Bars in Edinburgh
What with being Scotland's capital city, it's no wonder that Edinburgh is brimming with such amazing bars. Whether you fancy nuzzling cocktails in a vintage inspired nook, dousing your gullet in craft beer goodies, or lucking back liquid in an industrial lair, no two bars in Edinburgh are the same, and that's what makes it so bloody beautiful. With the pure need to make sure that each and every night out of yours is satisfied, why not check out our recommendations for some of the best bars in Edinburgh below?
Last updated on 16th June 2017
Wandering through the charming bustle of Edinburgh and craving a glass of wine? Good, because there's a bar just for you. Hailed for their small bites and bottles of wine, join Veeno Edinburgh for some of the finest glasses of grape in the business.
One of the most exciting spots for Mexican food and drinks is coming to town from the 10th October. Wahaca, a chain founded by a former Masterchef champion, will be South Andrew Street’s go-to spot for street-food plates and boozy refreshments, with a vibrant mix of tequila and mezcal cocktails available alongside a healthy spread of wines, beers and soft drinks at the bar.
Slick, sophisticated and shapely, not only is Bourbon Bar and Club a name face on the Edinburgh cocktail scene thanks to a roster of unique mixes and modern seating areas, their late night concept also keeps the atmosphere on high as guests can carry on the night in their club.
While Angels Share may be one of the best hotels in Edinburgh, they're also harbouring one of its best bars too. A plush location for gastro fare, expert bottles of whisky, decadent drinks and more, Angels Share is an exception choice for a night out in Edinburgh.
Boutique boozing at one of the best hotel bars in Edinburgh, Le Monde is a hearty hodge podge of glistening interiors, bottles of bubbly and sophisticated clientele. A must for those looking to enjoy a glass of Champers over the sweet sounds of live music, or tuck into their Shanghai Club room for more late-night trendy tidings, try Le Monde on for size. It's a pretty nice fit.
Spread over two floors, The Refinery is an exciting new Edinburgh opening complete with an Alpine-lodge-like dining area, a snuggly terrace and a 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 a new take on your old favourites.
Based on Edinburgh's famous George IV Bridge, Frankenstein is a pub like no other and draws in crowds from all over thanks to it's 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. Grab a drink, sink into one of their booths and take in all the strange wonder around you.
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 homemade dishes made from the best local produce. Now that’s the kind of Irish bar you want to visit.
A cutesy and broody cavern brimming with cocktail cool, Bramble is a go to cocktail bar in Edinburgh for those that like their drinks with a darling dash of mixology mastery. With lush seating, romantic corners and drinks like their Night Circus' with a 23 year old Ron Zacapa rum, Mozart chocolate liquer and balsamic vinegar doing the rounds, it's no wonder that this is an award winning haunt.
A kitsch boozer in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, many folk claim Dragonfly to be one of their favourite bars in town. Boasting floral flecks, subtle nods to Japanese culture and a cocktail list that most bars in Edinburgh would envy, those hankering for a drink can tuck into the likes of their Dfly Sangrita with Tequila and Tabasco, making for quite the liquid punch.
A George Street gem known for their speakeasy inspired interiors and lush cocktail list, Tonic Bar may have all the notions of the prohibition, but they've certainly amped the party up. A cocktail haven for Edinburgh's socialites, not only can guests enjoy innovative cocktails, there's dance floor moments, dapper DJs and amped up antics to tuck into too.
One of the most loved secret bars in Edinburgh, and a must-try nook for those that really hanker after a cocktail education, Panda & Sons are known for their creative cocktail list and vintage charm. This hidden haunt is a stage of smoke filled bell jars as theatrics with cocktails come as standard, and romantic nights out are simply a must on their leather loungers and vintage furniture.
A lush lair in the heart of Edinburgh, those with a love of grand interiors and glistening drinks can barely step a foot wrong inside the Voodoo Rooms. Famed for their grand selection of gin and rum, Scottish selection of beer, their Edwardian inspired dining room and their bespoke bar, many would say that the Voodoo Rooms is a bar in Edinburgh that needs to be seen to be believed.
