After months of virtual happy hours, Bostonians are ready to get back to imbibing in person. Fortunately, several of Boston’s best rooftop bars have reopened for revelers to celebrate summer.
Best Rooftop Bars in Boston
Here are some of the hottest spots to grab a drink and take in the view.
Right on the waterfront, Pier 6 hosts one of the best views of the harbor, city skyline, and the historic naval ship the U.S.S. Constitution. The menu boasts an extensive raw bar with clams, shrimp cocktails, and several different kinds of oysters including local varieties from Massachusetts. The rest of the menu continues toasting the sea with ceviche, mussels, and clam chowder. Brunch goers can dig into crab cake benedicts or lobster rolls. Brunch isn’t complete without a bloody mary and Pier 6 stacks theirs high with all the fixings like pepperoncini, beef jerky, cocktail shrimp, and blue cheese stuffed olives. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Aptly named for the mythological Greek craftsman who constructed a pair of wings allowing him to fly through the clouds, Daedalus gives guests their own little piece of the sky. Daedalus is open for both lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends. Reservations are recommended and available through Open Table. The rooftop space is shaded by canvas umbrellas and ornamental greenery helps keep safe distances between tables. The cocktail menu focuses on classics like martinis, mojitos, daiquiri variations, smashes, and a seasonal sour. The food menu is eclectic and has something for everyone. At this hidden Cambridge gem, diners can choose from tacos, a variety of sandwiches, pasta, arancini, burrata, and fresh summer salads.
Visitors and locals alike enjoy Lookout Rooftop for its relaxing and yet sophisticated atmosphere. With stunning, panoramic views of the harbor and city skyline, the lounge is located at the top of the Envoy Hotel. The large, open space is populated with cozy sofas, woven chairs, and sleekly designed firepits. The cocktail menu is full of easy, summer sippers like the Pomelo rickey and an alcoholic play on an Arnold Palmer, but the beer list is the star of the show. The full list of craft, imported, and domestic beer is rounded out with a section devoted to spiked seltzers and boozy kombuchas. Hungry guests can dine late (the kitchen is open until midnight) and dig into burgers, truffle fries, and tostones with guacamole.
The rooftop at Legal Harborside is only open for dinner Thursday-Saturday, but the first-floor patio is open all week long. While gazing out over the water, diners can peruse a menu filled with seafood delights. Daily oysters and clams are available on the half shell, but the rest of the menu is devoted to sushi. Classic and specialty maki rolls are stuffed with everything from eel to tuna. Nigiri, sashimi, and hand rolls are available as well. The wine and beer list is extensive with selections from all over the world. The cocktail menu is small but mighty, offering an array of classics like margaritas, seasonal collins’, palomas, and sangrias.
Rooftop@Revere is a 16,000 square-foot rooftop space on top of the Revere Hotel in the Theatre District. The stylish lounge features New England cuisine, craft cocktails, local brews, and views of the Back Bay area. The cocktail menu is full of fresh, seasonal flavors like rhubarb, cherry, and lavender that give a novel twist to the Rooftop take on spritzes, daiquiris, mules, and mocktails. The food menu is full of easy things to share with friends like cheese and charcuterie boards, hummus, and guacamole. Dessert should never be skipped because the freshly made churros come with chocolate or dulce de leche dipping sauce and the house ice cream sandwich flavor rotates daily.
Dorchester Brewing Co.
Bostonians looking for a casual rooftop spot flock to Dorchester Brewing Co. The team at the brewing company is taking public safety very seriously. They’ve created online counters so guests can see their current capacity and decide if that matches their comfort level. All ordering is done via smartphone to help limit interactions between staff and guests. The fresh beers are made onsite and they run nearly 20 taps all year round. Fans of Dorchester Brewing can take beer to go as well. The food for the brewing company comes from M & M BBQ which has been family owned and operated since 1982. The menu is full of mouth-watering bbq favorites like pulled pork, ribs, and brisket, and hearty sides of cornbread, mac and cheese, or collard greens.