Best places to drink outside in Liverpool

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

What better place for a socially-distanced drink than the classic British beer garden? Outdoor drinking has become the way to see your mates so it’s time to pick out the Liverpool venues with the best beer gardens and outdoor drinking areas.

Plenty of pubs and bars in Liverpool either have a quality, spacious beer garden or have hit the location jackpot and discovered an outdoor space that can be repurposed for casual outdoor drinks. Heat lamps and umbrellas will help to battle the worst excesses of the unpredictable UK weather, but really, we’re hoping the weather is as sunny and warm for as long as possible so we can enjoy a good time with pals.

Find the right spot, close your eyes and you could easily be sipping that cold beer in Ibiza, Paphos or Cancun. The Costa del Mersey may not be your first choice, but it’s not a million miles away from the real thing and if the Gods of Weather smile on us then this could pan out better than we dared imagine.

If you’re looking for an outside drink, then the pubs, bars and restaurants listed below come with a perfect outside drinking spot. Don’t dilly dally though, the best seats are going to get nabbed quicksmart. Grab a notepad and pen and use our guide to discover the best places to drink outside in Liverpool. Cheers.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Bombed Out Church Garden Bar

    The Bombed Out Church Garden Bar
    Bombed Out Church

    Bombed Out Church Garden Bar, Leece St, Liverpool, L1 2TR - Visit now

    The beautiful Bombed Out Church has opened up its grounds to accommodate a new drinking area known as the Garden Bar. Fully seated, with huge umbrellas that cover the whole table (great for sudden downpours), it’s a stunning location to sit in and enjoy a drink.

  • 2. The Baltic Fleet

    The Baltic Fleet Liverpool

    The Baltic Fleet, 33A Wapping, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 8DQ - Visit now

    The Baltic Fleet is a mid-19thcentury pub named after the crews of Siberian whaling ships who used to frequent it. Now there’s a group of lads who know the joys of a beer while the sun blazes down, probably.

  • 3. Black Lodge Brewery

    Black Lodge Brewery
    Image courtesy of Black Lodge Brewery

    Black Lodge Brewery, 3 Kings Dock Street, Liverpool, L1 8JU - Visit now

    This micro-brewery, tap house and charcuterie in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle has a great outside space, perfect for getting together with your gang of mates. It’s a little difficult to get there on foot, but worth the adventure down to the dock road.

  • 4. The Grapes Liverpool

    The Grapes Pub, Liverpool
    The Grapes. Photo © Vicky Andrews

    The Grapes Liverpool, 60 Roscoe St, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9DW - Visit now

    One of Liverpool’s oldest pubs and one of the most-loved to boot. There’s a roof top terrace and a beer garden out back, perfect for these outside drinking days.

  • 5. The Pen Factory

    The Pen Factory, 13 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BQ - Visit now

    From the team behind the old Everyman Bistro comes The Pen Factory, an inviting restaurant with a knock-out craft beer list and a cracking garden out the back for you to grab some rays.

  • 6. Free State Kitchen

    The garden at Free State Kitchen
    Free State Kitchen. Photo © Vicky Andrews

    Free State Kitchen, No.1 Maryland St, Liverpool, L1 9DE - Visit now

    Situated behind Hope Street is Free State Kitchen’s garden; a pleasing, verdant space where you’ll find slices of blueberry pie, fairy lights, picnic tables and a statue of Jesus that bears a rather unsettling resemblance to one of Doctor Who’s weeping angels. They’ve even brought in an old shipping container to use as an outside bar where they’ll dole out cocktails and craft beer to the fine people of Liverpool.

  • 7. El Gato Negro Liverpool

    El Gato Negro Liverpool

    El Gato Negro Liverpool, Walker House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool,, Liverpool, L2 3YL - Visit now

    El Gato Negro Liverpool is one of a number of Manchester-based establishments which have made their way across the M62. Their offering is tapas, combining modern and traditional Spanish dishes. Combine that with an enviable spec in the open square of Exchange Flags and you’ve got a winner for al fresco dining.

  • 8. District Liverpool

    Yard Bar at District
    Photo: Baltic Triangle

    District Liverpool, 61 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BE - Visit now

    District Liverpool is a vibrant multi-purpose venue that hosts gigs, club nights, film screenings, cabaret, festivals and much more. They also boast a hip outdoors area in the form of Yard, a garden bar which offers a great selection of ales, cocktails and spirits, plus DJs playing a chilled mix of tunes.