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 26th June 2020




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

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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.

Frankenstein / Bier Keller

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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. 

McSorleys

5 user reviews 4

Head down to McSorleys for great drinks and even better craic. There's four massive HD screens for all the sport you could watch, as well as live music seven nights a week, and should you feel a bit peckish, they've got a whole menu of tasty dishes made from the best local produce. 

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. 

The Raging Bull

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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 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. 

Dragonfly

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A kitsch boozer in the heart of Old Town, Dragonfly is one of our favourite Edinburgh bars. Boasting floral flecks, subtle nods to Japanese culture and a cocktail list to satisfy all tastes, it's a truly unique 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.

The Voodoo Rooms

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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.

Did you know that Bon Vivant in French means a person that enjoys fine quality food and drink? Even if you didn't, there's no doubt that this bar will keep that phrase true to form with affordable, delicious drinks and food to match. 

Panda & Sons

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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. 

Lucky Liquor Co is the place to head for anyone chasing down some of the city's most weird and wonderful concoctions. Home to a crack team of expert mixologists, this bar lets the drinks do the talking (and trust us, they've got a lot to say).

The Devil's Advocate

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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. 

Whether you've got a hankering for cocktails or are keen to get on your dancing shoes, 99 Hanover Street has a little something for everyone. While weeknights are reserved for delicious drinks surrounded by stunning baroque-inspired interiors, weekends see this place come alive with epic DJ sets.

Pooch-friendly and proud, The Last Word Saloon is one of Edinburgh's most laid-back bars. With their dashing whisky selection, roaring fires and a top-notch wine list, this basement lair is the perfect spot for huddling away from the city's winter climes.

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.

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. 

Revolution

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.

Cold Town House

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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. 

The Holyrood

78 user reviews 5

Looking for the best bars in Edinburgh? Look no further, because this Old Town favourite promises cracking food and drink with proper Scottish style. Expect a wide selection of whisky, beer and cocktails paired with classic pub grub.

OX184

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.

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. 

52 Canoes

1 user review 5

After a taste of tiki life? Head down to Melville Street to 52 Canoes for a night of tropical-inspired fun and fruity sips. Saturday nights see the place come alive with never-ending rum cocktails and limbo tournaments. Leis at the ready.