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.
Spread over two floors, The Refinery boasts an Alpine-lodge-like dining area, a snuggly terrace and an open kitchen. The venue serves food all day, from bonanza brunches through to delicious dinners, and their cocktail list has classic concoctions as well as new takes on your old favourites.
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.
Belushi's is the ultimate sports bar in Edinburgh and the only place you should be tuning into football's most exciting games. With delicious food, cheap drinks, live music and a vibrant, lively atmosphere, every night here is a hoot.
With American-style pool, a retro arcade and Scotland's only Trilliards table, Marcos is a one-stop-shop for fun. There's delicious stone-baked pizza, over 35 types of gin to choose from and a VIP mezzanine for those extra-special nights out.
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.
Shout! is unlike any other bar in Edinburgh, doubling-up as a cultural institution and rooftop hangout that's perfect for the warmer months. Swing by for an unparalleled journey into the Scottish music scene, before finishing off your experience at the stunning rooftop bar.
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.
Cabaret Voltaire is a wonderland of industrial interiors and independent music. From huge sharing cocktails to tasty pizzas, this place will keep you well fed and watered all night long. And with regular events including pop-ups, speed dating and live comedy - you'll never go bored either.
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.
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.
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.