We all know the Glasgow weather isn’t great at the best of times but that’s not going to stop us from leaving the house. We may be made of strong stuff round here but we ideally don’t want the weather to cause a literal dampener on our alfresco dining experiences, and luckily these bars and restaurants are here to save the day. With some strong weather brewing (if it hasn’t already arrived) here’s our pick of the best covered outdoor terraces to enjoy.
Barras Art and Design, 54 Calton Entry, G40 2SB
Who’d have thought a museum could be transformed into an amazing outdoor dining venue? Barras Art and Design Centre (BAaD) is back with their outdoor dining venue which features their gorgeous glass canopy- perfect for escaping the wet weather. Celebrating its centenary last , the legendary Barras has risen to become an art and design hub that includes an oyster bar, an events space and a gin school inside. There’s plenty of food to choose from including seafood delights from A’Challtainn, as well as MoOd restaurant and Scran n Swally outdoors.
The Finnieston, 1125 Argyle Street, G3 8ND
The Finnieston is home to ample outdoor seating under their covered terrace, with plenty of space for lunch and dinner. One of the most magical covered terraces in Glasgow, its complete with heaters and gorgeous plants, and it has some fantastic Scottish seafood dishes on offer for every meal. If that wasn’t all, The Finnieston also serves up a delicious dessert called Rocket Monkey mousse served with café latte ice cream and Scottish tablet that you may even be reluctant to share with friends.
Brel, Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ
This go-to on Ashton Lane is perfect for all seasons and occasions from cocktails and beers in the garden, gooey cheese fondue in the Belgian bar and restaurant’s conservatory and mezzanine or a warming hot chocolate by a roaring fire pit. Brel even offers some food and drink packages for both indoor and outdoor dining, starting from £10 per person. Plus, they even have umbrellas on hand for those unexpected downpours.
Cranside Kitchen, 28 Tunnel Street, G3 8HL
Launched as a response to the Covid crisis in the summer of 2020, Cranside Kitchen has brought together Glasgow’s best restaurants that had no outdoor space of their own by creating a collective one. Having hosted Cranside Winter Village until January 1, the terrace is back to normal and is open as usual. This huge al fresco venue by the River Clyde, featuring some covered terraces to stay dry, offers everything from Greek dishes by Halloumi, Japanese street food by Yuz and sweet treats by Bon Bon, as well as cool views of the SSE Hydro and Armadillo.
5. Bar 91
Bar 91, 91 Candleriggs, G1 1NP
Not only is there covered seating at this Merchant City bar and restaurant but its street is currently pedestrianised so you needn’t be disturbed by the sound of engines as you sip your pint. Bar 91 are also serving up tasty tacos and mouth-watering burgers to go alongside your tipple of choice. You also get a lovely view of nearby Ramshorn Theatre as you dine outside.
Chinaski’s, 239 North Street, G3 7DL
Get yourself down to Charing Cross quick and you might be able to nab a spot in this cosy, heated and covered terrace located in Chinaski’s beer garden. This bar and restaurant inspired by Charles Bukowski’s literary alter ego serves up amazing food and impressive cocktail menu. Plus, in preparation for the murky weather Chinaski’s have also put up a canopy over the main beer garden as well as installed heaters and fairy lights for added comfort.
7. 1051 GWR
1051 GWR, 1051 Great Western Road, G12 0XP
A terrace space on Great Western Road which we cannot be forgotten is the one at 1051GWR. The bar has pulled out all the stops by setting up see-through domes at the front of their premises to provide more seating and warmth to guests. Plus, this terrace is not to be disregarded on a sunny day too as 1051GWR is serving up frozen margaritas and mojitos and serious scran from their food van.