The Treehouse at AM:PM, Belfast
When the weather is good, Northern Ireland's natives love a beer garden. here are some of the best places to enjoy a drink 'al fresco'.
The National Grand Café, Belfast
The National Grand Café located in Belfast’s picturesque Cathedral Quarter, this bar juxtapositions decadence with industrial décor to make up the backdrop to your champagne sipping evening. With one of the largest beer gardens in the city and live music filling this listed Victorian building, there is no wonder that this bold and beautiful bar attracts those looking for luxury.
The Treehouse at AM:PM, Belfast
This bohemian location bursts with quirky character. Its rooftop bar features fairy lights, comfortable furnishings and a retractable roof for the perfect cocktail catch up or romantic evening. With weddings and private functions regularly held at this intimate and electric venue, try your best to arrange an unforgettable experience of your own. Find out more here.
The Perch, Belfast
This charming rooftop bar is a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike. Combining open brick walls, luscious greenery and colourful furnishings, this is a five storey high escape from the bustle of Belfast’s busy city centre below. Sumptuous cocktails are not to be missed at this quaint and quirky open space.
Cutters Wharf, Belfast
This restaurant is perfect for when you want something a little more laid back but still want those eye-catching surroundings. Located on the bank of the River Lagan, this is river-side daytime drinks at its best. Its waterfront views promise to be enjoyed all year round with the retractable roof and cosy furnishings.
The Dirty Onion, Belfast
Immerse yourself in the history of Belfast and come down to the Dirty Onion - one of the city's oldest building's to experience traditional Irish music with the locals. The extensive beer and whiskey menu on offer is the perfect accompaniment to the lively sounds of trad and bluegrass at this authentic yet modern bar. Come down at the weekends to enjoy this Cathedral Quarter favourite at its busiest and best.
The Sunflower, Belfast
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With its caged door entrance, burly staff, and live music, The Sunflower oozes with Belfast’s history and cultural characteristics. Graffiti covered walls enclose the enchanting yet traditional beer garden where plenty of memories are sure to be made. From the staff to the home brewed beer, this is as down-to-earth and Belfast as a bar gets. Make sure you try the recently developed chocolate cherry chilli porter known as “Cage Fight”.
Main Street, Omagh
This bustling beer garden is unlike anything else featured on the list so far. As part of the “Main Street Complex” in Omagh, this open space provides live music and entertainment at the centre of its surrounding bars and restaurants. While this space plays host to regular concerts, events and markets, it is at its liveliest every Saturday evening - providing an electrifying atmosphere to its constant flow of crowds.
Bureau Café Bar, Jordanstown
This award-winning restaurant offers its visitors a chance to enjoy the breath-taking views of Belfast Lough from its beautifully located beer garden. Located at the start of the Causeway Coastal route, this is the perfect way to start your journey along Northern Ireland’s splendid shores.
Daft Eddy’s, Killinchy
Daft Eddy's is an adored family run restaurant & bar is located on Sketrick Island surrounded by the enchanting shores of Strangford Lough. This tiny island provides unforgettable views across the Lough and allows for a truly unique dining experience. Enjoy wining and dining in the open air with the restaurants Al fresco dining section - the perfect way to spend your day.
Watermill restaurant, Enniskillen
With stunning views of Lough Erne, the Watermill Lodge is an award winning fine dining restaurant serving up the very best of French wines. Sitting out on the terrace of this traditional-styled thatched building makes for the perfect weekend spot whilst soaking up the tranquillity and beauty of the Fermanagh Lakelands.
Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint
Nestled on the shores of Carlingford Lough, and surrounded by the magnificent Mourne Mountains and Cooley Peninsula, the Whistledown Hotel in Warrenpoint is a must-visit during the summer months. Sit back and watch the world sail by whilst taking in the panoramic views of the lough.
The Goat’s Toe, Bangor
Labelled as a “Music Room & Eatery”, this quirky establishment has a spectacular beer garden surrounded by superhero imagery and even features a sit-in caravan. Its floor to wall wooden furnishings create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that allows you to sit back and enjoy one of the delicious cocktails on offer.
The Four Trees, Moira
The Four Trees bar is a summer’s dream. Do not let the small exterior deceive you, as this popular spot has a large and lusciously green beer garden as well as a cosy cobbled courtyard. With such large open spaces to enjoy your drinks, this is a perfect spot for group outings whether it be with friends or family.
Martha's Vineyard, Londonderry
Located in the Brunswick Moviebowl complex, Martha's Vineyard combines a la carte luxury with a family friendly atmosphere for an all-round enjoyable dining experience. The beer garden is small but beautiful with its dark wood and brick decor. The seating is centred by an open fire for that ultimate cosy cocktail feeling.