Come summer in Boston the end of the work day also signals a time to stop and find the closest perch in the neighborhood to enjoy a drink with friends. Here is our neighborhood guide to drinking where you work (well, just not on the job).
Say bye to the work day and throw on a vintage vinyl record from the restaurant’s collection while you sip on the Swipe Left cocktail, with gin seasonal Blood Orange-Cardamom shrub, St. Germaine (Elderflower), and Campari at this South End resto. 264 E Berkeley St., 857-317-4805
Skip passed the sake on the warmest nights and head straight to the Painkiller Negroni, a combo of two fabulous cocktails, made with pineapple Beefeater gin, coconut Campari, and sweet vermouth. Proceed with caution. 1271 Boylston St., 617-670-0507
While this newish spot might not have an outdoor patio just yet, its greenhouse feel makes it the perfect spot to unwind after work with one of their speciality beers like the Dogfish head aged in pinot bianco barrels. Eataly, The Shops at Prudential Center, 617-807-7300
Grab friends or brave coworkers (you’ll need at least 3 other people) and share the large-fromat La Voile Rouge cocktail, made with Don Julio Blanco Tequila, house basil simple syrup, strawberry puree, and fresh lime juice, garnished with cucumber strips, strawberries, lime, rosemary, orange slices, and basil sprigs. 49 Melcher St., 617-556-8000
Catch that Charles River breeze when you unwind on the coveted patio at this Cambridge hot spot from Chef Dante de Magistris and recently appointed Chef de Cuisine Christopher Jackson. Sip Italian sparkling rose and dine on Italian small bites while you play Jumbo Jenga and Connect Four. 40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, 617-497-4200
Take in some of the best water views in Boston while sipping on a glass of wine and nibbling on chef Daniel Bruce’s small bites. The 19th annual Summer in the City Series runs through early September and you can watch movies on a big screen outdoors with themes like Pop-Soul Thursdays, Rat Pack Wednesdays, Blues Barge Thursdays, and Movies by Moonlight on Fridays. 70 Rowes Wharf, 617-856-7744