Liverpool's 34 best beer gardens to try on a sunny day

Liverpool is home to a range of stunning beer gardens
Pictured:Fletcher's Beer Garden at Allerton Manor golf club
Liverpool is home to a range of stunning beer gardens Pictured:Fletcher's Beer Garden at Allerton Manor golf club -Credit:Allerton Manor

The warmer weather is making its much-anticipated return and that means beer gardens are an option once again.

Despite spells of rain in recent weeks, the sun is finally shining down on us and getting us all in the mood for a pint or pitcher of Pimm's. Nothing beats venturing out to a beer garden, whether it's for an al-fresco pub lunch or an after-work tipple, there's nothing better than sitting outside with your friends and family.

Liverpool has no shortage of incredible bars, pubs and restaurants and many boast large gardens, roof terraces and little sun traps to enjoy a few drinks in the summer sun. The city's stellar drinks scene sees hoards of students, countless hen and stag dos, and an abundance of tourists travelling to Merseyside to experience the thrills and fun on offer here.

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We're not known for our warm weather, so it's important to make the most of the sunshine while it lasts. No matter your personal preferences, there are plenty of places offering a suitable setting to indulge in a drink or two in the great outdoors.

Below, members of the Liverpool ECHO team have come together to share their favourite beer gardens and terraces in Liverpool.

The Roof

The Roof at Pins, Duke Street
The Roof at Pins, Duke Street -Credit:Liverpool Echo

If you're looking for a sun trap, The Roof is for you. Found at the very top of Pins , on Duke Street, The Roof can be accessed from the Gradwell Street entrance.

Food on the menu includes chargrilled chicken wings, barbecued king prawns, brisket burgers and corn on the cob. For those who want to catch the football, all big games are also screened on The Roof.

42 Gradwell Street, Liverpool, L1 5AP

Black Lodge Brewery

Craft ale drinkers are sure to love Black Lodge Brewery's beer garden. Not only does the Taproom have plenty of kegs to try but in the warmer months it is also host to The Craft Beer Expo.

The Craft Beer Expo will take place at the Black Lodge Brewery on King Dock Street in the Baltic Triangle from June 6 to 8. It will offer a range of beers from more than 30 local and international breweries.

But even when the festival isn't in full swing, you're sure to find a nice pint in the warm weather during the summer months at Black Lodge Brewery.

3 Kings Dock St, Liverpool L1 8JU

The Windsor

The beer garden and outside TVs at the Windsor
The beer garden and outside TVs at the Windsor -Credit:Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo

Outside of the city centre is a busy beer garden on Walton Vale. The Windsor recently installed big screens and plenty of tables for those looking to enjoy some al fresco drinking. As well as major sporting events being screened, in the warmer months live music is played outside.

Inside renovations have also recently been completed, for those who would like to shield from the relentless sun after a few too many ales.

1 Walton Vale, Liverpool L9 4RE

Fletcher's Beer Garden

Fletcher's Beer Garden at Allerton Manor golf club
Fletcher's Beer Garden at Allerton Manor golf club -Credit:Allerton Manor

Fletcher's is a huge beer garden based at Allerton Manor. The site is home to a giant screen and seats 250 people.

The venue has proved popular, especially among sports fans as it consistently shows sporting events including football, boxing and more. It also boasts a kitchen serving stonebaked pizzas, burgers and hotdogs.

Fletcher's has also launched a new brunch menu served from 9am to 2pm where you can enjoy brunch dishes al fresco.

Allerton Road, Allerton, L18 3JT

The Grapes

The Grapes has stood on the corner of Roscoe Street and Knight Street since the 18th century. Its deep red façade gives way to a compact and bohemian setting that is full of character. Wood panelling and distinctive decoration give a sense of old meeting new in this different take on a city centre pub.

Packed to the rafters at weekends and populated by a diverse band of regulars, you might find yourself drinking in the roof garden or on the pavement, surrounded by its ‘Roscoe Street Rainforest’.

The Grapes serve a variety of weird and wonderful local ales, as well as a pint of Guinness which can compete with the best.

