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. 

Last updated on 29th August 2019

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.

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.

Frankenstein / Bier Keller

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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.

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.

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.

The Devil's Advocate

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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. 

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. 

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.