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.
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 Edinburgh, or maybe you're just after a simple pint, these pubs have it all. Check out our recommendations for the best pubs in Edinburgh and give those hearty hops a good seeing to.
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.
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.
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.
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 schedules, live sports and music, it's always a good shout if you're looking for a quirky little spot to hunker down for an evening.
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.
Just a stone's throw from the Playhouse Theatre, this charming pub near Calton Hill is a top spot for pre and post-theatre drinks and dining. Offering a selection of hearty dishes from, sourced locally or from around Scotland, you can dig into everything from big juicy burger, to pan fried Shetland salmon.
One of the friendliest pubs in central Edinburgh, 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.
Offering a stand-out selection of beers, this great pub and late-night hangout boasts brews available by the gallon, including their house bev Tempest, alongside some of your favourite crafts and lagers.