60 Roscoe St, Liverpool L1 9DW

Black Horse

You'll always get a warm welcome if you visit the Black Horse in Walton. The traditional local serves pub classics and offers a wide range of drinks.

The large beer garden is a bit of a hidden gem and proves popular on matchdays given the flat screen TV outside.

284 County Rd, Walton, Liverpool L4 5PW

The Elephant Pub and Bakehouse

The south Liverpool suburb of Woolton is great for an afternoon pub crawl, with plenty of decent venues to choose from. The Elephant boasts the best beer garden in the village.

Sprawling along Woolton Street, there's plenty of space on offer. The atmosphere really kicks up a gear when the sun comes out and the gin balloons start flowing.

1 Woolton Street, Woolton, L25 5NH

The Merchant

The Merchant on Slater Street has a large outdoor area that's perfect for an after-work beverage. Inside, it oozes cool with built-in bench seating underneath its vast windows, marble and copper seats, hanging foliage and twinkling fairy lights.

There's seating on the pavement on Parr Street for those who want to watch the world go by while the back of the venue boasts a large beer garden, complete with heaters for those chillier evenings. There are large slices of truly impeccable pizza on offer too, if you get peckish.

40 Slater Street, L1 4BX

Baltic Fleet

People enjoying a drink at the Baltic Fleet
The Grapes Pub,Roscoe Street.(Pic Andrew Teebay).

City centre favourite The Baltic Fleet was completely transformed in order to reopen after lockdown in 2021. The traditional pub is now home to a larger outdoor area with a range of picnic benches surrounding the building on Wapping.

A grade II listed building, it's a beautiful spot that offers real ales, craft beers and much more. Its central location makes its beer terrace a perfect spot to stop off after a busy day exploring the city centre.

33A Wapping, L1 8DQ

Ye Cracke

Ye Cracke located on Rice Street, just off Hope Street in Liverpool city centre- is a 19th-century pub is known for being a favourite of John Lennon and his art school classmates.

However, for regulars, the pub is known for its relaxed atmosphere, wide selection of ale and large beer garden offering the perfect place to sit on a sunny afternoon. As one of the city’s oldest pubs, it is a must-visit for those looking for a traditional place to drink.

13 Rice St, Liverpool L1 9BB

Spanish Caravan

After first coming to Prescot, Spanish Caravan opened a second venue on Slater Street. Bringing a slice of the Mediterranean amongst the hustle and bustle of nearby bars and clubs, Spanish Caravan offers chilled days, wild nights and Balearic vibes.

Great for larger groups, you can chill inside and listen to live music in the evenings or head outside to their beer garden with a jug of sangria in the sunshine.

If you’re also feeling peckish, staff are on hand to recommend some small snack options to pair with one of their many wines or beers.

34 Slater St, Liverpool L1 4BX

The Vale Bar & Mo’s Bistro

The independent bar and bistro in Walton Vale has revived north Liverpool's nightlife scene. The Vale boasts an intimate atmosphere and stocks most drinks and spirits.

The beer garden includes a seating area with tables and an outdoor bar area.

81 Walton Vale, Liverpool L9 4RQ

The Brown Cow

The Brown Cow in Gateacre
The Elephant in Woolton Village

After undergoing an extensive renovation in 2021, The Brown Cow added a large beer garden which has enough space for 200 guests and 60 covered seats.

While you're there, make sure to get a picture with the 700lb statue of a brown and white cow in the garden.

30-2 Halewood Rd, Gateacre, Liverpool L25 3PG

The Dovedale Towers

This Penny Lane 'brew house' has been a popular venue in Liverpool for decades. It's particularly busy whenever a match is on, though its large and decent beer garden is well worth a visit at any time.

It offers an idyllic sun trap on those rare sunny days, with a large sectioned off area with plenty of seating. This is a pub with history - it even being home to Queen legend Freddie Mercury for a short time in 1969. You can read more about The Dovey's fascinating history here.

60 Penny Lane, L18 1DG

Sub Rosa

Sub Rosa boasts stylish bench seating, hanging lights, vibrant red shelters, palm trees and wildflowers which all seamlessly blend together. There's also a selection of food on offer including pizza from The Canteen.

