Pubs in Edinburgh
Pubs, can you beat 'em? Edinburgh says no. Boasting a charming plot of proud pubs and bold boozers, these venues know a thing or two about afternoon drinks and gastro hankerings. Whether you're looking for a craft beer bar, ready to dose on some of the best Sunday roasts in Birmingham, or purely after a pint, these pubs have it all. Check out our recommendations for the best pubs in Edinburgh, simmer down by the fire, and give those hearty hops a good seeing to.
Last updated on 11th January 2017
Looking for a pub in Edinburgh with a difference? Spook yourself silly at Edinburgh's Hanover Tap promising eerie sights and sounds, quirky themed cocktails and even a secret 'crypt bar', perfect for unique private events. Embrace the weird and the wonderful at this unique hangout in the city.
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. Try their Omni Street bar if you're elsewhere in the city.
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.
Based on Edinburgh's famous George IV Bridge, Frankenstein is a pub like no other and draws in crowds from all over thanks to it's distinctive haunted theme. With the famous Frankenstein film playing on loop in the background and with an electric chair of their own, the bar serves all you favourite drinks while the DJs mix together the best party tracks.
Pub grub done proud, The Scran & Sallie are not only known for food curated by two Michelin-starred chefs, their interiors echo the absolute attention to pudding detail. From plush mahogany tables and chairs draped in throws, to exposed brickwork, fireplaces and copper lamps, The Scran & Sallie are one of the most talked about pubs in Edinburgh, and you need only visit to see why.
A dashing nook tucked down Advocate's Close in the Old Town of Edinburgh, there's certainly nothing sinister about The Devil's Advocate. Heaving with historic flecks, beer barrel tables, stone walls and dripping candles, The Devil's Advocate is a homage to all things Scottish. Whether you're cracking into their beer, or their selection of over 200 bottles of whiskey, the warmth in your belly is soon to be irresistible.
Pubs and potting, this drinking haven comes on strong with the botanical inspired boozing. While not strictly a pub, and more of a garden, The Potting Shed are knocking up grub, cocktails and craft that's too hard to resist. Enjoy the likes of a Alechemy Cockleroy Black IPA amongst a plot of garden tools, cutesy booths, raw woodwork and outdoorsy charm.
While it may be boasting bar status, the beer menu at The Hanging Bat comes on too strong to deny its roaring pub penchant. 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, you can hunker down in the cool confines of red leather sofas, quaint picnic tables and a charming service.