Squeeze drafts will quench your mighty thirst, while fried dill pickles and a pomme frites trio will satisfy your munchies. As for those good times, check out Industry Night Wednesdays from 9pm to midnight for $3 drafts, $5 wines, $6 drinks, and half-price apps.
One word: airdeck. Or should that be two words? Actually, is that really a word at all? Anyway, these are the profound questions you'll be asking after you've had a few atop this newly unveiled rooftop bar. "Airdeck" (or air-deck) is actually a reference to the deck’s retrofitted airstream trailer that's also a fully-stocked bar, the very one from which you'll be ordering tropical drinks aplenty. With a 150-person capacity, a taco- and ribs-centric noshing menu, picnic tables to chill at, and lawn games to distract, this rooftop bar promises to be your new five-nights-a-week alfresco hangout.
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 provides unique views of our beloved Hub. The recently launched summer deck menu includes oysters, Jonah crab salad with avocado mousse, and wild mushroom bruschetta with burrata, and for your summer sipper, indulge in the Pier 6 Mai Tai.
Still the go-to Boston roof deck, The Rattlesnake has lots of bite with its South of the border mojo and oh-so-serious beverages. Instructions: pick your poison from 30 tequilas, 34 brown liquors, 15+ specialty cocktails, and 44 craft beers, then settle in for a sun-soaked afternoon. Super summer bonus: it cranks up its much appreciated fan-powered mist maker on really hot days, so you can pretend you’re at Lollapalooza.
There’s a little bit of paradise seven stories above the Theatre District at Revere’s rooftop hideaway. There's 16,000sqft of space carefully arranged with comfy couches, lush greenery, funky art, cabanas, a pool, and a bar to max out the summertime revelry. The menu features island tastes like Berry Vojitos, the diabolical Scorpion, lobster rolls, and seared tuna, in addition to seasonal cocktails and vittles. Extra-fancy award: the poolside staff wears fashions designed by Bless Mazarura of Bless By Bless Couture.
The Sinclair has been a neighborhood fave since it opened its doors in 2013, and its 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 pitchers of the Frost Hammer spiked with Ketel One Citroen, crème de violette, lemon, and ginger. Be sure to check its Facebook page for summer events, like the upcoming rooftop movie nights.
From the marble-topped bar to the cast-iron furniture, Fiore’s roof tilts classy-yet-relaxed, and it’s the only one of its kind in the North End. Dinner is mandatory and the seared bistecca alla fiorentina is the way to go, as is a bottle of Italian vino from the extensive list. Post-meal, indulge in top-shelf selections (Remy Martin Louis XIII), grappas, ports, and/or single malts so you can stay classy-yet-relaxed.
Similar (and next door) to ABG, Whiskey Priest’s roof offers a wicked pissah panorama of Boston and the harbor, as well as numerous tasty nectars for proper hydration. Liquor before beer, and that means starting with a whiskey flight before diving into one (or more) of the 65+ brews including 35 drafts. For snacks, Gaelic sliders, Reuben egg rolls, and tater tots help you spread the summer lovin’. (It happens so fast.)
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Come summer, Meaghan Agnew won't deign to drink on the ground floor. Follow her high-rise drinking habits on Twitter and Instagram at @meaghandeth.
1. The Colonnade Hotel120 Huntington Ave, Boston
2. Atlantic Beer Garden146 Seaport Blvd, South Boston
3. The Baseball Tavern1270 Boylston St, Boston
4. Lookout Rooftop and Bar at Envoy Hotel18 Sleeper St, Boston
5. BOKX 109 American Prime399 Grove St , Newton
6. Cityside Restaurant & Bar1960 Beacon St, Brighton
7. Daedalus45 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge
8. Felipe's Mexican Taqueria21 Brattle St, Cambridge
9. Legal Sea Foods Harborside270 Northern Ave, Boston
10. Market (MKT)21 Broad St, Boston
11. Coppersmith40 W 3rd St, Boston
12. Pier 6 Boston Waterfront1 8th St, Charlestown
13. Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake384 Boylston St, Boston
14. Revere Hotel200 Stuart St, Boston
15. The Sinclair Kitchen52 Church St, Cambridge
16. Ristorante Fiore250 Hanover St, Boston
17. The Whiskey Priest150 Northern Ave, Boston
Don't miss one of the Hub's only outdoor rooftop pools, found at the top of this swank hotel.
