Best of Edinburgh Bars & Pubs

Edinburgh has a range of pubs, bars and taverns all at short distance apart. Grassmarket, Royal Mile and Rose Street especilaly has some of the biggets concentrations of drinking holes in Edinburgh. So , when you need to grab a drink to take  break from teh city sightseeing spree you don't have to wander off.

Here is our list of bars and pubs in Edinburgh, which will give you a fair idea of the drinking scene in the city


The award winning bar of Dragonfly offers a unique milieu in its themed interiors. Situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, it is popular for its specially crafted student drinks list, served in tikis or goblets. Weekend resident DJ shows draw a big crowd of youngsters.


Sitting pretty right on Royal Mile, this bar offers great views around. A perfect bar for sitting outside and enjoying a drink or two. Could get crowded especially during the Festival.

Golden rule Bar

A lovely pub hidden away from the main road and popular with locals and regulars.


One of the finest Real Ale Bars in Edinburgh, Guildford is a good place to enjoy cask ales, malt whisky and imported beers. Tasty bar food available.

King's Wark

An award winning pub, The King's Wark is well known for its massive servings of haddock and chips on offer here among many other reasons!


Spend your night with dance , cheap drinks and loads of fun in this unassuming night club in the Old town.


A classy cafe bar nestled on the waterfront of Newhaven, the Starbank offers tasty food and drinks. Great views overlooking the sea is another big plus on offer.


Refurbished casino situated at top of Leith Walk, hosts various club nights, its biggest draws are the long running gay night 'Joy' which runs fortnightly on Sat and 'Vegas' which runs monthly and is frequented by twenty-to-thirty somethings who enjoy spending their Saturday nights dancing to Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash.


Espionage comforts on the Victoria Street with over five levels, upper level houses the Lizard lounge bar. Middle level has the Moroccan themed kasbar. Great place to hangout in groups and relish some wide selection of drinks.

Forth Floor

A great place for contemporary Scottish cooking and brasserie menu. Sweeping views of the city of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth will make dining an exciting affair here. Vegetarian dishes also available

Greyfriar's Bobby

A range of real ales and whiskies and an extensive menu of Greyfriars Bobby's attracts diners of all possible genres

Indigo Yard

This converted and covered-over courtyard has been transformed into an immensely popular bar and restaurant. The menu is cosmopolitan (Thai, Mexican, French, Italian etc) and the food excellent. Serves lunch, dinner and late supper.


Mathers bar, situated at the far West End of Princes street is a traditional drinking pub with a good range of cask ales and over 100 whiskies on offer.


Monboddo is a laid back bar within the Point Hotel that offers a slew of drinks and pub food.