Eight of the Best Beer Gardens in Nottingham

With the weather warming up and the academic year coming to an end, most students are looking for the best boozers to celebrate in.

There is nothing better than seeing off your studies with a nice cold pint. Lucky for us, Nottingham is home to some great options for this.


As observable from its name, the establishment can be found along Nottingham’s central canal. Its outdoor terrace is the perfect location to soak up some sun whilst enjoying its large variety of craft beers. The Canalhouse also pride themselves on the versatility of their food menu, wherein customers can pair anything from pub classics to delectable desserts. Likewise, they are dog friendly, making the visit that much more exciting.

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The Magic Garden

Hidden within The Lace Market, The Magic Garden is the ultimate venue for aesthetic cocktails, a vibrant environment, Instagram shots and a tasty selection of beers and ciders. Not only will you find yourself an energetic and unique drinking ground, but The Magic Garden also boasts a highly tempting bottomless brunch. Be sure to visit on sunny days and get a feel for yourself.


The Bodega may be better known for its live music and Indie scene, but their beer garden cannot go without a mention. Having recently expanded to two beer gardens, you will find that you are spoilt for choice. Despite maybe popping in for a single pint, you will likely end up dancing the night away once their DJs hit the stage from 9pm. Did I mention that they do Happy Hour every day between 4pm and 7pm?

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Waterside Bar + Kitchen

Situated amongst the River Trent, Waterside is best known for its terrace and river views. Time it right and you might be so lucky to witness the sunset over the beautiful city we call home. If you have a chance to visit, I recommend the entirety of their frozen cocktail range – a sweet but effective option. They even do beer paddles; what more could you ask for?

Organ Grinder

A truly authentic pub perfect for celebrating in. With their weekly quiz night, open-air terrace, and vibey interior, the Organ Grinder knows how to attract students. Alongside routinely promoting their new cask ales and keg beers, they also offer some dangerously tasty shots. Each month the establishment utilises its function room to showcase some brilliant artistic talents, so have yourself a gander at what they have to offer!

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Sir John Borlase Warren

Describing themselves as a “traditional pub”, Sir John’s beer garden is far from it. This gorgeous public house is home to a craft beer bar, over 100 gins and a decorative garden sure to flag your friend’s interest. Found in Canning Circus, the venue’s colourful set-up and tropical feel are sure to satisfy that holiday ambience. Picture sitting on a sun-kissed balcony enjoying an ice-cold alcoholic beverage… now put that into action by making a trip down to Sir John.

 Golden Fleece

Soon to “become Nottinghamshire’s first fully vegan pub and live music venue”, the Golden Fleece is doing exceptionally well! Their roof terrace has been a hot spot since Covid restrictions loosened last year, yet their popularity continues to grow. Their Happy Hour Wednesdays, DJs every weekend, and eclectic mix of cocktails give off mini-festival vibes ideal for marking the end of the year. With prices actually compatible with student living, it is no surprise that the Golden Fleece attracts Trent’s finest.

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Secret Garden

Despite its name, the Secret Garden may be one of Nottingham’s best-known bars – and for a good reason. Host to some of the city’s liveliest events, the Secret Garden has your summer sorted. Its picturesque greenery, ambient lighting and attractive nature are enough without even considering the drink options. However, that would be a silly mistake… I mean, who would not want to try the Jungle Bug? They also serve “sharing” pitchers!

Being a student in Nottingham has so many perks, but it is pretty clear that the range of drinking venues may be up there. We are simply spoilt for choice – this list makes it hard to choose just one. Or was that the idea all along? It seems like the perfect opportunity to start planning a pub crawl after reading this…

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