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Outdoor eating and drinking

Outdoor eating and drinking in Glasgow

Outdoor eating and drinking in Glasgow

There’s no better place to be when the sun shines in Glasgow. Whether you're after a rooftop or a beer garden to catch the rays, here are our top picks for eating and drinking al fresco in the city.

Roof terraces

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Mackintosh at the Willow

The historic Mackintosh at the Willow has a rooftop terrace where they serve nibbles and drinks. Visit mackintoshatthewillow.com to book a table at this south-facing suntrap, which includes views of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed chimney - a hidden architectural treasure!

Malones Irish Bar

The Magners Rooftop Cider Garden at Malones is perfect for all-weather with its outdoor heating. The bar has a relaxed vibe complete with a BBQ station, picnic tables, and bespoke VIP booths with built-in ice buckets. Located right in the centre, this is the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon alfresco. Follow Malones Instagram to find out more.

Radisson Red Sky Bar

Located at the top of the Radisson Red hotel in Finnieston, the stylish sky bar boasts incredible panoramic views over the city and River Clyde. As well as the views, enjoy their innovative cocktails and live music from resident DJs every weekend. Go to www.redskybar.com to book.

Ubiquitous Chip

Small but perfectly formed, the roof terrace at Ubiquitous Chip is a hidden gem in the west end. The perfect suntrap, it comes equipped with a mobile cover and heaters for when the sun goes down. Their wine menu is particularly impressive, as well as their locally-sourced brasserie menu. Book at ubiquitouschip.co.uk.

Cafes

Singl-end Merchant City and Garnethill

Singl-end are known for their epic brunches with all the trimmings, not to mention the delicious cakes. Both locations have outdoor seating, are family and dog friendly, and are fully accessible. Visit thesingl-end.co.uk to book.

Kilmurry & Co

Taking you through from brunch to dinner, Kilmurry & Co offer a spacious outdoor seating area. Enjoy their pancake stacks, bagels or ciabatta along with a coffee or a fine wine in the sunshine. Go to kilmurryandco.co.uk to browse their menu.

Beer gardens

Sloans

One of the city’s oldest pubs, Sloans, has a lovely, picturesque courtyard. Head through the archway from Argyle Street and discover a quaint outdoor dining and drinking spot with fairy lights and murals. If you get hungry, try their legendary mac ‘n’ cheese. Visit Sloans' website to book.

Chinaski’s

Named after Charles Bukowski’s literary alter ego, Chinaski’s heated outdoor terrace and beer garden is perfectly located for a central meet-up. Grab a bite to eat if you’re hungry, and at the weekend their DJs create an upbeat atmosphere. Find out more at chinaskis.co.uk

Brel

At the end of the cobbles of Ashton Lane, you’ll find Brel. Their beer garden is a popular spot in the summer, perfect for drinking classic cocktails or cold beers. Though if it is a bit cooler, you can still enjoy their heated, covered patio area and firepits. Visit brelbar.com for more info.

The Social

Set in the spacious Royal Exchange Square, The Social has a pretty beer garden with stylish furniture and floral arrangements. Give their experimental cocktails (and mocktails!) a try, with food options including shared plates and pizzas. Visit The Social online to book.

Bier Halle

Right in the heart of it all is Bier Halle who has been running a successful outdoor terrace on Gordon Street for years. Prepped with heaters, lighting and tents for a full rain cover, Bier Halle offers a great city centre outdoor spot. Expect a huge range of beers and 2-4-1 pizzas. Book in advance at Bier Halle's website.

Cottiers

Formerly a church (and churchyard), this gorgeous outdoor garden is magical to visit all year round. Their extensive drinks list is suitable for all occasions and comes alongside an impressive menu, all of which you can enjoy on the terrace. Visit cottiers.com to book.

River views

The Clutha

Beloved by locals, The Clutha’s mural-covered beer garden looks onto the River Clyde. The perfect location for a sunny pint, you can also enjoy one of their delicious pizzas. Visit The Clutha’s Facebook page for more.

Cranside Kitchen

Cranside Kitchen brings together Glasgow's best restaurants in an open-air courtyard. Located on the banks of the River Clyde, enjoy food from Halloumi, Xi’an and YUZU alongside new rotating food and drink pop-ups. Find out more at cransidekitchen.co.uk.

Inn Deep

Situated on the banks of the River Kelvin, Inn Deep offers plenty of craft beer and pub grub. If you need a bit of warmth, they also have tables under the archway with heaters. For those who want to bring their furry friends along, dogs are encouraged. Visit inndeep.com to find out more.

Restaurants

Mharsanta

Enjoy a pot of mussels with a cold beer in the beautiful Merchant City. Their outdoor menu includes Scottish delights, such as Stornoway black pudding fritters and prime Scottish steak burgers topped with Ramsay of Carluke bacon & Scottish cheddar. Book via mharsanta.co.uk.

The Dam

The pedestrianised cobbled streets of the Merchant City are ideal for outdoor dining and drinking with many options, including The Dam on Brunswick Street. Billed as ‘no-frills, all fun’, The Dam’s menu includes burgers, club sandwiches and loaded fries with a great range of beers on tap and bottled. Explore the menu at thedamglasgow.com.

Kelp

Located in Cowcaddens, Kelp is a sustainable Scottish seafood restaurant. Enjoy small plates including, hand-dived Barra scallop ceviche and whisky and treacle cured salmon in their garden. Complete the experience by sipping inventive cocktails like the Harris Kelp Martini. To book head to Kelp's website.

Five March

Five March’s terrace is a perfect suntrap, away from the hustle and bustle, and close to Kelvingrove Park. Enjoy vibrant sharing plates, seasonal cocktails, and organic wines in a laid-back atmosphere. Visit Five March's website to view the menu.

Van Winkle

If you’re in the mood for a Kentucky BBQ inspired menu, head to Van Winkle in Gallowgate. Sip on a few beers or bourbons alongside their tasty dishes in their spacious beer garden. You can even book a private outdoor booth for up to 6 people. Find out more at vanwinkle.co.uk.

Craft Breweries

Drygate

Located just off Duke Street, Drygate is Glasgow’s first experiential craft brewery. Whether you opt for the yard or the terrace, freshly poured, quality pints are guaranteed. And the beer's not all they're good at, if the sunshine makes you hungry, check out their excellent food menu. Visit drygate.com for more info.

West on the Green

Boasting a huge beer garden overlooking Glasgow Green, West on the Green is the ideal spot for a sunny day. Located in the iconic Templeton Carpet Factory building, this brewery, restaurant and pub offers a blend of Germany in Glasgow. Find out more at westbeer.com.

Article last updated: May 2022

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