Best bars and pubs in Edinburgh
Top places to grab a beer, gin or cocktail in Scotland's capital city
Edinburgh is spectacularly well-served for watering holes – you're never far from a world-class cocktail, a cult craft beer and exactly the right ambience to suit your mood. All this choice extends well beyond what's considered the centre of town. Some of our finest pubs are located here, there and everywhere – it seems it's definitely time for the suburbs to shine.
Bar à Vin
17A Queensferry Street, New Town, EH2 4QW
The ground floor of the West End's L'Escargot Blanc restaurant is home to this high-end bar specialising in French wine, cheese and charcuterie.
lescargotblanc.co.uk | read our review of Bar à Vin
The Bon Vivant
55 Thistle Street, New Town, EH2 1DY
Atmospheric New Town bar and restaurant, offering smart, stylish and flexible eating and drinking choices.
bonvivantedinburgh.co.uk | read our review of The Bon Vivant
Brandon's of Canonmills
1 Canonmills, Bonnington, EH3 5HA
Impressively all-purpose pub serving brunch, lunch, dinner, wine, cocktails and rotating craft beer casks.
brandonsofcanonmills.tumblr.com | read our review of Brandon's of Canonmills.
Good Brothers Wine Bar
4–6 Dean Street, Stockbridge, EH4 1LW
This Stockbridge newcomer offers good wines, good food and a good place to discover something new.
goodbrothers.co.uk | read our review of Good Brothers Wine Bar
Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar & Shop
28 Queen Street, New Town, EH2 1JX
Sophisticated contemporary whisky bar in the Scotch Malt Whisky Society's New Town base.
smws.com/kaleidoscope | read our review of Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar & Shop
The Last Word Saloon
44 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, EH3 5AL
Cosy, quirky basement bar specialising in quality cocktails in sophisticated, muted surroundings.
lastwordsaloon.com/ | read our review of The Last Word Saloon
Nobles Café, Bar & Restaurant
44a Constitution Street, Leith, EH6 6RS
One of Leith's best looking pubs, serving good food and full of old-world charm.
noblesbarleith.co.uk | read our review of Nobles Café, Bar & Restaurant
Smith & Gertrude
26 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, EH3 5AU
Quality music, cheese, charcuterie and wine at this laid-back reinvention of the contemporary wine bar.
smithandgertrude.com/ | read our review of Smith & Gertrude