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The best outdoor bars in Boston

Enjoy a drink and some fresh air at one of these great bars with patios

The Landing
Photograph: Michael Ascanio Peguero The Landing
By Gerrish Lopez and Time Out Boston Staff |
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You can get your outdoor exercise at one of Boston's best parks, but when you're done? It's time to unwind with an outdoor drink. Head to one of these outdoor Boston bars where you can enjoy sun and fun. From cheery terraces to waterfront views, these are the best patio bars in Boston for al fresco drinks. For more warm-weather fun, check out our guides to the best rooftop bars in Boston and best ice cream in Boston. If the weather is not so great, try one of Boston's best breweries or one of the best indoor activities in Boston.

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Best outdoor bars

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Daedalus, Bars, Boston
Photograph: Beware the Haberdash
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Daedalus

icon-location-pin Harvard Sq

Charlie’s Beer Garden is the favorite among the Harvard Square crowd but Daedalus’s rooftop patio offers a classier option for outdoor drinking. The patio features lush flower boxes and both heat lamps and fans to deal with our fickle weather. Tops on the extensive list of beer, wine, and cocktails is that summertime favorite, the cairpirinha.

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Deep Ellum, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
Photograph: Sara Skolnick
Bars, Beer bars

Deep Ellum

icon-location-pin Allston/Brighton

Deep Ellum is an oasis for craft beer aficionados amidst Allston's college bars. The indoor setting is stylish, with dim lighting and exposed brick, perfect for enjoying Trappist, farmhouse, and sour beers. But warmer months beckon beer enthusiasts to the outdoor patio for al fresco sips of lighter lagers.

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Eastern Standard, Restaurants and cafes, Boston
Photograph: Elan Fleisher
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Eastern Standard

icon-location-pin Fenway/Kenmore

This big, bustling American brasserie has something for everyone, from early morning to late night. The bar program is exceptional, backed by enthusiastic servers, and the heated outdoor patio is a perfect place to enjoy high quality cocktails. The menu features classics such as steak frites and fresh seafood. Expect major crowds before Red Sox games.

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The Landing
Photograph: Michael Ascanio Peguero
Bars

The Landing

icon-location-pin Waterfront

Open from Spring through late Fall, this fully outdoor patio bar draws big crowds to enjoy the sun and catch a breeze while sipping cocktails or beers right on the wharf. It's a great place for groups, as beers are served by the bucket and signature fish bowl cocktails like the 32 oz. Guppy Bowl and the 64 oz. Fish Bowl require more than one drinker. Don't forget to order a few snacks to keep you going.

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Alcove
Photograph: Emily Kan
Restaurants, American creative

Alcove

icon-location-pin North End

Alcove's open, minimalist-chic space is a fitting backdrop for the well-chosen wine list and versatile menu of upscale contemporary fare. Throw in a fabulous patio with views of the Boston Harbor, and it's a perfect fair-weather spot. The patio features plenty of seating as well as high-top tables on which to enjoy refreshing cocktails in the breeze.

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The Automatic
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jonathan C.
Restaurants, Eclectic

The Automatic

icon-location-pin Kendall Sq

This hip neighborhood hangout features an expansive, dog-friendly patio lined with bright blue umbrellas. It's a friendly spot for enjoying a round of beers and a few treats, like Frito Pie, off the eclectic menu. While the patio is great any time during warmer weather, keep an eye out for occasional events like Auto Flea and Paella on the Porch.

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The Lower Depths
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Joe S.
Bars, Beer bars

The Lower Depths

icon-location-pin Fenway/Kenmore

Casual and cash-only, this underground beer bar punches above its weight with more than 150 bottles and 17 rotating drafts. You'll find New England craft beers like Jack’s Abby, Fiddlehead, and Notch alongside Flemish sours and rare bottles. The outdoor patio ups the game in fair weather, and given its location near Fenway, you might even catch the excitement on game days.

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Trillium Brewing
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Caroline H.
Restaurants, American creative

Trillium Brewing Company - Seaport

icon-location-pin Seaport District

The newest offering from the renowned brewery, Trillium’s multi-level, full-service brewpub in Fort Point offers a new way to enjoy the highly sought after brews. New England farmouse fare is a perfect match for freshly brewed beers on tap, and the outdoor patio is great for relaxing with a classic IPA, sour, pale ale, and more.

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B&G Oysters
Photograph: Courtesy B&G Oysters
Restaurants, Seafood

B&G Oysters

icon-location-pin South End

Barbara Lynch’s subterranean South End eatery is a cozy spot for a quick round of procescco and oysters, especially great for a date. The backyard patio takes the romance outside, where you can choose from a daily selection of more than a dozen different east and west coast oysters. Pair with a crisp, cold glass of white wine and it's the perfect al fresco rendezvous.

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Globe Bar & Cafe
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Scott H.
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Globe Bar & Cafe

icon-location-pin Back Bay

Located in the heart of Copley Square, this bustling spot draws a mix of Back Bay workers and out-of-towners for solid cocktails and American fare. In warmer weather, Globe Bar & Cafe has one of the neighborhood's most popular rooftop bars for outdoor dining and drinking.

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Abigail's
Photograph: Michael Ascanio Peguero
Restaurants, American

Abigail's

icon-location-pin Kendall Sq

Abigail’s long bar has plenty of room for patrons at any time. The cocktail list includes everything from Pimm’s Cups and warm Toddys to shot combos and creative cocktails. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, so be sure to have a chat, but definitely make your way to the outdoor patio seating in the warmer months.

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Ashmont Grill
Photograph: Courtesy Ashmont Grill/Mike Ritter
Restaurants

Ashmont Grill

icon-location-pin Dorchester

Sleek decor, addictive appetizers, and tasty entrées keep the locals coming back to this Dorchester hot spot. But the excellent patio space draws fans from much further afield for cocktails and fresh air. The vine-covered fence surrounding the patio creates a cozy vibe and makes this patio feel like a true oasis.

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Devlin's
Photograph: Michael Ascanio Peguero
Bars

Devlin's

icon-location-pin Allston/Brighton

Devlin’s massive outdoor patio,open in the warmer months, is a great place to enjoy some al fresco drinking and dining. There's even a flatscreen at the outdoor bar so you can catch the Sox game. Tables are plentiful, so settle in and try a few of the rotating drafts. There's a regular roster of patio musicians plus live jazz during Sunday brunch. The rest of the year features new American pub fare, well-made cocktails, and friendly staff.

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