4 Boston area restaurants where you should drink outside this spring, according to local chefs

'Tis the season for outdoor imbibing.

07/10/2015  BOSTON, MA    Patrons ate on the new patio at the Barking Crab in Boston.    (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
The patio at The Barking Crab. –Aram Boghosian/The Boston Globe

Spring may have had a rocky start, but it’s leveling out—the sun is shining, temperatures are climbing, and it’s the perfect time to start taking your drinks outside. But where should you go to sit outdoors and sip on some libations? We asked four renowned local chefs about the best place to grab a drink outside.


“Coppa [is] a quiet corner in the South End, which is hard to come by. Plus, Jamie [Bissonnette] and Ken [Oringer]’s food is spectacular.” — Jeremy Sewall, chef and owner of Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34

This Back Bay upscale hideaway is only a block from the busy Washington Street, so it’s convenient while being a bit more secluded. Coppa specializes in Italian small plates, including pizza, pasta, and charcuterie. They don’t take reservations for their 24-seat sidewalk patio, so swing by early on a nice day for the chance to sit outside and sip on something from their expansive wine list.

The Barking Crab

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“Hands down, for me, The Barking Crab. On the water, awesome fried squid, wicked delicious.” — Jamie Bissonnette, James Beard Award winning-chef at Torro and Coppa

The Barking Crab sits right on Boston’s waterfront and offers an authentic seafood-joint feel with picnic and table dining alongside the Boston Harbor. The eatery originally opened in 1994 as an outdoor summer restaurant, but expanded indoors to provide classic New England fare all year around. But they know that fresh lobster and refreshing local beer—like the Barking Crab White Ale from Harpoon—are best enjoyed outside.


“I love the patio at Catalyst, particularly [while] enjoying [Chef] William Kovel’s rotisserie chicken with a nice glass of rosé.” — Chris Coombs, owner and executive chef at Boston Urban Hospitality, which owns Deuxave, Boston Chops, and dbar

Catalyst in Kendall Square focuses on locally-sourced modern American food and innovative cocktails, like “The Runaways,” which combines mezcal, lime, cherry liquor, and sparkling rosé. They also offer wine by the glass and both bottled and draft beers. Their outdoor patio can be both heated and covered, so even on a chillier spring night you can still enjoy the landscaped scenery and overlook Technology Square’s expansive lawn.


“Hands down, the patio at Oleana, forever and always.” — John daSilva, executive chef at Spoke Wine Bar


This Cambridge eatery offers Eastern Mediterranean dishes and an array of drink options, from Cambridge Brewing Company beers to seasonal fruit sangria to refreshing, bubbly cocktails. The patio is a true outdoor oasis, with a fountain, herb garden, and fig tree, and is situated behind the restaurant, away from the bustling Hampshire Street.



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