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.
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 has recently launched a magical alpine chalet in Glasgow this winter perfect for get-togethers with friends and family, which combines their famous après-ski fondue and winter warming food specials with their fully-covered and heated outdoor seating for the ultimate snug setting. You can sip on a hot toddy or boozy hot chocolate round the fire pit or enjoy a special winter cocktail or two tucked away on this cute Glasgow lane.
Brel, Ashton Lane, G12 8SJ
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 frozen dome served with maraschino cherry compote that you may even be reluctant to share with friends.
The Finnieston, 1125 Argyle Street, G3 8ND
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. 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 Yuzu and sweet treats by Bon Bon, as well as cool views of the SSE Hydro and Armadillo. And just for the season, Cranside Kitchen has launched a winter village with plenty of comfy seating on offer, from cosy igloos to ski gondolas.
Cranside Kitchen, 28 Tunnel Street, G3 8HL
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 an 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 offering blankets and installing heaters and fairy lights for added comfort.
Chinaski’s, 239 North Street, G3 7DL
5. 1051 GWR
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 gazebos 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.
1051 GWR, 1051 Great Western Road, G12 0XP