Tailored to hazy summer nights and all-day drinking sessions, you can’t beat a good beer garden. Add Edinburgh into the mix and you’re looking at a dreamy combo — think festival shenanigans, castle views, approachable punters always up for a laugh and numerous local craft brews. The whole scenario = faultless! So you can spend less time searching and more time savouring, discover our guide to Edinburgh’s
greatest beer gardens. Cheers!
The Three Sisters
Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, British, Street Food, $$$
If The Three Sisters
pub was a person, this said individual would be your fail-safe party pal — the one who will always say yes to an impromptu night out! And, the friend who will never let you down. Located in the historic Cowgate area, this prize pub is a joy for punters and sports fans alike. The massive TV is forever playing live matches of all kinds, the surrounding Old Town architecture adds that ‘Scotland feel’ and the jovial atmosphere is always a day maker. Check their page for the endless string of fun events frequenting the courtyard.
Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Oh The Outhouse
! This dynamite watering hole is adorned with hip accents, including cool art embellishing the walls and hypnotic mood lighting. The best part? The unpretentious beer garden, which is brilliantly tailored to the tumultuous Scottish weather with its sheltered canopy and trendy outdoor heaters. The drinks, which include cocktails and craft beers, don’t break the bank either. Inconspicuously placed on Broughton St, The Outhouse is one of those beer garden gems you dream of stumbling across.
The Cumberland Bar
Bar, Pub, Restaurant, British, European, Pub Grub, $$$
The Cumberland Bar
is your quintessential pub plus beer garden dripping with that indescribable ‘home away from home’ feel. The selection of beers, wines and whiskies is sublime, the old school essence much appreciated and the character-filled nooks and crannies made for non-sequential ramblings with old friends. This is your place if you’re looking for a fuss-free local with first-class outdoor patio provisions.
The Blackbird Bar And Restaurant
Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Contemporary, Pub Grub, British, $$$
is a welcomed retreat at the end of any work day. The exceedingly hip industrial-chic vibe is continued in the patio with its orange plant pots adding pops of personality and leafy additions creating a cool jungalow kind of vibe. Relatively compact in size, this beauty is great for date nights and intimate chats. Don’t even get us started on the inside — it also oozes some serious #décorgoals! For the thirsties and foodies, the cocktails, coffee and contemporary Scottish cuisine is on point.
The Pear Tree
Bar, Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$$
The Pear Tree
can do no wrong. This cheery Edinburgh drinking staple is always there for you, come rain or shine, with its repertoire of exceptionally priced drinks and charming appeal. Although the comfy chairs, crackling fire and wooden cavernous flair is faultless, the beer garden is where the real magic happens. Suited to summer days, dozens of sizable picnic benches punctuate the quaint cobbled stones, creating a win-win al fresco drinking situation. The mammoth screen for game days is fun, the bar nuts are surprisingly tasty and the guest ales welcomed.