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12 Edinburgh beer gardens with shelter from bad weather

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

Published: April 30, 2021
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From warm sunny days to freezing temperatures and hail, we’ve seen it all recently.

But now, as hospitality reopens, and the chance of indoor drinking not on the table until mid May, 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.

Maclaren’s on the Corner

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This Morningside bar and kitchen reopened from 26 April, and has tables with parasols for cover.

Tiger Lily

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

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.

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Rose St Garden

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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 opened on 26 April.

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

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.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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