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 24th October 2022

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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.

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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. 

For a fun-filled evening of freshly pulled pints, roast dinners or small plates, Inn on the Mile Bar is a great choice for your Edinburgh bar ventures. While enjoying your grub, you can watch the latest sports fixture from rugby through to football.


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One of the best pubs in Edinburgh Old Town, Tron is known for its fun atmosphere, live music and sports screenings, while being just a stone's throw from the Royal Mile. To add to the entertainment, expect freshly-poured pints, spirits, gourmet burgers and bottomless pizza brunches.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.