Best Pubs in Edinburgh

Edinburgh might be famous for pushing boundaries in the world of art, theatre, university research and music, but the other side of the coin is a city that's defined by tradition and home to some of Britain's most charming pubs. Whether you're looking for a patch to watch some live sport, searching for the perfect Sunday roast or simply trying to warm yourself up by a cosy fire, you'll find everything and more in one of Edinburgh's many great pubs. To help you find the perfect spot, we've pulled together a list of the very best pubs in Edinburgh. 

Last updated on 20th February 2019


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Treating every second as if it's a wild Saturday night, McSorleys is an Irish pub in Edinburgh that's famous for its great live music and unrivalled party vibe. Covered head-to-toe in dark mahogany colours, the traditional bar is stocked with all your favourite draught beers and an impressive collection of single malt whiskies. Completing the package, the huge screens are great for watching live sport, while the comfort food served by the kitchen will leave you well-fueled thorughout the day. 

Named after the famous 'Half Hangit Maggie' - a woman who was publically hung in the Grassmarket before mysteriously coming back to life - Maggie Dickinson is one of Edinburgh's most famous pubs. Traditional and cosy, the team running the venue have worked hard to create a relaxed vibe inside. Supported by all the usual suspects behind the bar, the pub's long history and antique-feel makes it a must-visit in our eyes. 

Sitting across the road from the world-famous McEwan Hall, Doctors is a pub in Edinburgh that couldn't possibly get any more traditional. The dark brown wooden features are lined by shining bright brass features, while the bar is constantly packed with ice-cold draught beers and real ales. Perfect for a cosy Sunday lunch or an intimate get-together with your closest friends, Doctors is a pub in Edinburgh that never disappoints.

The Devil's Advocate

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Part cosy pub, part sleek restaurant bar, the Devil's Advocate in Old Town charms everyone that walks through its doors. Based just at the foot of the castle, the venue's many cosy seating areas work alongside the menu of hand-crafted cocktails, mouth-watering gastro food and beautifully decorated interiors to easily place the venue near the top of Edinburgh's pub scene. 

Dating back to the late 18th century, the Last Drop was the originally the tavern that condemned prisoner would be taken to for one last drink before making the short walk to the gallows. Now, the pub has become a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Serving the usual gastro-combo of real ales and hearty British food, no guide to the best pubs in Edinburgh is complete without mentioning this giant.

Pub grub done to the highest standard, The Scran & Sallie is not only known for food curated by two Michelin-starred chefs but also its quintessential rustic, country-pub interiors. 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.