Best pubs and bars in Edinburgh

Best pubs and bars in Edinburgh

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

Hitlisted

Edinburgh's bar scene is thriving. Whether you're looking for a cocktail, decent pint, three-course meal, or just the chance to kick back with friends and family, there's a bar to suit your needs. Here we share the best of the new openings, rebrands and updates as well as our coveted Hitlist.

Bar à Vin
Atmospheric central bar focusing on French cheese, charcuterie and wine. La vie est belle.

The Last Word Saloon
Edinburgh isn't short of a cocktail den or two, but the Last Word's cosy atmosphere and welcoming service set it apart.

Leith Depot
An unashamedly sentimental mention for a brilliant bar which has fought hard against the ongoing development of Leith Walk. Get yourself down there before it's too late.

Nauticus
A gorgeous makeover of a traditional boozer in a slightly unloved part of Leith, offering creative cocktails based on the best of Scottish booze.

Nobles Café, Bar and Restaurant
This beautiful bar hits the sweet spot between decent pub and dining destination, with brunch a particular highlight.

The Roseleaf
A welcoming neighbourhood bar with a chintzy clutter of board games, beer, healthy juices, comfort food and cocktails.

Under the Stairs
While quality is high at Under the Stairs, they don't take themselves too seriously – a brilliant bar for brilliant times.

Woodland Creatures
Woodland Creatures' new owners are working hard to freshen things up while keeping the original laid-back, quirky spirit of this Leith Walk bar.

A 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.
B The Last Word Saloon
44 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AL
Cosy, quirky basement bar specialising in quality cocktails in sophisticated, muted surroundings.
C 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.
D Woodland Creatures
260–262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EL
Under new ownership and with a fresh look, Woodland Creatures reinstates itself as one of Leith Walk’s finest comfort food, craft ale and live music establishments.
E Leith Depot
138–140 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5DT
A friendly local offering live music and a strong seafood and vegetarian menu to Leith punters.
F 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.
G Nauticus
142 Duke Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 8HR
A truly gorgeous makeover of a traditional boozer in a slightly un-loved part of Leith, offering creative cocktails based on the best of Scottish booze.
H Nobles Café, Bar & Restaurant
44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6RS
A beautiful historic bar with a sophisticated menu to match.

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