Did you know that Bon Vivant in French means a person that enjoys fine quality food and drink? Even if you didn't, and you most definitely didn't, there's no doubt that this Edinburgh will keep that phrase true to form. From innovative and garnished cocktails from the £7.50 mark, to lush dishes the likes of a spinach and chive stuffed crepe, Bon Vivant aim for approachable, affordable, yet down right delicious fare.
What should be known as one of the best secret bars in Edinburgh thanks to its ever elusive location, Lucky Liquor Co is the place to go for anyone chasing down some of the city's most weird and wonderful concoctions. A small and fresh nook brimming with bubbling concoctions, and only a 13 strong cocktail menu at that, Lucky Liquor Co are doing cocktail creativity proud.
Serving over 200 different types of whiskey, it's no wonder that The Devil's Advocate has carved such a cool reputation for itself. With their stoned and somewhat medieval interiors alongside the bustle of people and candlelight, this unique bar in the heart of the Old Town in Edinburgh is brimming with liquid knowledge and lush history.
Whether you're hankering for cocktails or enjoying the bustle of a DJ night, 99 Hanover Street has a little something for everyone. While most nights are reserved for delicious cocktails in their vintage and baroque inspired interiors, weekends come a live with a selection of regular DJs and beat bumping dancefloors come sundown.
Pooch friendly and proud, The Last Word Saloon is one of Edinburgh's most laid-back bars. With their dashing whiskey selection, roaring fires and top notch wine list, those looking for a chilled out bevvie can do no wrong. A city centre must-try with the charming attitude to match its interiors, you'll be buying a dog simply to hang out with them here.
Edinburgh's hipster haven, the industrial and gritty interiors of Cabaret Voltaire are just too strong for some of the city's funnest kids to miss. From cocktail hankerings and pizza ploughing in their vintage inspired cafe bar, to a selection of DJ nights, music events and comedy performances in their basement arches, Cabaret Voltaire is a bag of party tricks.
A themed bar in Edinburgh with some of the most cutesy, botanical interiors in the city, those hankering for something a little different will enjoy the whims of The Potting Shed. Whether you've settled down amongst spades for their dose of gastro grub, or ploughing through their top selection of cocktails amongst their shed themed booths and garden trinkers, The Potting Shed is a delicious must-try.
A stylish wee joint on the West Crosscauseway, 56 North is a bar in Edinburgh for those looking for no fuss fun. A relaxed joint where home-made burgers will cost you little more than £9.50, and cocktails start from as little as £3.95, this humble haven promises more than affordable antics on any given Friday or Saturday night in Edinburgh.
Never mind 99 bottles of beer on the wall, here's come a craft beer bar in Edinburgh with more bottles than you can count. Toting 6 casks, 14 keg lines and 120+ bottles and cans of beer, The Hanging Bat a must-try for those with strong hop hankerings. A chilled out joint to try a whole new host of drinks, The Hanging Bat brings in BBQ dishes for that added delicious touch.
Split between three top notch spaces, The Newsroom is a hubbub of delicious activity all week long. Whether you're chowing down in their restaurant for a Texan Burger brimming with home-made chilli and jalapenos, heading to the bar for French Martini at just £6, or heading down to 511, their private party space downstairs, there's a little something for everyone in this cool and contemporary cocktail cavern.
A sexy wee nook in the heart of Rutland Place, Heads & Tales is one of the best gin bars in Edinburgh. Boasting two on-site stills with Edinburgh Gin Distillery in tow, Heads & Tales are not only conjuring up craft magic on site, they're rustling up a top selection of cocktails alongside lush and grand interiors with a historic fleck.
Looking for affordable boozing, American inspired grub and a more than reliably fun weekend under the sounds of commercial beats and thumping feet? One of the most loved chains in the business, and toting an enviable selection of cocktails at pocket friendly prices, those in need of familiarity and fun can do no wrong at a juice joint like Revolution.
Promising a massive selection of punchy cocktails and South American-inspired cuisine, Boteco do Brasil is an ideal bar in Edinburgh to let your hair down in. 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.