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13 Edinburgh beer gardens with shelter from bad weather

It may be summer time, but this is Scotland and our weather is never-knowingly consistent.

Published: July 30, 2022

From warm sunny days to cooler days and thunderstorms, we’ve seen it all recently.

With the Edinburgh Festival kicking off once again, what capital beer gardens offer shelter from the inclement weather?

Here we take a look at 12 of the best, from a canal-side setting with cover and heating to a popular city centre spot.

The Garden at Teviot

Make like the students and head for cover from the elements at this beer garden, which has covered and heated seating.

The team said: "With festival vibes day and night, check out what food and drink is available for you to enjoy.

"Whilst we do welcome walk-ups, we always recommend you make a booking in advance."

Biddy Mulligans 

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This Grassmarket pub has extensive seating, some undercover to shelter from the rain.

The Royal Dick

Summerhall is home to a brewery, a gin distillery, a Drinks Lab, an arts venue and an excellent little bar, which has its own beer garden in the courtyard.

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There you’ll find a large covered area with picnic benches - ideal for when the weather changes.

Three Sisters

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With one of the most well known courtyards in the city, The Three Sisters in the Cowgate is famous for its drinks deals, pub grub and great atmosphere, and is now open. 

Take shelter from the weather at one of their many covered tables.

Dinna Tell cocktail garden

Picture: 24 Royal Terrace

This hidden gem at 24 Royal Terrace has a sheltered beer garden that serves up a range of drinks.

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Maclaren’s on the Corner

Picture: Maclarens on the Corner

This Morningside bar and kitchen has tables with parasols for cover. Guests can also tuck into bar snacks, brunch and pub favourites al fresco.

Tiger Lily

This stylish George Street bar has seats outside, many with parasols - meaning you can stay relatively dry while sipping on a cocktail.

This summer also sees the arrival of a Whispering Angel rose wine terrace at the popular bar.

Created by Chateau d’Esclans, a magical property and one of the grandest Chateau in all of Provence, Whispering Angel is welcoming rosé lovers to its terrace at Tigerlily now until the end of September.

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Guests can sip rose wine and relax under a pink parasol to hide from the sun (or rain), or why not try a swing seat?

To celebrate the arrival of the terrace, Tigerlily has launched two new experiences: Whispering Angel Afternoon Tea with a 175ml glass of Whispering Angel, at £29 per person, and Whispering Angel Brunch with sharing platter, brunch item, Frose cocktail and a half bottle of Whispering Angel, at £48 per person.

Black Ivy Bar & Hotel

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Previously The Links Bar, the Black Ivy Bar & Hotel opened in late 2017.

It has a covered seating outside, which you can book now.

Rose St Garden

Picture: Rose Street Garden

Heaters and brollys are available in this spacious beer garden, which is open now.

Billed as a tropical indoor oasis with a Secret Garden, there’s also a street food menu.

Bridge Inn

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While a little bit out of the city, The Bridge Inn at Ratho is a great retreat for drinks by the canal.

Don’t worry if it’s not sunny, there are undercover tables and heaters.

Bellfield Taproom

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The popular Bellfield Taproom, part of Bellfield Brewery is an ideal spot no matter what the weather.

Those keen to enjoy a beer but worried about the weather, can rest easy as their beer garden is well covered.

The Terrace Bar has spectacular views across the City to Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat.

The terrace also has a ‘Resonancy’ with Pianodrome at the iconic Old Royal High School building on Regent Road this summer.

56 North

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This popular spot has a large garden in which to enjoy a G&T.

It’s relatively well covered, though the team have recently announced a BYOB - bring your own brolly.

Festival favourites

The Pleasance courtyard

The series of courtyards will sit under newly installed stretch tents and the iconic canopy of blue umbrellas, providing plenty of shelter from any summer showers.

This spot allows you to enjoy the festival atmosphere and delicious food alfresco whatever the weather.

Portobello favourite the Beach House Café, is joined by Luxford Burgers, Barnacles and Bones, and Glasgow’s Babu Kitchen (rebranded as Total Meltdown they will serve delicious cheese toasties) will be in residence for the duration of the festival.

Library Bar, Teviot Row House

An old favourite of Edinburgh locals, the Library Bar sits in the heart of all the festival action and is a cosy and atmospheric escape from the elements.

Sit amongst the bookshelves and enjoy a wide selection of drinks and a diverse menu day and night, whilst you take cover.

Gilded Garden at Teviot

With plenty of tables under umbrellas and cosy beach huts which seat six guests, the Gilded Garden is a great place to enjoy a coffee or a drink whilst keeping dry.

The venue will be open from morning to late at night throughout the festival, with Linton and Co to wake you up in the morning and Edinburgh’s Down the Hatch serving the best Canadian-inspired snacks.

A total of three bars will be serving drinks, and with a resident DJ, you can party into the wee small hours no matter the weather.

Pleasance Dome, Bistro Square

A little-known spot, the Pleasance Dome, sits just past the Pleasance box office and is the perfect place to recharge and rest up.

Pizza Geeks will be taking up residence here serving pizzas inspired by beloved sci-fi and video game characters.

Enjoy them day and night in the fun and unique (and dry!) atmosphere provided by the Dome.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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