5 Adorable Pubs In Edinburgh Where You Can Drink Like A Scot

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Libby Ryan

You’re going to want to experience pub life in Edinburgh, whether you’re a whisky drinker or looking for a good pint of beer. Or you could do as the Scots do and have one of each. Here are five of the top spots to visit after a long day of exploring the Scottish capital.

1. The Bow Bar

There are nearly 400 whisky varieties at The Bow Bar, so you’ll be able to sample as much of the good stuff as you like. And if you need some food to go along with your drinks, there is a selection of traditional local pies as well.

2. The Cafe Royal Circle Bar

The Cafe Royal Circle Bar is not only a spot for whisky and local beer, but also for seafood snacks like oysters, clams and Scottish salmon. P.S. Yes, there’s WiFi.

3. Under The Stairs

J.K. Rowling dreamed up much of the setting, plot and magic of the Harry Potter series while she was living in Edinburgh, so it’s only fitting that you’d visit a bar named Under The Stairs — just like where the boy wizard lived until he got his Hogwarts letter. The real world bar isn’t Harry Potter-themed, but you can find small plates and fun drinks like the Blackflip (smokehead whisky, espresso, ristretto liqueur, hop licorice reduction, sherry and egg).

best bars in edinburgh

Libby Ryan

4. The Hanging Bat

The Hanging Bat is all about the beer, both local and imported. You’ll find typical pub food here, too, from chips to tacos. It’s less about Scottish food and more focused on comfort food, but the atmosphere is totally cozy Edinburgh fun.

5. The Cumberland Bar

Off the tourist track a bit, The Cumberland Bar has an old-school charm with plenty of beers to fill up your pint glasses. It’s not swanky, but regulars love it for its ales, wine list and snacks.


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