Cool And Quirky Bars In Edinburgh

Scotland's capital city has its fair share of weird watering holes, secret speakeasies and beautifully decorated nooks. So whether you're looking for a brilliantly bizarre Frankenstein-themed pub, or a slinky spot shaking up unique, bubbling cocktails, we're bringing you the ultimate lowdown on Edinburgh's cool and quirky bars. Hold on to your hats, people.

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Last updated on 25th March 2024

Porty Vault

Nestled in Portobello, Porty Vault is a trendy taproom flaunting bare-brick walls and intimate lighting. Stop by to sample a brew from the 36 different beer taps, as well as fill your boots with American-style BBQ bites, some of which is smoked for up to 8 hours.

Wee Vault Edinburgh

While perhaps one of the smallest bars in the country, what Wee Vault is missing in size, it makes up for with its excellent list of craft creations. Pop by this cosy hangout to sip from an ever-changing lineup of 24 draught beers, often showcasing rare guest meads and international sips.

Lane7 Edinburgh

For a quirky neon spot that covered in graffiti, Lane7 is an Instagrammable bar that's jam-packed with fun activities. You can expect everything from cool purple bowling lanes and mini golf courses to shuffleboard, augmented darts and shooting pods here, as well as delicious burgers from Fat Hippo and boozy slushies or hard shakes to keep you fuelled.

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Flight Club Edinburgh

Located in the vibrant St James Quarter, Flight Club Edinburgh is a beautiful bar with an eclectic mix of decorations lining the walls. Here, you can play interactive darts and sip on a range of quirky cocktails, with bottomless pizza brunches on offer every weekend.

Ballie Ballerson Edinburgh

Nothing says cool and quirky quite like ball pit bar, Ballie Ballerson. When you're not dancing to the DJ's disco, house and RnB beats, get ready to dive into balls or nab a £5 nostalgic drink. Activity bars in Edinburgh don't get much better than this. 

The Cocktail Mafia

If you're on the lookout for something a little different, then head to The Cocktail Mafia. Found in Edinburgh's West End, this bar has serious Club Tropicana vibes, boasting indoor palm trees and sunset murals. It also has a cracking drinks list that's bound to blow your socks off.

Lucky Liquor Co

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.

The Voodoo Rooms

One of the most unique bars in the city, The Voodoo Rooms is an uber glamorous drinking den 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.

Panda & Sons

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.

Heads & Tales

From cocktails that defy reason to totally unique interiors, Heads & Tales is a must for those on the hunt 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.

Paradise Palms

Paradise Palms has a quirky lineup of events to rival any other. From zine pop-ups to DJ residencies, there truly is never a dull moment here. And boasting colourful bunting, quirky neon lighting and botanicals hanging from the ceilings, it's pretty easy on the eye too.