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Boston's Best Patios With Serious Wine Lists

Where to go when you want to fancily sip wine al fresco

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If you choose a restaurant by its wine list, add one more variable to the equation this spring and summer: the patio. Here are 10 of the Boston area’s most spectacular outdoor dining options that also feature excellent wine lists. Whether you’re looking to pair tapas with sherry in the South End or sip wine-based cocktails in the most beautiful garden in Cambridge, add these all to your warm-weather to-do list.

Note: Map points are listed geographically from north to south, not ranked.

This map was originally published on May 9, 2016; it is periodically updated to remove out-of-date information. The date of the most recent update appears above.

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Spoke Wine Bar

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Spoke’s patio might be small, but that doesn’t keep it from being one of the best places in Somerville to experience knockout food and wine pairings. While chef John DaSilva turns out some of the city’s most exciting seasonal dishes, Liz Mann’s food-friendly wine list means it’s hard to find a bottle that won’t make your taste buds sing. Put it all together, and it’s proof that simple is delicious.

View the Spoke wine list.

To write a patio-oriented list and leave Oleana out is to invite the supreme judgment of an al-fresco-dining community. Arrive before opening to guarantee a spot or sip a sangria while you wait for your table in the back garden of the Eastern Mediterranean-inspired favorite. Once you’re settled into your lush digs, order from an extensive list of wines from around the world, all organized with a nod to chef Ana Sortun’s spice-driven menu. The wine-and-beer-only liquor license means creative wine-based cocktails abound, too.View Oleana's wine list.

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Branch Line

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What goes best with rotisserie chicken and bocce courts? Branch Line suggests you explore the geeky Mediterranean spirit with a bottle of Corsican wine or a lesser-known Greek white from the section of their wine list titled “Island Wines.” Not in a maritime state of mind? No problem. Choose a bottle of Cru Beaujolais from from “Rotisserie Whites & Reds.” When in doubt, go bubbly — they’ve got you covered with a deep selection of French sparklers to keep you on your game. View Branch Line's sample wine list.

Eastern Standard

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Eastern Standard’s cocktail program gets a lot of love, but those in the know head to the Kenmore mainstay for award-winning wine director Colleen Hein’s heavy-hitting, unapologetically studious list. Dive in for obscure global selections, find back-vintage bottles for short money, and don’t miss out on the Monday Night Cellar, when a fresh list of marked-down selections is offered with the industry in mind. View Eastern Standard's wines by the glass.

SELECT Oyster Bar

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Ball like a true Back Bay Brahmin with a bottle of Burgundy and a shellfish “Plateau” on Select’s intimate back patio. Chef Michael Serpa’s concise-but-complete roundup of from-the-sea favorites make it a connoisseur’s dream, and the power-hitter wine list (Mikulski! Rousseau!) meets a bar just as high.View Select's wine list.

Taberna de Haro

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A more extensive Spanish wine list does not exist in Boston, and one could argue that chef/owner Deborah Hansen’s love letter to the Iberian rivals that of any other stateside. Cult favorites and old school producers fill the pages (and pages) of Hansen’s lovingly written list, spanning the peninsula from Rioja to Galicia to Andalusia and back again. The patio is wide and airy, and if Hansen’s working she’ll happily steer you toward a rarified sherry herself.View Taberna de Haro's wine list.

Get your sake on poolside this summer. (Yes, we're sneaking a sake entry into this map.) Boasting one of the city’s deepest, geekiest by-the-glass sake selections from certified sake sommelier Alyssa DiPasquale, it’s a kitsch-covered shrine to the stuff. Get to know your Junmai from your Ginjo, or bring friends and indulge in 1.8 liters of fermented rice goodness from their “Big Boys” section.View Hojoko's sake list.

Kristin Teig for Hojoko

Barcelona Wine Bar

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Looking at its wine list, you’d never guess at Barcelona’s corporate identity. That’s thanks to Gretchen Thomas, Barcelona’s thoughtful wine and spirits director. With an eye toward the traditional, she develops approachable-yet-interesting tours of mostly Spanish classics, featuring dozens of wines by the glass and a deep sherry selection. Settle into your seat on the large patio and study up on your Spanish by way of wine. Three-wine flights are also offered for side-by-side tasting. (Note: The address below is for the location in Boston's South End. There's another local outpost at 1700 Beacon St. in Brookline's Washington Square.)View Barcelona Wine Bar's wine list and wines by the glass.

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B&G Oysters

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The beloved South End seafood haven does double summer duty with a charming, secluded patio and a wine list compiled by one of Boston’s heavyweight wine minds. Cat Silirie’s deep selection of grower Champagnes, Austrian rarities, and cheap-and-cheerful Muscadet is compiled with bivalves in mind but goes just as well with a pile of hand-cut fries and afternoon gossip.View more information on B&G Oysters' wine program.

