10 of the best beer gardens in Edinburgh for drinks in the sunshine

Spring is here, and with Edinburgh set to enjoy temperatures in the 20s in the coming days, thoughts will be turning to where to find a great beer garden for a few al fresco drinks.

By Group Reporter
Friday, 19th April 2019, 2:25 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd April 2019, 10:44 am
Edinburgh has many beer gardens to choose from
Edinburgh has many beer gardens to choose from

Scotland's capital boasts its fair share of pubs with outdoor spaces, from perennial favourites like The Pear Tree in Newington to newcomers like Cold Town on the Grassmarket. Here are 10 of the best.

This quirky pub is located next door to Barneys Beer and Pickerings Gin. Youll find it by venturing through the Summerhall courtyard and when the sun does put his hat on, head out front to the beer garden. 1 Summerhall Pl
Sunshine on Leith, anyone? This pub is the former waiting room for the Leith to Aberdeen steamboat ferry, so offers a unique twist on the beer garden as we know it: clientele can enjoy pints on a pontoon. 1c Dock Pl

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A new addition for 2019, this new bar and pizza restaurant on the Grassmarket enjoys arguably the best view in town. 4 Grassmarket
A slice of calm in the midst of Tollcross, The Blackbirds urban beer garden is the perfect place to sip some of Edinburghs best cold cocktails on a warm evening. 37-39 Leven St
Nestled in the New Town, the Cumberland offers a secluded but simple beer garden. The space includes picnic benches and a nice spot of greenery and theres a massive choice of ciders, ales and wines. 1-3 Cumberland St
Students, professionals and tourists flock to The Pear Tree on sunny days, so its lucky that this is probably the roomiest beer garden in Edinburgh. With picnic tables galore theres room for everyone. 38 West Nicolson St
Tucked in off popular Broughton Street, this beer garden may not always catch the sun, but its a great pre-club option with DJs in the bar, and a good-time crowd. 12A Broughton St Ln
Slap bang in the West End but it doesnt feel like it. Set on a cobbled lane, this bar attracts after-work drinkers by the dozen with its cocktails, food deals and small outdoor area. 7 Charlotte Lane
Occupying a prime position on The Shore, Leith's Finn and Bear has a decent-sized outdoor area - and you get to sample food from The Pantry, so it's great for brunch. 58 The Shore
If youre a sports fan The Three Sisters has the Edinburgh beer garden for you, complete with live games on an enormous screen, endless cold pints and a buzzing atmosphere. 139 Cowgate
There's a choice of outdoor spaces at The Raeburn in Stockbridge, so if the main beer garden fills up you can check out the elevated terrace overlooking the Accies rugby ground. 112 Raeburn Place