It was a long winter. And while Bostonians are no strangers to hibernation, we’re more than ready to rekindle our love for the city’s bar scene. Fortunately, countless bars and restaurants are ready to oblige, with sunny outdoor terraces and craft cocktails to coax us back into our social lives. Whether you’re more at home on a sidewalk patio downtown, a verdant golf course in the ’burbs, or a harborside seafood spot, you’ll find your next destination — and your next drink — at one of the spots ahead.Read More
Boston’s 14 Best Outdoor Drinking Destinations
From rooftop bars downtown to decks overlooking the ocean
1. VodkaBa at the InterContinental Boston
Repeat after us: “VodkaBa.” Congratulations — you’re speaking like a true local. If you need a translation, that’s “vodka bar” with a Boston accent, and this little spot hidden in the back of the waterfront district’s Intercontinental Hotel is a shrine to the beloved European booze. Sit at the cozy bar to sample an impressive selection of vodkas from near and far, or catch a whiff of sea breeze on an outdoor terrace overlooking Fort Point Channel. Their terrace is best enjoyed with a fizzy, fruity cocktail in-hand, like the Spritz made White Peach & Rosemary Grey Goose Essences.
2. Citrus & Salt
With its whitewashed finishes and pastel hues, Citrus and Salt transports diners from the office buildings of Berkeley Street directly to the Baja coast. The Cal-Mex menu has everything from tacos stuffed with butter-poached lobster, grilled street corn dusted with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, and fruity cocktails like the What’s Up Peaches, a blend of blackberry puree, peach nectar, and Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary.
3. Doña Habana
Nothing says “fiesta” like a whole roasted suckling pig, a lobster served while aflame, or a tower of 25 mojitos — all of which you’ll find at this Cuban spot in the South End. Owners Hector and Nivia Pina turn out the city’s best empanadas and tostones that make Cuban transplants and Bostonians alike swoon. Although there are 50-plus mojito variations to choose from here, don’t overlook the other cocktails. The Amapola — made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, vermouth, lime, and hibiscus simple syrup — feels right at home beneath string lights on the restaurant’s self-described “tropical patio.”
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4. Alma Nove
Raise your glass to the late Alma Wahlberg, matriarch of the famed Boston family who brought us Marky Mark, Donnie, and Paul. Alma Nove in Hingham is Paul’s own Italian-Mediterranean restaurant. Named after his mother, it’s a monumental tribute, with a sunny patio wrapping around the building and overlooking the harbor. Whether you’re arriving by car or by boat (thanks to an adjacent ferry terminal, you can do both!), this is the South Shore spot for after-work martinis and meatballs. The Strawberry Lemongrass Martini is citrusy and aromatic thanks to infused Grey Goose and a splash of cranberry: a welcome acidic pairing to rich antipasti like the salumi platter or the pork meatballs with polenta.
5. Monument Restaurant & Tavern
It’s not the most famous monument in Charlestown — that title goes to the obelisk commemorating the Revolutionary War a few blocks away — but Monument Restaurant & Tavern may be just as locally iconic. If you’ve worked up an appetite after a day meandering the Freedom Trail, waltz over to this spot for snacks and cocktails. It’s wedged into Boston’s oldest neighborhood, but it’s no tourist trap: You’ll find local families, young professionals, and townies alike packed into the cozy, rustic dining room or spilling out onto the sidewalk patio. The expansive menu has something for everyone. Sip on a Zeus Juice alongside your meal; with a mix of botanical Italian aperitif and Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, it’s the ideal refresher on a hot summer day.
6. Granite Links
You don’t need to like golf to drink cocktails at a golf course. Just 20 minutes from downtown, a trip to Granite Links in Quincy feels like an escape to a lush countryside, with its rolling green hills with stunning views of the city skyline. On-site bar Crossing Nines has a winning patio view unlike anything you’d ever find downtown. Head here after work to watch the sun set while sipping the appropriately-named Summa Feelin cocktail, a riff on a mojito that swaps out rum for Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil.
