Owner Sheree Zizik always knew she wanted a large bar as a focal point of her glamorous hotel, and it is fabulous. Separated by glass windows to tamp down the noise while letting the light and energy in, the 44 upholstered seats manage to evoke a buzzy and cozy vibe all at once, meaning that whether you are looking to relax over a solo cocktail at the end of a long day or hoping to mingle with your besties, you’ll feel welcome.
55 Commercial St., Gloucester, 978-282-0008, beauporthotel.com
The Hotel Salem’s seasonal rooftop terrace—the only one in Salem—offers a delightful escape from the heat of a summer sidewalk, overlooking church steeples and Salem Harbor. Choose from frosé and a number of pretty craft cocktails, as well as local craft beer and an international selection of wine.
209 Essex St., Salem, 978-451-4950, theroofsalem.com