Edinburgh’s Best Beer Gardens
We have been blessed with an unusual number of sunny days so far this summer. While we Scots are certainly not going to complain, with such inexperience you could be forgiven for not knowing the best beer gardens to go to when such a wonder of nature occurs. If you are visiting Edinburgh now is the time to jump into action and get yourself into a beer garden! So, with not a moment to lose, we set about compiling a list of some of the best beer gardens that Edinburgh has to offer. From craft gins to cocktails, mocktails and everything in between, whatever your tipple, here are the creme de la creme. You can thank us later!
129 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QG
Nestled within a quiet corner of Fountainbridge Quay and a short walk from our Grove Street apartments, this Swedish-style bar and restaurant holds a prime position overlooking Edinburgh’s stunning Union Canal. Known for its tantalising menu comprising authentic Scandi dishes as well as homegrown cuisine, Akva also boasts one of the larger beer gardens of the city. Just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh’s financial hub, this stylish outdoor space is the perfect suntrap in the long summer evenings and ideal for groups enjoying a cold brew together after a long day at work.
Beer gardens photo provided by Akva ©
37-39 Leven Street, EH3 9LH
Are you looking for a bar which is home to the (self-proclaimed) best beer garden in Edinburgh? Winner of the Scottish Style award in 2013, The Blackbird is a firm favourite amongst residents of the Bruntsfield area. Boasting a spacious courtyard, it provides a little slice of serenity away from all the buzz of urban life. It’s an aesthetically pleasing space with industrial looking fixtures and leafy surroundings, giving it a cool sort of vibe. Softly lit corners and a chilled-out atmosphere make this the perfect hideaway on a warm summer’s evening.
Badger & Co.
32 Castle Street, EH2 3HT
If you are a book lover than this beer garden is the one for you. For a tasty tipple with a literary twist, visit Badger & Co. It’s a contemporary bar and restaurant within the former Georgian townhouse of Wind in the Willows author, Kenneth Grahame. Open from breakfast until late with a menu centred on bistro style pub-grub and an array of craft drinks, this unusual joint is reminiscent of an Edwardian-era gentlemen’s club. However, the real hidden gem is the small but perfectly formed beer garden outside. Voted as one of the best in the UK, it features an enormous mural created by local artist Chris Rutterford, detailing each of the riverbank characters we know and love.
The Pear Tree
38 West Nicholson Street, EH8 9DD
Located to the south of the city at the centre of Edinburgh’s student district, the Pear Tree pub is a historic building dating back as early as the 1700s. The former West Nicholson House has a long and varied history, reopening in 1982 as a public house. It is now a favourite of both locals and tourists alike and is a great bar for history lovers to frequent. Its main appeal of course is its large cobbled beer garden. Lined with picnic benches and adorned with twinkling lights, you can enjoy watching sporting events on the outdoor screen.
1-3 Cumberland Street, EH3 6RT
This beer garden make be a lesser known spot on the list but it’s a real hidden gem. The Cumberland Bar is a classic pub, tucked away on a residential street within Edinburgh’s eclectic New Town. Not too far away from Princes Street and George Street, Guests are provided with a welcome retreat after a long day of shopping; wet your whistle with a fabulous offering of ciders, ales and wines. The beer garden is one of the few to be found this side of town and offers a secluded and leafy setting, underneath a weeping willow tree. Visitors can retire indoors wand enjoy a traditional open fireplace when the weather gets too cold.
The Three Sisters
139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS
For unbeatable craic and an endless stream of Guinness, the Three Sisters pub is the place to be. Based in the heart of Edinburgh’s dirty ol’ Cowgate, this beloved Old Town boozer is known for its lively atmosphere and celtic charm. The bar takes it’s name from the MacKinnon Sisters, a trio of popular performers in the 1740s. The bar continues to be a hub of entertainment and socialisation today. With a large beer garden and 200” outdoor screen, it’s might just be the perfect place to watch this summer’s World Cup final.
7 Charlotte Lane, EH2 4QZ
If you fancy an informal dining experience but with all the style and flair of a more upscale eatery then look no further than Indigo Yard. Located within Edinburgh’s vibrant West End in a spot that’s slightly off the beaten path, this local favourite has long been regarded as one of the city’s trendiest hangouts. You’d be wise to try and grab a seat within the bar’s outdoor courtyard on a sunny day in Edinburgh. Set in comfortable and chic surroundings, it’s an excellent choice for date night or simply catching up with friends. Enjoy the rustic fixtures with their wide selection of ‘craft, cork and cocktails.’
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