Where to Wear: Rooftop Bars & Linen
Carefree summer days require an effortless, carefree look. Enter linen. The Italians call it sprezzatura, generally meaning,“disheveled nonchalance, cool, imperfect perfection.”
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Linen–the ubiquitous textile dating back to ancient Egypt–is made to be flexible, breathable, and suitable for many weather conditions. Woven solely from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the earliest man-made fabrics–and one of the most appealing. Linen is a universal wardrobe staple; the loose, breezy, wrinkle-prone material is the ultimate expression of sprezzatura fashion.
Linen shirts, jackets, and pants have long since dominated warm-weather style. However, its popularity is well-deserved and far from unimaginative. We like that Zegna offers an array of fresh colors, like the pale lavender seen here, in this season’s linen line-up.
Inherently comfortable, linen shirts do not require collar stays or even an iron. In fact, it is this effortless, fashionably “disheveled” look that makes linen a summertime favorite–meaning you can go from the beach, to the boat, to the restaurant with simple linen shirts or pants. Its breathability is especially welcome during those weekends spent soaking up the sun or drinking at an outdoor soiree. Sound too good to be true? Mr. Sid has all of your linen needs covered. Just do us a favor and opt for a hue more adventurous than white.
So now that you know what to wear, grab your old (or pick up a new) favorite linen shirt en route to one of Boston’s many rooftop bars where you can drink in spectacular views of the city while, well, drinking. We’ve narrowed it down to five of the best, so drink up and enjoy the view.
Five Best Rooftop Bars in Boston:
If you’re looking for views of the harbor as well as the skyline, Lookout Bar’s rooftop is hard to beat. Its unique panoramic design allows for stunning views while the atmosphere is perfect for socializing with groups of cozy couches, fire pits, and covered seating areas. Lookout Bar emulates Fort Point’s hip vibe by offering upbeat tracks and unique house-made craft cocktails. Space is limited so we recommend making reservations!
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Want to sip and dip? The Colonnade Hotel’s roof-top pool, the RTP, is an oasis of relaxation. Located twelve stories above the hustle and bustle of Back Bay, the RTP offers private cabanas and daybeds that are perfect for lazing the day away. And, as nothing says “summer drinking” like a refreshingly crisp sangria, lay back and enjoy a cold pitcher of the hotel’s signature blend.
The sexy atmosphere of South Beach has been recreated right in the middle of suburban Newton with Hotel Indigo’s Bokx 109 rooftop bar and pool. Billowy white curtains enclose the private seating areas bordering the pool, while the fully stocked bar features decadently sinful cocktails with names like “Blueberry Yum Yum,” “Electric Lemonade,” and “La Bomba.” The poolside menu overflows with fresh, local favorites such as the lobster roll and fish and chips. And if you’re looking to do something different on a Sunday, Bokx 109 offers live entertainment, food, and games from 11am-4pm.
Housed inside an industrial warehouse a few blocks over from Broadway is South Boston’s coolest multipurpose venue. One part cafe, one part bar, and one part restaurant, Coppersmith’s cavernous interior is topped off by a sweet roof deck. A repurposed airstream trailer, the roof deck provides a one-of-a-kind platform for guests to enjoy Coppersmith’s selection of games, tropical cocktails, and a taco themed bar menu.
Across the Charles in Harvard Square you’ll find The Sinclair, a gastropub with an emphasis on live music and aptly-named cocktails like “Eye of the Tiger” and “Champagne Supernova.” Known for its ever changing lineup of indie musicians, future shows include artists such as Lil Yachty and Crystal Castles. Be sure to check out The Sinclair’s Facebook page for information on exclusive summer events like rooftop movie nights.
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