SEVENTH HEAVEN: Revere Hotel Boston Common’s Rooftop Hot Spot

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Posted June 28, 2013 by Scott Kearnan in Eat & Drink
Revere Hotel Rooftop

Rooftop @ Revere, the new outdoor sipping and sunning spot at Revere Hotel Boston Common, is bound to be hot this summer—and not just because it’s a really good place to get a suntan.

See, if there is one thing that movies and TV promised folks in their 20s and 30s growing up, it’s that we are entitled to certain benefits of city living. One: gargantuan apartments with stellar city views we really shouldn’t be able to afford. (Thanks, Friends.) Two: the inalienable right to clink martinis at rooftop pool parties, also with stellar city views. (Thanks, Sex and the City.) Three: the opportunity to hang with hot, model-looking vampires at rooftop pool parties—again, with stellar city views. (Okay, that was just this one scene in Blade. But I really liked that movie, guys.)

The point is that Rooftop @ Revere has the kind of quintessential summer-city-party vibe that Boston has largely been lacking. The Revere’s rooftop lounge has a pool, private cabanas, a bar, and those stellar skyline views. It would be tough to find any of those things in one spot. All of them? Madness. Plus, starting this Saturday, the Revere rooftop is open to non-hotel guests every day, even on weekends. That’s even more unusual.

Seaport's Lot F Gallery

Take in the scenery while you monkey around. The sculptures come from the seaport’s Lot F Gallery, and are made by !ND!V!DUALS, an artist collective that works with salvaged materials. Photo Provided by Revere Hotel

Unsurprisingly, since its May opening, Rooftop @ Revere has attracted big lines of pool-loving party people on weekend nights. Which is why I endorse coming down with a summer cold that can only be cured with an afternoon soaking up orange juice (with a splash of champagne) and vitamin D. But whenever you plan to throw on your bathing suit, cocktail dress, or critter pants for a visit, here are seven things to know about Rooftop @ Revere—and a fact for each floor:

  • Rooftop @ Revere is actually a deck outcropping on the seventh floor, but it still offers an impressive glimpse of the South End and downtown. Plus the lack of larger surrounding skyscrapers means a cooling crosswind on hot days. In total, Revere Hotel Boston Common is 24 stories high, and it’s from the pre-renovated roof deck that guests watched its opening spectacle last year: a vertical fashion show with models rappelling down the side of the main tower. Missed it? Catch a video here.
  • It’s a good-looking crowd up here, and we don’t just mean the guests. The bartending and wait staff is attired in sexy ensembles by Pret-à-Surf—a line designed by Jill Demling, entertainment editor at Vogue magazine, and Karen Mulligan, agent to famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. No wonder they look so camera- and cocktail-ready.
  • Rooftop @ Revere has already been attracting big names from the fashion and entertainment worlds. Demling and Mulligan attended its May opening alongside gal pal actress Christina Ricci. Aussie band The Kin played the party. And Interview magazine just held a photo shoot for its next cover at the pool. Actors Henry Cavill and Amy Adams (a.k.a., the new Superman and Lois Lane for this month’s Man of Steel movie) jumped in and got soaking wet.
  • Hungry? No problem. The Revere offers a menu of bites that are perfect for poolside munching. Think Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche, Bully Boy tequila shrimp cocktail, and mini Maine lobster rolls.
  • Thirsty? That’s covered too. You can belly up to the bar and order such refreshing cocktails as hibiscus rum punch or sangria. Or just lie down in your lounge chair and pour out a pitcher. Yeah, they’re all available in that size, too. Suddenly feeling parched?
  • Oh, about those lounge chairs: There are plenty of them for catching rays, or cuddling with a date on a summer night, if you’re of the PDA persuasion. (Which, actually, you should try not to be.) There’s a fee to access Rooftop @ Revere before 4 p.m. Afterwards, it’s free. If you want VIP space, though, that’s available as well. There are five private cabanas that can be reserved on weekdays for up to four guests; each additional guest can join for an additional fee. The cabanas come with fresh fruit, bottled water, and reserved chaises in the sun. This will undoubtedly be one of the hot spots this summer to spend an evening out under the stars.

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