While we can’t always depend on the weather in Northern Ireland, we can depend on top-notch beer gardens serving up refreshing drinks and mouth-watering food in delightful surroundings.
There are few things more refreshing than pulling up a pew, soaking up the sun and enjoying a cold pint or glass of wine with friends and family.
To help you make the most of the last few weeks of summer, Discover Northern Ireland has put together a list of some of our favourite beer gardens for you to enjoy, from covered courtyards, to family (and dog) friendly venues, as well as a few ‘Instaworthy’ spots.
- Babel rooftop bar and garden
Located atop the stylish Bullitt Hotel, Babel rooftop bar and garden boasts incredible panoramic views of Belfast and has been named as one of the best beer gardens in Europe. Cocktail lovers will be in heaven as the drinks menu is based around ‘Shrub Cocktails’, with the bar’s living walls – made up of 300 plants and herbs – provide a fresh supply of ingredients and garnishes. Babel Rooftop Bar & Garden Belfast | Make A Reservation (bullitthotel.com)
- The Dirty Onion and Yardbird
A firm favourite for visitors to Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, this quirky venue has it all. A modern take on a traditional Irish pub, the Dirty Onion is Belfast’s oldest building, dating back to 1780. Its striking wooden- frame exterior, coupled with its contemporary courtyard, is the perfect blend of old and new that lends the spot its distinctive character. While taking in the unique surroundings, enjoy their famous Yardbird chicken alongside an extensive drinks menu – including a wide selection of craft beers. The venue is also dog friendly, allowing your four legged friend to join in with the craic. Dirty Onion & Yardbird | Belfast Bar & Restaurant (thedirtyonion.com)
- Mary McBrides, Cushendun
Once one of the smallest pubs on the island of Ireland and protected by the National Trust, Mary McBrides is situated in the picturesque Glens of Antrim, in the beautiful coastal town of Cushendun. It is the perfect stop off on your way to explore the famous Causeway Coast. Enjoy stories from the locals about the late landlady. Mary McBride’s – Cushendun – Discover Northern Ireland
- Sleepy Hollow, Glengormley
Working closely with local food producers to create traditional Irish food with a modern twist, this is not only a hidden gem from the hustle and bustle but the perfect place in the countryside to enjoy a cocktail in their small beer garden. Sleepy Hollow Restaurant Newtownabbey – Modern Irish Food
- Harrys Shack, Portstewart
With stunning views of Portstewart Strand, local seafood and a DJ on Saturdays, who needs the Balearics? Watch the sun go down in the most beautiful of settings, sipping a cold beer and munching on some fresh scampi, it doesn’t get much better than this. Harry’s Shack – Portstewart – Discover Northern Ireland
- The StillHouse, Moira
Home to Hughes Craft Distillery – a small batch distillery owned by husband and wife Stuart and Barbara Hughes – this hidden gem is not to be missed. Whether you are passing through the village for a bite to eat, catching up with friends over cocktails, looking for somewhere to watch the match on the big screen or enjoying the live entertainment over the weekend, The StillHouse has something for everyone. Enjoy a refreshing drink in the beautiful walled garden, located at the rear of the distillery. A picnic style lunch is on offer and dog lovers can even bring their pets along. The StillHouse Moira – The StillHouse Moira
- Daft Eddys, Killinchy
This picturesque pub, nestled off Sketrick Island in Strangford Lough, provides a large outdoor seating area and is renowned for its fresh seafood and a host of other dishes all using local produce. Enjoy a crisp cold pint while taking in the beautiful surroundings. Restaurant Bar And Coffee Shop | Daft Eddys | Northern Ireland
- Sallys, Omagh
One of Northern Ireland’s most celebrated venues, Sallys has been trading under the brand name in Omagh for three decades. With its winning combination of stunning food, extensive drink selection and live entertainment, Sallys mixes charming, traditional surroundings with a sleek, modern lounge and courtyard area. Sally’s Lounge (sallysofomagh.com)
- Watermill Lodge, Lisnaskea
Watermill Restaurant could be mistaken for something out of a Disney movie. This unique setting on the shore of Lough Erne is not only a place to unwind and enjoy a glass of some of the very best wines but also fine dining and stunning views. Watermill Lodge Restaurant, accommodation and fishing breaks (watermillrestaurantfermanagh.com)
- Sally McNallys, Portadown
Nestled in the countryside, this family-run venue is the perfect location to sit and enjoy some pub grub. Winners of Best Casual Dining in County Armagh at the Northern Ireland Hospitality Awards 2018, why not try their famous handmade pizzas from their outdoor stove and relax in the spacious beer garden. Sally’s | Craigavon | Sally McNally’s At The Corner (wixsite.com)
For more information on great places to visit and for things to see and do – check out www.discovernorthernireland.com.
Please remember to always drink responsibly.