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.
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.
1. The Baseball Tavern1270 Boylston St, Boston
2. The Rattlesnake Bar & Grill384 Boylston St, Boston
3. Battery Park Bar & Lounge33 Batterymarch St, Boston
4. Audubon Circle Restaurant & Bar838 Beacon St, Boston
5. Daedalus45 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge
6. The Landing at Long WharfOne Long Wharf, Boston
7. Charlie's Kitchen10 Eliot St, Cambridge
8. Eastern Standard528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
Everyone's favorite Fenway pre-Sox-game roofdeck bar serves up cheap suds and deliciously greasy fare, from Buffalo wings to fried clam rolls.
Grab grub cooked up by Chef Poe, or just enjoy your drink on the sweet roofdeck, at this quintessential Back Bay spot.
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.
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.
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.
This fully outdoor patio on the Waterfront is made for enjoying drinks by the water.
Charlie's Kitchen is the place to go for American eats, an awesome outdoor space, and killer waffle fries.