It sure seems like our summer starts later and later every year. But warmer weather bleeding late into fall, seems like a fair trade. Here are six places that will help you extend al fresco dining season a little longer.
1. Be on the Lookout
The Envoy Hotel and its Lookout Rooftop is kicking things up a notch for the cozy season with its exclusive Igloo experience. Starting this week, guests will be able to enjoy the stunning views of the Boston skyline while sipping on specialty cocktails and sharing small plates. Each heated igloo seats up to ten people and can be reserved for two hours at a time.
2. Hit the Bar
The charming Mare Oyster Bar in the North End, known for its broad selection of fresh seafood and Italian classics, has a fire pit area that alternates between open-air patio and window-laden solarium. Either way, this tucked-away gem off of Hanover Street is the perfect spot for a fireside pairing of a lobster roll and their award-winning espresso martini.
3. Go Publico
A little slice of Europe, right in South Boston. The Publico Street Bistro offers a communal dining table and urban garden that gives off major ski-lodge vibes in the winter months. Publico features fire pits, heated lounge areas, and a retractable roof — not to mention plenty of warming cocktails and a menu loaded with comfort food.
4. Go by River
River Bar in Assembly Row offers fireside patio dining all year long and brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 12-4. Best of all, River Bar is big on keeping you toasty with fun seasonal cocktails in the colder months — like their Brown Sugar Espresso Martini, Mezcal Hot Chocolate, and Cider Donut.
5. Branch Out
Cozy and comforting, Branch Line on Arsenal Street in Watertown is known for its pasture-raised rotisserie chicken and wild boar ragu — but it also features a beautiful covered/uncovered heated patio that is open year-round. Branch Line has brunch every weekend and also takes reservations for dinner parties and events.
6. Head to the Coast
Porto in the Back Bay brings the Amalfi Coast experience to Boston, offering al fresco dining straight through the winter. This Mediterranean eatery from James Beard Award-winning chef Jody Adams is a can’t miss — with fresh oysters, handmade pasta, and dishes loaded with local ingredients. Pro tip: Ask to sit on the side patio with retractable awning.