Boston Rooftop Bars for Dinner and Drinks with a View

When you really want to take advantage of the warm weather in the city, head to one of the many rooftop bars and restaurants in Boston.  Spread throughout the city, each offers its own special views, food, drinks, and atmosphere. You will not be disappointed with these ten spots:

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    Legal Harborside
    ••• The third level boasts their promenade deck, featuring a retractable glass roof and walls, so you can hit up the roof deck, no matter what the weather brings. CC BY-ND 2.0) by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

    270 Northern Ave.
    (617) 477-2900

    Located right in Liberty Wharf on the Boston Waterfront, you will find Legal Sea Food’s newest location, Legal Harborside. Featuring three floors of space for dining and drinks, this 20,000 square foot restaurant and bar is the place to go for all your favorite seafood dishes. Best of all, the third level boasts their promenade deck, featuring a retractable glass roof and walls, so you can hit up the roof deck, no matter what the weather brings.

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    382 Boylston St.
    (617) 859-7772

    Since 1990, Rattlesnake in the Back Bay has been the place to go in the neighborhood for rooftop drinks. The patio, which accommodates up to 50 people, is open April through October for drinks, as well as food from Poe's Kitchen.  They have even recently added sidewalk seating in their newest patio area, offering Boston visitors and locals two chances to grab a seat outdoors this summer.

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    21 Broad St.
    (617) 263-0037

    Right in Financial District, Market offers a variety of rooms to hang out in, as well as a roof deck. Formerly known as Black Rhino, it is a prime spot for after work drinks or even to spend weekend nights. Though you won’t find notable views like some of the other options that made this list, they do offer a unique roof top atmosphere for enjoying the warm weather, with food and drinks.

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    1270 Boylston St.
    (617) 867-6526

    Right by Fenway Park, Baseball Tavern is the best place for pre or post Red Sox partying. You can see and hear the energy from the park on game day but they also have TV’s to catch the score. Grab some beers and classic bar fare even when the Sox aren’t playing on one of their three floors. They even have pool tables and video games as well.

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    150 Kneeland St.
    (617) 426-6397

    Splash offers a roof deck unique from others in Boston because it features a neon-lit fountain as the focal point, with cabanas and lounge chairs surrounding it.  When you first walk in, you almost feel like you are in Miami, with the music and loungey feel to this outdoor deck. Though it has a hidden location in Leather District and has gotten mixed reviews from visitors, they are open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am, for food and drinks. They also offer specials including Girls Night Out on Wednesdays and nightly “Thank God it's Rush Hour” food specials.

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    45 ½ Mount Auburn St., Cambridge
    (617) 349-0071

    Right in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Daedalus is a place loved for the option to dine and drink on the roof deck, with views of the area. There are even heat lamps for the not so sunny days, so keep that in mind on your visit. They serve lunch daily, brunch both days of the weekend, and dinner and drinks 7 days a week until 10:30 pm.

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    150 Northern Ave.
    (617) 426-8111

    Whiskey Priest features an excellent roof deck overlooking the harbor. It is an Irish pub with plenty of drinks and food options, which is a newcomer to the area as of 2010. There is of course, as the name suggests, an extensive list of whiskey options, but locals also love the quality cuisine, lively atmosphere, and to take in the city skyline.

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    One Avenue de Lafayette
    (617) 912 1234

    Right in downtown Boston, The Terrace at Avenue One at the Hyatt is a convenient place to go for drinks after work, snacks before seeing a show in the Theater District, or for just relaxing and listening to live music. You may even see people playing a few games of Cornhole at this laid back roof deck.  They are open when warm weather rolls in from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

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    1960 Beacon St., Brighton
    (617) 566-1002

    Boston College students and Allston/Brighton locals can’t get enough of the cheap beers and happy hour food specials at Cityside. Located right in Cleveland Circle, they also have a roof deck, worth a spot on the list. A perfect spot for a sandwich and a beer, Cityside is a casual restaurant and bar to take advantage of summer weather.