Bars in Edinburgh: things to know before you go
Even in your own city there are hidden gems to discover. With so many bars in Edinburgh there’s something for everyone. Here’s some questions to wet your whistle and help you find a fantastic bar near you.
What are the best cocktail bars in Edinburgh?
There are many cocktail bars in Edinburgh that claim to be the best, but these come up trumps for their reputation and customer reviews:
- Pilgram Bar serves up premium spirits, with cocktails available in fishbowls and pitchers. Thirsty Thursday, we’re coming for you.
- Bryant and Mack Private Detectives is an apt name for a bar with such a secret location. If you’re looking for a jazz bar in the city then this could do the trick, with a soundtrack of jazz and private-eye themed décor.
- The Devil’s Advocate. You might be nursing a particularly devilish hangover after gracing this venue. It’s home to a 200-strong whisky selection, which includes the rarest single malts and the best blends in town, as well as some very imaginatively crafted cocktail menus. If you’re looking for a whisky bar in Edinburgh – this is the one.
What are the best bars in Edinburgh old town?
The historic old town of Edinburgh has hosted many a good old knees-up over the years. And that’s in no small part down to the sheer number of boozers, distilleries and breweries there are to sample. Here’s our pick of the best:
- Maxies bar and restaurant offers spectacular views of Victoria Street and the Grassmarket, with an exciting menu of drinks plus a selection of Scottish classics on the menu to soak them up with.
- The Holyrood 9A is a warm and cosy escape, with both craft and cask beers from local brewers – and a mouthwatering menu of traditional fare including deer, haggis and lamb.
- The Jazz Bar is one of the longest standing jazz bars in Edinburgh. After all its years in business, it’s still keeping the energy up – with music every night of the week. Soak up the New York vibes with a Manhattan cocktail.
Is there a sports bar in Edinburgh?
Whether it’s an Old Firm derby or a League Two relegation scrap, it’s important to find a good sports bar to watch the game. You’ll either be celebrating your win or drowning your sorrows – so it’s key to get the vibe just right. Thankfully there’s lots of choice, including:
- Marcos Pool Hall and Pizza Bar, which has big screens dotted about the bar – so you won’t be fighting for a good view. Arcade games and an Xbox have your half-time entertainment covered, and there’s pizza to die for.
- McSorleys is a popular Irish bar known for its buzzing atmosphere. It boasts a giant projector screen, as well as multiple TVs and tasty snacks.
- Doctors is your prescribed venue for a more chilled atmosphere to watch anything from tennis to rugby. Whatever time of day or week, there’s always sports playing.
What bars are there in Edinburgh city centre?
Whisky, beer, wine or cocktails? There are so many bars in Edinburgh city centre deciding where to head is the hardest part of going for a drink, here’s a selection to check out:
- The Jam House is located in the hub of the new town and is home to an array of live music acts. You won’t need to look for a karaoke bar in Edinburgh, as you’ll be singing your heart out to the music all night long.
- The Raging Bull is a stylish city bar with a cosy feel. Sit back and enjoy the atmosphere, and be sure to order one of their famous coffee cocktails.
- The Bon Vivant is an award-winning bar with an evolving cocktail list as well as an ample wine list to quench your thirst. Win-win.