Best pubs and bars in Edinburgh
- Eating and Drinking Guide
- 16 April 2018
Top places to grab a beer, gin or cocktail in Scotland's capital city
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.
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.
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.