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. 

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Last updated on 25th March 2024

Wee Vault Edinburgh

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.

Ballie Ballerson Edinburgh

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, Edinburgh

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. As for the food, enjoy sizzling steaks, juicy burgers and fantastic roast dinners every Sunday.

Porty Vault

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.

Flight Club Edinburgh

Flight Club Edinburgh is a beautiful bar in St James Quarter, complete with interactive dartboards offering all sorts of multiplayer games. You can get your hands on fun cocktails here too, as well as brunch socials with bottomless pizza every weekend.

Bramble Bar

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. 

Panda & Sons

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

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.

The Hanging Bat

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.