4 Unique pubs and bars for Outdoor Drinking in the UK

4 Unique pubs and bars for Outdoor Drinking in the UK

Last Updated on May 2, 2023

With summer in full swing and people being able to go out more, drinking outdoors with friends has now become possible. With so many amazing places in the UK, outdoor drinking can let you bond with your friends and have a great time. To make things interesting, you can invite your friends with matching custom printed beer coasters to go that extra mile, after all, with friends going all out is always good.

However, the numerous options also mean that you’ll need to find the best places for an unforgettable time. After all, being able to go out with friends certainly warrants for the best or unique places, doesn’t it?

That said, no matter where you reside in the UK, there’s a great pub for you, in close vicinity. To help you out, here we’ve put together a list of our best places for outdoor drinking in the UK that guarantee an amazing time. Without further ado, let’s dive in!

1. Brighton


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Popular for its stunning beaches and alfresco drinking, Brighton is without a doubt one of the best places to go drinking with friends in the UK. With fancy rooftop terraces and arty outdoor places, grabbing a drink with your mates in Brighton will always leave you with an unforgettable experience.

If you’re looking for something sophisticated to visit with your friends, Rockwater Hove is the perfect place for you. The luxurious bar with amazing facilities guarantees a good day out. Moreover, with the gorgeous scenery, it does not get any better.

The Mesmerist is another incredible rooftop bar that has live music and a delicious collection of cocktails. La Plage, a beachfront bar, is also an option that is definitely worth visiting. With your personalised beer coasters and the amazing ambience, you’re guaranteed a good time.

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2. London


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London has some of the best bars with the most stunning drinks – downright cocktails galore!

With the incredible pubs in the city, you’ll never run out of options to choose from. From casual places to fancy ones, there’s a wide range of bars and pubs that you’ll come across.

Fancy transporting to the Amalfi coast? The Hush’s incredible terrace atmosphere with its beach club feel and delicious cocktails will ensure you and your friends have an amazing time.

Montcalm Royal London City Hotel, located on the 10th floor of the building in Finsbury Square, has a fantastic view of the city’s skyline that you can’t miss if you are going out in London.

Pétanque in the Square, a collaboration with Cafe Colbert is a more casual yet fun drinking pop-up experience; it allows you to enjoy a more laid-back yet engaging atmosphere in Sloane Square. This french-inspired place with its drinks and delicious food is the perfect place to catch up with your friends.

Another place you could consider is The Magic Garden Battersea pub; this place is the very definition of boho chic. With its live music and mellow vibes, this fun pub should definitely be on your list.

3. Manchester


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When it comes to unique pubs and bars, Manchester has no shortage of unique outdoor drinking places. Fancy relaxing with a pint in your hand on a canal-side pub terrace? Or do you prefer something more family-friendly? At Manchester, you’ll find them all!

If a canal-side pub sounds appealing to you, Rain Bar is a place that you must consider. With its two-level patio and grass seating area near the canal, hanging out with your friends and sipping on your favourite drinks will definitely lead to an amazing time.

Whether it is a post-work catch up or a random meet-up, at the Rain Bar, you can unwind and relax in the best way possible. On the other hand, if a family and dog-friendly (yes, you read that correct) bar is what you’re looking for, Horse and Jockey is the perfect place for you. A much more popular spot during the sunny days, this quaint bar is located in a prime location which means there’s always a crowd.

However, with their amazing service and drinks, it’s definitely worth the wait.

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4. Edinburgh


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Edinburgh has a fair share of outdoor drinking places and beer gardens with some of the best locations and services. From fun rooftop bars to traditional pubs, you’ll find all sorts of outdoor drinking establishments that you can visit with your group of friends.

A great traditional pub with good music and great grub is The Last Drop. The classic design and simple outdoor seating gives you the traditional pub feel.

With certain stories about ghost sightings in the cellar of the pub, you can enjoy the subtle spooky vibe with your friend (if you’re a true braveheart, that is) with a nice mug of beer in hand.

Subway’s Social Secret Garden in Cowgate is a popular place amongst young people looking to drink away with their friends. With its casual seating, amazing decor and great location, it’s the best place to spend quality time with your friends. While bookings are available only through Facebook, the entire experience it brings makes its secrecy worth it.

With the summer vibes and the company of your friends, whichever place you choose, you’re sure to have an amazing time.
While these are only some of our favourite places, there are many more pubs and bars you could consider visiting with your friends. After all, with summer, you have loads of time on your hands!

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About Maria Kennedy

Maria Kennedy is the managing editor at Travel for Food Hub. Maria is on a full-tilt mission to share local food and travel inspiration. When she is not writing about food and travel, startups or social media, she is enjoying her time with her boys in sunny Spain.

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