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The Best Edinburgh Pubs and Bars, Ranked

If you really want to get to know a city, visit the pubs and bars. There’s no better way to try out the local delicacies, get amazing recommendations and feel the atmosphere of the city.

Edinburgh has a wealth of great drinking spots to choose from, so how do you know where to start? Simple, just consult our handy list.

 

1. Panda & Sons

Easily one of our favourite places in the city, this effortlessly cool speakeasy has something for everyone. From magnificent cocktails to craft beers, their varied menu has a strong focus on supporting local. Hidden behind a classic barbershop front on Queen Street, this is one to tick off the bucket list. Panda & Sons, 79 Queen St, EH2 4NF.

 

2. The Sheep Heid Inn

A premium pub in the beating heart of Edinburgh, The Sheep Heid Inn still retains its 14th-century charm. A favourite of the noblemen of the city, this expertly restored building is one of Edinburgh’s oldest watering holes. Enjoy all the traditional pub offerings, from your favourite ales to their new cocktail menu. The Sheep Heid Inn, 43-45 The Causeway, EH15 3QA.

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3. Cold Town House

Centrally located bar with a rooftop terrace boasting the best views of Edinburgh Castle you’ve ever seen. If stunning views aren’t your thing, head to The Brewhouse or The Pizza & Prosecco Floor for equally incredible offerings. This award-winning bar is a must-visit for tourists, but be sure to book. Cold Town House, 4 Grassmarket, EH1 2JU.

 

4. Brewhemia

Inspired by Robert Burns’ travels across Europe and the wonderful tales he told, Brewhemia is a haven for bohemians. This Beer Palace hosts more tanks and beers than anywhere else in the UK, coupled with incredible gins, cocktails and homemade schnapps. Brewhemia, 1A Market St, EH1 1DE.

 

5. Damm 27

A stylish and contemporary bar offering dining and cocktails, Damm 27 is a local favourite in Newington. A relaxed but upbeat atmosphere, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights with their resident DJ. Whether you head for a sophisticated lunch with a glass of wine, evening drinks or bottomless brunch, you won’t be disappointed. Damm 27, 27 Causewayside, EH9 1QF.

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6. Froth & Flame

Beer, cocktails and pizza, what’s not to love? Their ‘devilishly good’ offerings include ales from the breweries who founded the concept: Keith Brewery, Spey Valley, Alchemy, and Out Of Town Brewing. Our top tip is to join their loyalty scheme for amazing discounts on food and drink. Froth & Flame, 192 Morrison Street, EH3 8EB.

 

7. Nauticus

In the famous shipping port of Leith sits this nautical-themed bar. Championing Scottish produce wherever possible, their menu describes the rich history of Leith. With big windows or cosy nooks and crannies, it’s easy to lose a few hours here. Nauticus, 142 Duke St, EH6 8HR.


Our boutique hotel in Edinburgh is the perfect place to collapse after a fun-filled day exploring the best pubs and bars in the city. For the best deals, visit our special offers page.

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Hotel Indigo Edinburgh Reviews

Sophie,

Cambridge

This hotel is such a great find. Its location cannot be beat and the rooms are incredibly nice. Great amenities (including complimentary mini bar) and great service. Would definitely stay here again!


Sue,

Newcastle upon Tyne

I stayed here overnight to see Justin Timberlake on his Man of The Woods Tour. We were greeted with the warmest welcome by the receptionist...genuinely helpful and friendly. We stayed in the Suite, which has everything I could possibly need. A FREE (well stocked) mini bar! Robes, Aveda toiletries, slippers, free calls, a very appreciated cafetiere with ground coffee and a lovely selection of teas. 30mins in and a welcome plate arrived with 5 good size desserts...gorgeous.

Room service was excellent and the breakfast was utterly delicious and brought to the room at no extra charge. The room was very large and spacious with a huge double bed, blissfully comfortable. When needed in the evening the staff pressed a button at reception and a taxi arrived within 2 minutes...Outstanding service!

I had such a fantastic stay here that I shall return in November and I'll be re-booking this Suite.


Micky,

Kingston upon Hull

Less than 10 mins walk from Waverley. Staff were very polite, helpful and friendly throughout our stay. Room was a good size with a great bathroom. Large shower, robes and Aveda products included. Fridge with free cold drinks. Good breakfast with plenty of choice. Both couples enjoyed and would stay again.


Daniel,

Bury

Really nice friendly boutique hotel. We didn't arrive until late but the hotel was more than happy to let us check in late. After checking in we also asked for some area recommendations, which again the staff were more than happy to give us. Our room was really nice and very clean, bed was comfortable and gave us a good night sleep. We stayed for two night and did not hear any noise from the hotel or any of the other guest. In a good location with only a short walk to the shops and restaurant/cinema ! If staying on Edinburgh I would highly recommend this hotel!


Ashley,

Sheffield

Stayed for one night, but very impressed. Receptionist was fantastic, very professional, helpful, good looking and immaculately presented. The room was excellent, very clean, bed comfortable and the shower was fantastic, hot and powerful.

Breakfast well worth the money, with attention to detail and served hot. The location is excellent with just a 10 minutes walk from the station and to Princess Street. I will definitely stay here again.

Great boutique hotel and great value for money. Wish I was staying for longer.


Dave,

Dunfermline

Had a one night stay here. The location is great, right beside a Tram Stop, 2 minute walk to St Andrews Square bus station, 15 min from Waverley Train station and short walk to main shopping and restaurants. Hotel was very clean & comfortable. Good Breakfast. Very friendly staff.


Lynn,

Falkirk

Really nice hotel in a fantastic location for train station, shopping and nightlife. Lovely rooms, with complimentary snacks and lovely Aveda toiletries in the room. Bed was really comfortable, breakfast was also excellent and the staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend this hotel to family and friends visiting Edinburgh.


Rob,

Melbourne

Visited the hotel and stayed 2 nights having stayed at the Indigo in London. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Lovely rooms, great service, very good location opposite the tram stop and bus routes.
Lovely bar and restaurant is on site if you prefer to stay close for dinner!


Scott,

Inverness

I stayed at Hotel Indigo for first time last week, the service from the reception, bar and restaurant staff was faultless. The room was very comfortable and the bed was the comfiest i have ever slept in. The Hotel is situated close to the Playhouse and only 5 minute walk from waverley station, there are several good bars and restaurants in the vicinity. A great Hotel in a good area.

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