When you’re looking for a hangout spot that’s a bit more casual than a rooftop bar, head to a local beer garden to soak up the sun rays. Chill out with friends and a cold beer in hand at one of these 10 awesome beer gardens in Boston. Check these out!
1. Trillium, multiple locations
With 4 locations in Boston, Trillium has the best selection of premium, New England farmhouse-inspired beers on the tap. Trillium also partners with some incredible food trucks so that you can enjoy some top noshes along with your cold pint. These rotate every day and include some of the yummiest options such as Bon Mi, the Bacon Truck, Dining Car and Pennypackers—and that’s just to name a few!
Find it at the Canton patio, Fort Point roofdeck, Fenway courtyard & Greenway Garden.
2. City Winery on the Greenway, Rose Kennedy Greenway
Alright, City Winery is technically not a beer garden by name, but it’s still worth mentioning! Boston’s one and only wine garden has come back to the Greenway for the summer and fall season and is offering locally crafted whites, reds and rosés for your enjoyment. City Winery has also partnered with Harpoon Brewery so you can also indulge in a cold, local craft beer or hard cider, making this a wine and beer garden.
Along with the drinks, the garden also offers a select menu of Mediterranean-inspired nibbles including fresh wraps, cheese boards, and other snacks that will pair perfectly with your glass of wine.
Find it at Dewey Square just across South Station.
3. Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge
Cambridge Brewing Co. is the original Boston beer garden, and it’s got the lineup to prove it. With a full pub menu, house-made brews, and spacious dog-friendly patio at One Kendall Square, it’s a great spot to kick back and relax this summer.
Find it at One Kendall Square, Bldg. 100, Cambridge.
4. Sam Adams Boston Taproom Rooftop, Faneuil Hall
Perfect for a beer with a view, Sam Adam’s Tap Room in Quincy Market offers wonderful views of Faneuil Hall and the Financial District skyline from its rooftop setting. On its menu, you’ll find plenty of options available, including your favorite Sam Adams beers, a lineup of research and innovation brews, and a gluten-free option in Truly Pure on draft.
Find it at 60 State Street, Boston, MA 02109.
5. Owl’s Nest Beer Garden, Allston, Esplanade, & Assembly Row
Night Shift Brewery’s pop-up beer garden has returned for the season, and it’s the perfect spot to hang out after work, relax after a run, or catch up with friends. Both locations offer a family and dog-friendly setting in which to enjoy Night Shift’s wide selection of beers, as well as plenty of delicious bites from the surrounding food trucks. The food options vary from venue to venue, but thankfully their website has a complete calendar of when and where to catch your favorite food truck!
Find them at the Esplanade near Fiedler Field, Herter Park in Allston, and between Foley Street and Revolution Drive in Assembly Row.
6. Sowa Open Market, South End
SoWa hosts a large and absolutely lovely farmer’s market every Sunday, but they also have a beer garden on site as well! After you’ve stocked up on farm-fresh produce and products from local artists, kick back and relax at the outdoor beer garden. In the meantime, you might be lucky enough to catch live music, Boston’s favorite food trucks, and lawn games!
Find SoWa at 460 Harrison Ave.
7. Cisco Brewers, Seaport
This season at Cisco Brewers calls for beers and margs! The Nantucket-based brewery opened its Seaport beer garden features Cisco Brewers’ extensive portfolio of beers, including favorites like Wandering Haze Hazy IPA and its seasonal Summer Rays Golden Ale, hard ciders, wines, frosé and coolers. has partnered with Rexicana Surf Cantina to bring drinkers some amazing canned margaritas!
Find it at 65 Northern Ave. Boston, MA 02210
8. Lamplighter Brewing Co. Beer Garden, Cambridge
This brewery in Downtown Cambridge offers a wide array of brews including New England IPAs, barrel-aged sours, and special seasonals. Its charming sidewalk garden is perfect for stopping by and enjoying a few pints with friends as well as some light bites from Lamplighter’s café Pepita, which include hearty paninis, fresh salads and more!
Find it at the Rose Kennedy Greenway Park 284 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139.
9. Aeronaut Beer Garden, Allston
Aeronaut Brewing was started in 2013 by three MIT grads, and as you might expect, this brewery takes the science of brewing seriously. With a brewery in Somerville and a drive-thru cannery in Everett, Aeronaut also has a beer garden at Zone 3 – a group of buildings in Allston that Harvard has helped in sponsoring cultural events. The beer garden will have food and music in addition to beer every week from Wednesday to Saturday.
Find it at 224 Western Ave., Allston.
10. The Anchor, Charlestown
The Anchor is Boston’s only multi-story public gathering space, with a performing and visual arts venue, wine and beer garden, and daily events to check out. Located at the Charlestown Navy Yard, their beer garden has drafts from some of the best craft breweries in Boston. With chill vibes and a packed schedule of events, it’s a great spot to hit on any day of the week.
See also: 12 Wonderful Waterfront Dining Spots Around Boston
[Featured image: Facebook / The Anchor Boston]