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Bars & pubs

Drink has been a mainstay here for nearly two centuries: before morphing into a pub in 1976, these premises housed a wine merchant. Now, along with a...

39 Jamaica Street

King's Wark

Bars & pubs

The King's Wark stands on the site of a long-gone 15th-century building. There have probably been taverns here since the 17th century; the current building...

36 The Shore
Tags: Pub, Leith

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

Malmaison Bar

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

The name is now well known thanks to a string of boutique hotels across the UK, but this was the very first Malmaison in the country. The ground floor has a...

1 Tower Place

Malt & Hops

Bars & pubs

No more and no less than the best cask ale bar in Leith sits right on the Water of Leith. It's a basic, old-fashioned, one-room pub with an open fire, seats...

45 The Shore
Tags: Pub, Leith


Bars & pubs

The sister venue to Negociants, Medina is a late-opening and often lively basement with a North African theme. Although it's a kind of club-bar crossover,...

45-47 Lothian Street


Bars & pubs

Hidden down a close just a few yards from the main tourist street, this is one of the Old Town's better-kept secrets. The other-worldly atmosphere is...

Monteith's Close


Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Although it's been trading since 1992, the odd refurb has ensured that Montpeliers hasn't become dated or dowdy. The decor is currently clean cut, with...

159-161 Bruntsfield Place


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: Bar, Leith

Old Chain Pier

Bars & pubs

Sitting on the coast between the small harbours at Newhaven and Granton, the Old Chain Pier was built on the site of - yes, you guessed - an old chain pier...

32 Trinity Crescent
Tags: Pub, Leith

Oxford Bar

Bars & pubs

Cramped, dowdy and clannish, the Oxford's bar area offers no space whatsoever; although there's a room adjacent, it's all still pretty basic, and it...

8 Young Street

Pear Tree House

Bars & pubs

Just over the road from Edinburgh University's George Square campus, the Pear Tree's cobbled beer garden has played host to generations of thirsty students....

36 West Nicolson Street


Bars & pubs

It's not so much a Czech bar as a Czech-themed bar, but Pivo has the look (and the beer) all the same. Two minutes from the east end of Princes Street, it's...

2-6 Calton Road


Bars & pubs

The encroachment of new apartment blocks has put paid to the Pond's former reputation as 'the pub at the end of the universe', but it's still on a fairly...

2 Bath Road
Tags: Pub, Leith