We originally put this list together to celebrate the easing of lockdown (that moment in April when outdoor drinking and dining for groups of up to 6 people (or 2 households) could commence).
Things have moved on a little since then (hurrah!), so we’ve tweaked the below to cater for those looking for an alfresco spot over the summer (come rain or shine!)
Where have we missed? Give us a nudge with an email or DM 😉
Art and Craft
Watch the world (well, Croydon) go by at this Surrey Street venue. The independent beer pros regularly team up with food trucks that park up outside to feed hungry drinkers.
Craft Beer Bar | Croydon | Art & Craft CR0 (artandcraftcro.com)
This team of Croydon legends re-opened their (out)doors to serve up the delicious Italian cuisine they’ve built their reputation on over the past 30 years.
Home – Bagattis Restaurant
Big Mike’s Rooftop Lime at Boxpark
Big Mike is taking over the Boxpark upper terrace on most Sundays throughout the summer. In the Caribbean, to “Lime” is to eat, drink, socialise and relax…and with Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen on the BBQ. rum punch served at the bar and steel pans playing in the background, you’ll be transported to the Islands in no time! P.S We’re holding a Bottomless Rum Punch event with them on Sunday 8th August, the perfect opportunity to try it out!
Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen
International travel might still be a bit tricky, but Boxpark’s wide range of international street food traders mean it’s definitely on the menu! Grab your food and head to the roof.
BOXPARK Croydon | Eat. Drink. Play. | BOXPARK
The Cricketers team refurbished their outdoor space which is now home to Kitchen resident, Mikos Gyros. Serving up Gyros Pitas and hotboxes, Croydoners can enjoy a little taste of Greek Island life.
Cricketers Croydon – Your Neighbourhood Institution
Dog and Bull
The beer garden here offers shade and heat, so can cater for all our British weathers! New Kitchen residents, Earls New York Pizza Pies, keep hunger at bay.
Dog & Bull – Pub and Kitchen
The team were busy over lockdown creating a much larger outdoor area that spills onto Surrey Street. Complete with umbrellas and heaters, it’s an ideal spot for all weathers.
Mr Fox (mrfoxcroydon.co.uk)
This Croydon based modern craft-beer brewer also has a tap room with outdoor space which is open 12pm to 7pm on Saturday and Sundays. With the Croydon Tap just next door, there’s a definite scene emerging (and with wine and gin also on the menu, it caters to all tastebuds).
Signal Beer Co
This new (heated if required) terrace is open until 11pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays is the perfect partner for Smoothbean’s wine and tapas menu. Who needs Marbs anyway? 😉
Smoothbean! Tapas Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge | Croydon
Snake and Mongoose Grill Bar
Taking it’s influence from Jamaican and British roots, this bar and grill has a small rooftop bar tucked away at the back. Perfect for sipping on their infamous RnB mojitos.
Snake and Mongoose
The Croydon Tap
Located in the new brewery, The Croydon Taproom is sat alongside where the beer is made. There’s six lines of fresh Anspach & Hobday beer and you can even grab some to takeaway too. Open every Saturday.
The Croydon Tap — Anspach & Hobday | London Craft Brewery (anspachandhobday.com)
The Oval Tavern
Tucked away down a quiet residential street a short stroll from East Croydon station, the pub’s walled garden feels miles away from city life.
Home – The Oval Tavern
The Royal Standard
This classic back street pub now has it’s own beer garden. Located under the underpass, it offers the authentic urban experience (!)
The Royal Standard – Home (royalstandardcroydon.co.uk)
The much-loved beer garden is socially spaced out and ready to go!
Tree house Croydon – Club | Restaurant | Garden
The Yard Bar
The Yard Bar at Stanley Arts in South Norwood is perfect for al fresco drinks…and you might even get a little live entertainment while you’re there! Open til 10pm on Fri, Sat and Sundays.
The Yard Bar