Student Bars in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is bursting at the seams with student-friendly bars, boasting unbeatable drinks deals, super cheap scran and themed events throughout the week. Welcoming students from Napier, Heriot-Watt and University Of with welcome arms, these places know a thing or two about getting up to some midweek mischief. Whether you're planning a society social, a night out with your sports team or are just looking to enjoy a few drinks without breaking the bank, check out our guide to the best student bars in Edinburgh here.

Last updated on 18th November 2022

Ballie Ballerson Edinburgh

A student bar in Edinburgh with a ball pit? That can only be Ballie Ballerson, the famous spot that's made its way to our city all the way from the streets of Shoreditch, London. Expect £5 cocktails, a go diving among the balls and a live DJ to boot.


Need somewhere to wet the whistle after a long day of studying? Then grab the gang and head over to Tron. Found just short of the Royal Mile, this brilliant boozer rustles up affordable food and drink, plus boasts live sports screenings, top-notch DJ sessions and so much more.


Spread across two floors, city centre bar Revolution knows a thing or two about getting up to some late-night antics. And with mouthwatering cocktails, competitive shuffleboard tournaments and 25% off for all students? Just be prepared to miss those 9am lectures.

Paradise Palms

A one-stop-shop for all your nightlife needs, Paradise Palms hosts regular speed dating events, bingo games, karaoke sessions and live music. Adorned with neon lights, pink flamingos and quirky knick knacks, it's the perfect drinking den for a night on the tiles that won't see you reaching for your overdraft.

The Pear Tree

Come summer term The Pear Tree's legendary beer garden is flooded was students keen for an al fresco pint whilst catching up on the latest sporting fixtures on the huge outdoor screen. And if you're looking for some scran? There's 2 for 1 on all mains between Mondays and Thursdays when you flash your uni ID.


Located in Old Town, just a short stroll away from the majority of Edinburgh University's buildings, Pilgrim is the perfect spot for a post-lecture pint. Flash your student card here on a Monday and you'll be treated to £2.25 drinks, 50% off all burgers and free Kit Kats, because everyone needs to take a break every now and then.