The days are staying lighter for longer, the clocks have gone forward and there’s only one question on people’s minds - when does beer garden season start?
The British weather can be hard to predict, but with spring underway, we can only hope that warmer days are on the horizon.
To help you figure out the best outdoor spots to visit in the coming months, DesignMyNight have put together a guide to steer you in the right direction. Whether you’re looking for a quiet drink with a canal view, or a garden party atmosphere, they’ve got you covered.
1. The Canal House, Bridge Street (near Broad Street)
Some may say that The Canal House is beer garden royalty - boasting one of the best in the city. You can order a cheeky G&T and bask in the spring sun whilst admiring the view of the canal basin - pretty dreamy, right? They host an array of events throughout the year including live music, waterfront festivals and tribute nights, perfect for those wanting to boogie and get boozy. Oh and if you do pop inside, then be sure to admire their swish décor, their chandeliers crafted from wine bottles are definitely worth a pic.
2. The Fighting Cocks, Moseley
As far as beer gardens go, it’s hard to beat The Fighting Cocks. Their outdoor area is sheltered (because the English weather loves to throw a tantrum), so you can enjoy outdoor drinking and dining all year round. They’ve also got onsite barbecue facilities which are perfect for those hot summer days - with a cold, crisp pint in hand. Plus, if you’re looking to host a function or event, then they’ve got a bookable area available. This place is the whole package.
3. Brightsmith On The Water, near the NEC
If you’re looking for a place that oozes style, then look no further. Brightsmith on the Water is a fabulous waterfront restaurant and its outdoor lakeside terrace is just *chef’s kiss*. Sip on their amazing fire-starting cocktails whilst admiring the jaw-dropping views - this could be the perfect setting for a romance novel. They’ve even got a delish food menu for those wanting to indulge on scallops or premium aged tomahawk steak. Although situated on the outskirts of the city, this could be Birmingham’s best kept secret.
4. The Distillery at the Roundhouse on Sheepcote Street (near Brindleyplace)
Perfectly situated on the canal, The Distillery is a must-visit if you’re scouting out the best beer gardens in Birmingham. They’ve got a huge outdoor area, perfect for those wanting to bring their family down for a tipple, or want to go on a day sesh with friends. Being a gin distillery, you can probably guess what their drink of choice is. No? We’ll give you a clue, it goes perfectly with tonic. These guys also cook up a mean wood-fired pizza for those wanting to drink and dine al fresco style.