The Great British weather can frustrate from time to time. With no guarantee that the good weather will last for long, it's important to be prepared once the Sun finally arrives. With the second May bank holiday around the corner, what better time to check out some of the city's watering holes that have a rooftop bar or beer garden?
Check out our guide to the best alfresco ale houses and wine bars the city has to offer.
1. The Merchant
The Merchant is situated on the corner of Slater Street in an old Merchant's House, formerly the home of Mello Mello. Boasting a refreshed interior that combines raw materials, greenery and minimal decor, The Merchant is somewhere you'd expect to find in Copenhagen or Berlin.
Speciality gin, craft beer on tap, freshly made pizzas, great music and a spacious beer garden has made this 'new kid on the block' a firm Utility favourite since its launch last year.
Where to find The Merchant
The Merchant, 23 Parr St, Liverpool L1 4JN
2. HUS Liverpool
Having fallen in love with the eating and drinking scenes of Stockholm & Copenhagen, the guys behind Baltic Social have recently opened HUS Liverpool. Acting as a social space / bar / eatery, HUS even has a free BBQ every Friday on their rooftop terrace.
Whilst there, make sure to grab a photo of the iconic artwork that adorns the rear of the building on Tithebarn Street. The large graffiti piece depicts a female nomadic character complete with literal beehive hairstyle
Where to find HUS
12 Tithebarn St, Liverpool L2 2DT
Hidden in the centre of the Baltic Triangle, Constellations is an arts & events space that includes a 4500 square foot garden and bar area. Designed by H Miller Bros the outdoor space has been featured in Dezeen for its zig zagging courtyards that mimin the Victorian warehouses that surround this unique venue.
The garden bar stocks an extensive range of drinks including locally brewed craft beers such as the popular Love Lane. Be sure to check out the Constellations website for a roundup of the events being hosted in the Garden this Spring /Summer season.
Where to find Constellations
37-39 Greenland St, Liverpool L1 0BS
4. Kazimier Garden
Kazimier Garden is a real little oasis in the middle of the city. It has a great Caribbean vibe to it, so it's perfect if you want a bit of character in your watering hole. There's a great selection of drinks on offer that vary from season to season too, and it's also a regular host of top quality entertainment.
Where to find Kazimier Gardens
4-5 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool L1 4JJ
5. Ye Cracke
Ye Cracke is one of Liverpool’s oldest and most loved pubs. It’s gone unchanged for years and has one of the liveliest atmospheres in the city - you’re always guaranteed to find good conversation with some of the regular characters.
The beer garden, like the rest of the pub, is nothing flashy but is well worth checking out just for the atmosphere. You’ll be ushered inside in the evening though, so it’s best heading there for some afternoon imbibery.
Where to find Ye Cracke
13 Rice Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BB
6. The Attic
The sun terrace at The Attic on Parr Street is a fantastic place to hang out and enjoy the sunshine, especially if you like a beer or two. They have a wide selection of beers that will have you making a beeline for the place next time you’re in the area - we don’t recommend trying them all in one sitting!
Where to find The Attic
33-45 Parr St, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4JN
7. Botanical Garden
If you like gin, then Botanical Garden is the place to be. Whilst it does serve an array of drinks, gin is its real speciality. It’s only open until September so best make the most of it whilst it’s open.
Located in the Baltic Triangle (the exact address is a little sketchy), Botanical Garden is one of the most striking looking beer gardens around, and with fantastic events, such as the new outdoor cinema run by Independent Liverpool, there’s always plenty going on.
Where to find Botanical Garden
49 New Bird Street, Liverpool, L1
8. Goodness Gracious
Goodness Gracious is the rooftop bar of the wonderful Oh Me Oh My and offers some of the best views of Liverpool to look out over whilst you enjoy your drinks in the sunshine.
The Royal Liver Building is literally a stone’s throw away, making for a truly iconic setting. Perfect if you want to show off the city to out-of-towners or just for an intimate drink with a partner or friends. One not to be missed.
Where to find Goodness Gracious
West Africa House, 25 Water St, Liverpool, L2 0RG
Just around the corner from Goodness Gracious is the equally stunning Matou. The Three Graces are within touching distance, putting you right in the middle of some of Liverpool’s most iconic architecture.
The Pan Asian cuisine on offer is delicious, and both the rooftop and waterfront terraces make for some of the most stylish locations for a drink in the city.
Where to find Matou
2nd Floor, Mersey Ferry Terminal Building, Georges Pierhead, Pier Head, L3 1BY
10. Free State Kitchen
If you want a really relaxed and laid back atmosphere then Free State Kitchen is absolutely ideal. As well as delicious food and cracking drinks, FSK also features markets throughout the summer months, selling local wares and handmade goods, and fantastic live music.
In the evening, the fairy lights go on, turning the garden into a really magical place to sit and chat with friends.
Where to find Free State Kitchen
1 Maryland St, Liverpool, L1 9DE
11. Pen Factory
Next up is a belter of a beer garden at Pen Factory, also situated on Hope Street. It has a great menu, so you could pop there for lunch and stay through the afternoon, taking in the relaxed, friendly ambience with a drink in hand. What better way to enjoy the bank holiday?
Where to find Pen Factory
13 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ
12. Birdies Bar and BBQ
Birdies Bar and BBQ is a summer garden bar and bbq with live music, cocktails and palm trees. The perfect location to spend a long summers day sipping on cocktails and making your way through the ultimate BBQ selection.
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Where to find Birdies Bar and BBQ
13. Buyers Club
Not many venues can flit so effortlessly between wine bar, cocktail parlour, small plates restaurant and gig space, but here at Buyers Club, we think we do a pretty good job. Situated just off the beaten track of Liverpool’s burgeoning Hardman Street, Buyers Club plays host to regular garden parties, live music, BBQs and art exhibitions.
Where to find Buyers Club
Constellations is home to everything from live music to conferences and creative experiences. With exciting cocktails and an equally exciting menu.
Where to find Constellations