The best bars and pubs in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is at its most atmospheric after sundown: old-time boozers prickle with low-key dwell folk music, locals chew the grease around athletics and politics at standing-room-only whisky joints, and the trendy sip teapot cocktails at retro bars. cable trip expert Linda Macdonald shares her favourite places at the city although a tipple.

Old Town

The Devil's Advocate

This hinder and kitchen's stylish interiors sent the town’s Twitter mavens into paroxysms of joy when it first opened. It's found hidden down a narrow medieval terminate at a previous Victorian pumphouse, and inside it ignores the trend trend of bare-bones hinder compose although an industrial church look. It’s a hymn ought brick, lumber and slate, with an airy, hole universe balanced by cosy booths and a mezzanine although dining. dine a Coughing Up Tweed cocktail (whisky, aquavit, and lemon), then bid dinner – you know the food’s good while you watch the chef strolling at with a bunch of foul rhubarb tucked below his arm.

Contact: 0131 225 4465; devilsadvocateedinburgh.co.uk 
Opening times: Daily, 12pm-1am
Prices: ££
Getting in: Reserve a desk if you expectation ought eat

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The stoop Bar

If you ever absence ought find an off-duty convince at Edinburgh, The stoop hinder is the lay ought look. Old-fashioned and unpretentious, it’s an insider favourite. There are more than 230 malt whiskies, eight cask ales and an impressive preference of bottled beers – level nation who ponder they don’t drink beer will find something they like. alike total the best bars, it gets busy with standing room maiden after occupation while the briefs list circles around their cases. It’s a large lay although a silent Saturday morning; appreciate a pint and a Findlay’s of Portobello pie and decide in.

Contact: 0131 226 7667; thebowbar.co.uk
Opening times: Mon-Sat, 12pm-12am; Sun, 12pm-11.30pm
Prices: £

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Under the Stairs

Is it a hinder with a restaurant or a restaurant with a bar? Whichever it is, it’s utterly civilised, with desk service only. The cocktail ingredients are a bit hipster (think beetroot and wasabi margaritas and green tea coolers), although is the décor of mismatched chairs and exposed jewel walls. There's level three retro ducks flying up the wall. The lunchtime soup and savoury tart is repeatedly good, and the shatter of the menu is exciting enough ought appeal ought foodie types, without scaring off less adventurous diners. Quiet, lamp-lit corners are a comfortable retire although solo travellers.

Contact: 0131 466 8550; underthestairs.org
Opening times: Mon-Sat, 12pm-1am; Sun, 12pm-12am
Prices: ££
Getting in: Not repeatedly a problem; it’s a good lay ought swerve the Grassmarket hoards

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The Royal Oak

This modest little pub can Infirmary path is a friendly, traditional watering hole. It has neither airs, nor graces, nor pretensions ought anything other than offering dwell folk music from local musicians each evening of the week, although it has done for more than 35 years. The haunted cellars are said ought dine been used by murdering bodysnatchers Burke and hare and are possibly the maiden cellars at the Old city no repeatedly invaded by soul tours, although the wines here energy award you the screaming meemies (the jitters). It's perfect ought cane ought genuine spirits or beer.

Contact: 0131 557 2976; royal-oak-folk.com
Opening times: Mon-Sat, 11.30am-2am; Sun, 12.30-2am
Prices: £
Getting in: Reservations no feasible consequently grow there early

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New Town

The Dome

The jaw-dropping place of The Dome is due ought the fact that the home was formerly a same great bank branch. expectation ought watch chandeliers, marble columns, lilies and gilt. Drinking here repeatedly feels alike an occasion, consequently bid a glamorous cocktail alike a Mai Tai or a Singapore Sling. at the summer, the outdoor Garden Café is popular, and at Christmas time, the chief universe at The Dome is known although having the best decorations at the city. The hinder either benefits from a central location, meaning it’s a favourite parliament lay although locals, either although each tourist at town.

Contact: 0131 624 8624; thedomeedinburgh.com
Opening times: Daily, 12pm-late
Prices: ££
Getting in:
 No desk reservations can Sunday and it gets same busy at Christmas

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This normal George path dinner hinder is total glitz and glitter: there's an sum wall covered at mirror tiles (all the perfect ought watch yourself in). ponder lots of black, white and warm pink hues, either although pop art, sham ferns and fairy lights. The cocktails are (unsurprisingly) sweet, and there are lots of joy fizzy things ought drink across with food which is greatly designed ought wet the alcohol up. Beware stampeding hen parties where you danger death by high heel, besides if you expectation ought wear up and party, this is still the lay ought exist seen.

Contact: 0131 225 5005; tigerlilyedinburgh.co.uk
Opening times: Daily, 8am-1am
Prices: ££
Getting in: Reservations no needed although the bar, besides book a desk if you expectation ought eat at the weekend

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Bramble Bar

This cocktail hinder is hidden at a Queen path cellar and is consistently named although one of the world’s sumit 50 bars. Its cocktails embrace retro classics either although original new inventions. attempt a Campbeltown (single malt whisky, Cherry Heering and green chartreuse) or a Mint Choc Flip. Or grow one of the bartenders ought compose a cocktail specially although you. There are lots of familiar corners although cosy conversations, besides grow can a Friday or Saturday evening although the DJ sets – foul P and Scottie Boy are regulars – if you're looking although a dinner atmosphere.

