Is it possible to want to savor a view while you sip a cocktail more than a Bostonian who has endured the rainiest of springs? We don’t think so!
So, here’s where you can get your fix for a natural high, a few floors up, libation in hand.
Legal Harborside, Legal Sea Food’s flagship property, offers Boston Harbor views from all three of its levels, each featuring a different dining menu. The top most, dubbed the Promenade Deck with a retractable roof and cushy lounge seating, is a four-season bar space with a raw bar, sushi and small-bites menu.
270 Northern Ave., Boston
12 p.m.-1 a.m.
$10-$12 per cocktail
Globe Bar & Cafe
Enjoy wine, beer and cocktails with a brief menu featuring apps, salads and sandwiches on the Globe Bar & Cafe’s iconic Roof Deck with downtown city views and hip, casual vibe.
384 Boylston St., Boston
$10-$12 per cocktail
Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill
Over in the Fenway district, Tony C’s 150-seat roof deck, with an even larger interior space, overlooks Fenway Park’s address (but not the Fenway field) and fills up fast pre- and post-Red Sox games. Order lunch or dinner and stay to watch a game on one of the 40 large screen TVs. Full menu and the bar features 20 craft beers.
1265 Boylston St., Boston
11 a.m.-1 a.m.
$12 per cocktail
Revere Hotel Boston Common
The Rooftop@Revere is seven stories up and features live evening performances at this pool-slash-bar space (the pool is closed off from the bar at night). Full bar with light bites menu. An international and chic young urban crowd dress to impress while they enjoy Theater District and Back Bay views.
200 Stuart St., Boston
11 a.m.-12 a.m.
$12 per cocktail. Day Passes: $30 on weekends for non-hotel guests; $20 weekdays. No charge after 5 p.m.
Top Deck at Cunard Tavern
Walk up to the alfresco bar with city skyline and water views from Eastie. Order from a fun street-food menu that got rave reviews in 2018.
24 Orleans St., East Boston
Thursday and Friday 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
$10 per cocktail
Lookout Rooftop and Bar, Envoy Hotel
The trendy heated igloos have closed for the season to make way for lounging outdoors while you sip and ogle sizzling Boston skyline and waterfront views from the Envoy’s Lookout Rooftop. It is a popular destination, so arrive early to enjoy an ambience that’s well matched by the upscale drinks-only menu of innovative craft cocktails, select wines and microbrews. Dress is elegant casual.
70 Sleeper St., Boston
Monday through Wednesday 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m,-11 p.m.
$15 per cocktail
Sky Lounge Rooftop and Terrace at Yotel Boston
This 12th-floor indoor/outdoor rooftop bar serves fresh-ingredient-driven cocktails, local beer and small bites alongside its sweeping 270-degree views. A weekend brunch menu is offered from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The indoor lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows opens to the rooftop terrace that’s accessible year ’round (heaters, blankets and hot water bottles are offered to guests). It also features a rotating selection of local art and four private Sky Cabins for meetings and private events. Reservations for groups of five or more are recommended.
65 Seaport Blvd., Boston
Monday through Thursday 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
$13 per cocktail
Rooftop Pool and Bar at the Colonnade Hotel
For a $45 daily fee, you can enjoy a full day at this posh, iconic Back Bay pool with a poolside bar and menu (children’s menu also). Included amenities: umbrellas, fresh towels, changing rooms, and infused water. By night, it morphs into a sophisticated bar scene.
120 Huntington Ave., Boston
Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
$14 per cocktail. Monday through Friday $45 day pass; $20 cover after 5 p.m.
Top of the Hub
If you’ve yet to experience brunch, lunch, cocktails in the lounge, or dinner at this address — or simply visit Skywalk Observatory — you’re missing out on iconic awe-inspiring, panoramic Boston-skyline-and-beyond views. Live music is featured each evening. And you can combine your dining experience with an Observatory Deck visit to “Dreams of Freedom,” an interactive multimedia exhibit about 400 years of the Boston immigrant experience. Do plan to dress up to dine or enjoy a cocktail, as business attire is required for daytime, and dinner attire at night.
800 Boylston St., Prudential Tower, Floor 52
11:30 a.m.-1 a.m.
$12 per cocktail
The Highest View
Boston City Helicopter Tour
Although you’ll have to travel to Andover for lift off, you can book a 45-minute helicopter ride into Boston to view Boston Harbor, the State House, Fenway, and all else our city vista’s have to offer. And you don’t even need a cocktail to experience this thrill!
$195 per person with a two-person minimum; third person is $99.