Best pubs and bars in the Old Town

Best pubs and bars in the Old Town

Andrew Usher & Co

Our favourite places for beer, wine and cocktails in Edinburgh's historic Old Town


The cobbled streets of Edinburgh's historic Old Town have hosted a whole lot of watering holes since the days of Auld Reekie. The tradition lives on today with a strong selection of wine and cocktail bars, historic hostelries, and a young breed of bars championing cask and craft ales.

Andrew Usher & Co
32b West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD
Epitomises the craft beer revolution. Head down the stairs for a world of ales, ciders and more. | read our review of Andrew Usher & Co

The Bow Bar
80 West Bow, Victoria Street, EH1 2HH
What it lacks in fuss it makes up for in quality – simply the best beer and whisky den in the area. | read our review of The Bow Bar

Ecco Vino
19 Cockburn Street, EH1 1BP
Wines by the glass, the bottle and anything else you can imagine in this Cockburn Street staple. | read our review of Ecco Vino

1 George IV Bridge, EH1 1AD
Mixology meets art at this recently refurbished cocktail hangout. | read our review of Epicurean

184 Cowgate, EH1 1JJ
Grilled meats (and other things) paired with craft beers in a suitably smoky setting. | read our review of OX184

Salt Horse Beer Shop & Bar
57–61 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB
A beer bar turned bottle shop that holds its own as a cask ale heavyweight in the city. | read our review of Salt Horse Beer Shop & Bar

Eating & Drinking Guide 2017/18

Eating & Drinking Guide 2017/18

24th Edition published April 2017. 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.

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