A good thing never lasts long. See: Summer in Boston.
Take advantage with the city's top rooftop patios where you can eat and drink like summer's never gonna end.
Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake
Whether you're going for cocktails on a Saturday evening or sweating out your hangover Sunday afternoon, Poe's is a rooftop worth climbing to. They specialize in appetizers for sharing (their nachos rank among the city's best) and pride themselves on a sharp bar and wait staff. It's popular, though, so get a drink at the downstairs bar and relax a while, there's usually a line.
384 Boylston St., Back Bay (617-859-8555)
A patio this nice would be worth recommending for drinks alone, so the fact that Dante's serves award-winning Italian cuisine almost makes it unfair. Spectacular romantic views of the Boston skyline from across the Charles will be the only distractions from the food, which includes house-made pasta dishes and a variety of steaks and chops.
40 Edwin H. Land Blvd, Kendall Square (617-497-4200)
It's just like being at a mid-summer game—minus the beer-stained bleacher seats. Head to Jerry's to enjoy a perch overlooking Fenway's right field wall. You'll sip beers out of real glasses [is this true?] while taking in the game on a giant TV, and thanks to outdoor air conditioning, you'll actually have enough energy to go out afterwards.
1265 Boylston St., Fenway (617-236-7369)
Legal Waterfront wisely outfitted its comfy rooftop bar/lounge of their flagship Seaport location with a retractable glass roof and walls for four seasons worth of use. The chowder is as good as ever, but the plush sofas and fantastic harbor views are the real reasons to go.
270 Northern Ave., Seaport District (617-477-2900)
Tavern on the Water
With a vista this good, you don't need much else. Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the city skyline as you watch boats drift in and out of the Marina with a cold drink in your hand, then try and tell us this Charlestown favorite wasn't worth the trip.
18th St., Charlestown (617-242-8040)