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.
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.
While Angels Share may be one of the best hotels in Edinburgh, they're also harbouring one of its fanciest bars too. A plush location for gastro fare, expert bottles of whisky, decadent drinks and more, they're an exceptional choice for a sophisticated night out.
Looking for a beloved boozer promising affordable bites and classic cocktails alike? Skip on down to George Street as the Slug and Lettuce welcomes guests with contemporary interiors and pocket-friendly prices. Try their Omni Centre offering if you're exploring elsewhere.
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.
Based on Edinburgh's famous George IV Bridge, Frankenstein is a pub like no other, drawing in crowds from all over thanks to its distinctive haunted theme. Mad about all things Victor Frankenstein, the venue is fittingly decorated with props from the movie and its very own electric chair.
Looking for Edinburgh's best craft beer bar? Lothian Road has what you need as BrewDog offers over 20 sips to choose from alongside burgers, snacks and moreish puddings. A favourite among students and locals alike, you can't go far wrong with this causal spot.
Serving up eclectic decor, Pan-Asian bites and classic cocktails in equal measure, Bar Soba is the restaurant and bar that you need on your radar. Head to Hanover Street to stuff yourself silly with crispy spring rolls, aromatic duck and spicy curries.
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.
A quirky bar in Edinburgh, The Cauldron is shaking things up with its themed cocktail - or should we say potion? - making experience. The magical Frederick Street experience is inviting you into their theatrical haunt where you'll be given robes, wands and a vat to create your own heady concoctions.
The Alchemist is bringing its menu of theatrical cocktails to the heart of Edinburgh. Enjoy signature concoctions that fizz, steam and flame before your eyes, all against a backdrop of lavish gold and black setting, it really is an Instagrammers paradise.
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.
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.
Tonic Bar may have all the notions of the Prohibition, but they've certainly amped the party up. A cocktail haven for socialites, not only can guests enjoy innovative cocktails, there are dancefloor moments, dapper DJs and debaucherous antics to tuck into too.
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.
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.
Serving over 200 different types of whisky, it's no wonder that The Devil's Advocate has carved such a cool reputation for itself. This unique bar in the heart of the Old Town is brimming with liquid knowledge, sleek interiors and lush history.
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.
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.
Promising a massive selection of punchy cocktails and South American-inspired cuisine, Boteco Do Brasil is the ideal bar to let your hair down. Looking for a place to party come the weekend? This colourful hangout in the Old Town has a late closing time of 3am from Thursday through to Sunday.
A haven for local beer and fresh pizza, Cold Town House is a true gem in Edinburgh's bar scene. Kick back with one of their kooky craft beers from the onsite brewery and a slice of pizza while taking in the stunning views from their rooftop terrace.
One of Edinburgh's most Instagrammable spots, Rabble is a wonderland of greenery, sleek marble counters and turquoise hues. A popular venue for a girls' night out, this swish bar serves a luxe offering of oysters and vintage Champagne, as well as a menu of signature cocktails.
Tattu is one of the city's most stylish spots. Decked out with low-hanging cherry blossom and intricate mahogany furnishings, this Asian-inspired venue boasts some serious wow-factor. Get stuck into the cocktail list here whilst nibbling on wagyu dumplings and crispy kale seaweed.
One of the quirkiest bars in Edinburgh, McGonagall's Gin & Whisky Emporium is a haven for sipping spirits in the city. This haunt specialises in botanical mixes, delicious Scottish cuisine and regular events which include pub quizzes, board games and sport screenings.