Life in a city can take a toll on its residents, whether it’s hectic NYC or even a slower paced urban experience in Charleston, South Carolina. And while we love the dives and the shiny modern bars big cities have to offer, there’s something to be said about a quiet garden where you can drink in peace and connect with some form of nature. These eight gorgeous garden bars across the world let you sip cocktails surrounded by fresh air, bright flowers and lush greenery.
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Maison Premiere is already one of our favorite cocktail and oyster bars in the country, and warm weather gives even more of a reason to visit. The bar’s lush garden features a tiled patio, plenty of greenery and hanging fruit baskets for a splash of color. Order a Porto Seguro (Letherbee absinthe, sweet vermouth, Avua Prata, basil, lime, grenadine) and take a seat under the wrought iron gate and bask in garden glory.
While the Brooklyn location of Weather Up also has a lovely garden, those poor New Yorkers barely get to use it, thanks to those pesky four seasons. Not the case at Weather Up’s Austin outpost, which boasts a lovely double-decker patio surrounded by plenty of green and illuminated with string lights. Order a classic cocktail or one of their signatures like the BB, made with tequila, Amaro Nonino, salted grapefruit, lime juice, Angostura and hopped grapefruit bitters.
This laidback Charleston restaurant is tucked inside the Belmond Charleston Place hotel and has one of the most beautiful courtyards we’ve ever seen. While there is a long list of wines to pair with the Lowcountry fare, the cocktail list has plenty of refreshing libations to cool you down. Choose from one of their signature Sangrias, get your spice fix from the Bloody Mary bar or spring for the Belmond Charleston Punch—made with dark and coconut rums, fresh juices, pomegranate syrup and a Myer’s Dark Rum float.
It’s not often you see a green lawn and perfectly manicured hedges on a rooftop, and this fancy London bar and restaurant is doing it well. People frolic about with their cocktails during the summer, and they even cover some tables with heated igloos and place fur throws on the chairs in the colder months. A tropical libation like the Dropagoponop (tequila, passion fruit, chili, cardamom and dragon fruit) will keep you toasty no matter the season.
Resident, Los Angeles, CA
This DTLA bar brings together really tasty craft cocktails with some of the best live music in the neighborhood. The garden reflects its desert environment and features lots of cacti with pops of bright pink and red flowers. They have a hefty selection of cocktails on draft (think Margaritas and a house Old Fashioned) along with made-to-order libations that offer a taste of the city’s local flavors.
Miami’s Employees Only has the same lush, dark vibes as the NYC location (along with the psychic ready to tell your fortune), but the lush garden definitely gives it extra appeal. Expect signature EO cocktails, as well as some extra boozy libations like their house Hurricane. Grab the insanely good steak tartare and stick around until last call for their famous (and free) homemade chicken soup.
Stem, San Francisco, CA
Not only does Stem use fresh produce and herbs from their garden in food and cocktails, but the lush outdoor space is also there for customers to enjoy. Grab something bold and fresh like the Lo-Hi Spritzer, made with blanco tequila, mezcal, blackberry shrub and lime, before heading out to enjoy sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. Bocce ball will keep you busy, and the fire pits will warm your bones on chilly San Francisco eves.
This hippie hangout is certainly unique for the Eternal City, and it offers locals and visitors alike a quiet respite from hectic daily life. The bamboo bar has plenty of bottles for mixing midday aperitivos or after dinner pours of amari. There’s also a street food-inspired menu, live art performances and a “healing area” for patrons to enjoy while they sip bubbly Aperol Spritzes.