Because drinking Ice House with friends on a Beacon Hill fire escape isn't fun for anyone, least of all the fire escape, we've hammered out a list of our favorite outdoor bars in the Hub -- from Harvard Square beer gardens, to Back Bay roofdecks, to alleys in the FiDi -- and then ranked them, because, as Judy Sheindlin can attest, judging things is fun!

8. The Baseball Tavern
1270 Boylston St; Fenway; 617.867.6526
Boasting picnic tables and its own Green Monster, drinking on this deck overlooking Fenway is pretty much the next best thing to drinking in Carlos Quintana's very nice man cave, which includes a LaserDisc player! being at the game.

7. The Rattlesnake
384 Boylston St; Back Bay; 617.859.8555
Having debuted over 20 years ago, the roofdeck at the Rattlesnake is like the grandfather of this city's outdoor drinking, welcoming you in with harrowing stories about the Korean War tons of tables, late-night eats, and its own exclusive bar.

6. Battery Park
33 Batterymarch St; Financial District; 617.350.7275
A hidden gem in the middle of the Financial District, this enormous wood- & brick-heavy alley rocks hanging vertical gardens and a solid lineup of draft suds.

5. Audubon Circle
838 Beacon St; Fenway; 617.421.1910
Instead of kicking back on a concrete-enclosed urban deck, transport yourself to Southeast Asia, or at least somewhere with a lot of bamboo, because that's what AC's hidden back patio is lined with. PRO TIP: Do NOT bring pandas.

4. Daedalus
45 1/2 Mt. Auburn St; Harvard Square; 617.349.0071
One of the Hub's more underrated outdoor spots, this partially covered roofdeck offers a calming oasis from the touristy Summer chaos that is Harvard Square (not to mention a solid, greenhouse-enclosed bar).

3. The Landing
One Long Wharf; Financial District; 617.227.4321
For people-watching alone, the dockside patio bar on Long Wharf's the perfect Summer spot to soak up the sun (and the harbor views) while sucking down a lineup of frozen cocktails, buckets of beer, and signature fish bowls like the extremely manly Bacardi & blue Curacao-mixed Gigantic Atlantic.

2. Charlie's Kitchen
10 Eliot St; Cambridge; 617.492.9646
For an extended afternoon of straight-up outdoor beer drinking, settle in at the classic, year-round garden of suds nestled below Winthrop St and enjoy 18 taps, a quick-serve suds stand, and signature eats like their hot pastrami sandwich, lobster roll, or double cheeseburger.

1. Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Ave; 617.532.9100
Yes, it sits out on Comm Ave. And, yes, if there is a Sox game that night, Lord help you. But if you're looking for a place to sit back, sip some of the city's best cocktails, slurp Island Creeks, and soak in the passing BU Summer students wearing awkwardly small shorts crowds, all whilst being shaded from the sun, warmed against the night's chill, and surrounded by lush greenery, well, this is that spot.

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1. The Baseball Tavern 1270 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

Everyone's favorite Fenway pre-Sox-game roofdeck bar serves up cheap suds and deliciously greasy fare, from Buffalo wings to fried clam rolls.

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2. The Rattlesnake Bar & Grill 384 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

Grab grub cooked up by Chef Poe, or just enjoy your drink on the sweet roofdeck, at this quintessential Back Bay spot.

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3. Battery Park Bar & Lounge 33 Batterymarch St, Boston, MA 02110 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

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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4. Audubon Circle Restaurant & Bar 838 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02215 (Back Bay)

Craft cocktails and gourmet-ish American eats (duck leg salad, porcini-rubbed rib-eye) are best enjoyed on the serene bamboo-bedecked patio at this post-work hotspot.

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5. Daedalus 45 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (Harvard Square)

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.

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6. The Landing at Long Wharf One Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

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

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7. Charlie's Kitchen 10 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138 (West Cambridge)

Charlie's Kitchen is the place to go for American eats, an awesome outdoor space, and killer waffle fries.

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8. Eastern Standard 528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

A Comm Ave restaurant with the appearance of a swanky French bistro, the menu of a five-star Italian restaurant, and the attitude of a local pub, Eastern Standard is an unpretentious offering of the finer things in life. The upscale menu touts a winding wine list, a raw bar, seared fishes, steaks, and house-made pasta while the matching interior flaunts a polished mahogany and red velvet motif.



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