A stone’s throw from Arthur’s seat with a well-stocked bar and laid-back groove lies The Kilderkin and its loyal punters.
Alongside some of the capital's tourist hotspots – the Museum of Childhood, Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament – lies the Royal Mile's self-proclaimed most exciting pub. It's pretty unassuming from the outside but thanks to a whole host of weekly events, this audacious assertion might just be true. Standard pub lunch fare (a pretty decent burger, chunky fish of the day and a ginormous portion of bangers and mash) is blown out the water come 5pm when 35 varieties of pizza come topped with your favourite zoo animals. Yes, that includes zebra and kangaroo. Pizzas are just £1 on Mondays, Tuesday is quiz night and there's a live ukulele band on Wednesdays. Otherwise it's Led Zeppelin, Metallica and such like on the stereo, with the owner's love of old school rock proudly displayed in a wall of hanging vinyls. There are stags’ heads on another and a further side room is lined wall to wall with whisky bottle cases. Local beers and spirits mix with the big players and with over 150 rums you’ll struggle to request one they don't have, although it’s fun trying.
- Private dining: Side room seats 30
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Old school rock
- Live entertainment: Free Fringe venue; Tuesday night quiz; Wednesday Ukulele
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2011 under current management
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £20 per bottle