The line to get up to the Envoy Hotel’s Lookout Rooftop, which opened its new $4 million expansion at the beginning of July, proves one thing: This already-popular bar went from cool to spectacular.
“We did expand the space physically,” said Joe Mellia, the Envoy Hotel’s general manager, “but we like to think of the expansion as enhancing the guest experience. No other location around here has this. The line starts at 4 p.m. and stays till 12 p.m., every night.”
The new Lookout, which extends the existing bar space and adds a VIP area called the Harbor Lounge, also enhances the already breathtaking views from Fort Point Channel to the Financial District skyline.
“Now we have views all over East Boston,” Mellia said.
The construction, which took place through the winter and spring, adds about 2,500 square feet to the original bar, which officially opened in June for the summer season as Envoy waited for city approvals for the new space. Now, new furniture unites different seating configurations, and the whole area is flexible and can be broken down to house corporate and group events in relative privacy from general customers.
Another addition to the rooftop is an herb garden, which gives a dash of nature to the growing concrete jungle that is the Seaport, and provides fresh herbs for the ground floor Outlook restaurant.
Lookout also has new summery drinks from The Envoy’s mixologist Brian McDougal, including the heady Seaport Sangria, made with rose wine, peach Schnapps, elderflower liqueur, and pineapple juice; the Old Cuban, containing rum, lime, bitters, and mint, topped off with prosecco; and the Bees Knees, which combines gin, honey hibiscus, lemon, and tangerine.
Lookout is an all-seasons spot — in the wintertime, it has heated igloos, which will return this November. Mellia said there are thoughts, too, of another renovation to turn the bar into a permanent four-season roof deck.
“The igloos are really popular and quite an attraction, but we have talked about creating a year-round space in the future, maybe,” he said. “But we wanted to be open this summer, so we concentrated on the expansion and having that ready.”
If all of this sounds visit-worthy, but not wait-in-line-worthy, there’s an easy — albeit expensive — solution: Book a room at the Envoy.
“We have guests who choose to stay here just to use Lookout Rooftop,” Mellia said. “They don’t have to wait in line and know they are guaranteed entrance.”
Lookout Rooftop at The Envoy Hotel, 70 Sleeper St., Boston; outlookkitchenandbar.com