Pubs in Edinburgh

Boasting a charming plot of bold boozers, the Scottish capital knows a thing or two about afternoon drinks and top-notch grub. Whether you're looking for a craft beer bar, are ready to dose on Sunday roasts, or just have a hankering for a simple pint, these spots have it all. Check out our recommendations for the best pubs in Edinburgh and give those hearty hops a good seeing-to. 

Last updated on 12th June 2020

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 locally-brewed pint.

Combining charming boozer vibes with contemporary styling, Hectors is one of our favourite Stockbridge spots. Showing sporting highlights on the weekend, and hosting a packed-out pub quiz every Tuesday night, there's never a dull moment here.

Located on Lawnmarket, this popular Edinburgh pub offers a gorgeous resting place after a day of taking on the city's hills. Home to some truly excellent local ales, you'll be able to sample a selection of the best brews in Scotland, alongside plates of delicious seasonal fare.

With a history that stretches back to the 17th century, this Grassmarket pub offers a traditional local boozer experience. From its 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.

A traditional boozer in the heart of the city, The Conan Doyle is the perfect roost after a day exploring the city. A short walk from the National Portrait Gallery, the Edinburgh Playhouse and the New Town, you'll find a great selection of classic pub grub to dig into, from haggis, neeps and tatties to Balmoral chicken.

Situated just a skip and hop away from Edinburgh's iconic (and adorable) Greyfriars Bobby statue, this cosy pub is the perfect place to shield from Edinburgh's bitter wind. Grab yourself a comfy leather armchair and admire the many dog portraits that adorn the walls.

Toting 6 casks, 14 keg lines and 120+ bottles and cans of beer, The Hanging Bat is more than well stocked for a boozy weekend session. Bag yourself one of the comfy red leather sofas or head outside to the quaint picnic tables for an alfresco tipple.

Boasting one of Edinburgh's best beer gardens, this classic pub in the city's Old Town fronts a huge outdoor screen perfect for big sports games. Head here in the summer months for free-flowing pints and tasty BBQ scran.

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 juicy burgers, to pan-fried Shetland salmon.

The Devil's Advocate

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A dashing nook tucked down Advocate's Close in the Old Town, this places oozes rustic charm. Heaving with historic flecks, beer barrel tables, stone walls and dripping candles, The Devil's Advocate pays homage to all things Scottish, from craft brews to whisky.

The Holyrood

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Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, The Holyrood is a slick bar and pub serving food from breakfast to dinner. Don't miss the gourmet burger selection, washed down classic cocktails, whisky and a wide range of beers.

Another one of Edinburgh's old favourites, this 18th-century boozer has previously been named as the city's most haunted pub following rumours of a ghostly girl in a red dress wandering its corridors. Go check it out, if you dare. 

One of the friendliest pubs in the city centre, Doctors is an iconic Edinburgh spot. Perched on the corner of Forest Road and located opposite the grand McEwan Hall, it's favoured by tourists, students and locals alike for its warm and welcoming atmosphere. 

Originating in Aberdeen, Fierce Beer is one of Scotland's best-loved craft brewers. Their first bricks-and-mortar spot, this Rose Street venue is the perfect place to sample everything from classic IPAs, to vegan brews and hefty stouts.

The Scran & Sallie is not only known for its top-notch menu (curated by two Michelin-starred chefs) but its chic interiors too. From plush mahogany chairs draped in throws to exposed brickwork and cosy fireplaces, it's the perfect rainy day hideaway.

One of Edinburgh's best-loved pubs, The Three Sisters is more than just a spot for eating and drinking. With a packed-out events schedule, huge beer garden and roster of late-night music, this sprawling spot is a guaranteed good time.