Best Sports Bars In Edinburgh

The important match is just around the corner and you're searching for the perfect spot to see your team battle it out. While you may not have bagged pitch-side tickets, the city's many boozers promise a buzzing atmosphere, big screens, freshly poured pints and half-time snacks. So, whether you're celebrating a victory or drowning your sorrows, check out our list of Edinburgh's best sports bars here.

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Last updated on 16th January 2024

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After sports bars in Edinburgh Old Town? Fun boozer Tron is a fair bet, as it's just off the Royal Mile and fronts a big screen on the lower level, alongside a pool table for half-time or between meets. Better yet, the food and drink here is affordable too.

The Haymarket

Wondering where to watch the football in Edinburgh? Look no further than The Haymarket, a charming boozer with lots of screens. This one's always a safe bet come match days, so pop over to sip cold pints and wolf down tasty nosh while you cheer on your favourite team. 


Located on the corner of Forrest Road, just opposite the university, Doctors is a traditional Scottish boozer that welcomes locals and visitors to the city alike. The old school spot often screens football and rugby matches across multiple TVs, with hearty grub to fuel you through.

The Pear Tree

It might be famous for having one of the city's most beautiful beer gardens, but The Pear Tree is also a knock-out sports bar in Edinburgh's Old Town. In the summer months, the team erect a huge outdoor screen, pulling in fans from across the Scottish capital.


Working in tandem with the bar's incredible drinks discounts, Pilgrim's screens showcase live sport at every possible opportunity. From huge international fixtures to more obscure events, you can always expect to catch some form of athletic action at this cosy Old Town watering hole.