Dining Al Fresco: Downtown’s Best Outdoor Spots For Summer ’17

Posted July 20, 2017 by Cheryl Fenton in Eat & Drink
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Unless you’re nursing a bad sunburn or there’s a mid-summer monsoon, there’s zero reason why you shouldn’t be outside these days. The sun is shining and downtown Boston is delivering up some serious al fresco fun. Here are a few of our favorite locations for you to dine, drink and people watch to your heart’s content. Morning to late night, these city spots serve it up so get it all while the summer’s hot.

Anthem (South Market Building, Faneuil Hall): What more do you want? Sun-shielding umbrellas, lush plants, twinkling hanging lights and live music on Saturday nights. While the inside has iconic original brickwork, cobblestone floors, two-story windowed greenhouse and Edison light chandeliers, the newly renovated patio boasts everything you need for outdoor dining. You can’t beat brunch on the patio for some people watching and street performances, along with wins from New England native Chef Kevin Mitchell like the new huevos rancheros Benedict dish. When the after-work crowd joins the scene, split a pitcher of sangria and some small bites, or satisfy your sweet tooth with their late night menu’s pizza with hazelnut cocoa spread, caramelized bananas and toasted marshmallows. They’re singing our anthem.

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Ned Devine’s speciality drinks. Photo Credit: Cheryl Fenton

Ned Devine’s (1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace): This “new” addition to the outdoor bar scene might look familiar. The casual Irish pub Ned Devine’s actually took over the Ames Plow outdoor bar for it’s very first season contributing to Boston’s patio game. Order a lobster roll, fish and chips, or their new lobster guac and sit back as you enjoy the hustle of the heart of Faneuil Hall from a seat on the patio. It features a full bar, TVs, and heaters on the off chance the summer nights turn to chilly temps. Speaking of games, say hello to Nintendo Tuesdays. It starts at 9pm and it’s old school Nintendo stations and games with specialty drinks like the “Bowser Margarita”.

Sterling’s (60 State Street): Perched above the action at Faneuil Hall and nestled in the heart of the Financial District, the outside patio at this retro dining and drinking spot features a 360-degree bar and live music, surrounded by lush flower boxes and tiny bulb lights. You’ll see everyone from flip-flopping tourists to 9-to-5ers from the business world enjoying crafted cocktail-centric themes and Chef William Cardona’s dishes (the tater tot nachos are worth seeking out). The menu is heavy in local seafood, tasty flatbreads and sandwiches, while the Mad Men–esque vibe of their ’60s-style cocktail list (they actually got the name from character Roger Sterling) is perfect for indulging on a sunny day. Although there’s nothing wrong with kicking it into modern day with a nice glass of frosé. There’s even corn hole on the patio on Monday nights, if you’re so inclined.