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 24th August 2021

Frankenstein / Bier Keller

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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.

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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.

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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.

Rose Street Brewery

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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.


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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. 

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.

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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.

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. 

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 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.

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.

Cold Town House

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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.