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142 Duke Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 8HR
  • Telephone 0131 629 9055
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 3pm–midnight; Fri 3pm–1am; Sat 2pm–1am; Sun 2pm–midnight.
  • Average price £12 (charcuterie board)
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Photo of Nauticus

credit: James Gourlay

A truly gorgeous makeover of a traditional boozer in a slightly un-loved part of Leith, offering creative cocktails based on the best of Scottish booze.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Leith has a long, colourful maritime history; exotic botanicals and spices flowed through the port for hundreds of years making it a great place to distil, bottle and indeed sample a range of spirits and wines. This colourful boozy history is celebrated in Nauticus, a handsome new pub on Duke Street, a wee bit off the Shore’s familiar beaten track. Here skilled bartenders take you on a journey through time to celebrate Leith and Scottish produce through their cocktail menu, from spice routes to the gin era (stop off here to sample a Trinity and Beyond featuring Arbikie Kirsty’s gin, Braemble gin liqueur and a delicious tea syrup) before continuing on to wine trading with a Leith sherry, perhaps. They know their whiskies too, which are helpfully arranged by flavour from light to smoky. With a good range beers and wines and a friendly vibe, Nauticus is a great addition to the Leith pub scene.

  • High point: Knowledgeable staff make trying new things easy
  • Low point: No kid's license makes this one for adults only
  • Notable dish: Coastal Brew - Talisker 10, chocolate liqueur, Cross Brew coffee liqueur and bitters
  • Average price: £12 (charcuterie board)
  • Private dining: Up to 25 covers
  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Funk and soul
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
  • House wine: £19 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best pubs and bars in Edinburgh

22 May 2019

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…

Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2019: Edinburgh winners

16 Apr 2019

The List's annual food and drink award winners in Edinburgh include The Little Chartroom, Nauticus and Stuart McCluskey

The List's annual Eating & Drinking Guide has announced the winners of its Eating & Drinking Awards for 2019. With the publication of the guide's 26th annual edition, ten venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow have been highlighted by the reviewers…