There’s nothing quite like a balmy evening sitting outside drinking a pint of cold beer or glass of chilled white wine as the sun begins to set, but trying to find a suitable pub can be a bit tricky, so we’ve compiled a list of Edinburgh beer gardens.
The Beehive Inn is a former coaching inn in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket which serves real ales in a bustling friendly atmosphere.
The large garden to the rear, reached by a short corridor, is set with wooden tables and comfortable plastic chairs on terraced decking, with gentle lighting and garden heaters when the temperature drops. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the clientele range from the young laid back to middle aged professionals and the elderly.
Telephone: 0131 225 7171
Website: Beehive Inn
The Raeburn Hotel in Stockbridge is a stylish hotel with a restaurant and outside seating, either to the front of the building, the lower terrace adjacent to the bar or upstairs terrace.
The patio area to the front of the hotel is set with large wooden tables and benches, whilst the terrace has black rattan furniture and the lower terrace has wooden banquette seating. Both the terrace and the lower terrace have wonderful views across the Edinburgh Academics playing ground to Inverleith Park. The atmosphere is lively with young and trendy clientele on most evenings, but that’s not to say others aren’t equally welcomed.
Address: 112 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HG
Telephone: 0131 332 7000
Website: Raeburn Hotel
The Canny Man’s
Established in 1871 the Canny Man’s is a free house in Morningside which has been passed down through generations of the same family, which might explain its eclectic decor and home from home atmosphere.
The walled garden to the rear of the pub is set with glass topped metal tables and chairs (cushions are available) and a range of potted plants and hanging baskets. The ambience is busy yet relaxed and the clientele tend to be on the middle aged side, although that doesn’t appear to stop other age groups.
Address: 237 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4QU
Telephone: 0131 447 1484
Website: The Canny Man’s
The Golf Tavern
Established back in 1456, The Golf Tavern was used as the home of the Bruntsfield Links Society until the early 19th century.
The pub has a small outdoor area to the front set with wooden picnic style tables overlooking the links and although it’s popular with students the atmosphere is congenial enough for all age groups.
Address: 30-31 Wright’s Houses, Edinburgh, EH10 4HR
Telephone: 0131 221 5221
Website: The Golf Tavern
Probably most famous for its Christmas lights, the summer months see the Dome on George Street open its Garden Cafe to the rear of the building for light food menu with an Italian twist.
The gardens are set with marble topped metal tables and comfortable metal framed whicker chairs. Although not strictly speaking a beer garden, diners are not rushed to vacate tables so many a happy hour can be whiled away in the cool shade of the surrounding buildings or parasols. As the cafe is really more restaurant style it tends to cater towards those in their mid twenties upwards.
Address: 14 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PF
Telephone: 0131 624 8624
Website: The Dome
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