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Smiley Edinburgh must be about as friendly and welcoming as cities get. And we’d surmise that’s in no small part thanks to the city’s wealth of pubs and bars. Whether you’re into comfy chairs, soft music and chatter, or stylish hangouts that get packed at the weekend, there’s something boozy for all sensibilities in this historic city – which we think is reason enough to get out and explore.
When it comes to the best bars in Edinburgh, look to the Old Town for hipster hangouts that bring in only the best craft beers and prefer ‘Curiosity Cola’ to Coke. Then head to Leith for a mix of old man boozers and up-and-coming cocktail bars, alongside foodie spots that dish up vegan meals with their alcohol. Whichever part of town you’re in, you can take comfort in a whole host of affordable drinks menus that’ll see you nicely through the night.
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