Boasting a stunning harbor, several man-made channels and four meandering rivers, Boston is practically surrounded by water—and what could be more inviting than raising a glass while gazing out at it all? Throw in some bar snacks and live music, and you’re all set!
Of course, getting out on the water with Boston Harbor City Cruises let you see the views from a different perspective. You can take to the water for a tipple or two on a Historic Harbor Cruise, romantic Sunset Sightseeing Cruise, or Premier Brunch or Dinner Cruise.
Back on dry land, we’ve got the skinny on Beantown’s top four watering holes with water views, from trendy cocktail bars to sophisticated roof decks to family-friendly restaurants serving a full menu of regional faves.
Pier 6 is the best cocktail bar on the Boston waterfront
You’ll have to take a little hike to get to Pier 6, located on the marina at the end of 8th Street in the Charlestown Navy Yard, but the short trip is well worth it. From Boston’s much-coveted North End, it’s a 10-minute walk away, or you could hop on the Boston Water Taxi and zip over in style. Either way, once you’ve arrived you’ll have a fabulous waterfront view of the Boston skyline, and you’ll be right next to the water.
Come for the stunning panoramas, stay for the delicious fare, including a stellar raw bar and a menu featuring seafood classics alongside other tasty treats, such as blackened swordfish tacos and an impressive steak frites.
The drinks menu is a delight for cocktail lovers, featuring potent blends such as the Knotty Nauti, a jalapeño-infused cocktail with Ocho Blanco, passion fruit, lime, and a chamoy rim, and the Townie Sour, a mix of Bulleit rye, pear, lemon, and aquafaba rounded off with Angostura bitters. You’ll also find a solid selection of craft beer on draft and in cans, as well as a range of fine wines by the bottle or glass.
Legal Harborside is the best restaurant with a water view
Located at 270 Northern Avenue and perched directly on Boston harbor, Legal Harborside is a great spot for delicious cocktails and top-notch seafood.
Head upstairs to the outdoor bar and restaurant for fantastic views and—when the retractable roof is open—fresh air. Here you’ll find an excellent drink menu, including craft beers, frozen cocktails, wines by the glass, and cocktails by the pitcher to share. The food menu focuses on sushi and sashimi and has a terrific raw bar featuring fresh oysters and a colossal naked shrimp cocktail.
You’ll also enjoy stellar waterfront views dining on the ground-floor pier, which has a cozy atmosphere and a seafood-focused menu of classics, such as New England clam chowder, fresh oysters, chilled seafood platters, fish and chips, and a loaded lobster roll.
[email protected] is the best Boston rooftop bar with a water view
Head to the top of the Revere Hotel at 200 Stuart Street to take in both breathtaking waterfront views and a round or two of unique craft cocktails at Boston’s largest rooftop lounge.
The cocktail menu at [email protected] is among the best in Beantown, boasting elaborate concoctions such as a heady punch, made with a blend of Santa Teresa 1796 rum, pineapple, lime, cinnamon, and bitters, and a cocktail dubbed the Southern Belle, made of sweet tea–infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka, peach, amaro, and lemon.
You’ll also find tasty sangrias, cocktail pitchers to share, a spritz bar, and a solid selection of wines. As far as the fare is concerned, there are crowd-pleasers like classic lobster rolls, loaded burgers, fried chicken, and a cheese-and-charcuterie platter.
Lookout Rooftop and Bar is the trendiest Boston bar with a water view
Perched atop the Envoy Hotel at 70 Sleeper Street, Lookout Rooftop and Bar is a hot ticket for soaking up Boston’s waterfront while sipping classic cocktails. The food menu has all the usual suspects when it comes to classic bar snacks: tasty treats like chicken wings, chorizo jalapeño poppers, loaded cheeseburger sliders, churro fries, and truffled french fries with roasted garlic sauce.
But the cocktail menu here is the real star, featuring top-shelf classics (think: margaritas, gin fizzes, and sangrias) alongside specialty cocktails, like the Mars Toasted Almond, a concoction made with SelvaRey chocolate rum, Saliza amaretto, Kahlua, and Baileys, and the Jalapeño Business, with Tanteo habanero tequila, pineapple, bitters, and lime.