Bristol city center beer gardens to enjoy the spring sunshine in

As the spring and summer months dawn and the weather takes a sunnier, warmer turn, many of us will be looking to venture to our local beer gardens to catch up with friends and family. Fortunately for us, here in Bristol there are plenty of city center pubs and bars that pride themselves on their outdoor spaces.

Whether you’re looking for iconic views, peace and quiet amidst the hustle and bustle, or a place where you can relax, Bristol has a lot to offer. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best pub gardens, terraces and other places near the city center that would be perfect additions to any summer pub crawl.

There are so many to mention just outside the city centre, such as the many pubs and bars on Gloucester Road (like the Royal Oak), and in the Hotwells area (like The Pump House or the Grain Barge), and places with an iconic sight like the White Lion in Clifton. There’s enough to compile separate lists for each neighbourhood, watch this space, but we’re looking mostly at BS1 this time.

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If you have a venue with a great beer garden that should have been on this list, or one that we may compile in the future, please let us know in the comments below.


ADDRESS: Podium level, Colston/Beacon Tower, Colston Street, BS1 4XE

Bambalan is situated right in the center of the city and is one of Bristol’s most beloved drinking, dining and music destinations, claiming to have “the best rooftop terrace in the city with unrivaled views across the city”. Their menu features Mediterranean-inspired small plates as well as wood-fired sourdough pizzas, all of which can be enjoyed alongside seasonal cocktails, draft beers, wines, and more.

For those looking for more of a party atmosphere, some of Bristol’s best DJs perform on the terrace every weekend. Or, you can settle for a weekend brunch, dessert, and more throughout the day.

the cornubia

ADDRESS: 142 Temple St, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6EN

Tucked away on Temple Street in Redcliffe, The Cornubia is tucked away along a side street that you might not think of venturing into unless you know it’s there. Best known for its selection of real beers, it also has a secluded beer garden at the back with plenty of benches.

The ostrich

ADDRESS: Lower Guinea Street, Redcliffe, BS1 6TJ

The Ostrich sits on the edge of Harborside and features a huge riverside beer garden and a cozy two-story indoor space. Upstairs you’ll find the newly refurbished ‘Top Deck’ dining and bar space, which is available for private hire and has harbor views, while downstairs is the main bar space, perfect for a quiet pint and nibbles. something. eat.

Outside, The Ostrich has a Portside BBQ serving American-inspired street food in what they call “one of Bristol’s best beer gardens, with a mix of sunbathing seating areas, shady spots and our indoor, heated teepees.” all weather.” The Ostrich is kid- and dog-friendly and also serves Butcombe beer, cocktails and an extensive rum menu, a nod to its roots as a quayside inn.

Its sister pub, the Cottage Inn, also has an outdoor seating area with one of the best views of the floating harbour, but like the ostrich, you’ll have to get there fast on a sunny day to get a seat.

King Street Brewery

ADDRESS: 13 Welsh Back, BS1 4RR

Situated on the cobbled corner of King Street and Welsh Back by the water, King Street Brewhouse is a city center pub that boasts its own microbrewery producing a range of beers on tap and on tap, and also houses a restaurant in constant change. List of guest craft beers, local and from as far away as the US.

There are plenty of tables you can reserve downstairs, or rent The Tank Room in the basement. In addition, the cookhouse serves a large variety of pizzas that are served throughout the day from lunchtime until late.

Close to theaters, shops, and more in the hustle and bustle of the city, King Street Brewhouse is known for its variety of outdoor seating, where you can watch the world go by with friends and family over a cold drink.

The Apple

ADDRESS: Welsh Back, BS1 4SB

Being a city with a port, and plenty of locals who love a cider or two, The Apple is the perfect mix of both. This cider house is situated in a 1930s Dutch barge and serves traditional farmhouse ciders, right in the heart of Bristol.

There are plenty of outdoor seats, where you can look out over the water and on the plus side, those who haven’t yet trained their legs in the sea can stay safely on dry land and still enjoy all the charm of The Apple.

Full moon

ADDRESS: 1 North Street, Bristol, BS1 3PR

The Full Moon and Attic Bar is located just five minutes from the city center at the start of Stokes Croft and is “one of Bristol’s most popular and beloved pubs”. It offers a wide selection of lagers, ales, ciders, wines and spirits, with constantly changing guest beers.

It offers live music every night, DJ every weekend and you can even stay at the Backpacker Hotel or Boutique Rooms @ 144, all part of the ‘Full Moon experience’. When it comes to beer gardens, you may have seen The Full Moon’s in passing: it’s certainly psychedelic, with its Alice in Wonderland-esque sculpture of a caterpillar on a mushroom and plenty of covered seating, too.

All this against the backdrop of the impressive heavenly building.

barley cutting

ADDRESS: 30 Barton Road, St Philips, BS2 0LF

It’s not exactly the center of town, but if you’re heading back to Temple Meads or Old Market, stop at Barley Mow, tucked away on the edge of the residential area known as Dings. It’s home to one of Bristol’s best-loved Sunday roasts, and thanks to its proximity to the station, river and Bristol-Bath cycle path, you can get here by bus, train, bike or even ferry. This cozy pub is home to a wide selection of food and drink and has a ‘big beer garden’ as well as an upstairs flat you can rent via Airbnb.

Cafe Bar Arnolfini

ADDRESS: 16 Narrow spring, BS1 4QA

The Café Bar Arnolfini overlooks Bristol’s historic harbor in a picturesque location in the city centre. Managed by the award-winning Bristol Brewery, you can sample a wide selection of food and drink al fresco on the exclusive outdoor enclosed terrace, in addition to the indoor space.

Open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm Sunday to Thursday and from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, imagine looking out over the water while sipping a beer, wine or coffee and enjoying brunch with friends.

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