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Best Bars in Edinburgh

From a glamourous cocktail with the girls, to a traditional Saturday afternoon pint, Edinburgh has all tastes covered with its wide-ranging bars.

The Dome - a visit to the Dome always feels like an occasion. See it in all its glory at Christmas time when the giant Christmas tree centres the round bar.

Bramble Bar - a hidden away cocktail bar underneath Queen Street, this place serves up old classics as well as creative new inventions and has a really cosy vibe.

Peartree House - one for summer, this place has a large cobbled beer garden, perfect for the rare warm Edinburgh day.

The Sheep Heid Inn - the oldest pub in Scotland, this was established way back in 1360. It’s also home to a 19th century skittle alley!

The City Cafe - this has an American Diner feel, complimented with cocktail and beers pitchers as well as guest and resident DJs.

These are just a small handful of some of the great bars Edinburgh has to offer. Where would you recommend?


  • FoodinburghFoodinburgh Member ✭✭
    Tonic Bar is good for cocktails, as is 52 Canoes.  I was also recently at Clouds and Soils which had a nice relaxed atmosphere.
  • ananyahananyah Member ✭✭
    I've actually never been to any bars in Edinburgh, will definitely need to check a few of these out!
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  • EdinBrawGaryEdinBrawGary VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭
    The Roseleaf is lovely - near The Shore in Leith. The food is excellent and they do a wide range of cocktails served in teapots.
    Love The Roseleaf, I'm a big fan of Teuchters Landing too. You can't go wrong with a mug of macaroni. 
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  • SmidgeSmidge VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    If you are into Gin, I have a guide to Gin in Edinburgh on my blog, including the best gin bars to visit and the three gins made here which you have to try!

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  • A favourite near me is the Cumberland Bar in the New Town, which has a fantastic beer garden (although it needs to be pretty close to midsummer for it to get decent sun). Inside is great too, with lots of wee snug rooms to have a chat in. They've also updated their menu recently - well recommended.
  • mustseescotlandmustseescotland VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭✭
    When I lived in Stockbridge (before I met the love of my life and he whisked me away to the Moray Firth) I liked to spend an hour or two in The Baillie. Ah - happy days... ;)Oh yes - and The Jolly Judge - tucked away off the Lawnmarket - cosy on a winter evening.
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  • SmidgeSmidge VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    @mustseescotland the Baillie is one of my favourites - a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon!
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  • GirlVersusFoodGirlVersusFood Member ✭✭
    Smidge said:
    If you are into Gin, I have a guide to Gin in Edinburgh on my blog, including the best gin bars to visit and the three gins made here which you have to try!

    I'm also a gin lover Smidge! <3  Some great suggestions there, I still need to try Mothers in Stockbridge, must add it to my To Do List.
  • TheChaoticScotTheChaoticScot Member ✭✭✭
    edited April 2016
    I really like the Safari Lounge at Abbeyhill. 

    Their house lager and 'Jungle Brother' hot dog involving beef and chorizo chilli with melted manchego might have swayed it for me  ;) 

    Carriers Quarters is the oldest pub in Leith, has cosy wee window seats and the pints don't break the bank. The haggis nachos are a great pub snack too! 

    I can't see past Nobles in Leith for it's full Scottish breakfast (the BEST in Edinburgh), the quirky interior including a nautical stained glass window, and its decent selection of single malts.

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  • I have recently discovered the hidden gem, Heads & Tales. If you're into gin, this is a fantastic bar hidden away underneath The Huxley. It even has a DIY option where you can make up your own drink!

  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    @VisitScotlandAmy I LOVE Heads & Tales. It's a recent discovery of mine and I can't get enough.

    My other favourites are:

    Panda and Sons - a speakeasy style bar hidden away down a staircase in Stockbridge. Amazing cocktails, vintage barbershop decor and a good vibe

    Hoot the Redeemer - a 1950's New Orleans vintage funfair themed bar. You can get alcoholic slushies, cocktails and ice creams

    Brass Monkey - great for a drink, a pub quiz or some good ole hearty pub food (burgers, hot dogs, nachos and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options)

    The Jolly Botanist - another gin bar with a huge selection of gin and whiskey cocktails and plenty of sharing platters or individual dishes

    Copper Blossom - the decor alone in Copper Blossom is something to behold. (It truly lives up to the name - plenty of copper and florals to be seen!). They have both a restaurant and a bar and  some pretty impressive cocktails.
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  • ImperialImperial Member

    I think the Canny Man's great, an old and authentic pub in Edinburgh, located at 239 Mornigside Rd. 1.5 miles from the west end of Princess Street
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