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There is a beer garden in Germany called the Hirschgarden which according to Wikipedia holds 8000 people. Somewhat worryingly I think I have been there but my memory is a bit vague. I have definitely been to a beer gardens in Bavaria which is where they originate. I remember the Maß which holds a litre of beer and is drunk by everyone including little old ladies in Munich. 
Edinburgh pubs abound but good beer gardens prove trickier to find just like that sunny weather.  Don’t panic though there are some very good ones dotted around town and here is Bite’s compilation of the best spots for a foamy al fresco pint.

The Grassmarket all have tables and chairs on the pavement but for a bit of peace and quiet go along to The Beehive (18-20 Grassmarket). To the rear is a surprisingly extensive area of wooden decking. If you want life, move along to The Three Sisters (139 Cowgate) home to football fans and Hen and Stag nights.

In the New Town pop along to The Cumberland Bar (1-3 Cumberland Street), a pub imbued with traditional attitudes. This is a real  garden, with trees and shrubs,  it enjoys a mixed clientele, and is pet-friendly. The menu has recently been revamped and the range of real ales is exemplary. Nearby and hidden up a tiny lane at the end of Northumberland Street is The Star Bar with a compact, with a small garden to the rear.

On the other side of town The Pear Tree (38 West Nicholson Street) is an established favourite and yes it does have two pear trees around the door. The walled enclosure contains about 40 tables, and caters largely for students, being in the heart of university land. 

Two exciting and relative newcomers are The Salisbury Arms (58 Dalkeith Rd) and Summerfield in Newington. The former is opposite the ‘Commie Pool’ and is spacious and comfortable both inside and out (important if the weather turns). There is an excellent menu for food, beer and wine and once you settle, you won’t want to leave (great parking).

Saunter down the road and Summerfield is opposite The Meadows. Formerly the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies it is now a creative hub for the arts.  There is a quirky little bar, an extensive beer garden and, best of all, a micro- brewery! Barney’s Beer has been brewing here for over a year now and you can sample pale ale, porter, beet red beer and more. A must for beer lovers. 

Leap across Arthur’s Seat or travel around the Radical Road or Innocent Railway and you come to The Sheep’s Heid (43-45 The Causeway) in quaint Duddingston Village. This pub’s claim to fame is that it is Reekie’s oldest watering hole that has been pulling pints since before Bannockburn.  Unique skittles alley, Sunday roasts, good food, food beer and bags of atmosphere.

 The Old Chain Pier (32 Trinity Crescent) sits perched overlooking the firth of forth. You can literally dip your toes in the water and watch the lobster pots bobbing in the water. Try fish and chips with a pint or a glass of on tap Prosecco.

Teucters Landing has a lovely sun trap of a beer garden complete with floating pontoon. It is a freehouse which means they can stock and sell a wide range of drinks and you will find 20 wines by the glass, prosecco cocktails, Champagne, 16 draught beers and cask ales, and various bottled Scottish ales and lagers. 

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