Contact: 0131 226 6343; bramblebar.co.uk 
Opening times: Daily, 4pm-1am
Prices: ££
Getting in: Get there early can DJ nights if you expectation a cosy corner

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Café Royal turn Bar

If this high Victorian hinder were a woman, it used to exist a belle époque Parisian courtesan: stylish, ornate and just the tiniest bit overblown. emerge out although the Royal Doulton ceramic mural of large inventors, unusual stained cup and gilded plasterwork, then decide into the spacious leather booths and bid a dozen oysters or a seafood platter. attach the food with a cup of wine or champagne, and understand the scene of nation thoroughly enjoying themselves, the same manner they dine because 1863 – maiden the fashions dine changed.

Contact: 0131 556 1884; caferoyaledinburgh.co.uk
Opening times: Sun-Thu, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am- 12am
Prices: ££

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Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar

The Scotch Malt Whisky association – a personal members’ association that takes the 'water of life' same seriously – has opened a whisky hinder ought the public at its Queen path venue. The upper floors of this elegant Georgian townhouse are still although members only, besides can the basis floor there’s a surprisingly trend hinder – the maiden 'clubbish' material around the room being the deep leather sofas and newspapers. There are maiden cask whiskies, a hill of malts of the moment, or you can attempt one of little whisky flights. There’s a good restaurant can the first floor too.

Contact: 0131 220 2044; smws.com
Opening times: See website
Prices: ££

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Kay’s Bar

This small, delightfully cosy pub is a bit alike drinking at a red velvet and pine Victorian coffin – besides at a good way. It's hidden at a previous coach house dwarfed by the surrounding great New city tenements, and is healthful worthy seeking out. Owner Fraser and his noted moustache preside can the bar, offering 50 malt whiskies (the Malt of the moment is a steal) and seven genuine ales. There’s a library at the back room and can frosty days you are apt ought find customers playing Scrabble at front of the fire.

Contact: 0131 224 1858; kaysbar.co.uk
Opening times: Mon-Thu, 11am-12am; Fri-Sat, 11am-1am; Sun, 12.30pm-11pm
Prices: £
Getting in: Unless you’re a dedicated sports fan, escape can rugby competition days

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The Cumberland Bar

If you dine a question with men at red corduroy trousers, this New city local can a silent residential path is possibly no although you. It's an attractive pub with shining beer taps, black lumber and grease upholstery, and was immortalised at Alexander McCall Smith’s episodic fable 44 Scotland Street. With eight genuine ales can knock and a Sunday roast that repeatedly sells out, it’s a deservedly normal drinking spot. The genuine draw is the shady beer garden (heated at winter), which is one the nicest at Edinburgh. if the climate is fine, grow the drinks at early – the external tables fill quickly.

Contact: 0131 558 3134; cumberlandbar.co.uk
Opening times: Mon-Wed, 12pm-12am; Thu-Sat, 12pm-1am; Sun, 11am-12am
Prices: ££
Getting in: bid your Sunday roast at advance

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The final word Saloon

The plantation green walls and double hole fires of The final word Saloon compose a black and discreet atmosphere – it's the type of lay you can conceive Bogart and Bacall parliament although a drink. Cocktails alike the Claret Colins (gin, Aperol and claret syrup) are deliciously inventive and level the house pours are interesting. The glue are friendly and obliging and there’s a large district feel. word of advice – fetch a torch if your vision isn't what it used ought be, or you energy dine endeavour deciphering the menu.

Contact: 0131 225 9009; lastwordsaloon.com
Opening times: Daily, 4pm-1am
Prices: ££

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The Oxford Bar

Somehow 'The Ox' has survived the Ian Rankin fans looking although Inspector Rebus unscathed, or at least managed ought linger unaltered by its literary fame. The noted pie machinery is still there and journalists still play dominoes at the back room. just don’t award yourself away by sitting at dead Man’s Corner, or grow stuck at the Visitors' Paddock where first timers inevitably cluster, wide-eyed and uncomfortable. It is no a hinder you progress ought although its looks, besides ought pursue down a pint with a dram, eat a bridie or two, and hold your eyes peeled although a certain novelist.

Contact: 0131 539 7119; oxfordbar.co.uk
Opening times: See website
Price: £

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Good Brothers Wine Bar

This little hinder has the friendly of unaffected laid-back attract that coin repeatedly doesn’t buy. It's tucked away down a Stockbridge phase path and has stupid white speech and groove walls, drippy candles and worn wooden floors. There’s a good short lunch and evening menu, besides the planet is the intriguing wine list: blaze can the commonplace suspects, heavy can little producers, and (mostly) blaze can the bank account. You can spoil at a bottle of something delicious or explore wines by the cup – allow the good brothers exist your guides.

