The Very Best Pubs In Scotland

There’s no doubt about it; our country is chock-full of charming, traditional boozers and stylishly cool haunts that serve up all manner of lagers, ales and whiskies. But which one’s are a notch above the rest? To help you figure out where to go for your next drink, we’ve put together a list of all the city’s top watering holes: from trendy Leith digs to quirky characters in Edinburgh, here are Scotland’s best pubs.

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Last updated on 9th May 2024

Perth: The Bothy

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Decked out with botanical features and opulent, dark green furnishings, The Bothy is a well-known restaurant serving some of the finest Scottish produce around. It prides itself on a cracking roast, offering the likes of glazed pork loin (£19), rump lamb (£22) and Scotch beef (£19), as well as tempting mains to be enjoyed throughout the week. Think grilled chicken supreme (£19), confit duck leg (£25) and more, plus white chocolate cheesecake (£8) to finish. 

The Triplekirks Aberdeen

One of the most loved boozers in town, Triplekirks Aberdeen is a bar and nightclub housed in a stunning converted Victorian church. With a massive selection of affordable beers, spirits, ciders, wines, cocktails and delicious pub grub, they've got it all. Want more? They've also got tons of HD screens showing the latest in sport, plus a weekly quiz for all your brainy pals.

Aberdeen: O'Neill's

Nestled in the heart of Aberdeen, O'Neill's is the bustling boozer that's coming out on top. Whether you fancy a casual beer and a burger, lively evening watching the sports fixtures or night on the tiles dancing to live music, they've got you covered.

Aberdeen: Slains Castle

Set inside an old church and inspired by Dracula, there's a frighteningly good time in store for all who enter Slains Castle in Aberdeen. Sit among gothic architecture and eclectic decorations while sipping on sinful sips like the blue rum-based Loki and sweet Humility which contains raspberry vodka and strawberry puree. Sink your teeth into affordable small plates and sharing platters including a foot-long mound of nachos. 

Edinburgh: The White Hart Inn

Hailed as one of the oldest pubs in Scotland, The White Hart packs oodles of charm. In line with its traditional boozer stylings, this historic Edinburgh spot is well-known for its hearty menu of winter warmer classics, as well as its impressive selection of whiskies, real ales and lagers.