Queen's Arms

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Queen's Arms
49 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 1EP
  • Telephone 0131 225 1045
  • Seasonal times Late licence: festival and Hogmanay
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11am–10pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.queensarmsedinburgh.com
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Queen's Arms

Classy New Town boozer for a pint watching sport, or cocktails and a meal out.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Despite its historic Mary Queen of Scots theme and central location, the Queens Arms isn’t a tourist pub. Instead a loyal band of locals fill its nooks, crannies and booths, enjoying the cosy, candlelit atmosphere, friendly service and often a spot of sport. After-work drinks are well catered for with cocktails and beers, but it’s the whisky list that really impresses. Stretching over five pages of the drinks menu there is something for every budget – and up to a £50 nip for those with no budget at all. For the peckish, a menu of seasonal pub favourites offers generous dishes with plenty to share, from platters and pies to a popular Sunday roast joint for two. Local ingredients and tasty touches pop up regularly, like the homemade brown sauce that will covert even the most ardent tomato ketchup fan.

The List's rating






Cat McCabe visited Queen's Arms on 17 November 2023
  • High point: Whisky a go-go
  • Low point: It’s difficult to roll out the door from basement level
  • Average price: £15 (lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: upbeat/classic rock
  • Live entertainment: Live music saturdays, Quiz Sundays - Whisky club starting in Jan 18
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: 2010
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £18 per bottle