As much as we at Trip101 love being on the go, sometimes it is also nice to slow down and smell the roses. Preferably with a stiff drink in hand and the cool breeze running through your hair. Boston might be best known for its Ivy League universities and clam chowder, but did you know that this New England town is also one of the oldest cities in the USA, with its founding being somewhere in the 17th century? But we digress, we are here with a Public Service Announcement: Boston has many amazing rooftop bars that will knock your socks off! You might not expect this, seeing that Boston does have a bit of a reputation as a chilly and rainy place but Bostonians have rallied admirably around this setback and come up with open-air bars that are definitely worth a repeat visit. And also because we believe in sharing good things, here is our list of top 10 rooftop bars in Boston, Massachusetts!
1. Cunard Tavern
Cunard Tavern is located on the historical pier of Jeffries Point, which used to be a main port of entry in the USA for those seeking the American Dream. Bearing in mind the nautical history that has spanned from the early 19th century till now, Cunard Tavern is part-museum, part-tavern as photos and maps from yonder year tastefully decorate its bare brick walls, telling the story of those who lived and worked in the area. The extensive menu is Modern American and craft beers galore that can be enjoyed on the roof deck. Open from May to September, the roof deck includes a rooftop bar and views of the historical Boston cityscape!
Address: 24 Orleans St, Boston, MA 02128, United States
Website: Cunard Tavern
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 5pm - 11pm; Thu: 5pm - 1am; Fri: 11am - 1pm; Sat: 10:30am - 1am; Sun: 10:30am - 11pm
2. Lookout Rooftop and Bar
Lookout Rooftop and Bar is the rooftop bar atop the ultra-modern The Envoy hotel located in the painfully hip Innovation District. As the sun sets, kick back with a craft cocktail at the cushy lounge sofas or heated igloos and gaze at the Boston skyline. Do not worry about feeling the nip of chill winds as fire pits are scattered around the bar, giving warmth. The Boston Harbour can also be seen from the Lookout Rooftop and Bar. Consider booking a weekend away at the hotel downstairs as well since hotel guests get seating priority to this hot, new bar!
Lookout Rooftop and Bar
Address: The Envoy Hotel, 70 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210, United States
Website: Lookout Rooftop and Bar
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 4pm - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 4pm - 12am; Sun: 12pm - 11pm
[email protected] is another popular rooftop bar at the top of Revere Hotel in Boston’s vibrant Theatre District. Book ahead to reserve a private cabana for your group or simply plop yourself down on the comfy seats scattered tastefully around the rooftop bar. After all, the highlight of any visit to [email protected] are the panoramic sights of Boston that can be admired from the bar. [email protected] is known for their handcrafted cocktails and seasonal bar nibbles that are seafood leaning in a nod to Boston’s most famous dish - clam chowder. If you are not a guest of the hotel, day passes for entry to [email protected] can be purchased once sales open again for the summer season in May!
Address: Revere Hotel Boston Common, 200 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116, United States
Website: [email protected]
Opening hours: Thu - Sat: 4pm - 12am (closed Mon - Wed & Sun)
4. Ristorante Fiore
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Ristorante Fiore is an Italian restaurant best known for their rooftop bar that overlooks the Boston Harbour. Sitting at the rooftop bar ensures the best spot for the sunset over the harbour and glittering night city lights that wink into existence as dusk falls. Enjoy a light meal of Ristorante Fiore’s signature wood-fired pizzas and sip on a fizzy glass of prosecco as regulars do. Ristorante Fiore is also a great place for lingering for after-dinner drinks, with a top shelf collection of premium liquors, Italian wines, and brandies such as grappa.
Address: 250 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113, United States
Website: Ristorante Fiore
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 11pm; Sun: 12pm - 11pm
5. Legal Harbourside
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Legal Harbourside is an huge seafood restaurant with a rooftop bar that takes up three whole levels in a building hugging the Boston Waterfront. Unlike many other rooftop bars, Legal Harbourside’s third-story rooftop lounge and bar is open all year-round, thanks to an enclosed glass space. In the colder months, a copper fireplace adds warmth and a romantic atmosphere while in warmer months, the rooftop bar is fully open to the sun. The Legal Harbourside rooftop bar lets you enjoy the entire Boston Waterfront while choosing from a menu of nearly 30 wines on the glass, handcrafted cocktails, and sharing jugs of other alcoholic beverages. Small bites, tapas, and sushi is also available with seafood being provided by Legal Sea Foods, the parent company of Legal Harbourside. You can be sure of super fresh seafood straight from the ocean!
