In theory, summer is all about beach vacations and endless hammock days. But if you can’t get to an island, how about letting island vibes come to you?
Three new patio pop-ups have emerged in Boston this summer, channeling beachside stays and garden getaways — and serving plenty of frosé.
Here’s where to slip on your flip-flops, order a frozen cocktail, and find your happy place when you can’t escape the city.
Il Patio di Eataly Boston
Boston’s Italian emporium has spilled out onto the streets with a new outdoor patio that launched at the end of June. Dubbed Il Patio di Eataly, the space features rocking chairs and table seating among a ‘grammable garden, and channels its Mediterranean vibes with an aperitivo menu focusing on shareable bites. Order taralli (Italian rolled breadsticks), cheese and salami boards, pizzas, and olives with bay leaves and orange peels. To drink, there are all the classics — negronis, Aperol spritzes, Peroni beer — along with a refreshing pink frosé for the days when you need something a little frostier. Plan your visit to coincide with Piazza all’Aperto — Eataly’s summer block party series featuring food, drink, and live music — that will take place on July 18, August 15, September 12 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (Tickets can be purchased here.) (Patio outside Eataly Boston; 800 Boylston St., Boston; Daily 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; eataly.com/us_en/stores/boston)
Publico Beach Club
A beachy getaway arrived in South Boston with Publico Beach Club, a summer pop-up from Public Street Bistro & Garden. Retro beach stripes, nautical kitsch, and pops of turquoise have transformed the restaurant’s interior courtyard and open-air garden into an oceanside haven, along with a snack shack-inspired menu. Dine on drunken clam fritters, lobster rolls, and executive chef Joel Howard’s signature Hot Dawg, which is made with Kayem hot dog, poblano chili, pineapple salsa, bacon, and lime mayo. Groups should order the shareable cocktails meant for a minimum of four people, such as the Beach Bum made with coconut rum and pineapple. If you’re going for frozen cocktails, there are three options: spiked lemonade, a Dark N’ Stormy, and frosé. Check Publico’s social media channels for information about upcoming events at the beach club, including summer movies and a Caribbean night. (Publico Beach Club at Public Street Bistro & Garden; 11 Dorchester St., Boston; Tuesdays–Thursdays from 4 p.m.–midnight, Fridays from 4 p.m.–1 a.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m.–1 a.m., Sundays from 11 a.m.–midnight; publicoboston.com)
Soak up some rays at the ICA’s new pop-up SunBar, a waterfront cafe and bar that serves summertime favorites like frosé, cold beer from Lord Hobo Brewing Co., cheese and charcuterie plates, and salads. The patio, located by the museum’s outdoor stadium seating, is outfitted with lounge furniture and bar tables, and offers music and sparkling views in addition to snacks and drinks curated by The Catered Affair. Stop by on July 19 from noon to 2 p.m., when Lord Hobo will throw a Lord Hobo Brewing Co. Lunch Break at SunBar, complete with lunch, beer, and music from DJ Leah V. (SunBar at ICA; 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; icaboston.org/sunbar)