Best bars with games in Edinburgh

Best bars with games in Edinburgh

Black Ivy

Try your hand at Pacman, pinball, darts and other pub games


Ping-pong, Pacman and pool, table football, and even a whole room of retro arcade machines: order a side of fun with your burger and beer at these bars where it's playtime every time. Fancy a shot?

One of the few pubs in the city big enough for ping-pong (aka wiff-waff) tables. There's plenty of decent food, beer and cocktails to keep you going between games too.

Beer & Skittles
Life isn't all beer and skittles, but there's plenty of space around the pool table in this central bar – the skittles are in the vodka though.

Black Ivy
This splashy makeover of an old Bruntsfield hotel boasts a stylish bar, generous terrace and clutch of ping-pong tables that double as laptop spaces during the day.

The City Café
For generations, all of Edinburgh's best drinking tales have started with 'So we went to the City Caff for a game of pool and …' Perfect for diner-style burgers and pre-club drinks.

The Lucky Liquor Co
One of the city centre's plushest cocktail bars also happens to be hiding a pool table in the basement.

The Mousetrap

On bustling Leith Walk the Mousetrap's USP is a trio of pinball machines, a SNES console – and cheap cocktails.

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 Akva
129 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QG
The biggest of Edinburgh's Swedish pubs, this canal-side spot has homely food with plenty of drinks and family friendliness.
B Black Ivy
4 Alvanley Terrace, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, EH9 1DU
An attractive bar that pleases a varied crowd, offering classics done well.
C The Lucky Liquor Co
39a Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3NH
Pioneering cocktail trends, this casual bar specialises in seasonal, eccentric concoctions.
D The City Café
19 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR
American-style bar and diner with a pool table, good quality burgers and one of the city's best pre-club atmospheres.
E The Mousetrap
180 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5AE
Homage to childhood favourites at this Leith Walk bar, with grown-up drinks.