Best Bars In Edinburgh

What with being Scotland's capital, it's no wonder that our city is brimming with such amazing bars. Whether you fancy guzzling cocktails in a vintage-inspired nook, dousing your gullet in craft beer goodies or knocking back libations in an industrial-style lair, no two bars here are the same, and that's what makes it so bloody beautiful. Check out our recommendations for Edinburgh's best bars here. 

Last updated on 25th October 2022

Wahaca Edinburgh

998 user reviews 4

One of the most exciting haunts for Mexican food and drinks, this South Andrew Street spot is our go-to for street food plates and boozy refreshments. With a vibrant mix of tequila and mezcal cocktails available, Wahaca is a winner when you need a midweek pick-me-up. 

Le Monde

749 user reviews 4

Boutique boozing at one of the best hotel bars in Edinburgh, Le Monde is a wonderland of glistening interiors, bottles of bubbly and sophistication. A must for those looking to enjoy a glass of Champers over the sweet sounds of live music, there's also a late-night club for when the sunsets.

The Raging Bull

264 user reviews 5

Renowned for shaking up some of the best espresso martinis in Edinburgh, The Raging Bull is a must for all cocktail-lovers. Located between the West End and Grassmarket, the bar whips up a range of caffeinated concoctions, including salted caramel, hazelnut and orange versions.

The Cocktail Mafia

144 user reviews 5

Bored of the same ol' bars in Edinburgh? We know the feeling. Spruce things up, and head to the West End to The Cocktail Mafia and try one of their fun and fabulous cocktails. There's also a secret drinks menu, that can only be seen with a UV pen.


97 user reviews 5

Beneath the streets of Edinburgh lies Nightcap, a quirky basement bar that's slinging out heady cocktails and superior wines. Head on over to the sultry spot that's decked out with exposed brickwork and neon lights to indulge in an evening of terrifically tasty tipples.

A taproom and bottle shop rolled into one, Wee Vault is one of the coolest bars in Edinburgh. Head on over to sample and buy all kinds of delicious brews, from rare guest beers to mouthwatering meads. And if that's not for you? This joint also stocks fabulous wine, ciders and more.

The original ball pit cocktail bar has landed in Edinburgh, making its way over from none of than the streets of Shoreditch, London. Think nostalgia-inducing Dip Dab drinks and live DJs playing the best mix of RnB, disco and house.

Granary is a gorgeous Edinburgh bar filled with a rustic wood look, a mezzanine balcony and one of the city's best brunches. Aside from the extensive list of cocktails here, you can also expect live music at the weekends to add to the already electric atmosphere.

Flaunting around 36 beers on tap, you know that Porty Vault is sure to impress on the drinks front. Located on Portobello High Street, this laid-back venue has lots of cosy corners, alongside a top-notch food menu. Our choice? The smoked 'n' loaded sweet potato skins.


53 user reviews 4

Slick and sophisticated, Bourbon Bar and Club is a big name on the Edinburgh cocktail scene thanks to its roster of unique mixes. The perfect weekend hideout, the bar transforms into a club as night falls, with regular events and special DJ appearances. 

A cutesy and broody cavern brimming with cool vibes, Bramble is a go-to cocktail bar for those who like their drinks with a dash of mixology magic. With lush seating, romantic corners and cutting-edge creations, it's no wonder that this is an award-winning venue. 

The Voodoo Rooms

4 user reviews 5

Famed for their grand selection of gin and rum, Scottish-brewed beers and impressive Edwardian-inspired dining room, many would say that the Voodoo Rooms is a bar that needs to be seen to be believed. Don your finest gladrags and shimmy on down for a night to remember.

Panda & Sons

3 user reviews 5

One of the most loved secret bars in Edinburgh, Panda & Sons are known for their creative cocktail list and vintage charm. This hidden haunt is a stage of smoke-filled bell jars and mixology theatrics - perfect for those date nights where you're looking to impress. 

56 North

1 user review 5

A stylish wee joint on the West Crosscauseway, 56 North is a bar for those looking for fuss-free fun. A relaxed venue where homemade burgers are purse-friendly and gin cocktails are free-flowing, this cosy neighbourhood spot is the perfect pitstop after a day of exploring the city.

Toting 6 casks, 14 keg lines and 120+ bottles and cans of beer, The Hanging Bat is a must-try for those with strong hop hankerings. Located on Lothian Road, this rustic bar is decked out with comfy leather sofas, quaint picnic tables and twinkling candles when dusk falls.

Heads & Tales

1 user review 5

A sexy wee nook in the heart of Rutland Place, Heads & Tales is one of the best gin bars in the city. Boasting two on-site stills, they are not only conjuring up craft magic, they're also rustling up a top selection of cocktails. 


1 user review 3

Looking for affordable boozing, American-inspired grub and a soundtrack of commercial beats and thumping feet? You'll want to head to Revs - one of Edinburgh's most popular student spots, toting an enviable selection of food and cocktails at budget-friendly prices.


2 user reviews 5

From live DJs to freshly cooked dishes and an epic selection of beer on tap, OX184 is the perfect late night spot. Soak up cracking drinks in industrial-style surroundings that bring a real chilled out vibe to the historic Old Town.