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.
Having coined the term 'theatre served', this bar guarantees to be a haven for cocktail-sipping and Instagram-snapping. When you're not watching your drink fizz before your eyes? You can dig into a menu of mouthwatering global bites that reflect the haunt's effortlessly cool vibe.
Arguably the quirkiest bar in Edinburgh, The Cauldron is a magic-themed venue that'll have you brewing your own cocktails in a bubbling vat. Not weird enough yet? You'll also receive your own robes and a wand to create your enchanted libations.
From interactive masterclasses that'll have you shaking up your very own tipples, to a menu of classic cocktails paired with innovative pan-Asian plates, Bar Soba is a great choice for food and drinks. Better yet? There are regular student deals throughout the week.
The Raging Bull is a fantastically quirky cocktail bar in Edinburgh's city centre serving up some of the best espresso martinis in town. Try out one of the hazelnut, salted caramel or orange-flavoured variations and see for yourself why it's gained such a mega reputation.
A popular hangout for the city's craft beer lovers, Innis & Gunn is the contemporary taproom found on Lothian Road. Home to 26 taps, it showcases local breweries and rare, international sips - with tasting flights available to help you decide on your favourite pint.
Angels Share is a luxe lounge and hotel in the heart of the city. While daytime sees this joint screening major sporting events and serving a lip-smacking menu of modern Scottish cuisine, as night falls, it's all about the tipples, with vintage whiskies and fine wine aplenty.
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, as well as ghoulish sights and spooky sounds. The prices here though? They're anything but scary, with food and drink deals every week.
Glamorous decor, fragrant Thai flavours and signature sips make up the bones of Chaophraya. This rooftop bar in Edinburgh's city centre is home to a stunning terrace offering gorge views of the castle. This really is the place to get stuck into a heady list of quirky libations.
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.
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.
Nothing says cool and quirky quite like ball pit cocktail bar, Ballie Ballerson. Think dancing to the DJ's disco, house and RnB beats, all while diving into the balls or nabbing a £5 nostalgic drink.
For a taste of South America, shimmy on over to Las Iguanas. This gorgeous hangout has orange pendant lights dangling down, vibrant booth seating and an excellent cocktail list to match. What to expect? Pink Paloma spritzes, spiced mules and sunset rum punch.
Following a pastel pink and royal blue refurbishment, Le Monde is a hub of all things drinking, dancing and dining. This quirky bar on Edinburgh's George Street will see you through from dusk 'til dawn - there's even an exclusive Champagne bar for those extra-special occasions.
An intimate bar with bucketloads of charm, Nightcap is the basement boozer you need to check out. Head on over to the quirky yet elegant spot for an evening of luxurious libations, from expertly crafted cocktails to international wines, and even some of the country's finest whisky.
An iconic spot if you're in search of quirky cocktail bars in Edinburgh, Tigerlily has been known to host some of the wildest nights out in the city. This cool venue fronts a range of beautiful areas, including a restaurant and hotel, plus a load of killer drinks.
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 while somehow holding onto a devil-may-care attitude, Bon Vivant is one of the most unique bars in Edinburgh.
Promising to inject a bit of carnival spirit into your next night out, Boteco Do Brasil is the Latin-inspired party hub with a reputation for its wild weekend antics. Head to this cool Edinburgh bar for a mouthwatering menu of tapas-style plates, plus an impressive selection of rum-infused sips.
An unusual bar in Edinburgh's city centre, Cask Smugglers is themed around Scotland's whisky bootlegging past. There are 13 signature cocktails, which are all inspired by the moon and its revolutions, as well as celebrate Scottish and worldly ingredients.
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.
A quirky cocktail bar in Edinburgh, Rabble is a botanical-themed hideout that's perfect for any and all occasions. Its bright and colourful interiors offer the ideal location for boozy brunches come the weekend and an intimate setting for date nights.
If you're on the hunt for cool cocktail 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.
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.
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.
Fronting great food, dancing and a stand-out beer selection, this cool Cowgate bar hosts some of the best nights out in the city. Head over and enjoy an industrial-chic decor, late-night dining and tasty brews, alongside stellar DJs every weekend.
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.
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.
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.
With eight wonderful craft beer creations piped directly from its onsite brewery, Cold Town House really is a gem. To top it off, its rooftop boasts truly incredible views of the castle opposite, perfect for alfresco sips in the summer months.
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 hangouts to grab a cocktail with your nearest and dearest.