Scotland is easing its way out of lockdown and Scottish pubs were gearing up for Monday 6 July, when beer gardens were finally permitted to reopen.

Here we take a look at a range of Scottish pub beer gardens that are have reopened, or are set to reopen in the coming days.

Edinburgh

Picture: Bar 50

Bar 50, 50 Blackfriars Street, will reopen on Monday and customers can book into drink at its outdoor spot any day between 1-10pm each day. Staff said timings may change depending on how the ‘new normal’ fairs.

Tally Ho Bar, 7 Main Street, Winchburgh, will reopen its outdoor space on July 6 and will be open from 4-9pm on Monday to Thursday and from 12pm to 9pm Friday to Sunday.

The Balerno Inn, 15 Main Street, Balerno, willreopen on Monday with its outdoor space open to booking everyday between 12pm and 10pm.

The Pitt, Pitt Street, Leith will reopen its beer garden after Monday when it is open for service on Saturday and Sunday. Customers have been enjoying a takeaway service, but from Saturday 11, drinkers can enjoy the outdoor space from 12pm-10pm and on Sundays from 12pm-7pm.

Edinburgh Corn Exchange, New Market Road, has its giant outdoor drinking area ready to open on Monday from 11am to 4pm for a first ‘session’ of drinkers, and then 5pm to 10pm, giving staff time to wipe down surfaces in between groups of customers.

CC Blooms, Greenside Place, is welcoming guests back from July 6 for the first time since lockdown to their outdoor seating area. Drinkers can book in from Monday to Thursday 3pm until 10pm and Friday to Sunday, 12pm until 10pm.

Glasgow

Glasgow beer gardens

Picture: The Amsterdam

Cranside Kitchen, Finnieston, The latest addition to Finnieston, Cranside Kitchen at the Rotunda opened on Monday 6 July withbookings being taken now.

The new bar and eatery is open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 10pm and offers menus from five Glasgow restaurants – Rioja, Halloumi, Pickled Ginger, Kilmurry & Co and La Rotunda as well as a separate drinks and dessert menu.

Food is served daily from 10am – 10pm with the brunch offering from 10am – 4pm daily and all other brands from 12pm onwards.

Saint Luke’s & The Winged Ox, Bain Street, will reopen its beer garden on 6 July, from 12-10pm, seven days a week.

Posting on their Facebook page, the team said: “We will be opening outside areas from Monday 6th. Bookings are already filling up fast so give us a call on 0141 552 8378 to guarantee a table.

West on the Green, Glasgow Green, Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Templeton Building, West on the Green is a popular spot for beer lovers in the city. The huge beer garden is reopening on 6 July, with bookings being taken now.

There will be a maximum party size of six people and a £40 deposit is required for bookings, which will be deducted from the final bill.

Church on the Hill, Algie Street, this popular southside bar reopened in 2018 after a £650,000 refurbishment and will reopen its beer garden following lockdown on 6 July from with advance bookings essential.

Opening times are: Monday-Thursday 12-8, Friday-Saturday 12-9 and Sunday  12-8

The Ark, North Fredrick Street, Popular with most Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University students, The Ark is the perfect city centre sun trap and it’s reopening on Monday 6 July.

Bookings can be made online and there’s a More card App so that customers can order and pay from their seats.

Opening times are: Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 12-10pm, Friday and Saturday, 12-midnight.

Cottiers, Hyndland Street, This popular west end pub and events venue is reopening its beer garden from Monday 6 July, with bookings being taken here.

The bar opening times are Monday – Wednesday: 4pm- 10pm and Thursday – Sunday: 12pm – 10pm.

Glasgow Beer Works, Osbourne Street, Independently owned Glasgow Beer Works (GBW), formerly Merchant City Brewing, has revealed plans for a new beer garden in the Merchant City, which is set to open on Thursday 9 July pending council approvals and following the latest government advice.

The beer garden will be open from Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9th July to 30th of August – serving from 12pm to 9pm.

The Amsterdam, Merchant City, this popular bar is opening its beer garden from 6 July from 12-10pm, seven days a week.

Bookings are essential and being taken now. Posting on their Facebook page, the team said: “To book at table for a 2 hour slot give us a buzz on 0141 552 5108 or slide in those DMs.