Susie Cushner for B&G Oysters

The coveted seats on this South End darling’s postage-stamp patio are made all the more glorious to land when they provide a forum for dog-watching and the guzzling of Lambrusco. Throw some of the city’s favorite Italian fare into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a stellar Sunday afternoon.View Coppa's wine list.

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Spoke Wine Bar

Spoke’s patio might be small, but that doesn’t keep it from being one of the best places in Somerville to experience knockout food and wine pairings. While chef John DaSilva turns out some of the city’s most exciting seasonal dishes, Liz Mann’s food-friendly wine list means it’s hard to find a bottle that won’t make your taste buds sing. Put it all together, and it’s proof that simple is delicious.

View the Spoke wine list.

Oleana

Kristin Teig for Oleana

To write a patio-oriented list and leave Oleana out is to invite the supreme judgment of an al-fresco-dining community. Arrive before opening to guarantee a spot or sip a sangria while you wait for your table in the back garden of the Eastern Mediterranean-inspired favorite. Once you’re settled into your lush digs, order from an extensive list of wines from around the world, all organized with a nod to chef Ana Sortun’s spice-driven menu. The wine-and-beer-only liquor license means creative wine-based cocktails abound, too.View Oleana's wine list.

Kristin Teig for Oleana

Branch Line

What goes best with rotisserie chicken and bocce courts? Branch Line suggests you explore the geeky Mediterranean spirit with a bottle of Corsican wine or a lesser-known Greek white from the section of their wine list titled “Island Wines.” Not in a maritime state of mind? No problem. Choose a bottle of Cru Beaujolais from from “Rotisserie Whites & Reds.” When in doubt, go bubbly — they’ve got you covered with a deep selection of French sparklers to keep you on your game. View Branch Line's sample wine list.

Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard’s cocktail program gets a lot of love, but those in the know head to the Kenmore mainstay for award-winning wine director Colleen Hein’s heavy-hitting, unapologetically studious list. Dive in for obscure global selections, find back-vintage bottles for short money, and don’t miss out on the Monday Night Cellar, when a fresh list of marked-down selections is offered with the industry in mind. View Eastern Standard's wines by the glass.

SELECT Oyster Bar

Ball like a true Back Bay Brahmin with a bottle of Burgundy and a shellfish “Plateau” on Select’s intimate back patio. Chef Michael Serpa’s concise-but-complete roundup of from-the-sea favorites make it a connoisseur’s dream, and the power-hitter wine list (Mikulski! Rousseau!) meets a bar just as high.View Select's wine list.

Taberna de Haro

A more extensive Spanish wine list does not exist in Boston, and one could argue that chef/owner Deborah Hansen’s love letter to the Iberian rivals that of any other stateside. Cult favorites and old school producers fill the pages (and pages) of Hansen’s lovingly written list, spanning the peninsula from Rioja to Galicia to Andalusia and back again. The patio is wide and airy, and if Hansen’s working she’ll happily steer you toward a rarified sherry herself.View Taberna de Haro's wine list.

Hojoko

Kristin Teig for Hojoko

Get your sake on poolside this summer. (Yes, we're sneaking a sake entry into this map.) Boasting one of the city’s deepest, geekiest by-the-glass sake selections from certified sake sommelier Alyssa DiPasquale, it’s a kitsch-covered shrine to the stuff. Get to know your Junmai from your Ginjo, or bring friends and indulge in 1.8 liters of fermented rice goodness from their “Big Boys” section.View Hojoko's sake list.

Kristin Teig for Hojoko

Barcelona Wine Bar

Tom McGovern for Barcelona Wine Bar

Looking at its wine list, you’d never guess at Barcelona’s corporate identity. That’s thanks to Gretchen Thomas, Barcelona’s thoughtful wine and spirits director. With an eye toward the traditional, she develops approachable-yet-interesting tours of mostly Spanish classics, featuring dozens of wines by the glass and a deep sherry selection. Settle into your seat on the large patio and study up on your Spanish by way of wine. Three-wine flights are also offered for side-by-side tasting. (Note: The address below is for the location in Boston's South End. There's another local outpost at 1700 Beacon St. in Brookline's Washington Square.)View Barcelona Wine Bar's wine list and wines by the glass.

Tom McGovern for Barcelona Wine Bar

B&G Oysters

Susie Cushner for B&G Oysters

The beloved South End seafood haven does double summer duty with a charming, secluded patio and a wine list compiled by one of Boston’s heavyweight wine minds. Cat Silirie’s deep selection of grower Champagnes, Austrian rarities, and cheap-and-cheerful Muscadet is compiled with bivalves in mind but goes just as well with a pile of hand-cut fries and afternoon gossip.View more information on B&G Oysters' wine program.

Susie Cushner for B&G Oysters

Coppa

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The coveted seats on this South End darling’s postage-stamp patio are made all the more glorious to land when they provide a forum for dog-watching and the guzzling of Lambrusco. Throw some of the city’s favorite Italian fare into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a stellar Sunday afternoon.View Coppa's wine list.

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