Port O'Leith

Port O'Leith
58 Constitution Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6RS
  • Telephone 0131 555 5503
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Average price £4 (nachos or pies); £4 (nachos or pies)
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Changed days for this Leith institution – summer 2017 saw new owners, a refurb and a change of direction towards craft beers and cocktails.

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An iconic Leith pub and for many years the stomping ground of Edinburgh’s most well-known publican, Mary Moriarty (now retired), any attempt to mess with the Port O’Leith was always going to be scrutinised closely by locals. Yet in subjecting the place to the inevitable – and much talked-about – modernisation in 2017, father-and-son team Craig and Duncan Smith have kept its core essence intact. Behind the artfully distressed signage and stripped-back brick walls, the new Port O remains the kind of place you want to go drinking with friends. The artfully lit glass shelves behind the bar heave with bottles of interesting and imported spirits – 50 each of rum and gin, 40 whiskies and 20 tequilas – with more than 30 craft beers on tap and in the fridges. Food is limited, but the heaped chicken or vegetable nacho plates are enough for at least two, and chicken or steak pies are also available.

  • High point: Still a first-class socialising pub
  • Low point: Nostalgics might say it ain't what it used to be
  • Notable dish: Chicken nachos.
  • Average price: £4 (nachos or pies); £4 (nachos or pies)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Live entertainment: Occasional acoustic music on Sundays.
  • Capacity: 25 seated (18 outdoors)
  • Open since: 2017 (under new ownership)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

Reviews & features

Bar Crawls: Edinburgh - No Sleep Till Leith

18 Nov 2011

From central Edinburgh and Leith the best way possible – by the bars

Determining the point at which Leith Walk starts has baffled philosophers, locals and postal workers for decades. Haddington Place and Leith Street have (understandably) become subsumed within this long, iconic thoroughfare that joins Edinburgh with…

Neighbourhood Watch: Leith, Edinburgh

21 Jul 2011

A beginner's guide to the capital's port town

What’s it like? It’s Leith. If you’re an Edinburgh List reader, it’s very likely you live there. Glossy bars, Michelin-starred restaurants and warehouse conversions squaring off against cobbles, pint’n’pie pubs and Hibees. Vibrant, community-focused (it…