Edinburgh's best beer gardens
A stylish main street bar serving craft beer and contemporary food, with a sizeable leafy snug out the back.
Edinburgh’s best multi-arts venue comes into its own as a bustling hub during the Festival month of August, but the courtyard space in the centre of this former vet school is a year-round destination for drinkers and diners at its Royal Dick bar.
Overshadowed by the tall Cowgate buildings around it, there's no question this is one of Edinburgh's most bustling beer gardens, particularly at night and with a huge screen showing sports.
Open a matter of days at the time of writing, this new Porty local from the co-owner of Lioness of Leith has a nice outdoor garden to the rear featuring a Caribbean-style kitchen shack serving barbecue-style street food from around the world.
Another of the city’s most illustrious and iconic beer gardens, the student favourite Pear Tree – although merely a decent wee pub – has a large amount of bustling, cobbled courtyard space with picnic tables and live bands during the festival.
Set right on Portobello promenade and yards from the beach, the Espy’s idyllic outdoor area is open all year round, serving good food, breakfasts and typically friendly local pub fare inside.
Part of Edinburgh’s A Room in... mini-chain, Teuchter’s Landing serves great craft beers and affordable, mug-based bar snacks on the small fixed pontoon moored where the Shore’s dock meets the Water of Leith.