We all know winter can be brutal here in Boston, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy fresh-air dining. There are tons of restaurants around town with heated outdoor patios and other creative setups to keep the open-air vibe alive — even with low temperatures.
📍 The Bowery Bar, 2261 Dorchester Ave.
Switch up your regular dining routine by dining in a yurt — yes, a yurt. You’ll need to reserve your dining time in advance. There is an eight person maximum as well as a food and beverage minimum, with the cost depending on the time and day you choose.
Once you’ve secured your spot, warm up with comfort dishes like lobster ravioli or a classic bolognese. If you stop by for brunch, don’t skip the selection of unique cocktails like the adult iced coffee with vanilla vodka, hazelnut liquor, iced coffee + whipped cream.
📍 Earls Prudential, 800 Boylston St.
The ideal space for plant lovers, this lush enclosed rooftop patio is the perfect environment for unwinding and enjoying a drink or bite after work.
Stop by the Prudential Center to sip on one of the signature tequila drinks or classic cocktails — we also recommend trying one of the sushi tacos.
📍 Harvest, 44 Brattle St., Cambridge
Stop by Harvard Square to enjoy seasonal New England dishes at the partially covered patio with a fireplace + heat lamps.
Plus, plan ahead for the restaurant’s annual Ice Party on Sunday, Feb. 26, featuring ice luge cocktails and après-ski vibes.
📍 Lookout Rooftop at the Envoy Hotel, 70 Sleeper St.
Home to the most coveted heated igloos in the city, Lookout Rooftop is a must-visit this winter. The hotel also offers enclosed ice boxes with unbeatable views of the waterfront.
Each igloo has room for up to six people to sip house-made craft cocktails, microbrews, and wines. Be sure to reserve your igloo in advance.
📍 Publico Street Bistro, 11 Dorchester St.
Publico is bringing the slopes to Southie with “The Lodge.” This warm winter oasis in the courtyard goes all out with fuzzy blankets, fire pits, and even artificial snow to really set the scene.
Warm up with one of the hot cocktails like a rum-spiked hot cocoa, an Alpine Toddy, and a Peppermint Pete with Stoli Vanilla, chocolate liquor, and cream.
📍 Remnant Brewing, 2 Bow Market Way, Somerville
This brewery at Somerville’s Bow Market offers reservations at three large fire pits in the courtyard, with blankets available for extra warmth. There is a $5 charge per person for fire table parties of four to 10 people.
📍 River Bar, 661 Assembly Row, Somerville
This year-round patio has heaters, fire-pits, and an extensive house cocktail list to keep you warm and cozy this winter.
Sip the “Winter Caipirinha” with Empress Gin, Novo Fogo Cachaca, lime, and lavender. For food, you can’t go wrong with one of the flatbread pizzas or the smash burger.
📍Russell House Tavern, 14 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge
Stay toasty while eating on the brick-lined Harvard Square patio with glowing lights and heat lamps. Grab a bite from the expansive tavern menu, complete with raw bar offerings + gluten- and dairy-free options.
Then, keep the cozy vibes going with the annual winter warmer beverage: a hot-buttered cider made with Mad River Rum and cinnamon.