Edinburgh and the Lothians

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  • 1. Andrew Usher and Co.

    South Side | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    A small wooden door leads down a dimly lit staircase—not the most auspicious of entrances. But as you emerge into the chic basement bar, all...Read More

  • 2. Café Royal Circle Bar

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

    Famed for its atmospheric Victorian interiors—think ornate stucco, etched mirrors, tiled murals, stained glass, and leather booths—the Café...Read More

  • 3. Joseph Pearce's

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

    One of six Swedish bars and restaurants in Edinburgh owned by the Boda group, Joseph Pearce's has a distinctly northern European feel, despite...Read More

  • 4. Juniper

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

    Situated right opposite Waverley station, Juniper cultivates an air of glamorous fun, helped by its postcard-worthy views of the city and the...Read More

  • 5. King's Wark

    Leith | Bars/Pubs

    Set within a charming 15th-century building, the popular King's Wark is renowned for its superb yet sensibly priced food, from the legendary...Read More

  • 6. Teuchter's Landing

    Leith | Bars/Pubs

    Tucked away down a side street near The Shore, Teuchter's Landing is a perennially popular pub for its wide range of whiskies and beers, its...Read More

  • 7. The Holyrood 9A

    Old Town | Bars/Pubs

    Billed as "great beers, great burgers," this wood-paneled hipster hangout has a fine array of craft beers on tap, as well as an impressive whisky...Read More

  • 8. The Jazz Bar

    Old Town | Music Clubs

    This basement music venue delivers exactly what the name promises: jazz, in all its many weird and wonderful forms. Blues, funk, acoustic, electric...Read More

  • 9. The Jolly Botanist

    West End | Bars/Pubs

    Gin lovers are spoiled for choice at this self-proclaimed "liquor emporium." Take a seat amid the quirky period furnishings and flick through...Read More

  • 10. Blue Blazer

    West End | Bars/Pubs

    This cozy and characterful bar has an extensive selection of real ales, malt whiskies, and rums, all of which are enjoyed by a friendly, diverse...Read More

  • 11. Bramble Bar

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

    This easily walked-by basement bar on Queen Street—take the stairs down to a clothing-alteration shop and you'll see a small sign—is one of...Read More

  • 12. Cabaret Voltaire

    Old Town | Dance Clubs

    The vaulted ceilings of this subterranean club reverberate with dance music most nights, with an ever-changing lineup of cutting-edge DJs on...Read More

  • 13. Café Royal

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

    This high-end café serves good Scottish lagers and ales, and hearty Scottish bistro-style lunch items—sausage and mash, pies, burgers, haggis...Read More

  • 14. Cask and Barrel

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

    A spacious, traditional pub on trendy Broughton Street, the Cask and Barrel serves hand-pulled ales from a horseshoe-shaped bar, ringed by a...Read More

  • 15. CC Blooms

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

    Modern and colorful, CC Blooms is a club spread over two levels, playing a mix of musical styles and with regular cabaret nights. Open nightly...Read More

  • 16. Cloisters

    Tollcross | Bars/Pubs

    Set within an old church parsonage, Cloisters now offers a very modern form of sanctuary: real ales, fine whisky, and good food at reasonable...Read More

  • 17. Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

    South Side | Themed Entertainment

    One of Edinburgh's most popular ceilidhs, this traditional Scottish music and dance night is held each Tuesday at Summerhall. It's ideal for...Read More

  • 18. Guildford Arms

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

    Like the Café Royal Circle Bar on the other corner of the same Victorian block, the Guildford Arms has a spectacular interior of intricate...Read More

  • 19. Kay's Bar

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

    Housed in a former Georgian coach house, this diminutive but friendly spot serves 50 single-malt whiskies, a range of guest ales, and decent...Read More

  • 20. Leslie's Bar

    South Side | Bars/Pubs

    Retaining its original mahogany island bar, the late-Victorian-era Leslie's Bar is renowned for its gorgeous interior and for serving a range...Read More

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