Best pubs and bars around the University and Meadows

Best bars around the University and Meadows


Our top picks for drinks and pub food in Edinburgh's university quarter


Edinburgh's students are superbly served with bars and pubs to fuel (or distract from) their studies, from chic bar-bistros and contemporary cocktail lounges to pubs older than most mature students favoured by freshers and long-time locals alike, with loads of lunch-'til-late beer-and-burger hangouts in between.

3 Bristo Place, EH1 1EY
Industrial-chic interiors with casual service and a menu to suit all-day dining and drinking. | read our review of Checkpoint

Dagda Bar
93 Buccleuch Street, EH8 9NG
Real ale and real whisky come first in this real old man's pub, popular with locals and students alike.
Read our review of Dagda Bar

44 West Crosscauseway, EH8 9JP
Traditional pub, popular for its buffalo burgers, guest beers and live screenings of sporting events. | read our review of Greenmantle

Paradise Palms
41 Lothian Street, EH1 1HB
Good-time cocktail lounge vibe in the heart of student land, where vegetarian soul food has as much spirit as the drinks. | read our review of Paradise Palms

The Southern
22 South Clerk Street, EH8 9PR
Appealing Southside local with a fantastic selection of burgers, plenty of craft beers and a relaxed atmosphere. | read our review of The Southern

Whistle Stop Barber Shop
66 & 67 South Bridge, EH1 1LS
Enjoyable central hangout with a great range of burgers, hot dogs, pizzas and chargrill steaks. | read our review of Whistle Stop Barber Shop

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