Best Bars in Edinburgh
From Shabby chic to beer hall cool and esoteric beer gardens. In Hidden gems and Victorian pump houses, with whisky, cocktails , draft beers and spirits a plenty. There’s no one way to describe the Edinburgh bar scene other than fabulous!
Tucked away on Advocate’s close, away from the prying eyes of the High Street, you’ll find this hidden gem. Once a Victorian pump house, it’s now a place to enjoy delectable seasonal Scottish fayre and sip from the finest drinks.
Their extensive drinks menu is a delight, with more than a dozen cocktails and dessert wines to choose from alone. But it’s the whisky connoisseur that will really win out here, with their selection of over 200 whisky varieties. Whether you fancy Japanese, Swedish Indian whisky, or the best home-grown scotch, you’ll want to come back again and again to try them all.
Address: 9 Advocates Close, Edinburgh EH1 1ND
Phone: 0131 225 4465
Under the Stairs
It’s the shabby chic of the bar scene in Edinburgh with extraordinary food and drinks.
Kick your feet up as you grab a settee or chair rocking their eclectic interior look. Enjoy a drink from their extensive drinks menu or try some of their inspired food.
Not sure what to try? With a wide variety of draft beers, whisky, tequila and wine, you’ll find it hard to decide. Why not choose one of their seasonal or house cocktails for something different.
Don’t just go for the drinks, make your way regularly to check out their changing art and photographic exhibitions showcasing works from their gallery Little Ox on Candlemaker Row.
Address: 3A Merchant St, Edinburgh EH1 2QD
Phone: 0131 466 8550
Treacle Bar and Kitchen
Named after a classic 80’s cocktail created by Dick Bradsell (a twist on an old fashioned), it’s a place that’s transforms into whatever your need it to be. Whether you want breakfast from 10am, lunch and a pint, a late dinner until 10pm or a place to grab a cider or craft beer until 1am, Treacle does it all.
Don’t forget to try their seasonal drinks menu, perfect for a bit of summer sun or Christmas cheer.
Address: 39-41 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3JU
Phone: 0131 557 0627
Lioness of Leith
A well appointed bar and casual eatery, it’s the perfect place to stop in when you’re out and about on Leith Walk. With their vintage interiors, glitzy chandelier and beautiful artwork adorning the walls, it’s a relaxing place to have a drink or enjoy some scran.
Not feeling the weather? A G&T might pick you up but a Sunshine Lollipops cocktail will give you some sunshine in Leith.
Address: Duke Street, Edinburgh EH6 8HH, Scotland
Phone: 0131 629 0580
The Lucky Liquor Co
If you’re walking on Queen Street and you see a sign with a big pink arrow pointing to an entrance, follow it into one of the city’s top bars.
Part of a triumvirate of cool cocktail bars (Last Word Saloon and Bramble), Liquor is the brighter and airier of the three bars. With well arranged tables and a great sightline to the bar, watch as intricate cocktails are shaken and stirred before your eyes. Tantalize your taste buds with wittily named cocktails like the Gimlet on Gimlet, Lose your Shoes and Love / Hate. They’re innovative and delicious.
If you’re not much of a bar fly, head downstairs and you’ll find a pool table ready for a break.
If you can’t stay or want something for the road, than all their spirits, liqueurs, bottled beers and wines are available through off-licence sale until 10pm. Hazaah!
Address: 39A Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 3NH
Phone: 0131 226 3976
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