Best pubs and bars in Edinburgh

Best pubs and bars in Edinburgh

Smith & Gertrude

Top places to grab a beer, gin or cocktail in Scotland's capital city

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Edinburgh's bar scene continues to thrive, serving up a mighty array of options for the discerning drinker – 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
This West End bar has settled into a cosy, relaxing space where you can happily dedicate a significant amount of time to life's twin great pleasures: wine and cheese.

Brandon's of Canonmills
One of the most impressively all-purpose pubs in Edinburgh, serving brunch, lunch, dinner, wine, cocktails and rotating craft beer casks.

The Lioness of Leith
Some bars rest on their laurels, but by adding an excellent new menu to their great drinks list and impressive space, the Lioness keeps gently evolving.

Rollo
Is it a bar, is it a restaurant? Whatever Rollo is, either branch is always a brilliant night out with great food, charming staff and a certain je ne sais quoi.

The Roseleaf
Roseleaf's popularity endures; whether it's the yummy food, the quirky pot-tails or just the way its customers always seem to have a good time, it's the quintessential good-time bar.

Smith & Gertrude
The reinvention of the wine bar gallops apace across the city, but S&G are still the daddy. Brilliant curation, brilliant concept, it's a voyage of wine-based discovery.

Under the Stairs
A bar for every occasion – cocktails are their forte, but a tasteful food menu makes Under the Stairs a popular lunch and dinner spot too.

Eating & Drinking Guide 2018/19

Eating & Drinking Guide 2018/19

25th Edition published April 2018. Widely recognised as the most reliable, comprehensive and authoritative guide to eating out in more than 950+ restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
A Rollo
108 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HH
Pocket-sized and convivial Stockbridge bar serving quality small plates with a cracking wine list.
B Bar à Vin
17A Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QW
The ground floor of the West End's L'Escargot Blanc restaurant is home to this high-end bar for authentic French wine, cheese and charcuterie.
C Smith & Gertrude
26 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5AU
Quality music, cheese, charcuterie and wine at this laid-back reinvention of the contemporary wine bar.
D Brandon's of Canonmills
1 Canonmills, Edinburgh, EH3 5HA
One of the most impressively all-purpose pubs in Edinburgh, serving brunch, lunch, dinner, wine, cocktails and rotating craft beer casks.
E Under the Stairs
3a Merchant Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2QD
Cocktails are their forte, but a tasteful food menu makes Under the Stairs a popular lunch and dinner spot too.
F Rollo
14 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RH
The second Rollo, at the top of Broughton Street, focuses on local produce, serving food in an intimate, relaxed setting.
G The Roseleaf
23–24 Sandport Place, Edinburgh, EH6 6EW
Welcoming pub with a chintzy clutter of board games, beer, healthy juices, comfort food and cocktails.
H The Lioness of Leith
21–25 Duke Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8HH
This Leith hipster favourite is one of the best in the city for drink, burgers and socialising.

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