Bars in Edinburgh

What with being Scotland's capital city, it's no wonder that our city 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 are the same, and that's what makes it so bloody beautiful. Check out our recommendations for some of the best bars in Edinburgh. 

Last updated on 29th August 2019




One of the most exciting spots for Mexican food and drinks, this is South Andrew Street's go-to spot for street-food plates and boozy refreshments. With a vibrant mix of tequila and mezcal cocktails available, Wahaca's a winner when you need a pick-me-up. 

Le Monde

655 user reviews 4

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.

Frankenstein / Bier Keller

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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. 

McSorleys

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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.

With American-style pool, a retro arcade and Scotland's only Trilliards table, Marcos is a one-stop-shop for fun. There's even delicious stone-baked pizza, over 35 types on gin to choose from and a VIP mezzanine for those times that are a little bit more special.

Cold Town House

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A haven for craft brews and fresh pizza, Cold Town House is a true gem in Edinburgh's bar scene. Kick back with one of their kooky craft brews from the onsite brewery and gooey pizza and take in the stunning views from their rooftop. 

Bourbon Bar and Club

53 user reviews 4

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. 

A cutesy and broody cavern brimming with cocktail cool, Bramble is a go to cocktail bar for those that like their drinks with a darling dash of mixology mastery. With lush seating, romantic corners and cutting-edge creations, it's no wonder that this is an award-winning haunt. 

Dragonfly

1 user review 4

A kitsch boozer in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, many folk claim Dragonfly to be one of their favourite bars in the city. Boasting floral flecks, subtle nods to Japanese culture and a cocktail list that most bars in would envy.

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's dance floor moments, dapper DJs and debaucherous antics to tuck into too.

Panda & Sons

3 user reviews 5

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 as theatrics with cocktails come as standard, and romantic nights out are simply a must.

The Voodoo Rooms

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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 bar will keep that phrase true to form with affordable, delicious drinks and food to match. 

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. 

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 parties. 

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.

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.

56 North

1 user review 5

A stylish wee joint on the West Crosscauseway, 56 North is a bar for those looking for no fuss fun. A relaxed joint where home-made burgers are pourse-friendly and gin cocktails are at the forefront, with masterclass and a functioning distillery on site. 

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. 

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 on site, they're rustling up a top selection of cocktails alongside lush and grand interiors with a historic fleck. 

Revolution

1 user review 3

Looking for affordable boozing, American inspired grub and a more than reliably fun weekend under the sounds of commercial beats and thumping feet? Revs are one of the most loved chains in the business, and toting an enviable selection of food and cocktails at budget-friendly prices.

The Holyrood

69 user reviews 5

Looking for the best bars in Edinburgh? Look no further, because this Old Town favourite promises cracking food and drink with a 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.