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The 8 best beer gardens in Edinburgh

Enjoy a pint out in the sunshine at some of Edinburgh's best beer gardens

Arusa Qureshi
Written by
Niki Boyle
&
Arusa Qureshi
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Warm, sunny days – rare as they are in Scotland – do occasionally pop up, and when they do, it's in our best interests to make the absolute most of them. Some may head for the beach or the stunning Scottish outdoors, but if all you fancy doing is finding a local establishment and meeting some pals for a drink in the open air, we wouldn't blame you.

You'll already be well aware of the best pubs and bars to visit in Edinburgh, but for those places that serve pints that you can actually take outside, we've got you covered. Put on some sun cream and check out one or more of these beer gardens in the city.

Edinburgh's best beer gardens

  • Art
  • Arts centres

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.

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  • Restaurants
  • Gastropubs

Fancy a beer garden with a view of Edinburgh Castle? Look no further than the Grassmarket, where you'll find the laid-back rooftop terrace bar of Cold Town House. They serve their own Cold Town Beer, born and brewed in the city, plus pizzas, hanging grills, burgers and plenty more. 

The Three Sisters
  • Bars and pubs

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.

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On St. Leonard’s Lane, right by Holyrood Park, you'll find a 180-year-old building that has been beautifully renovated into a distillery, which you can tour and experience at your leisure. The folks at Holyrood Distillery make high-quality spirits but their Courtyard Bar is an excellent place to hang out in the sunshine too. You'll be able to try out their finest drinks, plus local beer options and food from nearby Luxford Burger, who will deliver direct from their kitchen to your table.

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  • Bars and pubs

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.

  • Bars and pubs
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.
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