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A Look at Some of Edinburgh's Best Beer Gardens to Soak up the Summer Sun

It is officially the height of summer and, therefore, the time of year when it’s acceptable to get excited about a spot of al fresco beer-drinking while soaking up some rays from the elusive Scottish sun.

One of the great things about Edinburgh is that there’s a number of great spots, even within walking distance of the city centre, where you can relax and enjoy a drink in the summer sun. With that in mind, here’s our list of the best beer gardens on offer in Edinburgh this summer.

The Blackbird

This urban bar in Bruntsfield was the proud winner of the Scottish Style Award 2013 and has the self-proclaimed ‘best beer garden in Edinburgh’, and it’s hard to argue. Also boasting a great restaurant.

The Blackbird has both ‘All-Day’ and ‘Breakfast’ menus to accompany their extensive list of cocktails and craft beers.

The Cumberland Bar

The Cumberland Bar’s secluded beer garden in New Town offers a sophisticated array of real ales, wines and spirits. This classic Victorian bar is the place to go if you fancy a cosy Sunday Roast and, fortunately, the interior has as an open fire if the sun decides to stay hidden.

The Pond

This charming bar boasts a heated beer garden with a private pond to sit round while enjoying one of their renowned BBQs. The Pond, situated at The Shore in Leith, also offers live music from DJs and bands of all genres every month on a Friday night. It promises to be one hell of a night to kick-start your weekend in the best way.


Dalriada, ‘Edinburgh’s Bar on the Beach’, is situated on Portobello promenade. The family-run, independent bar has a constantly changing beer menu, with ales from local breweries and an extensive list of malt whiskies. Its relaxed beer garden is maybe best enjoyed alongside one of its hilarious comedy nights.

The Three Sisters

If you’re looking for something a bit livelier, The Three Sisters has the go-to beer garden for sports fans. Showing all manner of sports matches on an obscenely large outdoor TV round-the- clock, it’s the perfect place to watch the game, set or match over a cold pint.

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