Traditional Pubs In Edinburgh

Nothing quite compares to a classic Scottish boozer. From quirky hideaways with roaring fireplaces for toasting your toes to old school gems pairing freshly poured pints with heart-warming comfort food, our city is packed with unique haunts that have a cosy vibe from their historic features or Old Town location. Explore our guide to traditional pubs in Edinburgh and hunker down happy.




Nestled on the corner of Deanhaugh Street, Hector's is a classic pub in an Edinburgh suburb. This neighbourhood joint is a cosy retreat for sharing platters, Sunday roasts and refreshing pints, making it an ideal spot for group dining sessions on chillier days. 

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With its prime location in Edinburgh's historic Old Town, this traditional pub is a cosy retreat after a busy day in the city. Swing by The Haymarket for their top-notch collection of speciality pies, which can be paired with a wide choice of cask ales, gins and whiskies. 

Looking for a traditional pub to catch the latest sports fixtures? The Three Sisters is a Cowgate favourite. Plant yourself here and watch all the action with a fresh pint, huge pizza, stacked burger or warming bowl of poutine for the ultimate experience. 

While it's not your usual traditional pub in Edinburgh city centre, The Scran & Scallie's raw brickwork and discerning furnishings add to the overall old school Scandi charm. Meanwhile, the menu comes from two Michelin-starred chefs, so you know it's going to knock your socks off. 

Snuggle up in a booth at this historical hideaway and get your fix of heart-warming comfort food, washed down with an impressive whisky, beer and real ales. Not only is The White Hart Inn one of Edinburgh's oldest pubs, but it's also incredibly haunted (perfect for those who love the macabre). 

While you may know The Pear Tree for its huge beer garden and epic sports screenings in the summer, it's also one of Edinburgh's best traditional pubs. With its welcoming interiors and classic pub grub, it's one neighbourhood gem that's not to be missed.

Covered in flowers and hanging pots, The Theatre Royal Bar is a historical pub in Edinburgh that's hard to miss. Perched on Greenside Place, the bar's long ties with the city's acting community means it's decorated with play posters, theatre-themed furniture and bright red carpets.

Taking up residency in the centre of the city, Doctors is a stalwart in Edinburgh's traditional pub scene. Famed for its wide choice of thirst-quenching bevs, served alongside succulent Sunday roasts, fish 'n' chips and cheesy burgers, this place is sure to warm your cockles.