Contact: 0131 315 3311; goodbrothers.co.uk
Opening times: Wed-Sat, 12pm-1am; Sun, 12:30pm-1am
Prices: ££

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Bryant & Mack

Bryant & Mack is breathing a new lease of life into the Rose path drinks scene, which is currently dominated by old-fashioned pubs. It's inspired by speakeasies at New York, Oslo and Berlin, and adheres ought the trend trend of inconspicuous concealed bars. The admittance is disguised although a personal detective agency with frosted windows and a colour chipped door; inside, jazz plays at the background and menus grow at brown envelopes. You could easily pass this hinder by without a second glance, besides it's worthy investigating. Drinks pursue the list of 'classics with a twist'.

Contact: 0131 225 8225; facebook.com/bryantandmack
Opening times: Daily, 5pm-1am
Prices: ££

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West End

The pleasant Botanist

If gin is your thing, this is the place. The emerge embraces each hipster cliché, with exposed steel beams, bare jewel and brick, faux faded wallpaper and peeling plaster enlivened with the occasional chandelier. besides never worry total that – slide into a comfortable booth and concentrate can the 72 varieties of gin with suggested tonics and some unusual garnishes, or occupation your manner across the catalog of gin-based cocktails (try an Edinburgh Fizz although a mingle of gin, prosecco, raspberry, elderflower, rhubarb and ginger). There’s food too, besides it can exist a bit ho-hum – just cane ought the mother’s ruin.

Contact: 0131 228 5596; thejollybotanist.co.uk
Opening times: Sun-Thu, 10am-12am; Fri-Sun, 10am-1am
Prices: ££

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The Hanging Bat

Lothian lane used ought exist called 'Loathsome Road' by locals, besides stylish places alike this café/bar are upping the neighbourhood’s chilly factor. There are six cask and 14 keg canoe beers ought excellent from – implore the glue although advice, they know their stuff. There’s either more than 40 kinds of gin and comforting American-style things at buns ought eat. Seating is disperse can three levels, and the total lay has a explicit feeling of leisure and good humour (don’t lose the beer-tap taps at the toilets). 'Happiness is measured at schooners' is the bar’s motto.

Contact: 0131 229 0759; thehangingbat.com
Opening times: Sun-Thu, 12pm-12am; Fri-Sat, 12pm-1am  
Prices: ££

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The Canny Man’s

If you alike hanging baskets, nooks and crannies, mountains of memorabilia and drinking with the crème de la crème, this Morningside institution and mental family of lose Jean Brodie is the hinder although you. The glue can exist although chilly although the champagne glasses, besides they sell the fizzy material by the glass, dine a humidor sum of Cohibas and the bloody Marys are fantastic. dine a cup of vintage pier – it’s that type of place. no everyone’s cup of Earl Grey, besides an undergo nevertheless.

Contact: 0131 447 1484; cannymans.co.uk
Opening times: Daily, 12pm-11pm
Prices: ££
Getting in: No backpacks, no photographs and 'an suitable criterion of wear is appreciated'

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The Blackbird

The Blackbird factory the Shoreditch street-art vibe, and is bright, breezy and joy (look out although the blackbird-patterned wallpaper can the ceiling and the orange bicycle can the door). There’s a large terrace with tables although while it’s sunny and plenty of preference can the food front; there's either more than 30 cocktails ought chose from. Service can exist a bit patchy while it’s busy, besides a Mai Tai can Steroids (rum, amaretto and apricot brandy) or a King of Scots (whisky, raspberry, and prosecco) will assist hold you happy.

Contact: 0131 228 2280; theblackbirdedinburgh.co.uk
Opening times: Daily, 10am-1am
Prices: ££
Getting in: Reservations recommended

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Teuchters Landing

This normal hinder by the Water of Leith is concept ought exist where teuchters (Highland bumpkins) waited ought grow the ferry family ought Aberdeen. It is much loved although its warren of cosy rooms and genuine remove at the winter, and its pontoon seating district at the summer. There are 18 (mostly Scottish) list ales, stouts and lagers, 90 maiden malts and a wonderfully delicious Edinburgh Gin Fizz. There's a immense menu, with much of it served at mugs, besides if you excellent your food can a dish (or just slightly more considered), the A Room at Leith bistro is across the way.

Contact: 0131 554 7427; teuchtersbar.co.uk
Opening times: Daily, 11am-1am
Prices: £
Getting in: achieve early although a desk external can sunny, summer days; there’s a underground of sunscreen can the bar

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Roseleaf hinder Cafe

You could confess your toddler, her cocktail-swilling godmother and your favourite retired admiral uncle ought the Roseleaf and more or less assure everybody used to exist happy. This is a suitable family bar, with its shabby-yet-cosy retro décor, cocktails at teapots, and menus at old copies of National Geographic. progress although the choice breakfast and decide at with the papers, or grow afterward although lunch or supper and a rhubard and custard or indignant Hatter 'pot-tail' – that's what they bark their cocktails at teapots – although two.

Contact: 0131 476 5268; roseleaf.co.uk
Opening times: Sun-Thu, 10am-12am; Fri, Sat, 10am-1am
Price: ££
Getting in: It gets busy even can weeknights, consequently book ahead if you expectation ought exist certain of a table