25 patios for every outdoor occasion

It's finally patio season.

The patio at Coppersmith in South Boston
The patio at Coppersmith in South Boston. –Diane Bair

When the snow melts and the puffy coats are finally shed, it’s time to take the party outside. These Boston-area patios make the most out of the warm weather with great beer lists, stunning views, and exceptional food.

Note: At the time of publication, not all of these patios were open yet for the season. Check with the individual restaurants/bars before heading to them.

5 patios with a view

Lookout Rooftop and Bar at The Envoy Hotel
Lookout Rooftop and Bar at The Envoy Hotel. —The Envoy Hotel

Dante
It’s all about the views at Dante, an Italian restaurant in Cambridge with a large patio that overlooks the Charles River. Watch the boats go by while sipping on wine and sampling Dante’s salumi offerings. (40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge)

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Legal Harborside
The flagship property of Legal Sea Foods in the Seaport has multiple floors of outdoor patios, where diners dig into plates of lobster and crab or imbibe specialty cocktails while gazing out at the city skyline and Boston Fish Pier. (270 Northern Ave., Boston)

Lookout Rooftop
The aptly named Lookout Rooftop at the Seaport’s Envoy Hotel boasts beautiful views of Boston along with playfully-named cocktails like the rum-based Southie Shuffle. (70 Sleeper St., Boston)

Pier 6
This waterfront restaurant in Charlestown is a prime dining destination during the summer, when diners flock to the outdoor patio and bar for great views, strong drinks, and fried calamari. (1 8th St., Boston) 

Sky Bar
The rooftop bar at Yotel in the Seaport offers a great vantage point to catch the sunset against the city skyline while enjoying sharable snacks, wine, beer, and cocktails. (65 Seaport Blvd., Boston)

5 patios for groups

The airstream-turned-bar at Coppersmith in South Boston
The Airstream-turned-bar at Coppersmith in South Boston. —Coppersmith

Atwood’s Tavern
Atwood’s seems to have it all: great food, a solid beer list, and live music seven nights a week. Its plant-laden outdoor patio is the perfect place to catch up with friends between sets. (877 Cambridge St., Cambridge)

Buttermilk & Bourbon
Comfortable sofas arranged around tables fill the patio at Buttermilk & Bourbon, a Southern retreat in the heart of the Back Bay. (160 Commonwealth Ave., Boston)

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Committee
Not only does this Mediterranean restaurant in the Seaport provide plenty of seating, its menu is dedicated to shareable plates meant for groups. (50 Northern Ave., Boston)

Coppersmith
With large picnic tables scattered around a spacious rooftop deck and an indoor/outdoor bar that transitions seamlessly between seasons, Coppersmith has plenty of space for groups wanting to drink and dine al fresco. (40 W. 3rd St.)

Earl’s Kitchen + Bar
There are two local locations of Earl’s — one within the Prudential, one at Assembly Row — but it’s the Back Bay outpost that offers a large, three-season patio with plenty of couches and lounge chairs for parties and big groups. (800 Boylston St., Unit 107, Boston)

5 patios with a great beer list

The bocce court at Branch Line
Enjoy beer and bocce at Branch Line. —Melissa Ostrow

The Brewer’s Fork
This Charlestown pizza spot serves both phenomenal pies and beers that include local favorites (Idle Hands, Jack’s Abby, Mystic), national stalwarts (Firestone Walker, Bell’s), and international brews (Fantôme from Belgium, Schlenkerla from Germany), plus occasional collaborations. (7 Moulton St., Boston)

Branch Line
Funky beers are standard at this Watertown restaurant, where you can sip on brews like Framboise’s wild ale with raspberries and Wolf Spit’s porter with hickory bark on the covered outdoor patio, complete with a bocce court. (321 Arsenal St., Watertown)

Bronwyn
The Union Square German restaurant opens a bona fide beer garden outside in the warmer months, one where diners can choose from a massive list of beers from Germany, Austria, Poland, and the Czech Republic. (255 Washington St., Somerville)

Night Shift Lovejoy Wharf
The newest location from Night Shift is an expansive innovation brewery on Lovejoy Wharf with an 88-seat patio planned for later this season; imbibers will be able to drink culinary-inspired beers while taking in a pristine view of the Bunker Hill bridge. (1 Lovejoy Wharf, Suite 101, Boston)

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Trillium Fort Point
The latest Trillium location to open, Fort Point has both a rooftop deck and a recessed ground floor patio where fans of the brewery can order beers like the Fort Point pale ale and Congress Street IPA, along with rotating seasonal creations. (50 Thomson Place, Boston)

5 patios with a fireplace or fire pit

The patio at City Tap House in Boston.
The patio at City Tap in Boston. —City Tap House

Art Bar
You’ll have to get to Art Bar early to snag one of its two outdoor fire pits, but consider yourself lucky if you do. The Cambridge patio with fireside seating is situated on the banks of the Charles River, with a great view of Boston in the distance. (40 Edwin Land Blvd., Cambridge)

City Tap
On the spacious patio at this Fort Point brunch destination, four fire pits each seat six guests on top of cushioned granite benches. Order a Bloody Mary while you keep toasty by the fire. (10 Boston Wharf Road, Boston)

Harvest
The Cambridge restaurant’s patio is anchored by a stone fireplace, which, along with overhead heaters, makes dining al fresco downright pleasant on colder nights. (44 Brattle St., Cambridge)

Mare
The fire pits are first-come, first-served on the patio at Mare, a seafood restaurant and oyster bar in the North End. Settle into the surrounding couches and order a dozen bivalves from the raw bar. (3 Mechanic St., Boston)

River Bar
Within the Assembly Row shopping and dining district sits River Bar, a bustling restaurant and watering hole with a patio that houses two fire pits. Take in views of the Mystic River while sipping on cocktails by the flickering fire. (661 Assembly Row, Somerville)

5 patios with fantastic food

B&G Oysters in Boston
B&G Oysters in Boston. —John Blanding / The Boston Globe

B&G Oysters
Enjoy incredible lobster rolls, oysters, and whole branzino on the small, stone-walled patio at Barbara Lynch’s oyster bar and restaurant in the South End. (550 Tremont St., Boston)

Deuxave
During the warmer months, modern French restaurant Deuxave opens its 30-seat patio, where diners indulge in decadent plates of crispy duck confit, French onion soup, or an entire five-course tasting menu. (371 Commonwealth Ave., Boston)

Eastern Standard
With an incredible cocktail program and French brasserie-inspired food, Eastern Standard’s patio in the heart of Kenmore Square is perfect for people-watching and fueling up on a sunny afternoon. (528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston)

Oleana
The garden-like patio at Oleana in Cambridge is decked out in twinkling lights and fragrant plant life, but the food is equally as intoxicating. Dive into Middle Eastern-inspired dishes like lamb gyro, warm buttered hummus, and shitake kofte. (134 Hampshire St., Cambridge)

SRV
Within the brick-walled patio at the South End’s Venetian restaurant SRV, diners revel in plates of beef carpaccio and risotto, along with any one of the fantastic seasonal pasta dishes on the menu. (569 Columbus Ave., Boston)

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