7. Tavern at Weathervane Golf Club
If that trip to Crossing Nines turned you into a golfer (or, at the very least, someone who drinks cocktails at golf courses), continue your South Shore golf course tour at Weymouth’s Weathervane Golf Club. This is no bygone old-timer’s golf bar; The Tavern opened in 2020 as part of the course’s newly-constructed clubhouse, and you’ll find a lively crowd sipping craft cocktails on its 100-seat patio overlooking the ninth hole. We recommend the Garden Refresha, a sparkling drink blending lemonade, basil, and Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass. It’s perfect for washing down The Tavern’s hearty local dishes like lobster rolls, clam chowder, and buttery fresh-caught cod.
8. The Range
An on-site driving range turns this Hingham bar and restaurant into a destination: eat, drink, and practice your swing without the pressure of committing to a golf game. One of the South Shore’s best spots for date nights, business meetings, and weekend outings with family and friends, The Range Bar & Grille has an inventive cocktail menu that rivals what you’d find downtown. You’ll find concoctions with the likes of smoked clove simple syrup, toasted marshmallows, and infused vodkas. This summer, try the Peaches ’n Tea cocktail: a blend of Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, peach puree, iced tea, and lemon juice.
9. Lookout Rooftop Bar at The Envoy Hotel
Boston has far more sidewalk patios than rooftop bars, but the Envoy Hotel is bucking the trend. At the glistening hotel’s Lookout Rooftop Bar, you can truly have it all: from skyline views to sea breeze air and standout signature cocktails. It’s the perfect summer spot to stop and unwind and enjoy a city oasis. The great cocktails — like the effervescent Strawberry Fields with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass — serve as yet another reminder that this is not your average hotel bar.
10. Michael's Harborside
Summer is the season to visit Newburyport for wandering and window-shopping along the seaside town’s brick-lined thoroughfares. It’s also the best time to visit Michael’s Harborside, which delivers unrivaled waterfront views on a giant multi-level patio. It’s easy to while away the afternoon here sipping cocktails like the Watermelon Basil Mule — a riff on a Moscow Mule made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil. Before you know it, the sun is setting, the lights of the harbor are flickering across the water, and you’re suiting up to dig into some of the best lobster in town.
It’s impossible not to be stunned by the poshness and opulence of Empire. The Seaport’s young and restless flock here during big nights out to drink group cocktails and eat extravagant Asian-inspired snacks, like “sushi cupcakes” served on mini Ferris wheels. In addition to the full menu, outdoor diners can partake in patio-specific specials like bento boxes and ramen. The cocktail menu will get an update this season, too, with summery drinks — like the Strawberry Lemongrass Spritz made with infused Grey Goose vodka, soda water, and fresh fruit — making their debut.
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12. Scorpion Bar
Over-the-top indulgence is the name of the game at this Seaport Mexican-ish spot. Expect a sprawling space with giant gothic chandeliers that turns into a club scene at night; burritos stuffed with the likes of mac and cheese; and large-format cocktails in every color of the rainbow. Try the Agua Fresca, a summer staple with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, ginger, fresh lime, watermelon, and soda. It’s a go-to drink this season, whether you’re here to dance late into the night or to wash down a platter of $1 oysters on the sidewalk patio after work.
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13. The Marina at the Wharf
This family-run Revere institution has been serving up seafood and Italian-American classics since 1977. During sunset, you can’t beat the west-facing views from the patio overlooking the waters of the Rumney Marsh Reservation — best enjoyed with a martini in hand. Or, once brunch service returns, bring the whole family for Sunday brunch. It features a sprawling buffet of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes. The Peachy Pink Martini is like your favorite brunch Bellini, but better: grapefruit soda and orange liqueur get an herbal boost from Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary vodka.
14. Paris Seaport Bar and Creperie
Crêpes and cocktails might not be the most typical Parisian pairing, but it’s a concept we can get behind. The pièce de résistance is the French Martini. This riff on a pineapple, vodka, and a Chambord cocktail popularized at Soho’s bar Balthazar in the ’90s gets an herbal boost with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil.