Looking for roof gardens in Manchester? Doghouse's sky-high beer haven is just the place to sip on craft brews, tuck into tacos and soak up the sun. And if you prefer to stay on the ground, sister bar BrewDog has a small but perfectly formed outdoor space.
Beer Gardens In Manchester
Sure, this city's one rainy son of a gun, but when the sun shines? Boy, do these boozers come up trumps. From canal-side spaces and rooftop gardens to suburban romps, these watering holes make a pretty great name for themselves when it comes to outdoor drinking. Slather yourself in some SPF and get your drinks order ready, as we present our guide to the best beer gardens in Manchester.
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Last updated on 15th January 2024
Fancy quaffing a few ice-cold brews in a top-notch Manchester beer garden? Then make your way to The Metropolitan. Located in West Didsbury, this popular venue offers a green-adorned outdoor space, which is perfect for alfresco pours. If you're hungry, tuck into a sharing board.
A venue hosting bottomless brunch, garden parties and more, GRUB is also boasting a gorgeous beer garden. From summers spent sipping cocktails and grabbing street food to soaking up the sun, this place offers it all.
While being one of the best bars in Manchester, Sunset by Australasia also has some gorgeous outdoor space. While it may not technically be a beer garden, the floral-adorned terrace is an absolute must in the warmer months, offering a prime location for sipping cocktails in the sun.
With a staggering whisky collection and traditional decor, The Briton's Protection is a great pub with bundles of character. Their beer garden is one of Manchester's finest with seating and parasols to offer shade, relaxation and comfort to those alfresco drinkers intent on soaking up some rays.
The Alchemist might be known for their swish cocktail bars across Manchester, but did you know their Spinningfields and waterside MediaCity venues also have outdoor space up their sleeve? Come here to drink and dine on their gorgeous patios.
With a gorgeous outdoor terrace overlooking the locks, Lock 91 is the perfect place for a spot of sunshine drinking. Kick back after work alongside colleagues or unwind with a cocktail and watch the world go by at this beautiful waterside bar.
Slug and Lettuce in Manchester's Spinningfields is a top choice for drinking outdoors, especially if you're looking to get plenty of bang for your buck. These guys are serving up affordable drinks on their fairy-lit decking, which is perfect for any after-work antics.
The perfect spot for an al fresco cocktail (or three), The Lawn Club boasts some of the best drinking pods in Manchester, pretty festoon lighting and plenty of green space adorned with deck chairs. Head here for Friday night drinks and tasty nibbles.
Enjoy a refreshing craft beer while overlooking the waterfront in Salford Quays at 11 Central, a restaurant and bar that has a wide range of tipples that'll tickle your fancy. Come for a couple and stay for the gin-making experience or a spot of live entertainment throughout the week. It has an incredibly tempting menu too, full of British favourites with a twist.
Sitting pretty just opposite the range of drinking destinations on Deansgate Locks, Atlas Bar is an iconic venue with lovely outdoor space. If you choose this beer garden, you can make your way through a staggering range of gins while basking in plenty of rays.
Thanks to both a rooftop space and a little beer garden at ground level, YES Manchester is one of the best places for your next lot of drinks outdoors. Better yet, you can pair your pours with vegan kebabs or pizza slices from the resident kitchen.
As well as cosy pub interiors and a large sun terrace overlooking the canal boats of the Castlefield Basin, The Wharf boasts plenty of outdoor seating, plus a barbecue serving up tasty grilled burgers and sandwiches. There's even a fountain for a little splash should the heat get too much.
It may be tucked away in Chorlton, but that doesn't stop The Beagle from having great alfresco game. Alongside a terrace space to enjoy their craft pints and hardy British dishes, there's a beer garden with painted murals, quirky furniture and fun aplenty.
While there's only a small smattering of tables, the beer garden sitting pert outside of Dockyard in Salford Quays is still a charmer. From its rustic benches and blossom trees to a cracking collection of craft beers and pub grub, this spot is a must for summer days.