Yard at Timberyard

10 best bars for al fresco drinking and eating in Edinburgh

Stop Press the sun has got his hat on!

Yard at Timberyard
Cocktails in Timberyard

On the rare occaision that we get a sunny day in Edinburgh it is lovely to head off and enjoy your favourite tipple in a beer garden or two. New kid on the block The Raeburn is busy getting rave reviews from the gentry of Stockbridge with two terraces to choose from and a good posh pub menu. George Street really is fabulous for people watching in your lunch hour or at the weekend with my favourite places being Gusto for lovely food and a £9.95 set lunch with a glass of wine or the newly refreshed Contini restaurant for an Italian inspired sharing platter. Over on the South Side you can’t beat the old school favourite of the Pear Tree although the Summerhall is a great new option featuring the dog friendly Royal Dick bar. Here is a list for your hazy summer days…

Sssh it’s a secret! There are plans afoot for a new alfresco spot in the Quartermile – perfect for a pre-show cocktail during the festival. There are letting a few details slip promising a July opening and the details are here.

The Raeburn
The Raeburn in Stockbridge is the latest addition to bar dining in the capital… Plus did I mention there is a huge terrace perfect for soaking up the sun.
Stockbridge High Street

The Blackbird
This bar has an outdoor terrace with plenty of summer cocktails on the menu to enjoy in the sun.
Leven Street

Golf Tavern
Across the road from the Black bird the newly refurbished Golf Tavern where you can eat, drink and play golf on their pitch and putt course on Bruntsfield links for just £13!
Bruntsfield Links

The Garden Café at The Dome
The Dome’s quaint Garden Gafé is also worth a visit during the lighter nights. Open from 10am Monday to Saturday, wander along Rose Street to find this oasis in the city.
14 George St/Rose Street

Atop the corner building of Castle Street this fancy Thai restaurant serves up a range of exotic beers and cocktails that will appeal to your taste buds. Brave the rooftop terrace with views across the city from the castle to the Firth of Forth.
Castle St

The Forth Floor at Harvey Nichols
Tables for two are available on the rooftop terraceoverlooking St Andrews Square. Perfect for a date.
The Forth Floor, Harvey Nichols

Timberyard Restaurant
This amazing restaurant space has a south facing yard for cocktails on sunny days & a wood burning stove. Enjoy their seasonal sustainable menu safe in the knowledge that all Timberyard’s ingredients are supplied by small, local, artisan growers, breeders, producers, suppliers & foragers. They also offer private dining in their authentic brick shed & a growing patch for herbs.
Lady Lawson Street

One Square
Watch the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh whilst basking in the sun on the large terrace, located on Lothian Road as part of the Sheraton hotel.
1 Festival Square

Divino Enoteca
Tucked away in the heart of the old town, you can order a wine flight from over 40 wines by the glass and combine with delicious antipasti, tapas or choose from their new a la carte menu.
Merchant St

The Salisbury Arms
A charming place to while away a lazy afternoon with a fabulous view of the imposing Salisbury Craggs over the way.  The food is average but the drinks great and very well priced.
58 Dalkeith Rd

The Pear Tree
The second of the South Side gems and a student favourite. They are a fringe venue and close to all the summer action perfect for August!
West Nicholson St

George St Cafe Style
Enjoy drinks at any of George Streets venues

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