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On face value Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince weren’t adding much to human knowledge when they sang:
Summer, summer, summertime
Time to sit back and unwind
It’s sound advice and we all love the idea of ‘Just a little somethin' to break the monotony’ but work and chores keep getting in the way.
Well, we say no more! We say, it is the Summertime and it is your duty to yourself to ‘sit back and unwind’. The best place to do this is in a beautiful pub garden of course. So we’ve put together a list of pubs with great gardens to do just that.
This city loves the sun. Glasgow worships the warmer months… because it knows what a proper winter is like. So it’s ideal for finding sunny, fun outdoor venues.
Just 20 minutes from Partick, Brel is a fairytale garden which promises year-round outdoor fun thanks to the heated patio – they even have a fire pit for marshmallow toasting. Of course there’s no need for all that in the summertime and you can settle down with one of their 21 different gins and soak up the magic.
There are few family-friendly bar/restaurants to be found in buildings that are based on the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Very few, but West on the Green, 8 minutes stroll from Bridgetown station, is the best. Sip a wonderful German-inspired beer and take in the sun and one of the best views, in one of the finest boozers, in Glasgow.
Manchester is a wonderful city in the summer. There are attractions galore, but don’t be distracted. Get your head down and beat a path to these oases of sunshiney calm.
Just as in Barcelona itself, you can sit down here and relax by dappled waters – albeit the waters of the Bridgewater canal. This is one of the largest outdoor spaces in the city and it’s moments from Deansgate Station. Come here for stylish casual or formal dining and grab yourself a cold drink and a rattan sofa.
Back in the day this quirky building in the middle of Spinningfields was a brewery and this was the place to dry the hops that give beer it’s riot of flavours. Nowadays the Oast house is a livelier proposition with a brilliant outside area. At the moment the place is being done up but expect plenty of seating and a stage for live music. This a brilliant place to escape from the city in the heart of the city.
Liverpool’s multiple districts mean that you can spend a day wandering from sunspot to sunspot – here are our suggestions for some sun-filled destinations.
This quirky new opening in the Baltic Triangle is the perfect hideaway in Liverpool. Drink gin, eat Mexican food and on Friday and Saturday dance the night away to their multiple DJs. Baltic Triangle, 20 minutes from Liverpool Central station, is the city’s buzzing, creative hamlet, and the fact that they now have this funky, graffiti-clad sanctuary only increases its appeal.
Woolton, a little suburb just out of the centre, is only 9 minutes from Hunts Cross station and has a lovely village feel. King of the outdoor drinking stakes, though, is The Elephant Pub and Bakehouse. Cocktails, beers and great coffee flows in this beautiful white palace with a large sunny garden.
Beautiful Leeds captures the sun, when it’s out, like nowhere else. Its brilliant buildings are a real draw but often it’s best to survey the scenery over the rim of a glass. These 3 are corking venues.
Eight minutes walk from Leeds station, this gaff is worth a visit whatever the weather. It’s got burgers and craft beer, cocktails and live music and it’s right at the heart of the city. Crucially, though, it has (in their own words) ‘a fancy outdoor area’.
Just about 10 minutes walk from Leeds station you’ll find 3 of the best rooftop terraces in the north. Headrow House (Bramleys Yard) has 2 different terraces boasting cocktails and amazing views, while Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen, another gem, also boasts 2 bars, 2 kitchens, a 300-capacity music venue and a fantastic roof terrace. The venues are minutes from each other too.