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Al Fresco Drinking in Bath

There's no better time for lounging around in Bath's pub gardens and soaking up the rays than during the Spring/Summer months. Al Fresco drinking in Bath is full of options.

Our Total Guide to Al Fresco Drinking in Bath is a comprehensive list of the very best bijou beer gardens and trendy roof top terraces that Bath has to offer.


Location: Walcot Street

About: A glorious and beautifully restored Arts and Crafts former church house, provides a cool, chic and candlelit setting for AQUA Italia restaurant, bar and al fresco courtyard on Walcot Street in Bath.

Amenities: Tables and cushioned chairs alongside the stylish patio terrace at the entrance, so you can simply relax and watch the world go by.

Address: Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BD

Telephone: 01225 471 371

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The Royal Crescent Hotel

Location: Royal Crescent

About: The Gardens at the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa are arguably the best-kept secret in the city. Hidden behind the walls of the mansion buildings sits the stunning hotel gardens, the perfect relaxing location to enjoy laughter with friends and family over a drinks.

Amenities: Canopies, loungers, patio and expansive grass area with an abundance of seats and tables.

Address: 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, Somerset BA1 2LS

Telephone: 01225 823333

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Sub 13

Location: George Street

About: Sub 13 has a well-earned reputation as Bath's number one cocktail bar and are rated #1 on TripAdvisor for Nightlife in Bath. For some al-fresco drinks the Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace is open which is purpose-built to serve up bubbles and cocktails in the fresh air. During the summer months Sub 13's resident DJs will be playing in the early evening to help you soak in the atmosphere.

Amenities: The Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace is the heated terrace adorned with fairylights around Sub 13's beautiful garden.

Address: 4 Edgar Buildings, George Street, Bath, BA1 2EE

Telephone: 01225 466667

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Be At One

Location:  Brunel Square

About: With over 150 cocktails on Be At One's menu there is sure to be a few to suit your taste. Ranging from the ever so popular Pornstar Martini and Strawberry Daiquiri's to the Old Fashioned and Negroni's, they offer it all.

Amenities: Conveniently situated right next to the train station, the al fresco area at Be At One consists of tables and chairs on the out-front patio, so you can watch the busy people of Bath go by, as you relax with a delicious cocktail.

Address: The Vaults, 11 Brunel Square, Bath BA1 1SX

Telephone: 020 8780 5252

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Novel Wines

Location: Your garden

About: Novel Wines specialise in delivering luxury wines to your door from the world's finest winemakers. It's that simple. Wine enthusiasts Ben Franks and Gyorgy Zsiga founded the independent online retailer Novel Wines to share wines you haven't tried before. Their range of wine will inspire you to discover your new favourite wine. Take your pick here

Amenities: 100 unique, hand-selected wines at your doorstep! With no need to get ready, simply get the sun lounger out, sit back and relax!

Telephone: 01225 667311

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The Chequers

Location: City Centre

About: The Chequers sports a narrow undercover seating area, with cosy overhead white canopies jutting from the side of the restaurant. Peaceful and sunny this is the perfect spot for spending a relaxing afternoon with friends.

Amenities: Laid-back al fresco patio with picnic benches situated on a quiet street corner. 

Address: 50 Rivers Street, Bath, BA1 2QA

Telephone: 01225 360017

The Slug & Lettuce

Location: City Centre

About: The Slug and Lettuce at Bath has a fantastic friendly lively atmosphere and offers plenty of choice with a decent seating area out front and a garden tucked behind. Treat yourself to a rewarding glass of wine after a stroll in the sunshine. 

Amenities: Beautiful family garden towards the rear of the venue alongside a trendy pavement terrace at the entrance. 

Address: George Street, Bath, BA1 2EE

Telephone: 01225 789050

The Bathwick Boatman

Location: Bathwick

About: The Bathwick Boatman is a quaint riverside gastro pub situated on the River Avon. 

Amenities: With stunning views and a large undercover, heated patio The Bathwick Boatman is an ideal choice for an afternoon drink in the sunshine.

Address: Forester Road, Bath, BA2 6QP

Telephone: 01225 428844

The Earl

Location: City Centre

About: This stylish bar and restaurant offers a trendy outdoor terrace with plenty of fresh fruit cocktails on the menu. Relax with a drink in hand till sunset.

Amenities: An ideal spot with plenty of tables and chairs, Shisha is available every night from 9.00pm on the heated roof-top terrace.

Address: 10 Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JQ

Telephone: 01225 464449


Location: The Vaults

About: Following in the footsteps of its sister establishments in Bristol and Cirencester, Graze proudly offers customers a selection of fine ales, wines and spirits as well as a delicious selection of classic British and European dishes.

Amenities: The restaurant has two outside eating areas, one overlooking Bath Spa railway station and the other providing views of the newly refurbished Southgate Centre.

Address: 9 Brunel Square, Bath, BA1 1SX

Telephone: 01225 429 392

The Pig & Fiddle

Location: City Centre

About: On a summer’s day, head to the walled rear garden of this friendly pub and bask in the afternoon sun. There’s plenty of space for al fresco drinkers at The Pig with a spacious beer garden spilling down the hillside. 

Amenities: Heaters, canopies and an abundance of seats make The Pig a popular choice for al fresco drinkers.

Address: 2 Saracen Street, Bath, BA1 5BR

Telephone: 01225 460868

Crystal Palace

Location: City Centre

About: One of Bath's best kept secrets, Crystal Palace offers a large patio area with plenty of seating. 

Amenities: The walled garden is equipped with patio heaters to ward off any chills, allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors long after the sun goes down.

Address: 10 Abbey Green, Bath, BA1 1NW

Telephone: 01225 482666

Green Park Brasserie & Bar

Location: Green Park

About:  Green Park Brasserie & Bar has two excellent outdoor drinking and dining areas. The brasserie comes complete with a BBQ area were families are encouraged to drink and dine alfresco in the warmer summer months.

Amenities: Stylish patio complete with picnic benches and canopies. Wadsworth Outside Bar. Free parking available at Sainsburys for 90 minutes, all day, every day.

Address: Green Park Station, Bath, BA1 1JB

Telephone: 01225 338565

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The Cosy Club

Location: Southgate

About: Sun-worshippers can enjoy a spot of al fresco drinking while admiring a sensational view courtesy of The Cosy Club's roof top terrace. Perfect for a date or catch up with a friend, enjoy a glass of wine or opt for a bespoke cocktail in the sun. 

Amenities: Only a handful of tables are available on the rooftop terrace of this quirky restaurant and bar overlooking Southgate. 

Address: Unit R4, Southgate Place, Bath, BA1 1AP

Telephone: 01225 464161

Hall & Woodhouse

Location: City Centre

About: Experience the perfect place to sip drinks, socialise or soak up the sun on the stunning rooftop terrace. Surrounded with views of the beautiful city, enjoy award-winning Badger cask ales and lagers from around the world.

Amenities: Situated over four floors, Hall & Woodhouse is ideal for all your social events.

Address: 1 Old King Street, Bath, BA1 2JW

Telephone: 01225 469259

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The Hop Pole

Location: City Centre

About: With the garden being one of the pub’s most popular features, when the weather allows, where better to come with friends to enjoy a well-kept cask ale or a glass (…or two) from the wine selection.

Amenities: A cosy country pub in the heart of Bath with its secret courtyard garden.

Address: 7 Albion Buildings, Upper Bristol Road, Bath BA1 3AR

Telephone: 01225 433633

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