8 patios that are new or upgraded this season

This week’s warm-up coincided with many restaurants and bars opening up their outdoor spaces.

The patio at Oak Long Bar + Kitchen.
The patio at Oak Long Bar + Kitchen. –Oak Long Bar + Kitchen

This week’s heat was the decider for many restaurants to open up their seasonal patios. Here is a look at some newcomers embarking on their first summer season with brand new outdoor spaces, as well as some old favorites that unveiled new patio looks this spring. Or is it summer already?

Banyan Bar + Refuge
Banyan is blessed with a shaded patio space at the corner of Clarendon and Tremont. You’d think it couldn’t be bettered. Think again: Smart new furnishings — teak tables, wicker seating, and giant green canvas umbrellas — add a distinctly tropical look and create an urban oasis. Also new is a cocktail menu that includes the Clarendon Swizzle, a take on the Caribbean favorite made with Smith + Cross Jamaican rum, herby Genepy des Alpes, falernum, and lime; and new brunch-time cold brew coffee cocktails, like the Oaxacan on Ice with mezcal, molé syrup, and cream. (553 Tremont St., Boston)

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Eventide Fenway
Enjoy seaside-style seafood on Eventide Fenway’s new street-side picnic tables. Located on Boylston Street, the communal tables are totally casual, in keeping with the counter-style eatery’s interior. The food, however, amps it up a notch and includes fried oyster rolls and a brown butter lobster roll that’s turned heads since this sister spot to Portland, Maine’s Eventide opened last fall. (1321 Boylston St., Boston)

The brown-butter lobster roll at Eventide Fenway.
The brown butter lobster roll at Eventide Fenway. —Zack Bowen/Knack Factory

The Friendly Toast, Back Bay

Set on Stanhope Street, this casual, family-friendly restaurant’s off-the-beaten track patio is newly renovated, with mod-styled acid green and bright orange seats. The spot also has a new spring-summer menu that includes Freak Out With Your Greek Out Greek-themed whole wheat avocado toast, the Holy Crab! Benny crab cake Benedict, and the coconut-lime cheesecake Anadama French Toast. (35 Stanhope St., Boston)

Hurricane’s at the Garden
Formerly Hurricane O’Reilly’s and with different owners, Hurricane’s at the Garden opened after complete renovations during the depths of this past chilly winter. Given that it stands a few minutes’ walk from TD Garden, this sports bar’s first season outdoors makes its patio a go-to hang for drinks and casual eating pre- and post-stadium events. The menu includes hotdogs with all kinds of fixings, and beers on tap like Lord Hobo’s Hobo Life IPA and Wormtown’s Be Hoppy IPA. Bonus: You can see the inside TVs just fine from the outside space. (150 Canal St., Boston)

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Oak Long Bar + Kitchen
Oak’s patio opened this week with a whole new lounge look. Overlooking Copley Square on St. James Avenue, its dinner tables are gone, replaced by a mix of couches and high-top tables. The patio’s new cool-down menu includes classic cocktails, made in-house and then bottled for patio service outside. The reusable bottles — for gin and tonics, margaritas, cosmopolitans, and whiskey sours — have labels with drink-themed memes. There’s also a frozen cocktail special that changes daily and boozy popsicles made with local Ghost tequila, pineapple, and lime. Happy hour oysters every day from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. mean oysters on the half shell for a buck a pop. (138 St. James Ave., Boston)

Publico Street Bistro & Garden
Located on the first floor of the 11 on the Dot apartment building in South Boston, Publico’s interior courtyard has been turned into a “beer garden” (plus cocktails, plus food) and has added a fully retractable roof for those summer downpours. That means no interruption as you enjoy some of the new summer drinks launching this spring: Mr. Pink is made with local Bully Boy gin, St. Germain, rosemary, lime, and Peychaud’s bitters; and the Luchador pairs Herradura silver and ginger with cooling cucumber, mint, and lime. A new summer food menu will roll out later this month. (11 Dorchester St., Boston)

Southern Proper
This much-buzzed-about new restaurant in the South End just opened its patio as the heat came on this past week, and also just in time for the SoWa market opening this weekend. Simple tables and chairs line Harrison Avenue adjacent to this Southern cooking-styled restaurant’s entrance. If it’s too warm for grits and hush puppies, try the grilled spring asparagus with poached egg, sliced pecans, and Lady Edison ham (ham and eggs with finesse, if you will), or the in-house smoked salmon with dill, cucumber, cream cheese, and toast. There’s draft rosé or a Champagne Mango Collins to cool things down. (600 Harrison Ave., Boston)

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SRV
The Serene Republic of Venice, Boston’s SRV, that is, goes full-on street this summer with sidewalk outdoor dining and drinking along Columbus Avenue. The interior courtyard patio was already a coveted sunny spot to enjoy SRV’s antipasti and handmade pastas from in-house ground grains. Now, on either side of the entrance on Columbus, there are separate patios: one seated for dinner and the other with high tops and no seats, created for dropping in for a drink. Take some friends, because this summer, for the first time ever, SRV has cocktails by the pitcher. (569 Columbus Ave., Boston)

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