The sun is in the sky, oh why oh why would you want to be anywhere else? Slap on the factor 50 and head to one of these 20 eateries with great outdoor seating. 

51 Stokes Croft (Stokes Croft)

All hail the secret garden. If Stokes Croft is the place to be but a little too hectic, head to the back of 51 and relax in the lovely garden. Plenty of shade for the ray dodgers and sun for the worshipers whilst pizza and beer comes as standard.

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Al Bacio (Clifton)

Top notch Italian vibes can be enjoyed outdoors at this lovely little place just off Whiteladies Road. Enjoy pasta, prosecco and tiramisu out front and learn some Italian when you nip in to use the loo.

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Bambalan (Centre)

I barely have to try and convince anyone of this one! Not only do they have 3 options when it comes to seating outside, the top balcony has the best views in Bristol (possibly) it's own bar and you can enjoy the full menu out there. Winner.

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Bomboloni (Gloucester Road)

Hearty Italian fare, fresh bread, seafood and a great spot on the Gloucester Road to enjoy a chilled glass of white wine with a partner or friends. Plus if the sun gets too intense there coomes relief from the retractable sun shade. Perfect!

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Brace & Browns (Whiteladies Road)

Tapas in a relaxed suntrap whilst watching the crowds on Whiteladies Road go by is a great way to spend an evening if you ask us. With plenty of cover for those with more delicate skin and a fantastic drinks and food menu, we suggest you get there early to grab a good seat.

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BoxE (Cargo)

Fine dining outdoors seems to be a tough find but BoxE have taken advantage of the beautiful surroundings of Cargo and offers hungry patrons a harbourside view with their gorgeous food. Watch paddlers whilst eating panacotta and absorbing some vitamin D. Perfect. *Photo credit to Andre Pattenden*

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Burger Bear @ Motion

Don't pretend like you could get one of these beasts home before devouring it. With their new crate at Motion, Burger Bear want you to pop in at lunch or dinner time and get your burger on. There is plenty of seating and nice views of the river, what's your excuse?

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Burger Joint (Whiteladies Road)

All the Burger Joint's have some pretty sweet outdoor seating, which means it doesn't matter how much chilli you opt to go in your burger, you won't be over sweating. Enjoy burgers, people watching and a cooling breeze at Bristol's original craft burger bar.

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Burger Theory (Centre)

It's a bit out on the pavement but Burger Theory have erected a fine boundary wall and stuffed it full of plants and tables. What better place to enjoy a burger brunch or dinner with mates in this heat than outside? Get some cold lagers in and enjoy the summer nights.

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Famous Royal Navy Volunteer (Kings Street)

The Volley is well known for being a cracking spot to gather with friends. Whether it is for after work drinks, a Saturday session on the cobbles or a bite to eat, it always has a nice buzzing atmosphere. Congregating outside one of the many bars seems to be a favourite pastime for many of us, however the upstairs roof terrace is definitely far more sophisticated.

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Grain Barge (Hotwells)

Wend your way over to Mardyke Wharf, and climb aboard the historical water-borne Bristol icon that is The Grain Barge. Offering both boat top seating for views across the harbour and Hotwells or the more intimate seating on the side for those that don't mind a squeeze, there is no better place to enjoy a pint and a plate if you have a bit of a nautical flare.

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Industry Bar & Kitchen (Gloucester Road)

Another secret garden for all those that like to be in the know, this bar has a cute back area with seating, parasols and plenty of potted flowers and fairy lights for when the sun finally goes down. Whilst Industry's back bar is stuff to the gills with great wines, spirits and beers, their decent kitchen menu will keep those Aperol Spritz soaked up.

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Mud Dock (Harbourside)

Another harbourside seating triumph comes in the form of Mud Dock. Climb the stairs and pray not everyone else in Bristol has had the same idea so you can grab a seat on their beautiful terrace. The wine is chilled, the beers are cold and their new summer menu is fantastic. Don't miss out.

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Old Market Assembly (Old Market)

This town needs more rooftop terraces so we thank the summer Gods that Old Market Assembly have one. Lots of seating, plants and good chilled vibes can be found here as well as some fantastic local beers, home cooked pizzas and cracking vegan small plates. Get there early to make sure you get the best seat and enjoy seeing Old Market from a totally different perspective

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The Full Moon (Stokes Croft)

The Full Moon has the monopoly on outdoor space in Stokes Croft and they know it. Packed with benches under canopies to protect from the sun, The Full Moon is rarely quiet. Showing the football, hosting raves and slinging pizzas out to hungry patrons as quick as they can is their game. Look out for their ice cream too.

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Planet Pizza (Gloucester Road)

Gloucester Road is prime people watching real estate so at Planet Pizza you sit slightly elevated from the crowds, watching the world go by as you tuck into one of their fab pizzas. Paired with a carafe of chilled white and balancing it with a good shake of the chilli flakes provided on the table onto your planet themed pizzas, you've got yourself a summer treat.

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The Grace (Gloucester Road)

If you're looking for something to eat, The Grace do a simply legendary Sunday roast and a heavenly tapas menu; globally inspired small plates which are perfect for sharing with loved ones over a few drinks. These are all best enjoyed in their suntrap of a garden adorned with small apple trees, plenty of shade if you need it and lots of lovely, fragrant plants. Bliss.

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Steam Bristol (Whiteladies Road)

With pub gardens being like hen's teeth in and around Whiteladies Road, Steam is the bar to hit if you love to soak up the rays with your beer. Famous for their bottomless everythings, you can sit on their vast decking area, covered or uncovered and indulge in brunch, BBQ or roasts.

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The Tobacco Factory Café Bar (North Street)

Famous for food, theatre, markets and being a lovely chilled place to hang out and work, The Tobacco Factory is a much loved feature on North Street. However, did you also know they have a HUGE garden area with plenty of seating, plants and access to all the vitamin D you could possibly want? Get there early for prime seating and soak up those BS3 rays.

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Bristol Beer Factory @ Arnolfini

Overlooking Bristol's historic harbour, Arnolfini Café Bar's outside bar is quite possibly the finest place in Bristol to enjoy a cider or beer in the sun. Or one of their new restaurant options if you're peckish

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Published -27th June 2018