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.

Last updated on 10th May 2022

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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.

If you fancy yourself a bit of a beer buff, then you need to visit Wee Vault. Pulling some serious pints from its 24 different taps, with an ever-changing lineup of guest brews, this cosy Haymarket hangout is ideal for anyone who fancies tantalising their taste buds.

Innis & Gunn Leith

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It may be a little outside of the city centre, but Leith's Innis & Gunn is well worth its title as one of the best places to drink in Edinburgh. Pick from between 16 taps of international, local and signature beers and tuck into tasty burgers using fresh Scottish ingredients.

Hector's Edinburgh

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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.

Famous for its beautiful beer garden and vast selection of local ales, The Pear Tree is packed to the rafters during the Six Nations and Autumn Internationals, when Edinburgh's sports fans flood in to watch the rugby on the huge screen in the venue's beer garden.

Named after the famous 'Half Hangit Maggie' this pub is traditional and cosy - offering the perfect spot to hole up on a winter's day. Stocking all the usual suspects behind the bar, the pub's long history and warm welcome makes it a must-visit in our eyes. 

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. 

Sitting across the road from the world-famous McEwan Hall, Doctors is a pub in Edinburgh that couldn't 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.