10 of the best beer gardens in the UK

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best beer gardens

by Niamh Brodie |
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Let’s face it, who doesn't love a beer garden. And while it may be August already, it’s never too late to find an absolute gem to spend the last of summer in. From London all the way to Birmingham, our pals over at DesignMyNight have come up with their favourite beer gardens in the UK. Whether you’re after a floral-covered terrace on Regent’s Canal or craving a secret rooftop in Brighton, here’s to an endless summer.

Best beer gardens in London

People's Park Tavern

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People’s Park Tavern in Hackney is a certified gem. Both a cutesy village pub and brewery, the huge beer garden is what dreams are made of. You’ll find plenty of benches to sit on, tonnes of bunting and a scattering festoon lights for when night falls. Also coming up trumps when it comes to entertainment, have a go at Plonk’s Crazy Golf course, a 9 hole plot with water hazards and loops for you to enjoy in between drinks.

Rolling Stock

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No list of beer gardens is complete without mentioning East London favorite: Rolling Stock. Situated on Kingsland Road, this spot not only boasts a bar, gallery and underground club, its beer garden is something special. Packed with benches and orange umbrellas, it’s the huge mural on the bare brick wall that your eyes will be glued to. Also boasting cocktails such as the Jack The Stripper and a Strawberry Tart, you’ll know where to find us this summer.

The Jam Tree Chelsea

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If you're looking for a brilliant beer garden in London, look no further than The Jam Tree in Chelsea. Seemingly made for boozy days in the sun, the garden is full of charmed seating areas; think long benches and undercover spots in case the weather isn’t playing ball. The Jam Tree also boasts a BBQ area, and if you head down on every other Thursday this month, you'll be able to feast on a free Hog Roast.

Pop Brixton

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Pop Brixton is no ordinary beer garden, it’s got street food vendors in shipping containers, pop-up bars, a functioning greenhouse and plays host to plenty of fun events all year round. All contained in a mini village-like layout, weave your way through colourful spaces of food and drink. All covered with festoon lights and multicoloured lanterns, this is the perfect place to have a beer and chill, or simply dance the night away.

Proud East

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Proud East might be more of an outdoor terrace than beer garden, but that’s not to say it wasn’t made for this list. Sitting pretty on the banks of Regent’s Canal, this waterside hotspot has a wooden seating area with different levels to chill on, all covered in pockets of colourful flowers. With DJ’s and pop-ups also making a regular appearance at this hotspot, it's the only place to spend the rest of summer.

The Four Thieves

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The Four Thieves’ beer garden is as unique as they come, proving that great things come in small packages. Called the Gin Yard, it’s where they grow the lavender for their gin (stocking over 70 types) and it’s got a love-at-first-sight effect. Its quirky decoration involves green and red festoon lighting, comfy vintage seats and artwork adorning the walls.

Best beer garden in Liverpool

The Merchant

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If you're after a trendy beer garden in Liverpool, there’s no finest spot than The Merchant. This suntrap of a garden is styled with exposed brick, green foliage, red leather benches, astroturf and the odd neon sign. Sporting a botanical theme throughout the venue, if the weather doesn't play ball, take refuge and still feel like you’re in the great outdoors.

Best beer garden in Birmingham

The Old Crown

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The Old Crown in Birmingham might be a golden oldie, set in Grade II and dating back to 1368, but its beer garden will have you at hello. Decorated with colourful bunting, festoon lights, vintage suitcases, a few pom poms and a pinstripe cover if the rain comes, it’ll look a treat on your Instagram. The Old Crown also hosts a dazzling array of events: from weekly garden parties, gin tastings and themed quizzes.

Best beer garden in Manchester

Dukes 92

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If you're a sucker for canalside views and booze, the patio beer garden at Dukes 92 has your name written all over it. This huge space is littered with pretty trees and has plenty of cushioned benches to sit on, with huge white umbrellas if the sun (or rain) beckons. This is the ultimate al fresco drinking spot for this summer, and did we mention they serve Frose?

Best beer garden in Brighton

Grand Central

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Think beautiful beer gardens don’t exist above ground level? Well think again, because Brighton’s Grand Central is harbouring a stunning garden terrace on their secret rooftop. With a scattering of multicoloured seats, pockets of flowers and dainty tables, it’s the perfect stop for summertime sipping.

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