17th June 2024
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Bristol’s best beer gardens for a sun-soaked summer

Discover the best beer gardens in Bristol for a perfect summer experience. Unwind at these top outdoor venues with scenic views, great food and refreshing drinks. Make the most of the sunny days in Bristol's lively pub scene.
The best beer gardens at pubs and bars in Bristol for spring and summer

Bristol’s vibrant and ever-changing pub scene offers some of the best beer gardens for locals and visitors to relax and enjoy a refreshing drink during the summer months.

From historic harbourside spots to hidden suntraps, Bristol’s beer gardens provide a perfect retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. This guide takes you through some of the best beer gardens in Bristol, perfect for soaking up the sun and sipping on your favourite tipple.

The Ostrich

The Ostrich harbourside pub with large terrace and outdoor bar on a sunny day in Bristol

Discover The Ostrich, situated on Bristol’s historic harbourside, boasting one of the city’s largest pub terraces. Recently revamped by Butcombe Brewery, The Ostrich now features an outdoor bar and food trailer alongside an abundance of benches for you to enjoy the sun.

The Pump House

The Pump House gastropub with spacious garden and people enjoying drinks near Bristol docks

Located in Hotwells where the city docks meet the River Avon, The Pump House offers fantastic boat-watching opportunities and a large garden surrounding the pub. This gastropub serves delicious food and boasts a gin selection of hundreds, making it the perfect spot for an indulgent summer evening.

The Spotted Cow

Vibrant beer garden at The Spotted Cow with wooden tables, murals, and twinkling fairy lights

Venture to North Street and check out The Spotted Cow, a charming pub with a vibrant beer garden adorned with wooden tables and murals. The walled garden at the rear provides a sunny oasis, while fairy lights transform the space into a magical retreat at night.

The Grain Barge

The Grain Barge pub boat with top deck open for alfresco dining and stunning harbour views

For unparalleled harbour views, visit The Grain Barge in Hotwells, a pub boat with a top deck dedicated to alfresco drinks and dining. Enjoy table service while soaking up the scenery on a warm summer day.

The Shakespeare (Redland)

Courtyard garden at The Shakespeare with tables, umbrellas, and fairy lights on a warm afternoon

The Shakespeare in Redland offers a courtyard garden that becomes a suntrap during warm afternoons. The garden is fully covered during winter, with heating lamps and fairy lights creating a cosy atmosphere throughout the year. Dogs are welcome, too!

Steam Bristol

Steam Bristol's covered terrace with stretch tents, lounge furniture, and people socialising outdoors

Steam boasts one of the largest covered and heated terraces in the city, complete with stretch tents and assorted lounge furniture. This quirky venue provides a unique outdoor space to unwind on sunny afternoons.

Tobacco Factory

Tobacco Factory's expansive outdoor space filled with people attending a beer festival or street food market

Experience the vast garden at the Tobacco Factory, one of the largest outdoor spaces in Bristol. This versatile venue hosts a variety of events, from beer festivals to street food markets, complete with an outdoor bar, pizza menu and live music on selected evenings.

The Full Moon

The Full Moon's lively beer garden with people socialising

Located at the junction of the city centre and Stokes Croft, The Full Moon offers a bustling atmosphere and a spacious beer garden perfect for people-watching and making new friends. Enjoy a slice of pizza from Pepe Nero’s pop-up kitchen, which caters to vegan and gluten-free diets.


Racks Bar & Kitchen's heated outdoor terrace with guests enjoying BBQ food and drinks in Clifton, Bristol

Nestled between Clifton Village and the Triangle, Racks Bar & Kitchen features an attractive terrace for summer days and cosy indoor alcoves for cooler months. The adjoining Clifton Hotel’s garden provides a suntrap for early evening cocktails and nibbles. Visit Racks for special offers on food and drink, as well as their summer BBQ offerings.

With a variety of fantastic beer gardens to explore, Bristol provides the perfect setting for a sun-soaked summer of outdoor socialising and relaxation.