Located at the base of Carlton Hill and a stone's throw away from the shops of Princes Street, The Conan Doyle is the perfect pitstop for a day of exploring the city. Named after the Edinburgh-born author Arthur Conan Doyle, the pub's wood-panelled walls and stacked bookshelves offer a subtle nod to his most famous character - Sherlock Holmes.
Best Pubs in Edinburgh
Whether you're looking for a patch to watch some live sport, searching for the perfect Sunday roast or simply trying to warm yourself by a cosy fire, you'll find everything and more in one of our city's many great drinking holes. Stretching from the Royal Mile to Cowgate and Grassmarket, we've pulled together a list of the very best pubs that Edinburgh has to offer.
One of the best pubs in the city, Lothian Road's BrewDog offers a stunning selection of over 20 craft beers for you to try. To top it off, they've got contemporary interiors and a great selection of burgers to chow down on, making it an awesome place to chill with mates or for a relaxed date night.
An iconic Edinburgh spot, The Deacon Brodies Tavern is ideally located for a restorative pint after a day of exploring some of the city's top attractions. Open from midday 'til midnight most days, this place has an impressive offering of fresh seafood, from grilled seabass to soft shell crab burgers and warming fish pies.
Part of the Nicholson's group, The Mitre serves all the cask, keg and bottled beers you could want, along with a selection of exotic wines and rare whiskies. Offering a seasonal menu of classic British cuisine, guests can feast on juicy burgers, beer-battered fish and chips and traditional haggis, neeps and tatties.
One of Edinburgh's prime drinking holes, dating back to the mid-1800s, Rose Street Brewery is steeped in history at every corner and crevice. With space for al fresco dining and a hearty breakfast menu, this is the perfect place to get a day of exploring Scotland's capital off to the best possible start.
Located in the swanky neighbourhood of Stockbridge, Hector's is bringing something a little different to Edinburgh's ever-burgeoning pub scene. Boasting 70s-style interiors and quirky pieces of vintage furniture, Sundays are a bit of an institution here - expect hearty roasts, plenty of pints and service with a smile.
Specialising in all things pie and mash, The Haymarket is our number one spot for some slap-up pub grub. Handily located a short stroll away from the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh University and Grassmarket, it's the perfect pitstop before heading into the city centre. Feast on shortcrust pies filled with wild boar and chorizo, chicken and mushroom or steak and pale ale.
When it comes to Edinburgh boozers, Frankenstein is just about as quirky as they come. The stuff of stag and hen party dreams, this former 19th-century church is a playground of late-night fun. Themed around the world's most famous monster, drinkers can expect neon green lighting, vats of bubbling liquid and vintage movie clips on the screens.
Treating every second as if it's a wild Saturday night, McSorleys is an Irish pub that's famous for its great music, live sports screenings and unrivalled party vibe. Decked out in wall-to-wall dark mahogany colours, the traditional bar is stocked with all your favourite draught beers and an impressive collection of single malt whiskies.
The Last Drop was originally the tavern that condemned prisoners 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.
The Scran & Sallie is the quintessential Scottish pub that's headed up by two Michelin-starred chefs. Looking like it's straight out of the countryside, this place is adorned with warm throws, exposed brickwork and a log-burning fire - making it the perfect setting to enjoy some top-notch cuisine.
A mecca of pizza and craft brews, Cold Town House is a firm favourite amongst Edinburgh's drinkers. Choose between eight quirky creations on tap from their onsite brewery and enjoy the stunning views from their floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning rooftop terrace.
The go-to destination for sports lovers on any major matchday, you can identify The Three Sisters by its packed out courtyard and huge outdoor screen. And for those colder days? There's a labyrinth of cosy nooks and corners inside - with regular deals for students and midweek drinkers.