Guide to Beer Garden Bevs, Bookings & May 17th Madness

15 April 2021 Hints & Tips

So, the beer gardens are back open (Hallelujah!) and drinking out with your mates is no longer just something to look foward to... it's here!! :'-)

Your group chat is probably spammed with these questions:

Where can we go? Do we need to book and if so, how? How long can we stay for? Shall we just wing it?

Look no further, we have done the hard work for you, here is a guide to Chester pubs & bars this Spring:

   Bar Lounge | Oddfellows | Popcorn 


Open from 12th April 2021


Popcorn Bar

Book here: 

OR WING IT! They are only booking out 50% of their tables, so you can also be spontaneous and pop in!

2 Hour time slot & they cannot guarantee longer on busy days, but 2 hours is definitely enough time to down some stunning cocktails ;)


Off the Wall

Book here:

Choose your start AND end time (depending on availability)


Commonhall Social & Racecourse Pop up

WING IT – No bookings required and no time limit on your drinking… worth the risk of a bit of a queue? Definitely!

Check out their website for more information and opening times:


Oddfellows (Open from 16th April)

Book here:

No walk-ins here so definitely pre-arrange this one!

2 Hour time slot – Have you seen their boujee secret garden?


 The Architect

Book here:

You can book a table or wing it on the day if you are feeling spontaneous! After May 17th, all bookings will be for inside tables.


Bar Lounge

As their opening days are weather dependant, you can book from 6PM for the following day:

Perfect for last minute plans! They also have space for walk-ins if you’re passing and fancy a drink!

You can also book for after 17th May if you want to get those plans scheduled in.


The Town Crier

Book here:

Choose your start AND end time (depending on availability)

They are not serving food until 30th April, so this would be the perfect 2nd stop on your night out until then!


The Church Bar

WING IT – No bookings required so just show up and grab yourself a cocktail on their terrace!

Their online booking system is open for 17th May onwards for food only in their upstairs restaurant.


Palm Cocktail Bar & Eatery

WING IT – Palm are welcoming walk-ins and offering tables on a first come first serve basis… hello spontaneous after work drinks!

You can however book a table for food with a £5 deposit per person here:


Telford’s Warehouse (Open from 14th April)

Book here:

You get a 2.5 Hours’ time slot, plenty of time to wack your sunglasses out and enjoy a pint by the canal!


The Boat House

Book here:

Located by the river, the Boat House is a must visit on a sunny day!


The Bouverie

A local to most students living in the Garden Quarter, you will be happy to know you can wing this one and show up!

Their opening times are weather dependant and may change on short notice, so be sure to check their page for updates:



As their opening days are weather dependant, you can book in the evening for the following day!

You can also book for 17th May onwards:


Open from 17th May 2021


Slug and Lettuce

Book here:  

Choose your start and end time (depending on availability)

£10.00 deposit upon booking, definitely worth it for those 2 for 1 cocktails...


The Botanist

Book here:

£30.00 deposit upon booking (you only forfeit this if you cancel within 24 hours or don't show up!)


All Bar One

Book here:

1.5 Hour time slot



Book here:

2 Hour time slot


Fiesta Havana

Book here:

Choose your start and end time (depending on availability)



Book here:

£20.00 deposit upon booking / 1.5 Hour time slot


Music Hall Tap

Book here: -  

Choose your start and end time (depending on availability)


Liquor and Co

Book here:



Book here:

1.5 Hour time slot (extensions depending on availability)


The Brewery Tap

WING IT – No bookings required!


This is just a rough guide of some of our favourite Chester spots and if any information is incorrect or needs updating, please pop us an email to and we'll update :-) If you would like us to add a venue which isn't currently included within this blog post, also just let us know - Thank you


Just a few pieces of advice...

1. Ensure that you have your phone with you (and it's charged!) You're going to be scanning A LOT of QR codes...

2. Be prepared for any weather, as before 17th May, if the heavens open (and let's face it, they will, you've got to love UK weather) the bar unfortunately won't be able to offer you indoor shelter!

3. Don't forget your mask as you'll need this for trips through the bar and to the bathroom.

4. Don't forget your ID... just, dont be that person, ok?

5. Last but not least, for a lot of us it's been a while since we've ventured out, so drink responsibly, look after your mates and be kind and patient to all staff working in hospitality this year, no doubt they'll be wishing they were bevving with their friends too.



Have fun & Stay safe :-)


The team at Abbey Student Rentals