Lighter nights and warmer temperatures can mean only one thing ... the lure of the beer garden is upon us once again. Here are three of the very best


Cask Smugglers

Edinburgh’s Cask Smugglers are best known for gorgeous cocktails and delicious small plates, but look closer and you’ll find Edinburgh’s worst kept secret: The Secret Domes.

With space for 12 people, the domes offer specially curated cocktails, Champagne, elegant afternoon tea and exquisite light bites from local Scottish artisan producers. Cask Smugglers’ beer garden also features a brand new Aperol Spritz roof terrace, the ideal place to sip summer favourites such as Cask Smugglers’ boozy slushies and of course an incredible Aperol Spritz.

The Herald:

You’ll find Edinburgh’s “hidden” bar on the rooftop of Waverley Station behind Festival Village.


Festival Village

Not simply a beer garden but a vibrant rooftop festival – the independently run Festival Village in Edinburgh has brought together an eclectic gathering of local street food vendors including Butcher Boy, Pizza Geeks and Say Cheese.

The Herald:

From its unique location on the roof of Waverley Station, enjoy classic summer drinks such as gin spritzers, boozy slushies and ice-cold pints whilst gazing out at views of Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh’s Old Town and the Scott Monument.

Soak up sunny festival vibes at this charming rooftop beer garden whilst being entertained with live music every day from incredible local artists.



Malones’ beer garden sits on the Irish pub’s spacious rooftop. Fancy sipping delicious G’n’Ts or cocktails after work whilst soaking up the rays?

Or taking a breather from the excitement of Glasgow’s city centre with a cold pint of Guinness in hand? Then this is the beer garden for you.

Malones has a wonderful selection of speciality spirits, from Irish whiskeys to delectable Scottish craft gins.

Live music playing downstairs constantly floats up to the beer garden, and if that wasn’t enough, Malones also offer hearty pub grub. Head to their rooftop to enjoy this suntrap of a beer garden.