When warmer evenings and longer days arrive in Boston, one thing locals look forward to most is the arrival of patio dining. With the official start of summer, patio season is heating up on the banks of the Charles River at ArtBar at the Royal Sonesta Boston.

While the Royal Sonesta Boston is just minutes from all Boston has to offer,  its riverside setting and patio seating make it feel like a true oasis from the hustle and bustle of city life. . . and the views of Boston are some of the best around.

Boston skyline

Monday nights are a perfect time to visit the ArtBar patio as Jazz on the Patio is now happening weekly from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Fire pit seating, breezes off of the Charles River, those Boston views, and singer Rich DiMare, along with special musical guests each week, set the perfect scene for relaxing with friends and family. Being that it is in the heart of the Cambridge tech scene, ArtBar is also a great option for dining with colleagues and entertaining out-of-town guests.

The first Jazz on the Patio event of the season took place on Monday, June 19, and in addition to music by DiMare, it featured a cocktail competition for charity. Three local influencers were tasked with making a summer cocktail using Champy, a sparkling wine brand founded by Boston entrepreneur and Emmy-Award winner Jenny Johnson. In the spirit of Sonesta’s Culture of Caring, a donation was made to the charity of the winner’s choice; in the end Boston Magazine’s Jenna Pelletier’s cocktail for No Kid Hungry won!

Champy on the ArtBar patio

The winning cocktail can be found on the ArtBar menu all summer, paired with a seasonal, locally inspired menu created by ArtBar’s new chef, who brings a strong New England influence and background to the table.

Whether you are looking to plan a vacation to Boston or are a local looking for an easy breezy night out, the ArtBar patio should be on your summer 2017 bucket list!