Best Cosy Pubs And Bars In Edinburgh

There's no denying that winter is well and truly on its way. Not only are the days getting shorter and darker, but it's also starting to get pretty nippy out. So, whatever you get up to - whether it's exploring the festive markets or enjoying a frosty, scenic ramble - you'll no doubt need to take shelter at some point to warm yourself through. After tackling the biting winds that whistle through the city's cobbled streets, defrost at one of Edinburgh's cosiest pubs and bars.

Last updated on 16th August 2022

Biddy Mulligans is a seriously cosy pub in Grassmarket, toting dark wood interiors, vintage knick-knacks and the like. And when it comes to the menu, there's a lot to love. Think exciting twists on Irish classics, as well as tasty sandwiches. As for drinks, expect cocktails, pints and whisky.

The Raging Bull

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If sipping cocktails in elegant surroundings sounds like your idea of a fantastic Friday night, be sure to check out The Raging Bull. For a blustery day, we recommend ordering the 'autumn sour' - a warming mix of bourbon, rosemary syrup, blackberry jam, lemon and bitters.

The Chanter, Edinburgh

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Oh, how we Edinburgh folk love a cosy boozer. And lucky fur us? The Chanter is ideal for rainy days, winter weather and the like, offering warm nooks for you to settle into. Grab yourself a table and dive into comfort food bites and warming drams of whisky.

Hector's Edinburgh

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For a cosy day snuggling up next to a fireplace with a dram of whisky to hand, it has to be Hector's. The Stockbridge boozer also boasts one of the best Sunday roasts in Edinburgh, offering you plates piled high with succulent meats or veggie alternatives, served alongside golden tatties, fluffy Yorkshire puds and pigs in blankets.

A cosy nook in Haymarket, Wee Vault is an intimate place to enjoy a tipple or two. Grab yourself a seat at this hidden gem to try some seriously tasty brews from its 24 different taps. Whether you're in the mood for beer, mead, cider or wine, it's got you covered.

Cask Smugglers

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A speakeasy bar that harks back to Scotland's whisky bootlegging days, this Princes Street haunt has a reputation for its extensive drinks menu and Neapolitan-inspired pizzas. Feast on haggis and black pudding-topped slices while quaffing handcrafted cocktails over at Cask Smugglers.

With a kitchen run by two Michelin-starred chefs, The Scran & Scallie is a cosy pub in Edinburgh with a delicious menu to boot. Interiors are Scandinavian-inspired, with a log-burning fire, exposed brickwork and snuggle-worthy throws, making it the ultimate hygge hangout. 

Bramble Bar is the ideal setting for a romantic date night. Hidden beneath a dry cleaner, this secret cocktail lounge can be found down a narrow staircase. Once inside, you'll be able to knock back a variety of tipples, from Jamaican-inspired sips to a traditional old fashioned.

Searching for an Edinburgh pub with a 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. Featuring regular live music and a dog-friendly policy, you'd be hard pushed to find a more idyllic hideaway.