The seven most underrated beer gardens to check out around Glasgow

One of the best beer gardens around is Inn Deep
-Credit: (Image: Inn Deep/FB)

It's summer, and yes, while the weather hasn't cracked up to be what we hoped, we are manifesting the return of the higher temperatures.

With the promise of sun (at some point), the city is well furnished with great pubs with incredible beer gardens to grab a pint (and hopefully some sunshine) and many are well-known.

However, we are casting our eyes to those lesser-known spots that are worth checking out if we do finally draw some sunshine this summer.

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Opening on Abbot Street in Shawlands in one of the empty units behind Cafe Strange Brew opposite the entrance to the Co-op, Henry's is a wee belter of a spot.

Created by the team behind Chinaski's, it's great for coffee and cake during the day and small plates and cocktails at night, there's plenty to like.

Throw in a wee beer garden out the back and you've got the perfect recipe for a warm day.

Backyard at BAaD

The Backyard at BAaD
The Backyard at BAaD -Credit:BAaD

This east end sun trap arrived on the scene in 2017 – and it's been stowed out on summer days since.

This 4,000ft space at Barras Art and Design Centre has been kitted out with shipping containers and colourful street art.

This is a belter of a spot made even better by the cracking amount of recent additions to the food offering - with newcomer Shawarma Boy a particular highlight.


From the street, the candlelit Chinaskis looks like one of the least sunny and airy venues in Glasgow and seems to be permanently cloaked in shadow.

But when you step inside the light floods from the full length windows and doors at the back, which lead to their ‘bourbon and cigar garden’.

The terracing sits on split levels and is surprisingly sheltered from the noise of the motorway traffic going through Charing Cross. It’s a little haven of tranquillity on the fringes of the city centre.

Inn Deep

Now that's what we call a setting for a beer garden
Now that's what we call a setting for a beer garden -Credit:Inn Deep FB

Known for cracking beers and brilliant atmosphere, as well as some really good scran, Inn Deep is arguably one of the west end's best bars.

Entering from Great Western Road, you walk down the stairs to a long bar that leads out through double doors to the River Kelvin and rows of tables and benches. It’s this view that you pay for.

The words ‘peaceful’ and ‘tranquil’ have been used to describe the setting although you can also take added satisfaction laughing at the joggers as they sweat their way towards Kelvingrove Park as you have another pint delivered. It's also great for dogspotting.

Red Sky Bar

It's a beer garden - but nine floors up, meaning it gets the sun and the views.

The place offers a stunning vistas of the Clyde, the Finnieston Crane and the SEC Campus, and when the sun shines on the outdoor terrace, it really is one of the best spots in Glasgow.

Head up those nine floors on a sunny day and you might just feel like you're in Ibiza for the afternoon - if you can get a seat (because the place is proving popular).

Number 10 Hotel

Number 10 Hotel Glasgow
A stylish beer garden with a bit of a difference in the south side -Credit:Instagram @number10hotelglasgow

Perched on a beautiful spot overlooking Queen's Park Recreation Ground, this place may get the majority of its trade from hosting weddings and overnight stays, but its stylish and well-maintained beer garden is more than worth a visit in the sunshine.

A bit of a hidden gem, it's an attractive stop off for people wanting a drink and a bite to eat in comfort, while making the most of the weather in its hidden beer garden.

West Side Tavern

The beer garden at the West Side Tavern
The beer garden at the West Side Tavern -Credit:West Side Tavern

This one is pretty simple, a cracking beer garden in one of the coolest bars in the west end, featuring regular foodie pop-ups from some of the city's trendiest vendors and a brilliant array drinks – what more could you want?

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