Summer Guide

The High Life

10 rooftop decks open for summer brews and views


1. Nothing says luxury like a fire pit on top of a downtown highrise. Rooftop at the Providence G offers the only patio of its kind in the city, with head-spinning perspectives of the Providence skyline – and the bar has the cocktails and wine selection to match. Providence

2. Phil’s Main Street Grille is a pillar of the Wakefield dining scene, and at the top of that pillar is the famous roof deck. Yes, tables overlook leafy Main Street, and the central bar is perfect for open-air cavorting. Wakefield

3. The Coast Guard House was originally designed to overlook Narragansett Town Beach. Now a restaurant, the panorama from the upper deck remains all-encompassing. The restaurant hosts live music through the summer. Narragansett

4. Benjamin’s Raw Bar is known for its nautical ambiance, which extends to its varnished wood rooftop, nicknamed The Crow’s Nest. Spoil yourself with any variety of north Atlantic seafood. Newport

5. Plank floors and beach umbrellas – and one of the most renowned views in Rhode Island – are part of what make Hotel Viking world-famous. The menu at Top of Newport Bar & Restaurant is amazingly reasonable, but you can also splurge on the Caviar Board. Newport

6. At Midtown Oyster Bar, you have two options: the second-floor “Burgee Deck” that looms over Thames Street, and the Loft Deck, the highest point in Midtown. Newport

7. From the Vanderbilt Grace, you can see the marina stretched out before you. Recline in an Adirondack chair, sip a flute of bubbly, and take in that breathtaking sunset over the harbor. Newport

8. The white-and-blue color scheme of the Chair 5 roof deck perfectly compliments the clouds and ocean that surround it. Stay a night at The Break Hotel, or just stop in for the rooftop “appy hour.” Narragansett

9. The name Harbor View Bar pretty much says it all, but you still have to see it to believe it. Fluke Newport serves up summer-defining seafood and cocktails on their stunning rooftop deck at Bannister’s Wharf. Newport

10. Watch sailboats ease down the waters of Rumstick Shoal as you enjoy calamari and stuffies at Thames Waterside Bar and Grill. Bristol