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Bars & Pubs

All the best Edinburgh bars and pubs, including bar reviews and editors’ picks

The best bars in Edinburgh
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The best bars in Edinburgh

For nights when only a buzzing bar will do, these spots will see you right

The best pubs in Edinburgh
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The best pubs in Edinburgh

Discover the boozers that gave birth to the Scottish Enlightenment

The best cocktail bars in Edinburgh
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The best cocktail bars in Edinburgh

These local spots walk the line between classy cool and hen night tackiness

The best craft beer bars in Edinburgh
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The best craft beer bars in Edinburgh

There is no longer a distinction between cask and keg: brewers are creating good stuff 

The best whisky bars in Edinburgh
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The best whisky bars in Edinburgh

Hundreds of whiskies, a serious level of expertise behind the bar and a conducive environment

Where to drink cocktails in Edinburgh

The Bon Vivant
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The Bon Vivant

A dimly lit cocktail bar off the beaten track. One of the capital’s true hidden treasures

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
The Lucky Liquor Co
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The Lucky Liquor Co

From very good stock, this newcomer is hip but not achingly so. A keeper

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Tonic
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Tonic

A stone’s throw from the try-hard drinking dens of George Street, Tonic's cocktails attract the cool kids

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Panda & Sons
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Panda & Sons

A charming Prohibition-style speakeasy that does just about everything right

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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The best Edinburgh pubs

The Sheep Heid Inn
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The Sheep Heid Inn

A firm favourite among climbers of Arthur’s Seat, students keen on Scotland’s oldest skittle alley and hunters of Sunday roasts

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Joseph Pearce's
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Joseph Pearce's

Probably the buzziest of the highly regarded stable of Swedish-run bars throughout Leith

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
The King's Wark
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The King's Wark

The Shore may have succumbed to some epic gentrification in recent years, but The King’s Wark hasn't lost its allure

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
3 out of 5 stars
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Hector's
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Hector's

A great place to flop on a Sunday, with great beers and a mean Bloody Mary

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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