10 Best Pubs in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is a city known for its pubs and nightlife. Known for century-old and wooden paneled watering holes, there is something for everyone. So whether you’re a fan of beers, wine or cocktails, this list of best pubs in Edinburgh has you covered. 

10 Best Pubs in Edinburgh, Scotland

1. The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak

Celebrating good traditional music with a fine selection of whiskeys and ales is The Royal Oak. The 200-year-old pub is home to one of Scotland’s greatest live folk music sessions, with regular performers such as Kris Drever and Karine Polwart, to name a few.

Their varied selection of whiskeys, ales, and Guinness are managed by expert staffs who will happily help you on choosing or suggesting a drink that you might like. You might chance upon old locals singing to one of the best folk music around town—do not hesitate to join them, as you enjoy your time in one of Edinburgh’s popular pubs.

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday – 1:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Friday – Saturday – 11:30AM to 2:00 AM

Sunday- 1:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Contact Information

Address: 1 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Phone: +441315572976

2. Sandy Bell’s

sandy bell’s

This small, but warm and homely bar is home to the local’s great music sessions. And the best thing? You can even bring your pets with you! Just make sure they don’t make a mess on the carpet.

Wide selections of whiskeys and beers include Speyside, Lowland, and Islay malts—in addition to their English, Indian and Japanese whiskeys. If you are not yet ready for a drink, you can also try some of their homemade ale pies, crisp toasted sandwiches, and hearty bowls of soup.

They also have Irish traditional music sessions every night.

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday – 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Sunday- 12:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Address: 25 Forrest Road Edinburgh, EH1 2QH

Phone: 0131 225 2751

3. Whiski Bar & Restaurant, Edinburgh

 

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Serving so much more than plain old whiskey, the Whiski Bar and Restaurant offers a great menu for meat-lovers and vegetarians alike. Dubbed as Edinburgh’s ‘leading Scottish bar and restaurant’, the multi-award-winning bar is home to a selection of over 300 Scotch malt whiskeys, and a myriad selection of fresh cocktails.

Free and live Scottish music is available weekly, all-year-round. The bar also boasts a restaurant that offers breakfast and a la carte menus that range from tasty starters, Scottish steaks, salads with their choice goat’s cheese, haggis, Scottish-steak burgers, and much more—they also offer kiddie meals for children up to the age of 10.

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday – 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Friday to Sunday – 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Contact Information

Address: 119 High Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, EH1 1SG

Phone: +44 131 556 3095

4. Bennets Bar

Bennets Bar

The historic pub is a lovely and warm mix of dark woods and medieval lighting. The pub is small, but its features and traditional-spirited character shows in every bit of detail on its fixtures and Victorian-themed furniture.

With a selection of over 150 whiskeys and ales on their gantries—this small pub has much more spirits to offer than one could imagine. Its snug and Victorian atmosphere will surely make you feel the nuances of the culture of Edinburgh. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Contact Information

Address: 8 Leven StreetEdinburgh EH3 9LG, Scotland

Phone: +44 131 229 5143

5. Port O’ Leith

Port O’ Leith

Located in the heart of Edinburgh is Port O’ Leith. The pub, in all sense of the word, was once the port-of-call for seafarers near Edinburgh—hence, the sailing, nautical, and sea-inspired memorabilia found in its interiors.

With its old-fashioned fixtures, you will find yourself transported to a genuine sailor’s pub. You will learn more of its history if ever you would strike a conversation with the tough, but gentle-hearted locals found in the pub. Strong and varied whiskeys, ales, and beers are available upon request from their friendly bartenders and staff.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday – 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Contact Information

Address:  58 Constitution St, EH6 6RS

Phone: +44 131 555 5503

6. The Oxford Bar, Edinburgh

With its key-feature of having a literary tour of the British writers who have frequented in this pub, notably the writer of the Rebus novels, The Oxford Bar is a classy and yet simple pub for both locals and tourists.

With their good selection of whiskeys and ales on their fashioned gantries, and highly-conversant and friendly folks, the Oxford Bar is a must-visit.

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday – 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Friday to Saturday-  11:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Sunday – 12:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Contact Information

Address:  8 Young Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 4JB

Phone: 0131 539 7119

7. Kay’s Bar

Kay’s Bar

Unique to this warm and cozy bar is its rich Victorian style, enough for any local or tourist to have photos on its picturesque exterior. The Kay’s Bar is noteworthy not only for its ales but also for its small and snug library. A feature for literary and introvert types of whiskey-goers.

Their fine and diverse selection of real ales, whiskeys, and wines will keep you and your friends entertained while enjoying the great décor and history found exclusively in this historic bar. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Friday to Saturday-  11:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Sunday – 12:30 PM to 11:00 PM

Contact Information

Address: 39 Jamaica Street, Edinburgh

Phone: +441312251858

8. Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar and Restaurant

Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar and Restaurant

This bar and restaurant found in the heart of Edinburgh is one of the best places to relax and enjoy quality food and drinks with friends or family. With their highly-affordable meal options, the bar and restaurant boast of delectable comfort foods for meat-lovers, haggis-fanatics, and vegetarians alike.

Ales and whiskey of choice are of top quality as well. If you aim to unwind for this week, then a stop at Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar and Restaurant is recommended. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Friday to Saturday- 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Sunday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Address: 30-34 Candlemaker Row, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2QE

Phone: +44-131-2258328

9. The Sheep Heid Inn Pub & Restaurant, Edinburgh

The Sheep Heid Inn Pub & Restaurant

Dating back since 1390, this historic pub has been serving ales, whiskeys, and good accommodation for 600 years, and is rightly claimed as the oldest pub in Scotland. Their restored pub has its own courtyard, where graduations and other booked special events can be celebrated.

Past monarchs, poets, and literary figures have frequented this historic pub. Enjoy not only their fine-tasting whiskeys and ales but also their classic menu choices from spirit-roasted chicken to Margherita pizzas, delectable lavash vegetable flatbreads, to their apple and rhubarb crumble. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday – 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Friday to Saturday- 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Sunday – 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Contact Information

Address: Duddingston, Edinburgh, EH15 3QA.

Phone:+44 (0) 131 661 7974

10. The White Hart Inn

The White Hart Inn

Stemming from its great history, the White Hart Inn serves some of the best whiskeys and ales in Edinburgh. With their cold beers, fine-tasting malt whiskeys, warm and hearty pies, and traditional interiors, the pub will surely warm you from the chilly weather of Edinburgh.

Established since 1516, this historic pub is a great representation of the unique and rich culture that Edinburgh, Scotland has to offer. 

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Friday to Saturday- 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Sunday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Contact Information

Address: 34 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH112PE

Phone: 0044 131 2262806

Email: Whitehart.edinburgh@belhavenpubs.net

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