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Boda

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Run by a Swedish couple with a friendly and laid-back style, Boda operates like an inclusive neighbourhood pub, albeit one with cheese platters and moose...

229 Leith Walk

Bow Bar

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

This small and simple one-room pub has one of the largest and most interesting ranges of single malt Scotch, not just in the city but in Scotland. The Port...

80 West Bow
Tags: Pub, Old Town
Major venue

Bramble

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

A 2006 arrival in a sub-basement space on Queen Street, Bramble doesn't exactly announce itself to the planet, but over the last few years it has been,...

16a Queen Street

Café Royal Circle Bar

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

An island bar dominates this attractive and elegant pub, where the walls are decorated with Royal Doulton tiles of famous inventors. You find all sorts...

19 West Register Street
Major venue

Canny Man's

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

It's been around since 1871. It looks as if it was decorated by a mad maiden aunt from the Victorian era. It has a good wine list, a tiny beer garden and a...

237 Morningside Road

Cask & Barrel

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Beer heaven - this old-fashioned pub offers local brews, obscure artisan cask ales from around the UK, and bottled beers from Germany and the Low Countries....

115 Broughton Street

Cloisters

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

The decor at Cloisters, housed in a former manse, is nice enough, but it's the rare cask ales that are the selling point: a selection of Scottish ales is...

26 Brougham Street

Cumberland

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

The Cumberland is perhaps the most user-friendly of the city's acclaimed cask ale bars (four regular ales on tap, another four guest beers). It feels light...

1-3 Cumberland Street

Dragonfly

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

A hangout for the beautiful people since 2004, Dragonfly is still one of Edinburgh's best cocktails bars. With a serious approach to drink, and reimagined...

52 West Port

GHQ

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Clubs

One of the sleeker venues on the Edinburgh gay scene, GHQ hosts a number of the circuit's favourite gay club nights. There are DJs most nights.

4 Picardy Place

Guildford

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Established in 1898 (the building dates back a further 60 years), the Guildford is one of Edinburgh's most accessible Victorian pubs, just a hop, skip and...

1-5 West Register Street

Regent

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Proud of its credentials as a real ale pub, this boozer eschews the jukebox in favour of encouraging conversation. The atmosphere is in keeping with the...

2 Montrose Terrace

Roseleaf

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Once a fairly unremarkable pub, this place was transformed in 2007, and is now a friendly, considered and attractive environment where people are as likely...

23-24 Sandport Place
Tags: Pub, Leith

Sandy Bell's

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Music

Like the Royal Oak, this is a folkies' hangout: there's an open session every night from around 9pm. Also like the Royal Oak, there are no frills, but if...

25 Forrest Road
Tags: Folk, Pub, Old Town
Major venue

Scotch Malt Whisky Society Members' Room

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

The SMWS was set up in 1983 to buy individual casks of whisky from distilleries, bottle them and sell them to members. The atmosphere is tranquil, the food...

The Vaults, 87 Giles Street
Tags: Bar, Leith
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