Best Beer Gardens In Glasgow

Summertime, and the livin' is easy. Okay, so we don't exactly get much sunshine in our city, but when we do, it's safe to say that we slap on that SPF and make the most of it. Luckily for us, there are some cracking places to drink outdoors, ideal for setting up camp with a round of cocktails until day turns to night. So, get ready to soak up those rays while you sip and dine alfresco-style with our guide to Glasgow's beer gardens.

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Last updated on 6th June 2024




Grosvenor Casino Riverboat

Take to the terrace at Grosvenor Casino Riverboat for stunning views of the Clyde. You can enjoy waterside dining on dishes like crispy scampi bites, Korean barbecue noodles or haloumi burgers, while sipping on beers, wines and spirits from all around the world. And after you've soaked up all that sun, plenty of entertainment awaits inside - think live sports, roulette and poker to name a few.

All Bar One Glasgow

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A packed-out spot whatever the weather, All Bar One on Argyle Street is home to one of the best outdoor bars in Glasgow city centre - thanks to tables overlooking the bustling St Vincent street. Swing by the nightlife hub for alfresco cocktails or a gourmet feast of brunch classics complete with plenty of prosecco, Korean chicken burgers and nachos smothered in cheese.

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Ark Glasgow

Much loved by the student community and sports fans looking for some nail-biting action, Ark is a summer favourite thanks to its generous outdoor space. The cocktails here are all under a tenner, with classic concoctions and signature serves like the Posh Totty spritz with elderflower cordial. Just remember to head down early as this beer garden in Merchant City is a popular hotspot that fills up quickly.

The Lauder's

Look out over the bustling streets of Glasgow while you relax with a bev at The Lauder's' beer garden. This lot pour a pretty perfect pint of Guinness, alongside classic cocktails like pina coladas or a Long Island iced tea for as little as £6.25. All of this pairs well with a menu of gourmet burgers, stone-baked pizzas and loaded mac 'n' cheese, as well as regular live music to keep you entertained.

The Old Smiddy Inn, Glasgow

Take your drinking outside at The Old Smiddy Inn's adorable beer garden, which comes with picnic benches, colourful parasols and lots of verdant shrubbery. Indulge in a range of classic cocktails while in good company, before delving into the delish food menu - which features katsu chicken burgers, creamy mac 'n' cheese and three small plates for £9.49.

O'Neill's Grand Central

To sip on drinks in a sunny Glasgow beer garden, look no further than O'Neill's Grand Central's spacious alfresco area. Head here and you'll get the chance to tuck into bottomless brunches of pizza and cocktails, or enjoy affordable pints of Guinness alongside three for £13 tapas plates like calamari strips and barbecue cauliflower bites.

The Howgait, Glasgow

This traditional city centre boozer boasts a fantastic, grassy beer garden which truly soaks up the sun. Sip on seasonal real ales or refreshing cocktails like a passionfruit iced tea or the Berry Blush, as well as tasty dishes like a bacon cheeseburger, chicken katsu curry or three small plates for just £9.99.

The Bank Cafe Bar, Glasgow

The Bank Cafe Bar, situated on the outskirts of the city, has a number of outdoor seats where you can knock back sips in the sunshine. Whether you fancy draught lager, real ale or a glass of wine, this joint has got you covered - and you can even get 25% off beer towers every Saturday. Plus, there's a load of tasty grub to get stuck into as well, from Korean chicken skewers and smoky barbecue nachos to plant-based burgers.

WEST On The Green

WEST On The Green is one of the best Glasgow pubs with a beer garden, boasting a huge lawn space that's ideal for enjoying German grub like wurst platters, mushroom schnitzel and curry dogs, alongside alfresco pints. Housed in the iconic Templeton Carpet Factory building, this brewery, restaurant and pub is a heaving destination when the sun's out.

Bothy Glasgow

Fancy a gorgeous space for outdoor drinking in Glasgow's West End? Bothy has got you welly and truly covered. Its pretty alfresco area offers a number of parasol-covered tables alongside luscious foliage and a top-notch selection of thirst-quenching tipples, with a Scottish-led menu that features everything from pan-seared seabass to red wine-glazed ox cheek.

Auctioneers

Kick back in the sunny beer garden at Auctioneers, a welcoming pub situated just off of George Square. They've got quirky cocktails galore, from the Jägermeister cold brew coffee to a strawberry pornstar martini, as well as a cracking pint of Guinness. As for food, expect barbecue pulled beef tacos, chargrilled chicken burgers and stone-baked pizzas topped with mac 'n' cheese.

BrewDog Merchant City - Glasgow

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When it comes down to first-class beer gardens, BrewDog Merchant City is up at the top of our list thanks to flights of craft beer that taste even better in the sun. Not only does it have a fabulous outdoor space, perfect for those alfresco afternoons, but there's also a menu made up of mouthwatering American eats up for grabs - think buffalo chicken burgers and cauliflower wings.

Republic Bier Halle

If you're seeking out the best bars in Glasgow for groups, Republic Bier Halle is the perfect place for a thirst-quenching stein in the sunshine. Affectionately named the bier garden, this vibrant hub is made even better when the frozen cocktails come out to play. And if you're hungry? These guys are cooking up thin and crispy stone-baked pizzas, as well as hotdogs, salads or nachos.

Saint Luke's & The Winged Ox

With a stellar lineup of music and art events, St Luke's is the place for live entertainment. You can also catch the football on a big screen inside or sip on a special craft beer in the garden at The Winged Ox bar and kitchen, which always promises good times. And if you fancy a more creative tipple, try out their signature cocktails like the Tennessee Peach Fizz or a D'Mango Unchained.

Inn Deep

Perched on the beautiful banks of the River Kelvin, Inn Deep gives you a wealth of waterside views to take in as you sun yourself on the terrace. As it's one of the best places to drink outdoors in Glasgow, craft beer fiends flock here for hops and a menu of hearty accompaniments like Angus burgers, tacos or spicy chicken pizza. 

Van Winkle

This East End boozer brings a slice of America to Glasgow, serving up comfort food like delicious pizza and naughty wings alongside dirty burgers. These guys also specialise in classic American bourbons, as well as having an in-house smoker to cook meat dishes on. Nab a spot in the cosy beer garden and let the sun-soaking, cocktail-slurping and sharing board-grazing commence. Even better? They've got a second venue in the West End too.

Drygate

Come rain or shine, this Duke Street spot is a beer lover's haven, armed with craft pints and a sprawling outdoor garden - featuring picnic tables and covered areas. Glasgow's first experiential craft brewery is the ideal spot to catch all the rays when heatwave weather is here, with a menu of crispy chicken bao buns, classic cheeseburgers and Thai red curry to keep you fuelled.