Cosy Pubs And Bars In Edinburgh

Any wintertime visitor to Scotland's capital will likely become well acquainted with the city's sprawling Christmas markets, Hogwarts-esque architecture and the biting winds that whistle through the winding cobbled streets. After a day of exploration? You'll no doubt find yourself on the hunt for somewhere to take shelter and warm your cockles. Luckily, we've created a guide to Edinburgh's cosiest pubs and bars - perfect for holing up in, grabbing a pint and chowing down on some hearty nosh.

Last updated on 7th October 2020




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A traditional Scottish pub located on the Royal Mile, The Mitre has a reputation as one of the city's most warm and welcoming boozers. The perfect pitstop after a day of pounding Edinburgh's streets, this charming haunt offers a wide range of local cask ales, as well as a selection of hearty dishes.

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On the hunt for the best Sunday roast in Edinburgh? Hectors' offering is a worthy contender. With towering plates of 21-day-aged beef, served alongside golden tatties, fluffy Yorkshire puds and pigs-in-blankets aplenty, it's the ideal place to while away a rainy weekend. There's even a selection of board games to get stuck into.

The Raging Bull

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If sipping on cocktails in elegant surroundings sounds like your idea of a perfect Friday night, be sure to check out The Raging Bull. Touting a team of expert mixologists, no tipple is too troublesome. For a blustery day, we recommend ordering the Winter Is Coming - a warming mix of bramble and honey gin, crème de mûre, lemon, cranberry and sauvignon blanc.

Cold Town House

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Located at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, Cold Town House is the perfect place to cosy up with a craft beer and a slice of stonebaked pizza. Grab a seat on the heated terrace or perch yourself by the huge brick oven while enjoying a wealth of live entertainment, from music to cabaret and comedy.

The Devil's Advocate

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When it comes to cosy bars in Edinburgh's Old Town, The Devil's Advocate comes out top. Found down one of the city's many winding alleys, this former pump house is now a wonderland of tasty cocktails, authentic Scottish cuisine and over 300 varieties of whisky. 

Boasting plenty of nooks and crannies, Bramble Bar is the perfect setting for a romantic date night in Edinburgh. Hidden beneath a dry cleaner, this secret cocktail lounge can be found down a narrow staircase. Once inside, you'll be able to toast with a variety of tipples; from Jamaican-inspired rum sips to the traditional old fashioned.

With a kitchen run by two Michelin-starred chefs, you know you're in safe hands when you dine at The Scran & Scallie. Interiors here are Scandinavian-inspired, with a log-burning fire, exposed brickwork and cosy throws making it the ultimate hygge hangout. 

Searching for an Edinburgh pub with an open fire? Say hello to The Last Word Saloon - the ultra-cosy Stockbridge spot that comes decked out with twinkling candles, faux fur throws and warming tipples aplenty. With regular live music and a dog-friendly policy, you'd be hard pushed to find a more idyllic hideaway.