Cool and Quirky Bars in Edinburgh

Scotland's capital city has its fair share of hidden watering holes, secret speakeasies and beautifully decorated nooks. Serving a delectable range of finely crafted cocktails, an impressive selection of international wines and a whole load of craft beers, these spots offer their visitors a completely immersive experience. Here's a list of some of the coolest and most quirky bars that Edinburgh has to offer. 

Last updated on 25th August 2020




Wahaca Edinburgh

29 user reviews 5

A haven for Mexican-inspired street food and exotic cocktails, Wahaca is the brainchild of a former Masterchef champion, Thomasina Miers. Stop by for fragrant flavours, salt-rimmed tequila mixes and flowing cervezas.

The Raging Bull

35 user reviews 5

The Raging Bull is a fantastically wacky city centre cocktail bar serving up some of the best espresso martinis in Edinburgh. Try out one of their hazelnut, salted caramel or orange-flavoured variations and see for yourself why they've gained such a mega reputation.

Le Monde

720 user reviews 4

Following a pastel pink and royal blue refurbishment, Le Monde is one of the city's most stylish hotel bars. A hub of all things drinking, dancing and dining, this George Street spot will see you through from dusk 'til dawn. There's even an exclusive Champagne bar for those extra special occasions. 

Frankenstein / Bier Keller

210 user reviews 3

When it comes to weird and wonderful bars in Edinburgh, they don't come much quirkier than Frankenstein. This monster-themed venue boasts daily live shows, with ghoulish sights and spooky sounds. The prices here though? They're anything but scary - think £6.95 for a signature cocktail, slashed to £3.95 between Mondays and Wednesdays.

Heads & Tales

1 user review 5

From cocktails that defy reason to unique and interesting interiors, Heads & Tales is a must for those looking for something a little different. The drinks here are scorched with hot flames, served in teapots and utilise an eclectic selection of international spirits, making each creation a unique experience in itself. 

Appearance is everything here, so expect to be served extravagant looking drinks and neatly produced dishes by a team of perfectionists. Maintaining an air of elegance whilst somehow holding onto a devil-may-care attitude, Bon Vivant is one unique bar that won't be easily forgotten.

The Voodoo Rooms

4 user reviews 5

One of the most unique bars in the city, The Voodoo Rooms is an uber glamorous spot decked out with comfy leather booths and floor-to-ceiling windows. From historical interiors and gin cocktails to the glittering of golden awnings, this is a pretty special place to spend your evening.

One of Edinburgh's best-known bars, The Three Sisters is a popular spot among locals and students alike. With a huge outdoor courtyard, as well as cosy private rooms in the basement, there's never a dull moment here. Be sure to check out one of their roaring sports screenings, bingo events or St Paddy's Day parties.

Paradise Palms has a quirky line-up of events to rival any. From zine pop-up shops, to speed dating with a difference and DJ residencies, there truly is never a dull moment. And with colourful bunting, quirky neon lighting and botanicals hanging from the ceilings, it's pretty easy on the eye too. 

If you like your cocktails with a side of science, look no further than The Alchemist - the Edinburgh bar serving up some of the city's quirkiest concoctions. From smoking glasses to fizzing fancies and foaming tipples, the drinks here are pretty darn spectacular - just be sure to have your camera at the ready.

52 Canoes

1 user review 5

A slice of tiki heaven in the heart of the Scottish capital, 52 Canoes is all about the free-flowing rum punch and late-night limbo sessions. That's not all though - expect weekly comedy nights as well as live music and dancing aplenty. Who needs a holiday anyway?

Cold Town House

4 user reviews 3

With a variety of eight wonderful craft beer creations piped directly from their onsite brewery, Cold Town House really is a gem. To top it off, their rooftop boasts truly incredible views of the castle opposite, perfect for alfresco sips in the summer months.

The Devil's Advocate

2 user reviews 5

Tucked away in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, The Devil's Advocate can be found inside a former Victorian pump house. From the rustic decor to the welcoming atmosphere and spirits adorning the walls, there are few better places to grab a drink with your nearest and dearest. 

Dragonfly

1 user review 4

Halfway between Old Town and Fountainbridge, this chic little cocktail bar has some of the best drinks in the city. With a collective of fun, talented bartenders who have more than a few tricks up their sleeve, the menus here showcase character, flair and unique ingredients.

As a sleek, sophisticated and wonderfully unusual bar in Edinburgh, The Lucky Liquor Co's talented line-up of mixologists let their imaginations run wild when it comes to creating cocktails. Adventurous city revellers will be thrilled to discover the extensive array of quirky libations. 

A secret speakeasy bar in Edinburgh city centre, Cask Smugglers is themed around Scotland's whisky smuggling past. There are 12 signature cocktails, ranging from the Aperol, Tabasco and grapefruit-infused More Lock, to the Liquor at Nightfall - a potent mix of Dark Matter, lime juice, banana syrup and egg white.

Panda & Sons

3 user reviews 5

Hidden away on the corner of Charlotte Square, Panda & Sons transports its guests to America's Prohibition era. Disguised as a barber shop, this secret speakeasy is decked out with quaint antiques and old school barber chairs, and is home an impressive arsenal of spices, spirits and fruits.