McSorleys might be known for its great live music and love of sport, but it's the great drinks discounts and party atmosphere that makes it into one of Edinburgh's best student bars. Treating every moment as its a Saturday night, the venue is popular with Edinburgh's many societies and sports teams.
Student Bars in Edinburgh
To match the city's huge population of students, Edinburgh is bursting at the seams with loads of great bars to keep them occupied. From quiet and quirky venues to bars that are perfect for starting a huge night out, the sheer diversity and incredible choice makes the Scottish capital one of the best student cities in the UK. To help guide you through the hubbub, we've pulled together a line up of incredible student bars in Edinburgh, all promising unforgettable nights out.
If you're looking for a decent spot that won't break the bank, then you've come to the right place. The Grove Street spot has been an Edinburgh institution for over 30 years, serving up stone-baked pizza, over 35 gins and a retro arcade with an Xbox and Trilliards table.
As one of the first Brewdog venues to open in Britain, this bar constantly shows off the famous beer-makers quirkiest creations. Whether you prefer a smooth stout or would rather drink a crisp pilsner, the team behind this intriguing bar promise to cater for your every need.
Offering a fantastic range of seasonal eats and an eclectic drinks selection, this Bruntsfield bar and restaurant comes in well under the student budget and offers a chilled out spot for grabbing dinner with friends, or a few post-library pints.
Having burst into the city's nightlife scene and made a splash with its devil-may-care approach to everything, the bar's cheap drinks and impressive collection of International spirits and craft beers is exactly what every student looks for in a great bar.
Staying open late between Thursday and Sunday nights, every guide has to feature the vibrant Boteco Do Brasil. Styled as a colourful bar in Rio, the live salsa dancers, discounted tropical cocktails and reggaeton DJ sets create an atmosphere that can't be rivalled.
Bringing you an intriguing line up of fiery rums and tiki drinks, this bar, club and music venue also serves up delicious soul food, including plenty of the vegetarian and vegan variety.
The chilled out bar on Lothian Road is a top spot to hunker down between essays with a pint and some good chat. Located close to the Lauriston campus, you'll find 6 casks, 14 keg lines and 120+ bottles and cans of beer to quench your thirst.
Edinburgh's best tiki den, this fun and quirky bar is a great spot for students looking for somewhere a little more exotic. If it's rum punch and great DJs you're on the lookout for, this is the place for you.
One of the coolest venues in the city, Cabaret Voltaire is home to some of the finest club nights and live entertainment in Edinburgh. It's also home to some great reasonably-priced munchables and tasty treats from the kitchen.
Spread across two floors, the venue showcases all the best things about vodka; think sticks of flavoured shots and vodka-based cocktails, made with fresh fruit and fiery liquors. Best of all, student's can enjoy all of these without crazy prices, thanks to the enticing drinks deals that have come to define this bar chain.