The drinks list includes the venue's very own lager and pale ale, made with its neighbour Black Lodge Brewery, as well as gin slushes, zesty spritzers and more.

3 Kings Dock St, Liverpool L1 8JU

Murphy's Distillery

Inside Murphy's Distillery. The outdoor area will be open to customers from April 17.
People enjoying a drink at the Baltic Fleet (Pic Andrew Teebay). -Credit:ECHO

The team behind Murphy's Gin launched its own bar with a picturesque courtyard in 2021. Murphy's Distillery is tucked away on the Dock Road, near Ten Streets Social and the Invisible Wind Factory.

Alcohol aficionados can enjoy the venue's craft gin vodka, which is distilled by the team in the Distillery in their copper alembic stills. It serves far more than just gin, with a fully stocked bar and cocktail menu, as well as draught and bottled beer and cider.

Unit 2, 8 Regent Road, L3 7BX

The Old School House

The Old School House specialises in cask ales, small plates, wood-fired pizza and cocktails. The pub and restaurant also has a beer garden, a coveted space on the busy and bustling Lark Lane.

The team behind The Old School House have paid close attention to detail, with decor boasting exposed brick walls, a large feature roof lantern above the bar area, classy white tiles, rustic shelving, industrial lighting and a decent display of bottles artfully arranged as a focal point.

40 Lark Ln, Liverpool L17 8UU

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is tucked away within the Baltic Triangle
Ye Cracke on Rice Street, Liverpool. Photo by Colin Lane

Something of a hidden gem, this venue is a pretty oasis kitted out with all manner of flora and fauna. Located in the heart of the Baltic Triangle, the venue's beautiful garden is a sun trap.

49 New Bird Street, L1 0DN

The Lodge

The Lark Lane boozer has spruced up its outdoor area in recent years with pretty plant pots and colourful paint work.

It's not the biggest beer garden, but if you can shoehorn yourself in, it's still a sweet space to cool off with a chilled beverage. It's also dog-friendly, making it the perfect spot for a post-walk pint after a stomp round nearby Sefton Park.

33 Lark Lane, L17 8UW

Punch Tarmey's

Cains Brewery's Irish Pub Punch Tarmey's
Ed Kelly helps run The Vale Bar on Walton Vale with his partner, owner Keith Prothero

Punch Tarmey's is Liverpool's largest Irish bar. It's also home to a vast outdoor courtyard, a popular area that plays live sport.

The venue hosts live performers every weekend and stocks a wide array Irish whiskey. It's open seven days a week.

31 Grafton Street Cains Brewery Village, L8 5SD

Free State Kitchen

If you're in town and want the feel of a proper garden, this is the one for you. While most city centre beer gardens are just a yard with a few tables and a string of bunting, this venue boasts actual grass and trees.

The menu is packed with American classics like patties, slaw and hot wings, alongside vegetarian and vegan options. It's a large, secluded space that's just a stone's throw away from the vibrant Hope Street.

1 Maryland Street, L1 9DE

The Red Lion

The Red Lion only opened less than a year ago but has established itself as a firm favourite amongst Liverpool’s pubgoers.

The biggest gem in its crown is its two beer gardens, which are perfect in good weather. The Red Lion has something for everyone, with a great selection of beers, ales and wines, regular live music, bar snacks and live sports.

The Red Lion, 36 Slater St, Liverpool L1 4BX

Allerton Hall

Locally known as the 'pub in the park', it feels like you're in a quintessentially English country garden outside this red stone building off Springwood Avenue.

A particularly good option if you've got energetic kids, as there's a play area and tons of space for them to run around on the grass. There's also some pretty nature trails and woodland areas surrounding the pub, if you need to work up an appetite first.

Springwood Avenue, L25 7UN

Moloko/Soul Train

In March, Soul Train moved from its original Seel Street location to Moloko in St Peter's Square.

The venue boasts a fully heated beer garden and has teamed up with the original founders of Smokie Mo's to help cater for people who love soul music.

A packed calendar of events will take place at Soul Train including performances from soul singers, drag brunches, cocktail classes and barbecues.

