A traditional boozer in the heart of the city, The Conan Doyle is the perfect roost after a day rooting about Edinburgh. A short walk from the National Portrait Gallery, the Edinburgh Playhouse and the New Town, you'll find a great selection of beers and some classic pub grub to dig into, from haggis to Balmoral chicken.
Pubs in Edinburgh
Pubs, can you beat 'em? Edinburgh says no. Boasting a charming plot of bold boozers, the city knows a thing or two about afternoon drinks and gastro hankerings. Whether you're looking for a craft beer bar, ready to dose on Sunday roasts, or maybe you're just after a simple pint, these guys have it all. Check out our recommendations for the best pubs in Edinburgh and give those hearty hops a good seeing-to.
Frankenstein is a pub like no other, drawing in crowds from all over thanks to it's distinctive haunted theme. With the famous film playing on loop in the background and with an electric chair of their own, the bar serves kooky creations while the DJs mix the best party tracks.
A little way from Edinburgh Castle, Rose Street Brewery is a New Town classic, with a history that dates back to the 18th century. Serving up classic pub grub and some great local ales, it's a perfect spot to tuck into a plate of stovies or a crofter's pie, washed down with a house ale or something a little stronger from their whisky library.
With a history that stretches back to the 17th century, this Grassmarket pub offers a traditional local boozer experience. From it's great selection of beers and ales to its comfortable interiors and tasty pub grub, if you pop in for a pit stop you might find it hard to tear yourself away.
Looking for an affordable pub in Edinburgh that promises international grub at pocket friendly prices, with beer and wine to boot? Saunter on down to George Street as the noted Slug and Lettuce churns out contemporary styling alongside cheap plates and classic cocktails.
Located on Lawnmarket, this popular Edinburgh pub offers a gorgeous resting place after a day exploring the city. Home to some truly excellent local ales, you'll be able to sample some of the best brews in Scotland, alongside plates of delicious seasonal food and traditional pub grub.
While not a traditional pub, The Refinery in Edinburgh is a great spot for a cocktails or delicious IPA. The bar area is perfect for sipping the night away with its glass front looking out to St Andrew Square and a relaxed, chic vibe.
One of the best spots in the city for craft beer drinking, Brewdog is a unique bar and eatery on Lothian Road. Boasting over 20 different kinds of brew, these guy have built up a reputation for lip-smacking craft creations served alongside tasty burgers to soak up all the goodness.
Another one of Edinburgh's old favourites, this 18th century pub was named the Most Haunted Pub in the city back in 2005 following rumours of a ghostly girl in a red dress who is rumoured to haunt the bar. Go check it out, if you dare.
One of the friendliest pubs in the city centre, Doctors is one of the city's public house institutions. Located opposite the iconic McEwan Hall, it's favoured by everyone from tourists to natives and even some of the local student crowd.
The Scran & Sallie are not only known for food curated by two Michelin-starred chefs, but their interiors echo an absolute attention to detail. From plush mahogany tables and chairs draped in throws, to exposed brickwork, and cosy fireplaces, it's no wonder they're a local favourite.
Toting 6 casks, 14 keg lines and 120+ bottles and cans of beer, not only can you indulge in some of the best bottles in the world at The Hanging Bat, you can hunker down in the cool confines of red leather sofas, quaint picnic tables and a charming service.
A dashing nook tucked down Advocate's Close in the Old Town, this places oozes a rustic charm. Heaving with historic flecks, beer barrel tables, stone walls and dripping candles, The Devil's Advocate is a homage to all things Scottish, from craft brews to whisky.
Boasting one of Edinburgh's best beer gardens, this old-fashioned pub in the city's Old Town fronts a huge outdoor screen perfect for big sports games alongside an outdoor barbecue to keep the crowds fed during extra time.
One of Edinburgh's best-loved pubs, The Three Sisters is more than just a spot for eating and drinking, although admittedly they are very good for that. With a packed events schedule, live sports and music, it's always a good shout if you're looking for a quirky little spot.
Offering a stand-out selection of beers, this great pub and late-night trendy hangout boasts brews available by the gallon. Check out what they've got to offer, from their house Tempest, to some of your favourite crafts, lagers and wide range of whisky.
Just a stone's throw from the Playhouse Theatre, this charming pub near Calton Hill is a top spot for pre and post-theatre dining. Offering a selection of locally-sourced hearty dishes, you can dig into everything from big juicy burger, to pan fried Shetland salmon.