The countdown is on.

After four long months, the First Minister is expected to give the go-ahead today for the reopening of gyms, hospitality venues and indoor attractions such as art galleries and museums from Monday.

Hospitality venues like cafes, pubs and restaurants can open until 8pm indoors without alcohol, and up to four people from two households are permitted to meet.

Alcohol can be served up until 10pm outdoors only, and the recent relaxation of rules means six people from six households can enjoy each other’s company – and their favourite tipple – from the start of next week.

If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy a pint (or your drink of choice) right here in Inverclyde, here are 10 places that we expect to have outdoor areas reopening from Monday.

The Back Lane (Word Up)

Greenock Telegraph:

Popular last summer thanks to its array of drinks and cosy heaters, this is one beer garden that is expected to be busy from Monday onwards.

Opening from Monday through to Sunday from 12pm to 4.30pm then 5pm until 10pm.

Bookings are handled on Instagram, @wordupclub.

Spinnaker Hotel

Greenock Telegraph:

A firm favourite with Gourockians, this popular restaurant and bar offers unrivalled views across the Clyde.

Alfresco dining and drinking is an option…if you’re early enough to get a table!

Nicolson’s Bar & Kitchen

Greenock Telegraph:

Another hot spot last summer, this beer garden is taking bookings from Monday onwards.

Bookings are only available until May 16 when restrictions are currently expected to change.

To book, click here.

The Exchange

Greenock Telegraph:

The wine bar and restaurant became a firm favourite last summer when they invested in a gorgeous courtyard area.

Bookings will open from Thursday for indoors and outdoors in advance of reopening on Monday.

Call 01475 722280 to book.


The Hungry Horse (Tail O’ The Bank)

Greenock Telegraph:

Somewhere to enjoy views of the Clyde, this bar and restaurant have many picnic benches situated outside to enjoy the spring sunshine.

Bookings can be made online.

Cardwell Bar

Greenock Telegraph:

Sporting a brand-new look outside, this Gourock favourite is looking forward to opening its doors again.

Last year the popular pub offered outdoor tables.

Keep an eye on Facebook to see if they’ll be doing the same this year.

Eighteen 08

Greenock Telegraph:

A real suntrap during the summer months, the outdoor area at Greenock’s Tontine Hotel is the perfect place to meet for a tipple.

Serving gorgeous cocktails and food, tables outdoors can be booked online for a small deposit.

Click here to make a booking. 

The James Watt

Greenock Telegraph:

This Wetherspoons venue in Greenock’s town centre has a licensed outdoor area.

Bookings don’t seem to be available anywhere, so it seems it will be first-come, first-served to enjoy one of their famous cocktail pitchers.

Tokyo Joe

Greenock Telegraph:

This town centre spot claims to have the ‘best beer garden in Inverclyde’.

It is a great place to enjoy drinks with friends, or take advantage of the pub’s great food menu.

Online booking is not available, however call 01475 723900 for more information.

The Waterwheel

Greenock Telegraph:

One for those in Port Glasgow, The Waterwheel will be back serving meals and drinks in its outdoor area.

Bookings can be made here