Cool and Quirky Bars in Edinburgh

Scotland's capital city has its fair share of hidden watering holes, secret speakeasies and beautifully decorated nooks. Whether you're looking for a slick date night spot for you and the other half or just a fun and casual hangout to catch up with friends, we're bringing you the lowdown on the best cool and quirky bars in Edinburgh.

Last updated on 21st December 2021

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 with food and drink deals running throughout the week.

Wahaca Edinburgh

701 user reviews 4

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 at this quirky Edinburgh bar and restaurant.

The Cocktail Mafia

28 user reviews 5

If you're looking for something a little different, then head to The Cocktail Mafia. Set in Edinburgh's West End, this bar has two rooms set in the gorgeous prohibition era with stunning artwork and furnishings. They also have a cracking cocktail menu, that's bound to blow your socks off.

The Raging Bull

210 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

749 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. 

Angels Share

1303 user reviews 4

A quirky bar near Edinburgh Castle, Angels Share is a luxe lounge and hotel in the heart of the city. While the daytime sees this place screen major sporting events and serve a mouthwatering menu of modern Scottish cuisine, as night falls it's all about the tipples, with vintage whiskies, tasty cocktails and fine wine aplenty.

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.

An iconic spot if you're looking for quirky cocktail bars in Edinburgh, Tigerlily has been known to host some of the wildest nights out in the city. Comprised of a boutique hotel, bar and restaurant, the venue offers a range of areas, each more beautiful than the last.

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.

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 quirky cocktail with your nearest and dearest. 


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.

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, old school barber chairs and is home an impressive arsenal of syrups, spices and spirits.

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 of the most unique bars in Edinburgh.

Cask Smugglers

1 user review 5

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.

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 quirky nights out in Edinburgh. The drinks here are scorched with hot flames, served in teapots and utilise an eclectic selection of international spirits, making each creation an experience in itself. 

If you're on the hunt for quirky craft beer bars in Edinburgh, we'd recommend a trip to The Hanging Bat. Alongside the wealth of bottle and draught options available, the Lothian Road venue has its own onsite microbrewery churning out some delicious and unique pints.

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 lineup 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. 

A sleek and unique bar in Edinburgh, Lucky Liquor Co's talented lineup 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 that change with the seasons.