It’s fair to say that Glasgow isn’t known for its great weather. In fact in summer, you’re probably more likely to experience grey clouds and rain showers than blue skies and soaring temperatures. However, Glaswegians do know how to make the most of it when the sun finally does come out.
So we’ve put together a list of the best beer gardens the city has to offer: perfect for soaking up the sun on a summer afternoon.
46 NORTH FREDERICK STREET, G1 2BS
SUBWAY STOP: BUCHANAN STREET
Found in the heart of the city, The Ark is a lively pub and sports bar boasting the largest beer garden in Glasgow. Popular with students thanks to its location next to Strathclyde University, the pub’s large, split-level outdoor space has a bustling, lively atmosphere with everything from smaller booths for a quiet chat, to open areas for bigger groups.
445 GREAT WESTERN ROAD, KELVINBRIDGE, G12 8HH
SUBWAY STOP: KELVINBRIDGE
Definitely more of a cosy terrace than a fully-fledged beer garden, the outdoor area at Inn Deep is nevertheless one of the best places in the city for catching some rays. This hidden spot offers guests views out over the water and the park beyond, as well as the impressive Great Western Road Bridge. Inn Deep has an impressive offering of craft beer and real ale – all served under its atmospheric arches.
17 BYRES ROAD, G11 5JY
SUBWAY STOP: KELVINHALL
Hipster paradise Record Factory boasts a spacious, eclectic beer gardens at its rear. Featuring leather sofas, picnic tables, and even a small stage, the outdoor space is very popular on sunny days and regularly hosts outdoor performances. Grab your drink, snare a sofa and chill out in the sun while listening to live music – what could be better?
TEMPLETON BUILDING, GLASGOW GREEN, G40 1AW
Much more than just a pub, WEST is an institution of German brewing tradition in Glasgow. The only brewery in the UK to produce all of its beers and lagers in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516, West Brewery sums up its ethos as ‘Glaswegian heart, German head.’ Situated on Glasgow Green, its beer garden looks out onto both the park and the beautiful façade of the Templeton Building.
Top tip: why not book a tour to learn more about the micro-brewery and the German purity law?
93-95 HYNDLAND STREET, G11 5PU
SUBWAY STOP: HILLHEAD
A hidden gem in the heart of Glasgow, Cottiers is a theatre-cum-bar-cum-restaurant housed in a beautifully renovated church. If that wasn’t enough to pique your interest, Cottiers boasts a lovely, leafy beer garden, where you’ll find a regular BBQs (with an extensive menu) and even a pig roast every Sunday – and don’t forget to sample their collection of world beers.
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