Summer officially starts this Friday–finally! It seems as though the winter was one of the most brutal ones to date. Even the first couple weeks of June were unbearable, with rain almost every week. Luckily, at least for those of us who live in the Northeast, this week looks like it’s finally about to feel like summer. The TwentyTweets gang decided to put our thinking caps on to come up with a collaboration in honor of our favorite season. Each post will be dedicated to a summery place/thing/activity/or anything else in between. First up–our Favorite Outdoor Restaurants and Bars. Enjoy!
Erika, who’s originally a Pennsylvania girl, currently resides right outside Boston, MA. She shares her picks from both locations:
Bogey Macaws, 601 Chestnut Hill Road, York, PAInteresting name for an even more interesting place! A macaw is a type of tropical bird, and you better believe they have the exotic decor to match! With live music on Friday and Saturday nights and an outdoor patio bar, this place is always busy, but fun. The patio bar, appropriately called “The Roost,” was designed as an adult “hideaway” of sorts, right next to the family fun (complete with an arcade) restaurant. It mirrors the fun-loving type of place you might find “down the shore” at Maryland and Delaware beaches. Here in South Central PA, it’s a nice little “getaway.” My favorite part is the repurposed decor – bar stools made out of kicked kegs, old surf boards as wall-displayed menus, and more.
Jerry Remy’s Seaport, 250 Northern Ave, Boston, MAWhether you’re a Boston sports fan or not, Jerry Remy’s sports bars are always a great time. My favorite location is the one in Seaport because of the beautiful view complete with patio seating right on Boston Harbor. People can visit “by land or by sea” because they have public boat slips to tie up to while you eat dinner – how fun is that? With a “made from scratch” menu and tons of drinks (both expensive and cheap), there’s a little something for everyone. A huge attraction of this location, of course, is the “Monster Wall” – a 32 foot HD videowall - and tons of other TV’s surrounding the bar area. It can get a little rowdy on game days, but what else would you expect at Jerry Remy’s?
Bar Louie, 232 Patriot Pl, Foxboro, MAAlthough there are quite a few Bar Louie’s around Massachusetts, the one in Patriots Place is my absolute favorite – especially in the summertime! The rooftop bar is a lot of fun, but get there early because the line starts around 9 pm on Saturday nights! During the week, they also have half-priced apps after work, and plenty of mixed drinks and beers on tap. Patriots Place is a fun place to walk around, regardless of where you eat. But if you’re stopping by, I recommend Bar Louie!
Katy, who’s also from PA, shares her choices from her hometown:
- Crimson American Grill, 1839 South Queen Street, York, PA
This is one of my favorite places to go. It’s very relaxed and a fun setting! There is a restaurant side for families and then a completely separate side that includes a bar as well as an outdoor patio with an additional bar. It’s enclosed by a fence and they have umbrellas and vines and plants covering the fence etc. In the evening there are strings of lights on the ceiling and it creates a great ambiance. If you ever visit here, be sure to grab a bite to eat! They have A-MA-ZING bruschetta and my absolute favorite salmon salad ever.And another a short distance away in Maryland...
Hightopps Backstage Grille, 2306 York Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD
This bar is A LOT of fun! It’s got a huge outdoor area on a deck that has two bars, part of it is covered, but it’s got a tiki hut theme and they have couches and chairs all outside around tables. Under the covered part, they have another bar, tables, lounge chairs, a fireplace, and sometimes live music. If you walk inside there are two levels, the bottom half they have a Dj/live band and a huge dance floor, on the top they have another bar with tons of space to sit and chat with your friends. They always have specials on food and drinks and certain nights of the week they have trivia and karaoke. All in all it’s a fantastic night out with friends. I’ve never been disappointed!