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.
Everyone's favorite Fenway pre-Sox-game roofdeck bar serves up cheap suds and deliciously greasy fare, from Buffalo wings to fried clam rolls.
Take in sweeping views of the Boston Harbor and skyline from swanky rooftop bar on the eighth floor of the Envoy Hotel. There's plenty of seating, and the covered patio is equipped with fire pits and ceiling heaters for cooler nights. Expect small bites, craft cocktails, and microbrews.
Atop Newton's Hotel Indigo, BOKX 109 American Prime is a rooftop pool-slash-steakhouse that feels a lot like South Beach. The swanky restaurant menu is centered around steak and fish, and lighter bites and potent craft cocktails are also available poolside. The rooftop deck is outfitted with private cabanas and day beds.
Always open until 2 am, and always playing the game, this Brighton spot has a outdoor balcony and tons of TVs, making it a popular spot for college kids and locals. The full bar featuring martinis, margaritas, mojitos, sangria, specialty drinks, and lots of brews helps too.
This pretty pub serves up better-than-you'd-expect-from-a-pub fare and, between the roofdeck and the lower bar area, offers lots of different spaces for eating and drinking.
Felipe's is a non-stop party, with a plethora of rooftop tables, umbrellas, and cervezas to maintain optimal levels of happiness.
The mother of all Legal Sea Foods, Legal Harborside is the upscale seafood chain's flagship restaurant on the Boston Waterfront. The 20,000sqft space takes over three floors, each with a different concept. The first floor is a nod to the restaurant's heritage as a casual all-day seafood market, complete with picnic tables and an oyster bar (up to 14 varieties of oysters are offered daily). On the second floor, a more formal dining room serves a sophisticated menu (you won't find any lobster rolls up here). Finally, overlooking the harbor on the third floor is a massive roof deck with wines by the glass, sushi, and small bites.
This FiDi bar is a staple for after-work drinks, especially when the roof deck opens for the summer. Less adrenaline-fueled than a bonafide sports bar, MKT is the kind of unfussy place that works for anyone simply looking for a cold beer. Its food menu is a step up from classic bar food, featuring grilled pizza, pomme frites, and customizable burgers.
Set in a former copper foundry, this massive South Boston restaurant space features an 88-seat dining room, a 75-seat bar area, a WiFi-equipped coffeeshop, two food trucks, a seasonal patio and accompanying floating bar, and a roof deck with an Airstream bar. So yeah, the Coppersmith has a lot to offer. The food menu is pretty classic American, and the beer menu largely emphasizes New England craft brews.
If you're looking for a restaurant with panoramic views of Boston Harbor, Pier 6 in Charlestown is for you. The three-floor restaurant focuses on New England fare and features a raw bar, a private dining room, and a roof deck.
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.
This boutique hotel in the Theater District is centrally located near Boston Common. It features 356 hotel rooms, two restaurants, a Bliss spa, and a rooftop lounge. Aptly called Rooftop@Revere, the seasonal roof deck serves summery cocktails, small bites, and is home to one of the city's best/only rooftop pools, complete with cabanas available to rent.
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.
Fiore is important because it has the only rooftop bar on Hanover, the heart of the North End. The food is worth the visit, and the wine list is fully stocked with Italian varieties of red, white, and sparkling.
Right next to sister spot Atlantic Beer Garden, The Whiskey Priest takes the Irish pub scene to the waterfront with a roof patio and harbor views. While ABG is all about beer, TWP puts liquor first. There's a huge selection of whiskey (try one of the flights), but there's also more than 65 brews, including 35 drafts. As for food, expect Irish-accented fare (cheese fries with Irish bacon, corned beef sandwiches) as well as classic bar food (buffalo chicken sliders, tater tots).