Best pubs and bars around Edinburgh's Leith Walk and Easter Road

Best pubs and bars on Leith Walk

Leith Depot / credit: Andrew O'Brien Photography

Crawl your way down this bustling boulevard to Edinburgh's hippest northern hotspot


Take a crawl around the Walk and you'll be well watered from top to toe with an ever-expanding collection of bars that have exploded onto one of Edinburgh's most happening streets, with plenty of places to eat in between.

Boda Bar
It's hard to find fault with this convivial Swedish-themed watering hole with lots of community events and a warm welcome.

Joseph Pearce's
Ever dependable, Pearce's is all things to everyone, from drinking students to dining workers and parents taking advantage of the daytime kids' licence.

Leith Depot
Currently under threat of re-development, this is a much-loved bar and gig venue which epitomises the idea of a pub as an all-welcoming social hub.

The Lioness of Leith
A rare kind of pub that feels right at any time of day and where the cocktails as delicious as their superior new burger menu.

The Safari Lounge
Slightly more than a stone's throw from the Walk, this outstanding and versatile local outlier in Abbeyhill is very much worth making the effort for.

Woodland Creatures
Otherwise known as the unofficial brewery bar of Krafty Brew, expect a hipsterish but unpretentious atmosphere straight out of Berlin's Kreuzberg.

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 Joseph Pearce’s
23 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA
Casual bar at the top of the Walk with Scandi food and an intimate vibe.
B 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.
C 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.
D 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.
E The Safari Lounge
21 Cadzow Place, Abbeyhill, Edinburgh, EH7 5SN
Beer fans should consider making the trek to darkest Abbeyhill for this distinctive watering hole.

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