Roxanne loves Hightopps, too, adding…
- Since I’m a Baltimore girl at heart, it’s no surprise that my favorite bar/restaurant is in Maryland (15 minutes north of the city). Whether I’m going to watch the Ravens or Orioles, get rowdy with my girls on the dance floor, or to enjoy a few brews on the outside deck, Hightopps is the place to be year-round. I also love their food—my favorites: crab pretzel, Old Bay wings and Sante Fe fries. You can’t go to the Baltimore area and not have crab/Old Bay seasoning! The absolute best part about Hightopps is sitting on their outside deck during the summer while enjoying a Natty Boh or Blue Moon. It has several bars, dining areas, a dance floor, and the outside deck. It’s definitely one of the best bars to hit up if you’re ever in the South Central PA/Baltimore area!
Ready to head a couple hours North? Meet up with Stacia at her favorite spot!
- Centre Street Pub, 308 Union St., Schenectady, NY
On the corner of Union Street and North Broadway downtown sits a bar with a deck and HUGE patio where you and your friends can listen to music, drink, and most importantly have a good time. Their wide selection of drafts inside the bar includes one of my favorite hard ciders, Angry Orchard! Yum! Did I mention that outside they have corn hole tournaments every night?
- Katie O’Byrne’s, 121 Wall Street, Schenectady, NY
This Irish restaurant bar and grill has a small patio outside, but is a good scene if you’re looking to relax and have some good food and drinks while doing so. Every summer, Katie’s has a block party where the parking lot is closed off and a live band is entertaining the public. Its location is perfect–it’s walking distance to other fun bars including Clinton’s Ditch, Bombers, and 20 North!
For the last stop in the trip, Jenna, Brittni and Billy will show you their favorite spots in Rhode Island. Meet Jenna at…
Mediterraneo, 134 Atwells Ave, Providence RIThis is my favorite restaurant and in the summer it’s even more fun because there’s plenty of outdoor seating. If you can’t find a table outside though, they also take all the doors off so the whole front and side of the restaurant so it still has that outdoorsy feel. This Italian restaurant has everything from steaks to seafood and of course lots of pasta. The drinks are great too! I recommend trying a Bellini or an Italian Stallion, Mediterraneo’s version of a scorpion bowl. They also always offer my favorite, a three course prix-fixe menu for lunch and dinner. And don’t forget the complimentary shot of house made Lemoncello after your meal!
- She’s been known to have a couple drinks outside at Venda Bar, 265 Atwells Ave, located on DePasquale Square (above). You’ll feel like an old-time gangster amongst the Tony Soprano-look-alikes and the romantic sounds of the Frank Sinatra impersonators. Light up a cigar–or pretend to–and enjoy a warm summer evening on The Hill.
Mobsters and pasta not your thing? Head over to…
- Chelo’s on the Waterfront, 1 Masthead Dr., Warwick, RI
This is your classic family-style restaurant, coming from a well-known chain in Lil’ Rhody. Whether you sit indoors or out, Chelo’s will not disappoint. It’s located right next to an upscale yacht club, so once you’re done eating, take a stroll down the docks to admire the gorgeous boats. On the weekends, enjoy food and drink in the outdoor dining area while a live band plays on stage.
Or one of Billy’s favorites by the beach…
- Trio, 15 Kingstown Rd Narragansett, RI
Although Iggy’s Clamcakes and Doughboys is a favorite of mine for summertime, I can’t pass on the opportunity to recommend Trio Restaurant of Narragansett. Prices in the summer tend to soar, but the fine cuisine and scenery does not falter. Right along the Narragansett Town Beach, this spot is great for a scenic night in the center of town. Take a few of your friends, and indulge in some drinks and entrees at this well-known establishment. My personal favorite dish is Trio’s Cappelini & Gulf Shrimp. The dish comes with a large portion of cappelini pasta and several jumbo shrimps in a white wine sauce accompanied by sundried tomatoes (which are my favorite), mushrooms and garlic. This is the perfect place to go for any special occasion – the large wine selection pairs perfectly with many of their delicious pasta, seafood and steak specialties.
As you can tell, we LOVE anything that has to do with eating, drinking, and basking in the warm weather. Whether you live in our necks of the woods, or else where, share YOUR go-to spots below, or @20sTweet!