Ronnie’s bar and bike shop, SWG3, the galvanizer’s yard at the events venue has been transformed into a huge outdoor food and drink space – with bookings being taken now.

Opening times are daily from 12pm, with street food from ShawarmaRama, GA GA Chicken, NOMAD pizza and Julie’s Kopitiam.

Brel,  Ashton Lane, A popular spot on a sunny day in the west end, Brel reopens on Monday 6 July from 12 – 11pm and is fully booked until 13 July. Indoor bookings are being taken for opening on 15 July.

The team have been working behind the scenes to make their outdoor space ready for all weathers – with an outdoor heated restaurant, new covered seating, and firepits.

Vodka Wodka, Ashton Lane, Another Ashton Lane hangout, Vodka Wodka has plans to reopen from 10 July from 2-11pm, with bookings being taken now.The team said: ” Pre-booking your table via Vodwodkabookings@gmail.com is essential as we have limited capacity.

“We will not be taking bookings over the phone or on social media, so please stick to the email.

1051 GWR, Great Western Road, This pub made the news as they’ve spent lockdown giving free meals to NHS workers and the elderly, as well as offering food delivery to  charities including homeless shelters.

Now the GWR beer garden will reopen from Monday 6 July from 2pm with no bookings necessary for now.

Highlands

Fiddichside Inn

Picture: Fiddichside Inn

The Fiddichside Inn, Craigellachie made a welcome return on Monday 6 July with the reopening of its beer garden. Opening times are daily from 12-30 to 2-30pm and 5-30 to 10-30pm.

Pinz, Elgin reopened its beer garden on 6 July, with customers able to enjoy an alfresco drink from 11am-10pm.

Innes Bar, Inverness, has reopened its beer garden on 6 July with safety restrictions and contactless payments in operation. Opening times are Monday-Thursday 11am-12am, Friday and Saturday 11am-1am and Sunday 12.30pm-12am

Another popular Speyside pub, the Highlander Inn, Craigellachie, reopened its beer garden on the 6 July. Opening times are: Monday – Friday 3pm -10pm, Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 10pm with food served all day – 9pm.

Johnny Foxes & the Den, Inverness, this city centre bar welcomed back regulars on Monday 6 July to its beer garden. Booking is required and opening times are daily from 12pm -11pm with food served until 9pm.

The Steam Inn, Mallaig is back serving drinks and food in its beer garden, which is open Sunday – Thursday 1 – 8pm, serving food 1 – 7pm and Friday – Saturday 1 – 9pm, serving food 1 – 8pm. Advanced bookings are essential and tables will be available for 90 minutes.

Aberdeen 

Scottish beer gardens

Picture: The Bieldside Inn

Soul Bar, Union Street, has opened its garden with temperature checks, socially distanced tables and single use menus. Opening times are: 12pm-10pm daily.

The Chester Hotel, Queen’s Road,  is back from 8 July with a huge marquee and igloo style dining pods available to book now.  The alfresco Gallery experience is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 10pm.

Fierce Bar, Exchequer Row has opened it external area from Mon- Wednesday, 4-8pm, Thursday 2-10pm and Friday-Sunday 12-10pm.

Siberia Bar, Belmont Street, has reopened its beer garden with social distancing measures in place. The alfresco eatery is open from midday until midnight daily.

No.10 Bar & Restaurant, Queen’s Terrace, has opened its terrace with bookings being taken now. The bar is open 12noon to 10pm daily with food served 12noon to 8pm.

Bieldside Inn, Deeside Road, is welcoming guests from 12pm with measures in place to ensure that the venue is fully covid compliant. Booking are being taken for tables, which are available for two hours, by calling on 01224 867891 or visiting their website.

BrewDog Castlegate has expanded its outdoor seating to reopen on 6 July and bookings aren’t necessary. Open from 12-10pm.

Dundee

St Andrews Brew Co., Caird Hall, have revealed plans to create a decked area that overlooks Slessor Gardens. The space will seat up to 200 people and be shared with other bars.

The Ambassador, Clepington Road reopened their beer garden on the 6 July, open Monday to Sunday 11am to 10pm with meals sit in and takeaway running from 11am to 8pm daily.

Here are the opening times of some of Glasgow’s favourite beer gardens as they reopen on July 6

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Rosalind Erskine

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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