There's nothing better than the first warm days of the year when you feel your city come alive again! Any bar or restaurant with outdoor seating suddenly is filled to the brim with post-hibernation shenanigans. If you find yourself in Boston (or Cambridge) this Summer, here are four of our favorite locations with beautiful views where you can work on your tan while casually imbibing.
ArtBar is located in Hotel Sonesta and this beautiful space has a relaxing atmosphere and awesome views of the Charles River. The outdoor area has umbrellas up during particularly sunny points of the day, but you'll still feel a great warm breeze while you sip your drink - which should be a beer or wine - they're not really known for their cocktails, so save yourself a complaint and stick with the sure thing.
The cute tavern has the vibe of a neighborhood cafe, using locally-made food items to serve alongside their extensive beer list. The outdoor seating in the back has a German beer hall vibe with long tables and open air. There are special beer events every Saturday and live music is booked throughout the week! Atwood's is probably the least pretentious bar on the list and also offers the most consistently good experience, according to anecdote and Yelp.
Pier 6 Boston Waterfront
With gorgeous rooftop seating and the ability to drive your boat right up to the pier, this restaurant screams "Vitamin D!". The food here is like high-end pub food and, honestly, the reviews are hit or miss, so this is another location where you're best off savoring your drinks and Instagramming the sunset.
This busy and buzzing spot is worth the trip if you're looking to enjoy the warm weather with some good (albeit small) eats. With seating right along the river and MULTIPLE FIRE PITS, you'll love your good-vibed and easy going, but very fun night here. The menu is creative and the cocktails are solid. The only issue is whether or not you'll be able to get a seat, as this place always fills up extremely fast.
What to explore some other bars—and get it all in in one day? Try Brews & Clues, it’s a pub crawl trivia game that guides you and your friends through the Boston while you uncover its history, solve puzzles, and enjoy a few drinks.