10 great beer gardens in Hackney
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Craft beer, real ale, pizza, burgers and sun; now that pubs are reopening, here is our pick of Hackney beer gardens.
A large pub with an even larger beer garden (complete with outside food and drink bars) the Crooked Billet is good for an afternoon session or a Saturday night out.
The bar has a rotation of real ales, and beers on tap are a mix of craft and commercial draughts.
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This beer garden is hard to beat on a sunny afternoon. Looking out across London Fields, it’s a great place to hipster watch.
Once the sun goes down and everyone moves inside, the music is turned up, the dancing begins and inevitably, punters go home with an impending hangover and a story to tell.
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A real Hackney Wick gem, the micro-brewery has outdoor seating right along the River Lea that catches most of the day’s sun.
While the bar does have wine and spirits, you go for the beer, stone-baked pizza and chilled-out atmosphere.
People’s Park Tavern
Another park-side pub where many punters have woken-up the next day sore-headed. The beer garden is sprawling and backs onto Victoria Park.
The pub has an onsite brewery and the kitchen does a pretty good burger.
A cheerful, shabby-chic pub with an outside courtyard that leads onto a large and grassy beer garden surrounded by trees.
Currently, you can reserve a table, but the venue is also keeping a few tables open for walk-in customers.
Clissold Park Tavern
A laid-back locals’ hang with craft beer and stone-baked pizzas (including vegan ones), right by Clissold Park. The “great big beer garden” is a bit of a suntrap, but it also has covered tables.
An independent venue with a huge beer garden – Shoreditch’s largest apparently. The bar has a good selection of craft beers, and while the kitchen offerings are small, they pair well with a couple of pints and vegans are catered for.
Audio studios are attached to the venues, so you’re mingling with a creative crowd. Good selection of craft beers.
Royal Inn on the Park
The Royal Inn’s large beer garden looks onto Victoria Park, and is ideal for an afternoon beer with friends. The beer garden also now features a garden stretch tent, so this summer, social distancing permitted, you can have a drink outside come rain or shine.
Craft beer on tap includes Beavertown, 5 points and Little Creatures.
The Chesham Arms
A charming and relaxed neighbourhood boozer with friendly staff, independent brews, cask ales and a suntrap beer garden.
There’s no kitchen, but you can order in pizza from Yard Sale. Reopening in August.
The Scolt Head
A locals’ pub with a lot of charm that pulls an easy-going and friendly crowd.
The kitchen offers up bar snack, dinners and Sunday lunch. Dog and child friendly.