Address: 270 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210, United States
Website: Legal Harbourside
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 12am
6. Sky Lounge Rooftop + Terrace
Sky Lounge Rooftop + Terrace is a new rooftop bar and terrace that has both indoor and outdoor spaces on the 12th floor of YOTEL Boston hotel on Seaport Boulevard. This rooftop bar is another year-round establishment, letting you enjoy the fresh air, a 360-degree view of the Boston city skyline, and swanky drinks under the stars. If you happen to be slightly cold after a while, just ask a friendly server for heaters, blankets, and hot water bottles that the bar stocks, in addition to their exciting range of craft beers and top-shelf liquors!
Sky Lounge Rooftop + Terrace
Address: YOTEL Boston, 65 Seaport Blvd 12th floor, Boston, MA 02210, United States
Website: Sky Lounge Rooftop + Terrace
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 4pm - 11pm; Sat - Sun: 5pm - 12am
7. Rooftop Pool & Bar at Colonnade Hotel
Rooftop Pool & Bar at The Colonnade Hotel or RTP is one of the most popular rooftop bars in Boston because of the urban oasis that is on the top of Colonnade Hotel - a rooftop pool! Located in the heart of Back Bay, Boston, RTP provides private cabanas for guests to sit back and relax with a drink in hand and a tan going. More unusually, RTP holds regular yoga classes for hotel guests and non-hotel guests alike. Just purchase an RTP day pass and book a lesson to be well on your way to inner peace!
Rooftop Pool & Bar
Address: The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116, United States
Website: Rooftop Pool & Bar
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 6pm (public admission with USD 45 cover charge, free for hotel guests) & 5pm - 10pm (public admission with USD 20 cover charge, free for hotel guests); Sat: 8am - 10am (public admission only with cabana rental, free for hotel guests); Sun: 8am - 8pm (public admission only with cabana rental, free for hotel guests)
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Coppersmith is an restaurant and rooftop bar that brings together different food and drink concepts, with permanent food trucks parked within its cavernous converted warehouse space and a rooftop deck with an Airstream re-purposed as a bar for those all important Instagram shots! It is also deeply involved in the community, renting its space out to different events such as a festival dedicated to spicy food and a night for ugly sweaters and holiday food. Coppersmith is on track to move their business somewhere else by the end of 2020, so hurry on down to catch the party there!
Address: 40 W 3rd St, South Boston, MA 02127, United States
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 4pm - 1am ; Sat - Sun: 11am - 1pm (closed on Mon)
9. Pier 6
Pier 6, as you might have guessed from the name, boasts of a spectacular view over the Boston Waterfront from its rooftop bar. With a focus on New England classics jazzed up with uniquely Pier 6 touches, this casual seafood restaurant and bar is perfect for an early dinner transitioning into drinks with the ocean breeze coming in at sunset. The restaurant-bar is located at the end of the marina and just a quick water taxi ride from the Boston downtown if you want to arrive in style! Otherwise, Pier 6 is also just a leisurely 10-minute walk from Boston’s North End.
Address: 1 8th St, Charlestown, MA 02129, United States
Website: Pier 6
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 10pm; Sat: 11am - 11pm; Sun: 11am - 10pm
10. Top of the Hub
Editors’ Note: Establishment is Permanently Closed as of this update [2/6/2020]
Top of the Hub is one of Boston’s most romantic jazz bar and restaurants! Perched loftily at the peak of the Prudential Centre, 52 levels above Boston’s Back Bay district, Top of the Hub provides one-of-a-kind views of the city. This rooftop bar and restaurant is also a Dirona Award Winner, meaning that your night out here will be perfect from the food, to drinks, service, music, and even atmosphere. Start off with a wine or cocktail from Top of the Hub’s extensive bar and assuage those munchies throughout the night with a gorgeous seafood platter that showcases the best of New England!
Top of the Hub
Address: Prudential Centre Boston, 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199, United States
Website: Top of the Hub
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 12:15am; Fri- Sat: 11an - 1am
Boozing it up in Boston
There you have it, there is no shortage of beautiful rooftop bars for any occasion in Boston. From swanky bars at the top of hotels, to family-friendly ones with a pool for the kiddies (and those young at heart), to lively places, where the beers are cold and the food is hot, there is something for every mood. Give these rooftop bars a try and let us know in the comments section below on your thoughts. This rounds up Trip101’s top 10 rooftop bars in Boston, Massachusetts!
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