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 up by a cosy fire, you'll find everything and more in one of our city's many great haunts. To help you find the perfect spot, we've pulled together a list of the very best pubs in Edinburgh. 


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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 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. 

Cold Town House

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A mecca of pizza and craft brews, Cold Town House is a firm favorite in Edinburgh's drinking scene. Choose form eight quirky creations on tap from their onsite brewery, and sit back admiring the view from their floor-to-ceiling windows or on their stunning rooftop. 

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.

Famous for its beautiful beer garden and vast selection of local ales, The Peartree is packed to the rafters during the 6 Nations and Autumn Internationals, when Edinburgh's sports fans flood in to watch the rugby on the huge screen projector in the venue's beer garden.

The Devil's Advocate

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Based just at the foot of the castle, The Devil's Advocate has 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. 

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.

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 chairs draped in throws to the exposed brickwork, it's no surprise this is one of the most talked about pubs in Edinburgh.

Named after the famous 'Half Hangit Maggie' this pub is traditional and cosy, with a 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.