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Bars & pubs

The Abbotsford has been a no-nonsense drinking den since 1901: dark wood, bench tables, a fine central island bar, a decorative ceiling, some cask ales and...

3 Rose Street

Bond No.9

Bars & pubs

Housed in an old warehouse in Leith, this champagne and cocktail bar opened just in time for the 2008 credit crunch. The timing may have been a little off,...

84 Commercial Street
Tags: Leith, Bar


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 Habana

Bars & pubs

The distinguishing feature of this favourite is the balcony that overlooks the hubbub of the colourful, energetic and sociable bar. Look down on...

22 Greenside Place

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

CC Blooms

Bars & pubs, Clubs

Ah, CC's, where great romances start and end, often in the same evening. There are nights when this full-time gay nightclub has more cheese than IJ Mellis,...

23-24 Greenside Place

Clark's Bar

Bars & pubs

Sparse and traditional, this old howf opened in 1899 and hasn't changed in years: the decor still features red leather seats, shiny brass table tops and a...

142 Dundas Street


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

Deep Blue

Bars & pubs

Brought to you by the folks behind the neighbouring Blue Moon Café, Deep Blue is one of the mellower venues on the Edinburgh gay scene. It's a good spot in...

1 Barony Street


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


Bars & pubs

Although it was renovated in 2009 and is now under new management, Frenchies is the oldest gay hangout in Edinburgh. Despite its central location, the bar...

89 Rose Street North Lane

Living Room

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Part of a UK-wide chain, Edinburgh's Living Room has collected a reputation as a somewhat more mature venue in a part of the city where office nights out...

113-115 George Street


Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Negociants feels as if it's been here forever. The fixtures and fittings are French-ish, but the band posters - it's a students' favourite - are more...

45 Lothian Street

Ocean Bar

Bars & pubs

On the first floor of the Ocean Terminal shopping mall, the Ocean Kitchen Bar & Grill has great views out over the Western Harbour, home of the Royal Yacht...

Ocean Terminal
Tags: Leith, Bar
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