Last month, we unveiled our eight favorite outdoor bars across the Hub. Today, we're going all new, ranking the best decks, patios, and places to drink outside that've opened this season. And the list is lengthy, so get ready to clock some solid out of doors time before Summer waves goodbye. Almost New Ok, so these first two squeezed in under the wire at the tail-end of last season, but -- as few folks really got to enjoy them -- we thought they deserved a shout-out in their first full Summer.
14. Belly Wine Bar
One Kendall Square; Kendall Square; 617.494.0968
Not only can you now enjoy their whole-animal "Arm + A Leg" or fried-chicken dinners on the canopy'd brick patio, but they've also unveiled a Summertime-fun, tiki-styled daiquiri stand serving Plantation rums on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
13. 75 on Liberty Wharf
220 Northern Ave; Seaport/South Boston; 617.227.0754
Because few things beat an evening spent drinking on the water, soak in scenic harbor views (and an assortment of organic booze) in this new Seaport space.
Brand Spanking New
12. Society on High
99 High St; Financial District; 857.350.4555
If not for the fact that it's actually still not open, the palm-tree decked patio at Society on High would be a lot higher on the list. There's going to be sand. A raw bar. Bartenders slinging frozen drinks. Movie projections on the brick wall. Again, illuminated palm trees. Come on, Department of whoever needs to sign off to make this happen: pull it together.
11. MJ O'Connor's Waterfront
425 Summer St; Seaport/South Boston; 617.443.0800
Sure, it's not technically on the water, but at least you'll never have to leave the final day of the International World Extreme Medicine Conference & EXPO without saying goodbye to new friends over a frosty beer outside.
10. The Independent
75 Union Square; Union Square; 617.440.6022
It is entirely possible that this popular Somerville pub built a handsome foliage-lined wooden deck in the parking lot in response to the just-opened Bronwyn biergarten across the alley. Or it could have been in the plan for years. Who knows? Either way, it's a good-looking space.
9. The Palm
One International Place; Financial District; 617.867.9292
Enjoy the sun. Enjoy the shade. It's your choice on this versatile, glass-enclosed & teak-floored patio that boasts retractable walls and overlooks the Greenway's Urban Arboretum.
8. Barcelona Wine Bar
1700 Beacon St; Brookline; 617.264.8900
Pretend you're dining on Las Ramblas and not on Beacon St (not that there's anything wrong with Beacon St) as you take down tasty tapas and sangria on what's billed as Brookline's biggest patio.
7. Boston Chops
1375 Washington St; South End; 617.227.5011
After nodding approvingly at the slick interior of this sexy South End steakhouse, have a seat outside and enjoy their 22oz bone-in ribeye under the stars.
255 Washington St; Union Square; 617.776.9900
And now the aforementioned Bavarian-style biergarten in Union Square, where you can enjoy wurst, wine, and pints of Polish pilsner whilst comfortably settled on benches made of reclaimed driftwood from Maine.
5. Steel & Rye
95 Eliot St; Milton; 617.690.2787
Worth the short Red Line trip to Lower Mills (you get to ride the high-speed trolley!!), this bar and kitchen built into an old garage has unveiled a beautiful 25-seater on which you can enjoy Chef Parson's Colorado lamb meatballs and Bar Harbor mussels w/ smoked tomato and chorizo.
4. Rooftop at the Revere
200 Stuart St; Theatre District; 617.482.1800
Billed as an "urban oasis and chic lounge" on the Revere Hotel's seventh-floor pool deck, this much-needed rooftop space boasts scenic city views, rentable cabanas, and a nine-seat bar, not to mention imposing flower pots and a small-bites menu complete with lobster roll sliders.
500 Harrison Ave; South End; 617.338.9500
A bottle of red. A bottle of white. Why not knock back one of each, along with some charcuterie and antipasti, while enjoying the tree-covered shade of this South End Italian spot's intimate new patio?
60 State St; Faneuil Hall; 617.531.8200
Escape the throngs of tourists watching Kilted Colin perform next to Samuel Adams as you sip '60s-style cocktails on this massive, 41-table, brick patio perched above Faneuil Hall that rocks an exclusive 20-seat bar.