The Old Stables, 2 Old Peter's Ln, Liverpool L1 4AS

Thomas Rigby's and Lady of Mann

One of the city's oldest pubs, Rigby's on Dale Street is a Grade II listed building that serves up hearty food, cask ales and more than 40 world beers. Inside, it's a classic and traditional space with lots of cosy, quaint rooms to hide away in.

If you happen to visit on a sunny day, the usually busy interior will be empty as tourists and locals alike descend on the vast courtyard. It's shared with its sister pub, The Lady of Mann, which is next door. The courtyard offers a secluded spot away from the hustle and bustle of the main road.

23-25 and 19 Dale Street, L2 2EZ

Sefton Arms

West Derby has its fair share of pubs to choose from but this venue has a dedicated fan base thanks to its beer garden, which is one of the largest in the village.

At the weekend, it's often heaving by sunset, with people visiting before heading into town, so it's best to pop in early if you want a seat. Further up the road, the Jolly Miller is another popular choice for an outdoor tipple, with lots of tables looking out onto Queens Drive.

1 Mill Lane, West Derby, L12 7HX

Buyers Club

Tucked away down a narrow driveway at the top of Hardman Street, you can follow the floral-painted wall to Hardman Yard and past a sea of orange benches to Buyers Club.

The venue serves handmade pasta dishes, pizzas, desserts, craft ales, cocktails and more. Outside, there is a courtyard garden perfect for soaking up the sun.

Yard, 24 Hardman Street Hardman, Liverpool L1 9AX

Kazimier Garden

One for those who want to avoid busy crowds, this quirky spot on Seel Street has a strict one-in, one-out policy, guaranteeing a laid-back atmosphere.

Quite the sun trap, it's a city centre treat that offers live music, special events and even summer barbecues - bliss.

32 Seel Street, L1 4BE

Heebie Jeebies

Heebie Jeebies spans over three floors including a courtyard and a basement. The courtyard is fairy-lit and contains vintage outdoor chairs and tables.

Inside, there's also The Lone Wolf Bar which is designed as a chilled out biker-inspired bar room.

80-82 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BH

Pump House

The Pump House is a waterside pub and restaurant, which offers an eclectic food menu and extensive drinks list in a converted Victorian pumphouse. If you fancy a drink with a view, this stunning spot boasts views of the Albert Dock, Pier Head and Liverpool ONE.

It's always packed to the rafters when the sun comes out at the weekend, so if you prefer a more peaceful pint, pop in during the week to escape the crowds.

Hartley Quay, Royal Albert Dock, L3 4AN

The Aigburth Arms

The Aigburth Arms is a modern and spacious pub that is a great place to watch sports.

In addition to live sport, the pub has a large beer garden at the front for sunny day. There is also a pool table, darts area and jukebox for customers to play on in the pub.

6 Victoria Rd, Aigburth, Liverpool L17 0DL


Boasting the "heart of a cocktail bar and the soul of a pub", this dog-friendly, urban setting is located in the Baltic Triangle, home to a host of independents.

With a menu of fresh cocktails, top beers and seasonal wines, there's something to tickle every drinker's taste buds. Upstairs, through rustic, upcycled rooms, is an impressive roof terrace, while the botanical beer garden can be found downstairs.

Stanhope Street, L8 5XJ

The Britannia

For sweeping views of the Mersey, head out of the city to The Britannia on Riverside Drive in Otterspool.

On a hot day, you'll need to be quick to bag a seat, but there's plenty of surrounding steps you can perch on while you watch the runners stride past and the boats bob along the city's famous river.

Riverside Drive, L3 4AZ

Baltic Market

Cain's Brewery and Baltic Market
The Brown Cow in Gateacre -Credit:Hawthorn

The Baltic Market is a popular venue, thanks to its vast outdoor seating accompanied by an airy, industrial-style food court that offers tastes from across the globe, as well as picnic tables to cosy up at. It's the perfect venue for those who just can't agree on what to order or where to eat, with a vast array of options including plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes.

There's an eclectic mix of traders, plus a decent range of events to keep people entertained throughout the year. The outdoor area is laid back and casual, allowing people to make the most of their time at the hit venue.

107 Stanhope Street, L8 5RE

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