Best for beer gardens in Edinburgh

Best for beer gardens in Edinburgh

Our top picks for where to catch some rays with a pint in hand


On those cherished days when the sun has got his hat on and the mercury nudges 'taps aff', make a beeline for one of Edinburgh's beer gardens. Or, whatever the weather, just wear a coat and pretend you're in Munich.

Barrelhouse Bar & Grill
35 Jocks Lodge, Edinburgh, EH8 7AA
This new bar's beer garden is shaping up to be something sweet for summer.
Read our review of Barrelhouse Bar & Grill

The Blackbird
37–39 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LH
Colourful, lively bar with good craic, great cocktails and a smart outdoor space. | read our review of The Blackbird

Guild of Foresters
40 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh, EH15 1DA
Convivial pub with generous portions, Scottish ales, and possibly the best beer garden in Porty. | read our review of Guild of Foresters

The Jaffle Joint
87 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh, EH15 1AW
Another Porty outdoor spot, this café-bar is full of games, music, and toasties.
Read our review of The Jaffle Joint

Teuchters Landing
1c Dock Place, Edinburgh, EH6 6LU
Relaxing waterfront pub doing Scottish food and drink very well – great deck and free sunscreen too. | read our review of Teuchters Landing

Woodland Creatures
260–262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EL
Craft ales, live music and good food with a practically Narnian entrance to their beer garden.
Read our review of Woodland Creatures

Eating & Drinking Guide 2017/18

Eating & Drinking Guide 2017/18

24th Edition published April 2017. Widely recognised as the most reliable, comprehensive and authoritative guide to eating out in more than 950+ restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
A The Blackbird
37–39 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LH
Colourful, lively bar popular with students and workers alike for its good craic and great cocktails.
B Woodland Creatures
260–262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EL
Under new ownership and with a fresh look, Woodland Creatures reinstates itself as one of Leith Walk’s finest comfort food, craft ale and live music establishments.
C Teuchters Landing
1c Dock Place, Edinburgh, EH6 6LU
A cosy bar brimming with character offering a wide selection of beers and good choice of hearty bar food.
D Barrelhouse Bar & Grill
35 Jocks Lodge, Edinburgh, EH8 7AA
A local Louisiana roadhouse offering blues, beer, cocktails, North American-inspired food and an impressive beer garden.
E Guild of Foresters
40 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh, EH15 1DA
A convivial pub with sound service, good food and a relaxed atmosphere, indoors and out.
F The Jaffle Joint
87 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh, EH15 1AW
Entertaining café-bar full of games, music, and toasties.