Downtown Boston’s Roof Deck Bars – Taking Dining to New Heights

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Posted August 15, 2014 by Cheryl Fenton in Eat & Drink
Terrace at Avenue One

Let’s face it. There are only a few more coveted days and nights during which we can bask in the glory of sublime temperatures, clear skies and coat-free wardrobes. Boston weather doesn’t give us that year-round opportunity for al fresco enjoyment, so while it’s here you have to make the most out of it. Whether it’s frosty beer and a baseball game or a martini accompanied by a dozen oysters, downtown’s selection of elegant roof deck bars quite literally puts the city at your feet. Grab a seat and take in the sights while you still can.

Terrace at Avenue One (One Avenue de Lafayette, 617-912-1234): With hotel bars in Boston ramping up the chic quotient lately, it’s no wonder that one of the most coveted spots in the city is a seat at the Terrace at Avenue One. It’s the Hyatt Regency Boston’s offering for high up cocktails, soaking up some sun or having a few sips under the evening sky. Located off the main lobby, this super hot spot is open Tuesday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting. They’re known for their summer infused cocktails and seasonal specials while basking in the sun and eclectic downtown vibes. There’s even a live jazz trio at the Terrace each Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Revere Couches

The couches are the Revere. Photo courtesy of the Revere Hotel.

Revere Hotel Boston Common (200 Stuart Street, 617-482-1800): Voted one of the top roof deck drinking and dining spots in Boston by Zagat, the roof deck bar at The Revere turns heads with décor, bikini babe waitstaff and one of Boston’s most gasp-worthy crowds (in other words, this is where the good looking people hang). Located in the heart of the Theater District, this must-see spot high above the city recently got a serious makeover and became an artful retreat of cozy chaise cushions, outdoor art installments (yes, those are six foot tall monkeys and robots) and gorgeous greenery. Situated seven stories above street level, they serve refreshing cocktails and seasonal snacks on 16,000 square feet of al fresco space. Grab a pitcher of their famous Strawberry Lemonade (no, this isn’t for the kiddies), Hibiscus Punch or the Blanco Sangria. Snacks are anything but boring, such as a Maine Lobster Roll featured in Esquire’s “Best New Restaurants” 2013.

Market (21 Broad Street, 617-263-0037): If the welcoming brick outdoor patio on the first floor isn’t enough to pull you into this hot spot in the heart of the Financial District, the roof top bar surely is. After you get through the other three floors, be prepared to be wowed with MKT’s final destination way up high. You can order apps (think calamari, pomme frites trio and crispy risotto fritters) and hand-crafted cocktails, while you glance down at the city below. Look at all the suckers down there, missing out on live music on some nights, while other evenings bring DJ beats. Of note, Market’s Finale Fridays has been voted Best Friday Night Downtown. Cozy up to a Skinny Margarita or one of their blueberry-infused concoctions.

The outdoor patio season is coming to an end, but there still fun to be had at one of these downtown Boston roof deck bars. Leave the bustle behind, grab a cocktail and get a relaxed bird’s eye view of the city you love.


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