Best places to drink outside in Liverpool

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor

Summer’s winding down but we’ve still got a few more weeks, maybe months, of semi-balmy weather so it’s worth looking at the best places to drink outside in Liverpool.

What better place for a socially-distanced drink than the classic British beer garden? Outdoor drinking has been deemed safer than being indoors so it’s time to pick out the Liverpool venues with the best beer gardens and outdoor drinking areas.

Some of our favourite drinking haunts haven’t been able to reopen, sadly, but 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.

If the Gods of Merseyside Weather smile on us this could pan out better than we dared imagine

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 obey distancing restrictions while enjoying a good time with pals.

It’s not ideal, we know, but it’s not a million miles away from the real thing and if the Gods of Merseyside Weather smile on us this could pan out better than we dared imagine back in March. If you’re looking for an outside drink this summer (and autumn too) then the pubs 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 (or use your Notes app) and use our guide to discover the best places to drink outside in Liverpool.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Bombed Out Church Garden Bar

    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. Petit Cafe Du Coin

    Petit Cafe Du Coin
    Ian Jones

    Petit Cafe Du Coin, 60 Berry St, Liverpool, L1 4JQ - Visit now

    Petit Cafe Du Coin is a small, intimate cafe, with a laid-back and disarmingly friendly atmosphere and, more importantly, a smart little outside space to enjoy a fancy cocktail, a glass of wine or a refreshing beer.

  • 3. Constellations Liverpool

    Constellations Liverpool

    Constellations Liverpool, Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS - Visit now

    With its great open-air space, Constellations is one of the top destinations for outside drinks in Liverpool. Thousands would agree.

  • 4. Black Lodge Brewery

    Image courtesy of Black Lodge Brewery

    Black Lodge Brewery, 4 Kitchen St., Liverpool, L1 0AN - 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 – remember, no more than six or the risk that the virus will smite you down mercilessly, increases.

  • 5. The Lodge

    The Lodge
    The Lodge

    The Lodge, 33 Lark Lane, Liverpool, L17 8UW - Visit now

    A great pub on Liverpool’s Lark Lane, it also features a sun-trap outside space to enjoy a drink with the friendly regulars.

  • 6. The Grapes Liverpool

    The grapes pub in Liverpool
    Robin Pollard

    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 beer garden out back, perfect for these outside drinking days. It’s rumoured to be reopening on Thursday 27th August so make sure you’re first in line.

  • 7. Ship and Mitre

    Ship and Mitre pub in Liverpool
    John Bradley

    Ship and Mitre, 133 Dale Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 2JH - Visit now

    The Ship and Mitre is a traditional-style pub with a small but perfectly formed outside area for you to sink a pint or three under the bright blue Merseyside sky.

  • 8. The Baltic Fleet

    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.

  • 9. The Philharmonic Dining Rooms

    The Philharmonic Dining Rooms

    The Philharmonic Dining Rooms, 36 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BX - Visit now

    The Philharmonic Dining Rooms doesn’t just look good – it has a neat little outside drinking space too.