Best Beer Gardens in Glasgow
Summer is slowly crawling its way towards Glasgow, and as the temperature SOARS (by our standards) into the mid to high teens for the best part of a week or two, many of the city’s inhabitants will be looking to go taps aff in their local beer garden. Due to our generally dreich climate, Glasgow doesn’t exactly boast the best selection of beer gardens, but there are still a good few gems right across the city, read on for our pick of the bunch!
WEST Templeton Building, Glasgow Green, G40
The East End’s not particularly well represented when it comes to great Glasgow bars, and while WEST probably can’t quite be considered East End, it’s at least going in that direction. The great thing about drinking here in the summer is that you basically have all of Glasgow Green at your disposal! While the official beer garden is comprised of just 10 or so picnic benches out the front, there’s loads of grass all round the building which will be heaving with revellers on a sunny day. Read our full review here.
Brel Ashton Lane, G12
Recently done up, Brel’s beer garden is better than ever with a comfortable patio area with tables for dining outside, as well as the famed grassy mound. Definitely one of the best beer gardens on Ashton Lane, and an excellent bar to boot.Read our full review here.
Cottier’s 93-95 Hyndland Street, G11
A bar, restaurant and theatre, Cottiers is located in a picturesque converted church in the West End (just a couple of minutes walk from Byres Road). The grounds surrounding it are now a fantastic beer garden with plenty of tables.
Lock 27 1100 Crow Road, G13
Way out west (near Anniesland), you’re probably not going here unless you happen to live in the area or be passing through, but this sizeable beer garden overlooking the canal is a real gem on a hot summer’s day.
Chinaski’s 239 North Street, G3
A hidden gem within a hidden gem! We went to Chinaski’s, the un-signed bar at Charing Cross, so many times without even realising you could go out the back. Head down some steps to this sunken, urban, chilled out beer garden. And the bar itself has a fantastic beer selection to boot.
Clockwork Beer Company 1153-1155 Cathcart Road, G42
Representing the south, Clockwork Beer Company is a brilliant pub at any time of year thanks to their on-site brewery and the amazing beverages it produces. The place comes alive in summer though, with a fantastic sized and very nicely maintained beer garden.
Babbity Bowster 16-18 Blackfriars Street, G1
The Merchant City certainly isn’t one for spacious beer gardens, although most of the bars particularly along Candleriggs have a few tables outside. On the other side of Merchant Square lies Babbity Bowster, a small pub with a small but very pleasant little sun trap of a garden. Drinks are on the pricey side though!
Inn Deep 445 Great Western Road, G12
A bit of an honorable mention here as, while Inn Deep’s outdoor space is pretty small and only has a few seats, its location right on the shore of the River Kelvin, with pleasant views across the river, the park below and up onto the bridge (Great Western Road) above it had to be included. A very pleasant place to relax on a sunny afternoon, if you can get a space. Read our full review here.
There you have it! We hope you’ll get out and try a few of these amazing Glasgow pubs’ and bars’ beer gardens, and don’t hesitate to connect with us on Facebook or Twitter if you have any favourites of your own.