December and beer gardens are not terms which usually go together.
But forget that mental image of shivering in your thermals as icicles form in the gap between your lips and your pint.
Across the city there are many pubs, bars and restaurants which offer a cosy outdoor haven to settle into while you enjoy a festive tipple. And you won鈥檛 walk away from any of these feeling like Scott of the Antarctic.
Here's our selection.
Allerton Manor Golf Club
Liverpool鈥檚 sole municipal golf course, close to Calderstones Park on Menlove Avenue, was refurbished earlier this year resulting in the opening of the brand new restaurant and bar, The Old Stables.
There鈥檚 an opportunity to eat or drink outside this new place as there is an especially picturesque outdoor area.
The view isn鈥檛 quite the same on a dark winter鈥檚 evening but the cosy glow from the heaters more than makes up for it.
Never think that the closure of the Kazimier club on New Year鈥檚 Eve last year spelled the end of the beer garden that came with it.
Still very much a going concern, this popular stop , with split level seating areas and a general laid-back vibe makes it a perfect place to stop off for a drink after another Christmas shopping shift.
It鈥檚 always so popular, the combination of human warmth and regular winter clothing should keep the chills at bay as you tuck in to another wine.
The Club House
This major new arrival in Chavasse Park, Liverpool ONE, usually has just as many customers sitting outside as inside.
With so many heaters arranged around the garden and the addition of the Marvellous Marquee this year, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy a drink with the addition of fresh air (they even throw in a few blanekts).
It鈥檚 rather handy for the complex鈥檚 Christmas fair too.
Que Pasa Cantina
A popular destination in Lark Lane for some years now (the Mexican restaurant is your final pitstop before Sefton Park), the patio area is always well frequented.
What鈥檚 more, even if the December weather does take a turn for the worse, inside it鈥檚 so snug and cosy you can soak up just as much Christmas spirit in there as well.
MacKenzies Whisky Bar
It used to be the HSBC bank but now it鈥檚 the rather inviting whisky bar on the corner of Rodney Street and Leece Street.
There is plenty of bench space to be had in the garden out back and as long as the rain holds off, it鈥檚 a grand spot to sip at a dram and let the nectar warm your pipes from the inside.
Free State Kitchen
This Maryland Street restaurant celebrating the best in American food also has a secret garden.
It鈥檚 a bit different from the usual yard out back in that it鈥檚 grassed and even has a few trees popping out here and there.
Couple that with a bit of soul food like momma used to make and you鈥檙e in for a great cosy evening.
This wonderful pub in Rice Street, off Hope Street, is perfectly placed for the budding actors who attend nearby LIPA.
Back in the day it was a regular stop on John Lennon鈥檚 nights about town while he was studying at Liverpool Arts College, also nearby.
As the second oldest pub in the city, it鈥檚 worth experiencing its charismatic beer garden at any time of year.
This gastropub on Duke Street is a great place to gather for a Christmas meal (although if you鈥檙e reading this in December, you probably should have booked back in September, it's such a popular destination).
It鈥檚 still a cool place to visit if you fancy a drink on its own and there鈥檚 a particularly snug area out back where you can enjoy a drink al fresco.
The Clove Hitch
The pub itself is tucked away on Hope Street so you can imagine just how hidden and special the outside drinking area feels.
Complete with heaters for the pre-Christmas chills, make sure you check out the pre-theatre deals if you鈥檝e got tickets for a show at the Everyman or the Phil.
The 'Little' Grapes, Roscoe Street
There are a few pubs in Liverpool which share this vineyard-friendly name but the one with the best beer garden has to be The Grapes on Roscoe Street.
Including a shrine to Buddha, it鈥檚 a good place to nip and try one of the 35 different rums on sale behind the bar.
One of the largest beer gardens in city is a good place to go in the run-up to Christmas.
The Dovey on Penny Lane is known as a brew-house and kitchen and has an impressive menu as well as being a haven for footie fans when the match is on.
The garden area is sheltered so can protect you from any win that鈥檚 whipping up - but we鈥檙e all hardy Scousers. We can handle it!