Ah, beer and gardens – the summer equivalent to coffee and places that provide free wi-fi.
It has to be said that there’s something about seeing crowds of people coming together to get drunk, merry and sunburnt that makes for a strangely warming sight to behold.
So, if you love a tipple in the sun (or, if we’re being realistic, a day when it’s not raining) then check out our list of beer gardens around the UK that have been deemed the crème de la crème by WOW247’s contributors.
The Dirty Onion
— The Dirty Onion (@TheDirtyOnion) March 17, 2015
This is one onion that certainly wont make you cry. The Dirty Onion in Belfast is an old meets new concept, that uses the renovated space of a previously abandoned warehouse, turning it into one of the most contemporary and vibrant settings in the city. It has a cracking, stylish beer garden to match with sleek and highly polished looking seating areas adorning the expansive space. With a famously delicious dry rubbed chicken available all day and night to accompany your beer in the sunshine, there’s really no excuse to be anywhere else in Belfast this summer.
3 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA, more info
The Ostrich in Bristol town centre…look close you can see a table of Squaws..! pic.twitter.com/MzRdZnc9X4
— AndyCavster (@AndyCavster) July 27, 2013
Bristol city contributor Peter Walsh writes:
Centrally located, but quiet enough to just be off the beaten path, the Ostrich has a huge outdoor space overlooking the Bathurst Basin. A historic pub with ties back to the days when actual pirates (not just wannabes) walked the streets of Bristol, the Ostrich is an absolutely lovely spot to while away the hours as the sun sets. Run by the Welsh brewers Brains, you can also be assured of a good selection of beers on tap.
Lower Guinea Street, Bristol BS1 6TJ – more info
Read our list of 10 of the best beer gardens in Bristol
Edinburgh City Editor Alex Watson writes:
Students, professionals and tourists alike flock to The Peartree’s beer garden on sunny days, so it’s lucky that this is probably the roomiest beer garden in Edinburgh. With picnic tables galore and some sheltered seating there’s room for everyone, and their outdoor bar means you don’t even have to walk indoors to get another round in – genius.
38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD – more info
Read our list of 10 of the best beer gardens in Edinburgh
Join us for a drink in our sunny beer garden, then head into our cosy warehouse for some food and live jazz! ☀️🎷🍕🍸🍦 pic.twitter.com/XKZQUVhnyQ
— DEPOT Cardiff (@DepotCardiff) May 23, 2015
Cardiff city contributor Jane Cook writes:
This is actually a 24,000sq foot, disused warehouse just 5 minutes walk from Cardiff central station, which has been transformed into a versatile, pop-up events space. Since re-opening the shutters in May, it has played host to a busy calendar of ‘street food’ events, and also revealed a trendy, bulb-lit beer garden out back which is just perfect for drinking hipster cocktails al-fresco.
Dumballs Road, CF10 5FE – more info
Read our list of 10 of the best beer gardens in Cardiff
Glasgow based journalist and beer enthusiast Alan Laidlaw writes:
Ashton Lane is a veritable buffet of beer gardens, and there are none more frequented and enjoyed during the summer than Brels. The garden area is one of the most magical drinking spots in the city, with colourful seating, great lighting and its very own hillside and if that’s not enough it also serves up an exhaustive selection of craft and Belgian beers to help cool you down on those muggy summer days. They take their passion for their beer garden so far that they even have a weather report on their site to let people know if it’s going to be sunny enough to visit.
Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ – more info
Read our list of 10 of the best beer gardens in Glasgow
The Belgrave Music Hall
WOW247’s Leeds-based content manager Mark Butler writes:
With its boutique music festival vibe, aromatic street food and an eclectic array of indie, reggae, rock and electro echoing around the place, this cool, laid-back venue’s garden seems like an ideal summer venue to soak up a pint of beer or cider in the sun. The terrific rooftop garden – deckchairs and all – completely serves that notion.
1-1a Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP – more info
Read our list of 5 of the best beer gardens in Leeds
The Spaniards Inn
— The Spaniards Inn (@TheSpaniardsInn) May 10, 2015
City Editor Louise Rhind-Tutt writes:
As pub gardens go, The Spaniards’ huge alfresco eating and drinking area – with seating for more than 400 – takes some beating. Their tranquil grounds, the setting where John Keats apparently penned his Ode to a Nightingale, come to life in summer, with regular BBQs and Pimm’s o’ Clock at almost every hour. Plus, Hampstead Heath is right on the doorstep of this country inn in the city. One of London’s oldest pubs, it’s the perfect spot to unwind with a few beers and some great food in the sun. There are covered and heated areas if the weather turns.
Spaniards Road, Hampstead, NW3 7JJ – more info
Read our list of 10 of the best beer gardens in London
The Oast House
Manchester City Editor Louise Rhind-Tutt writes:
If you want to drink beer outside a reclaimed 16th century oast house (where brewers roasted hops), which was brought brick-by-brick to Manchester from Kent – and who doesn’t? – then The Oast House is the place. With hanging kebabs to eat and a fine selection of craft ales to drink, you’ll want to settle in for the afternoon in the bustling outdoor terrace. Once you’ve found a seat, that is; it gets very busy in the warmer months. Check out Spinfest on Bank Holidays as well as regular live music. Did we mention they do hanging kebabs?
The Avenue Courtyard Spinningfields Crown Square Manchester M3 3AY – more info
Read our list of 10 of the best Manchester terraces for summer drinks
Pitcher and Piano
— shaun (@Geordie_Shaun) May 4, 2015
With a great view looking onto the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, there’s no better place to be in the summer to get the proper Geordie drinking experience. Although a chain, Pitcher and Piano pride themselves on a certain level of standardised excellence in their bars that goes beyond your usual watering hole. With proper sturdy wooden benches, a fine selection of ales and the stunning aforementioned view, you can’t do much better in Newcastle than this lovely river-side drinking spot.
108 Quayside, NE1 3DX – more info
— WOW247 Sheffield (@wow247sheffield) May 28, 2015
Sheffield City Editor Charlotte Grainger writes:
If you happen to be in the Division Street area on a sunny day, you have to get yourself down to The Forum. The beer garden, which backs onto the oh-so-pretty Dev Green, is a sight to behold. With umbrellas and majestically orange deck chairs to boot, this space feels a lot like a sea side haven (minus the sea, of course). When things start to heat up in the steel city, this place to attract hoards of people. You’d better get your spot early on or you might find you have to sit on the steps with the other late-comers. Before you take your seat, make sure that you get yourself a pitcher of Cuba Libre. Perfect.
The Forum, 129 Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SB, more info
Read our list of 5 of the best beer gardens in Sheffield