The weather couldn’t have been much better in the week after pubs and restaurants reopened last month, allowing venues to pack out their outside spaces with drinkers.
But this is England, after all, and the sunny spell was always going to come to an end sooner rather than later.
Sure enough, temperatures soon dropped and the city has endured quite a few bouts of heavy rain.
Those who ventured out for pints on bank holiday Monday will no doubt have ended up getting a little soggy as the heavens opened on numerous occasions throughout the day.
And sadly there is more rain forecast in the city over the coming week, but the good news is that it’s not long until we can enjoy our food and drinks inside our favourite venues.
From May 17, hospitality businesses will be able to start serving people indoors again as part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
If you’re hoping to head out for pints before then, there are plenty of beer gardens across Bristol that are largely covered, meaning you can visit them even if the weather isn’t on your side.
Here are some of Bristol’s most weather-proof beer gardens to visit.
The Old Duke / King Street Brew House
45 King St, Bristol BS1 4ER
Two of King Street’s best-loved pubs, The Old Duke and King Street Brew House, have joined forces to launch a massive gazebo on the cobbles outside so people can visit rain or shine.
It’s a sturdy marquee which can withstand the heaviest of downpours, as those who were enjoying a few pints there on bank holiday Monday will tell you.
And with both venues operating table service using an app, there’s no need to leave the marquee once you’re seated, unless you need to pop to the toilet, of course.
Breaking Bread The Downs, Stoke Rd, Bristol BS9 1FG
Pop-up venue Breaking Bread on Clifton Downs has hundreds of covered and uncovered tables, meaning you’re protected no matter what the weather.
The attraction welcomed the first guests to its huge beer garden on April 15, before Pasta Loco and The Pony & Trap restaurants open later this month.
The pub garden is a collaboration between event organisers Team Love and Cheltenham Road boozer The Pipe & Slippers, while the restaurants will be headed up by Pasta Loco and The Pony & Trap.
For now the ‘Pipe & Lovers’ area is serving a menu of upmarket pub grub including burgers and bangers & mash, alongside a vast range of drinks alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
More information can be found on Breaking Bread’s website.
The Full Moon
1 North St, St Paul’s, Bristol BS1 3PR
With one of the largest pub gardens in the city centre, much of which is covered, it’s not surprising that The Full Moon has been a popular option for drinkers since reopening on April 12.
Offering a wide selection of lagers and ciders, wines and spirits, The Full Moon is also loved for its musical offering, welcoming both live bands and DJs on a regular basis.
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More information can be found on The Full Moon’s website.
Explore Ln, Bristol BS1 5LL
Outer Space is a massive new pop-up beer garden and event space at the Lloyds Amphitheatre.
Visitors can book seats across 36 tables, choosing from a selection of seating options including VIP covered booths, a covered cabaret area and terrace deck, alongside deck chairs, picnic benches and hammocks left free for walk-ups.
It will play host a range of live performances with plans for big name DJs, bands and cabaret shows to be announced as lockdown restrictions are eased over the summer.
More information can be found on Outer Space’s website.
Left Handed Giant Brewpub
Hawkins Ln, Redcliffe, Finzels BS1 6EU
Left Handed Giant’s fantastic Finzels Reach brewpub is well sheltered from the elements thanks to the design of the building.
It also serves some of the best beers you’ll find anywhere in Bristol, as well as delicious pizzas from Mission Pizza.
The venue is accepting walk-ups so there’s no need to book before visiting.
More information can be found on Left Handed Giant’s website.
Bristol Distilling Co
Unit D, Malago Vale Trading Estate, St John’s Ln, Bristol BS3 5BQ
Bristol Distilling Co, situated in a Bedminster trading estate, serves a range of spirits brewed on site as well as cocktails and craft beers from top breweries including Left Handed Giant, Wiper & True and Lost & Grounded.
The taproom, which has a covered outside area adorned with festoon lighting, is operating on a first come, first-served basis.
More information can be found on Bristol Distilling Co’s website.
The Air Balloon
115 Gloucester Rd N, Filton, Bristol BS34 7PY
Brewery Greene King, which owns The Air Balloon in Filton, said it made a “significant investment” in the pub ahead of its reopening on April 12.
As part of the refurbishment, the outside area of the Gloucester Road North pub has been kitted out with huge umbrellas, a new covered terrace, new lighting and additional seating, providing the “perfect space” to enjoy a few pints and classic pub grub.
More information can be found on The Air Balloon’s website.
6 Upper York Street, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS2 8QN
Lakota Gardens, housed in the outdoor area of the legendary Stokes Croft nightclub, is one of the liveliest places to enjoy a pint or two in Bristol.
The event space plays host to regular live performances including DJs and comedians, but when it’s not hosting the finest acts from the world of entertainment it doubles up as a spacious, covered beer garden.
More information can be found on Lakota’s website.
Clifton Down Station, Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 2PN
You’ll find Steam tucked away behind Clifton Down railway station, away from the hustle and bustle of Whiteladies Road.
The venue claims to be “Bristol’s finest beer hall” and some of its regulars would no doubt agree, thanks to its huge selection of ales and delicious grub served up by popular pop-up kitchens.
It has a large covered area which has proved popular ever since its April 12 reopening, so making a booking on Steam’s website before you visit is advised.
Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, St Paul’s, Bristol BS1 3QY
The Canteen’s outside seating area was renovated before the bar reopened in April to make it more welcoming and usable all-year round.
More tables were added to the terrace, which is now covered, and new artwork was created to give the space a fresh look. There is also now a brand new menu for al fresco diners to enjoy.
More information can be found on The Canteen’s website.