Al Fresco Drinking in Glasgow
"Glasgow" and "al fresco drinking" don't often go hand in hand. But on a few days of the year, the sun shines down on the city and people flock to outdoor terraces and courtyards before grey skies inevitably return. So you want to be prepared, and be ahead of the posse. Luckily for you, we've prepared a list of the best bars in Glasgow for al fresco drinking, (we're too kind) from beer gardens and decking to street side tables and rooftop terraces. So neck time the sun rears its head, you're ready to make a dash for it, drink in hand with our guide to al fresco drinking in Glasgow.
Last updated on 18th July 2016
A staple when it comes to drinking outside in Glasgow, Brel is prime pickings for al fresco nights in the city. Not only is their beer garden one of the prettiest in town, it's the ultimate sun trap and consistently buzzing come rain or shine.
Beer and beer gardens combined? Sure, the city has plenty, but when it comes to al fresco drinking in Glasgow, it's Drygate that comes up trumps. Not only promising some of the best in independently brewed beer, their sun trap is a charming hustle to boot.
While come rain or shine, beer will always be in abundance at West Brewery, it's when the shine comes out that Glasgow pint punters make the very most of it. Join them not only for great golden glugs, but some of the best beer garden drinking in the city.
A name that's known the city over for boasting some of the best al fresco seating in Glasgow, Ubiquitous Chip by no means have time to waste when it comes to providing glugging punters with the ultimate in sunshine and foliage drinking experience.
The Social is a brilliant place to stop and refuel after a busy shopping day in the sun. Street-side tables give this Glasgow bar, a European café vibe, so you can see why it's so popular during the summer months. The Merchant City bar offers plenty of promotions on food and drinks throughout the day, making it a prudent choice for al fresco drinking or dining.
The Ark is popular with students and sun worshippers alike. Home to one of Glasgow's biggest beer gardens, you can enjoy your bevvies outside and maybe even strike it lucky and happen upon a mouthwatering BBQ night. With cheap drinks and fun times this is the bar for lively al fresco drinks in Glasgow.
The folks at Moskito have created a cool beer garden in the courtyard of their Bath Street bar, drawing a surge of Glasgow's al fresco drinkers. Good food, great cocktails and chilled summertime vibes, make this Glasgow bar the perfect lazy day setting, and what al fresco drinking is all about.
What we here at DesignMyNight Glasgow would consider one of the cities hidden gems, Saramago may not be one of the biggest names on the Glasgow al fresco scene, but it's not one to be looked over lightly. Head on down for perfectly fresh fare in their charming, outdoor space.
Those canny folk at Bar Soba couldn't have picked a better spot for their pop-up location - a completely outdoor seating area bang in the middle of Buchanan Street, just off their fixed abode at Mitchell Lane. Bringing Asian street food to Glasgow's busiest thoroughfare, and catching those hankering for a sunny day cocktail al fresco.
Argyle Street has plenty to say for itself when it comes to al fresco dining in Glasgow. Not only part part, part liquor house and part seafood restaurant, those looking to savour some rays can head into their cutesy beer garden for Vitamn D to the extreme.