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Seven best places to enjoy a pint al fresco as Bristol is named among the best cities for beer gardens

With the possibility of warmer weather on the way, Bristolians will flock to their favorite beer garden in large numbers over the bank holiday weekend.

And Bristol has been revealed as the fifth best city in the UK to enjoy a cold pint in the sun, according to new research by Direct Electric Radiators. Experts say that our city has three beer gardens for every 10,000 people. They surveyed the number of beer gardens per person in major UK cities, as well as the average spring temperatures, sunshine and rainfall levels in each region, to determine the best places to enjoy a cold drink in the sun.

Southampton, Brighton and Oxford were all ahead of Bristol in the list, with Norwich stealing the top spot. Scottish cities such as Aberdeen and Dundee are at the bottom of the rankings due to their low beer garden to population ratio and the region’s cold, rainy climate.

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When it comes to costs, however, Aberdeen and Dundee offer the best chance of getting a pint cheap, averaging just £3 per drink. Unsurprisingly, London has the most expensive pints overall, averaging £5.50.

If you are looking for ideas on the best pub gardens in Bristol, here is a brief compilation in different areas of Bristol:

The Avon Package, Southville



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One of the best features of the Avon Packet is its large rear beer garden, which seats around 60 drinkers. If you’ve ever walked past the pub and not realized it’s sheltering the sun, you’re not alone.

185 Coronation Rd, Southville, Bristol BS3 1RF

The Spotted Cow, Bedminster



The pub has a cracking beer garden

The Spotted Cow is located on North Street in the heart of Southville and Bedminster. The pub has a rich farming heritage dating back many years.

The beer garden itself is surrounded by a large enclosed rear garden which is great sunbathing and a perfect oasis to escape the city.

139 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1EZ

Hope and the Anchor, Clifton

Well worth the drive up the hill to Clifton – The Hope & Anchor promises a quintessential pub experience with a modern twist. The 78-seat terraced garden is glorious in the sun where you can enjoy a pint in peace.

If you’re feeling peckish, they serve Mexican classics as well as hot dogs made with local sausages.

38 Jacob’s Wells Rd, Bristol BS8 1DR

La Pomme, downtown

Granted, it’s not a beer garden in the traditional sense, but cider lovers should head to the Welsh Back. The Apple’s terraced area is located next to the moored boat site. They promise some of the best cider around, although non-cider drinkers are catered for as well.

Welsh Return, Bristol, BS1 4SB

Bees, Brislington




The riverside bar proclaims it to be one of Bristol’s “best kept secrets” (maybe more) has recently reopened for the new season. The scenic location along the River Avon in Broomhill has attracted a loyal following despite its hidden location.

Their restaurant, set in a lush garden, is even accessible by ferry from the city center.

The Full Moon, Stokes Croft

Right in the heart of bustling Stokes Croft, Bristol is The Full Moon, which has an extensive beer garden. They serve a strong selection of local lagers, real ales, and ciders, with guest beers on constant rotation.

1 North St, St Paul, Bristol BS1 3PR

The Clever Cow, Horfield

This beer garden is perfect for any occasion, rain or shine, with open spaces and a large teepee-style tent to keep you warm and dry in cold weather. Their extensive menu features pub classics such as burgers, hot dogs, and select tapas-style dishes for a lighter bite.

635 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 0BJ

Wyndham Cres, Brislington, Bristol BS4 4SX

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