1. The Sinclair
52 Church St; Harvard Square; 617.547.5200
And finally, nestled atop a sun-soaked roofdeck that's overlooked by jealous desk jockeys trapped in their offices, this outdoor oasis tucked away from the masses offers sunset views and shaded high tops, not to mention tasty 'tails like the Kentucky Luau (bourbon, pineapple-cinnamon gomme, Peychaud's/Angostura bitters) to be enjoyed before the big Gold Panda show.
1. Belly Wine BarOne Kendall Square, Cambridge
2. 75 on Liberty Wharf220 Northern Ave, Boston
3. Society on High99 High St, Boston
4. MJ O'Connor's425 Summer St, Boston
5. The Independent75 Union Sq, Somerville
6. The PalmOne International Place, Boston
7. Barcelona Wine Bar525 Tremont St, South End
8. Boston Chops1375 Washington St, Boston
9. Bronwyn255 Washington St, Somerville
10. Steel and Rye95 Eliot St, Milton
11. The Revere Hotel Boston Common200 Stuart St, Boston
12. Cinquecento500 Harrison Ave, Boston
13. Sterling's60 State St, Boston
14. The Sinclair Kitchen52 Church St, Cambridge
Tucked inside the lower level of a 19th-century mill sporting wood-beamed ceilings and porcelain-tiled floors, Kendall Square's Belly Wine Bar is a gorgeous, Italian-inspired gem with a small but expertly curated wine list and a food menu that's as comforting as the space itself. Belly offers seasonally inspired plates including charcuterie, duck confit legs, and roasted chicken with polenta. Best of all, in colder months you can order s'mores for dessert and roast your marshmallows over an outdoor fire as snow falls gently onto the twinkle-lit patio. It's as romantic as it sounds.
75 on Liberty Wharf's the airy, window-heavy sister spot to Beacon Hill fave 75 Chestnut, built into a vacant glass-walled, kiosk-like building at the end of Fish Pier.
This vintage-inspired resto offers lobster sliders and great cocktails.
The waterfront outpost of this Irish pub features a sick outdoor drinking space.
This neighborhood spot serves up gourmet American bites -- heirloom tomato salad, crab cakes, pan-roasted striped bass. Their beer menu is solid and their atmosphere is friendly, so this is a great place to stop while bar hopping through Union Square.
This revamped Financial District institution now boasts a heated patio and a selection of new bites and drinks.
Now welcoming Catalan-philes in Washington Square's former American Craft, Barcelona Wine Bar's a rustic Spanish small platery that's -- not unlike middle school dances whenever NEXT's "Too Close" comes on -- heavy on the wood and designed to "recreate the feel and the look of an evening on the Ramblas".
Brian Piccini and Chris Coombs -- the guys behind Deuxave and Dbar -- took over a rumored cursed South End space to make this high-caliber urban steakhouse. Offering a modern takes on overdone streakhouse staples, the steak frites menu is everything you could want from life. It's a simple choice of cut (hanger, strip, skirt) and sauce (bearnaise, bordelaise, chimichurri butter) that comes with a bottomless bowl of fluffy fries. Leather banquettes and dark wood furnishings might indicate a traditional steakhouse, but decadent cocktails point to a much fuller dining experience.
This cozy Union Square restaurant serves up modern twists on traditional and authentic German fare (borscht, massive bretzels, every wurst imaginable). And, in true German fashion, Bronwyn offers dozens of beers (by the liter, boot or bucket) from all over central Europe and New England. Owner Tim Wiechmann was aiming to imitate the atmosphere of a European dive or hostel with this location, and he totally nailed it with its nearly medeival look (dark, heavy wooden tables, worn-leather bar stools, rustic red and blue walls).
True to its name, this converted garage/warehouse space is fitted with plenty of steel and sure enough, you're free to order some rye at the bar. But don't stop at two words from its name, go ahead and order some favorites from the menu like the lamb meatballs or one of the homemade pastas.
This Theatre District hotel boasts a sweet rooftop with lethal cocktails.
Take a seat at the marble bar or let the kind folks at Cinquecento take you to one of the 200 seats in the dining area to experience classical Italian fare in this calming Roman Trattoria-style resto.
This '60s-inspired bar from the folks behind Granary Tavern serves up haute-classic bites (gourmet Swedish meatballs, local poached egg-topped salad) and new twists on old-fashioned cocktails.
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.