As every Bostonian knows, the climate in Massachusetts is fickle as can be. For this reason, we take advantage of the good weather as much as possible. Few things are more relaxing than a rooftop bar or restaurant on a clear, balmy day. Here are some of the best options that our fair city has to offer:
One of the coolest restaurants in Boston, this establishment is located on the Boston Waterfront and offers three floors of seafood superiority. The first floor features an oyster bar and a patio, the second floor is for celebratory eating and private dining events, but the third floor promenade deck is our focus. With retractable glass walls and ceiling, the deck can be utilized throughout the year regardless of weather conditions. Visitors are graced with a gorgeous view of the harbor and the city skyline as they enjoy delicious cocktails, sushi, and other shareable plates.
270 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
Across the Charles River in Cambridge is this live-music venue and restaurant, complete with a quaint rooftop bar and dining area. The perfect place to grab a drink before a show at the nightclub, the stylish patio offers cocktails, food, and a nice view of the surrounding area. The deck is charming before and after the sun goes down, as string lights add to the alluring atmosphere once it gets darker.
52 Church St, Cambridge, 02138
The most casual venue on our list, this Fenway Park-inspired rooftop bar is parallel to the ballpark and just a block away, making it a superb pre and post-game destination for Sox fans. The roof deck truly follows through with the theme, as a replica Green Monster and Fenway lights make patrons feel like they’ve entered a shrunken baseball stadium. $2.50 drafts, tasty pub fare, and a view of the park itself round out an overall awesome outdoor dining or drinking experience.
1270 Boylston St, Boston, 02215
As the only restaurant in the North End with rooftop dining, this fine Italian eatery is a very popular destination for dinner and drinks. With a retractable roof and heat lamps for the the more brisk months, the roof deck, modeled after small cafés in Italy, is a unique option in a neighborhood filled with choices. Past patrons cannot say enough about the exceptionally friendly wait staff at Ristorante Fiore, and you are sure to be treated like family on each and every visit. Whether you have a full meal or simply relax on the roof deck with a delicious housemade sangria, you can’t go wrong here.
250 Hanover St, Boston, 02113
Less than a ten-minute walk from Legal Harborside is another roofdeck bar located at this boisterous Irish pub. As the name suggests this bar is ideal for whiskey enthusiasts, with over 100 options to choose from! The rooftop provides beautiful views of the harbor and a relaxing ambiance perfect for a summer evening. The menu consists of the hearty Irish pub food common in many of Boston’s bars. The venue is especially lively Thursday through Saturday night, as DJs perform on Thursdays and live bands on weekend nights.
150 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210