When the weather is lovely, there is nothing better than gathering a group of friends and heading to a beer garden. There are plenty to choose from in Edinburgh, and we have selected our favourites below:-
This is a popular outdoor space – there is plenty of room, and it attracts a mixed crowd of students, professionals, locals and tourists alike. When sunny this beer garden is the perfect sun trap, and the outside bar means a shorter trip to get the next round in.
38 W Nicolson Street
Nestled in the New Town, this bar with a beer garden is a hidden gem. This is a very civilized bar, serving great beer and wine, and lovely food to boot. Enjoy the outdoor space here, with it’s picnic tables and greenery.
The Cumberland Bar
1-3 Cumberland Street
The beer garden here is a fantastic size, and the crowd here are always good fun. The bar is just off the popular Broughton Street, and is a great pre-club option. Expect resident DJ’s, and good banter.
12A Broughton St Lane
We love the Blackbird, and we totally love their beer garden – it’s quirky and colourful, with a serene vibe. It is lit up with twinkly fairy-lights when dark, so you can continue to enjoy a cocktail when the sun goes down.
37-39 Leven Street
This is a popular bar located in the Cowgate. The courtyard in front of the bar attracts many when the sun is out. They are great at using the space for things like the Old Town Street Food Festival, where you can enjoy some amazing street food – they also host many events during the Festival Fringe and at other times during the year. The atmosphere here when busy is buzzing.
The Three Sisters
The Beehive Inn serves traditional pub food classics, including hand-battered fish and chips, pie and mash and burgers. The beer garden is great – it’s nice to have a secluded area in such a busy part of the city. It is a large space, on three levels – there are also some screens, so is an ideal spot to watch the rugby or football.
The Beehive Inn
The beer garden is more of a pavement cafe here, and has a great view over the Water of Leith. Located at The Shore, which has a very cool vibe – it’s perfect for people watching with a beer in your hand.
The Leith Beer Co
The beer garden here sits at the front entrance to the bar, and you will be forgiven for thinking that it is a hidden gem away from the hustle and bustle of the West End, as it is up a cobbled side street. It is a popular spot for after work drinks, the food is tasty and the artisan beers, great wine and delicious cocktails are certainly a draw.
7 Charlotte Lane
Beer & Skittles boast more than 100 craft beers on the drinks menu – if beer is your thing, then this place is right up your street. The outside courtyard here is lovely and spacious – you can even hire it for private functions. Their gourmet menu is fabulous, and they also do a mean cocktail. Something for everyone here.
Beer & Skittles
14 Picardy Place
Edinburgh EH1 3JT
The Raeburn is a stylish boutique hotel, bar and restaurant. They have a great open space to enjoy at the front of the hotel, kitted out with wooden benches (and patio heaters for when the sun disappears). They also have outdoor terrace space on the first floor if you wish to enjoy some alfresco dining. You will find great food, wine, beer and cocktails here.
112 Raeburn Place
The Royal Dick was once the Small Animal Hospital of the Dick Vet School. Now creatively transformed into a completely unique bar & cafe. The décor is a quirky mix of art from all over the world, authentic Dick Vet School fittings and contemporary design. It even has it’s own on-site brewery and Gin distillery. On a sunny day the outdoor space here is a fantastic spot to enjoy with friends, and the food is delicious too.
The Royal Dick
1 Summerhall Place
Located in the rear of the Channing Hotel in Stockbridge, this outdoor space is a little gem – an oasis surrounded by greenery. The perfect spot to meet a friend for a civilised G&T, or an ice-cold bottle of fizz.
Shackelton’s Bar & Brasserie
15 S Learmonth Gardens
Badger & Co is located in the former home of Kenneth Grahame, the author of Wind in the Willows. The inside here is bright and airy, the menu is great, and of course the selection of drinks suit all. The beauty of this place in the better months is their sunken garden – sitting here, you would never know that you are right in the heart of the city. You will love the quirky vibe of this place, along with more than a few nods to Wind in the Willows.
Badger & Co
32 Castle Street
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