Edinburgh and the Lothians

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  • 1. Cafe Royal

    Famed for its atmospheric Victorian interiors—think ornate stucco, etched mirrors, tiled murals, stained glass, and leather booths—the Cafe Royal Circle Bar has been drawing a cast of Edinburgh characters since it opened in 1863. Regulars and newcomers alike pack in for the drinks (a host of real ales and malt whiskies) and tasty bar food (everything from bar snacks and sandwiches to elaborate seafood platters).

    19 W. Register St., Edinburgh, EH2 2AA, Scotland
  • 2. Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

    One of Edinburgh's most popular ceilidhs, this traditional Scottish music and dance night is held every Tuesday at Summerhall. It's ideal for beginners, as a caller teaches the dance steps before the live band begins each song. The club also holds irregular nights at Assembly Roxy near South Bridge.

    1 Summerhall Pl., Edinburgh, EH9 1PL, Scotland
  • 3. Guildford Arms

    New Town

    Like the Café Royal Circle Bar on the other corner of the same Victorian block, the Guildford Arms has a spectacular interior of intricate plasterwork, elaborate cornices, and wood paneling. The ornate ceiling alone is worth the visit. Stay for the range of excellent Scottish ales on tap.

    1 W. Register St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA, Scotland
  • 4. Juniper Edinburgh

    Situated right opposite Edinburgh Waverley Station, Juniper cultivates an air of glamorous fun with its plant-filled interior and postcard-worthy views of the city and the castle. The wine list is good (if a little pricey), but it's the imaginative cocktails that really make this place, from Smoke on the Water (a combo of peaty whisky and peach iced tea) to Late Night Tough Guy Colada (a mix of pineapple rum, coconut, and white chocolate liqueur).

    20 Princes St., Edinburgh, EH2 2AN, Scotland
  • 5. Panda and Sons

    New Town

    The very definition of a hidden gem, this Prohibition-style speakeasy is cunningly tucked away behind a barbershop exterior. Venture inside and downstairs to discover a quirky bar serving some seriously refined cocktails. And yes, we're baffled by the fictional bar-owning panda, too.

    79 Queen St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 4NF, Scotland
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  • 6. Teuchters Landing

    Tucked away down a side street near The Shore, Teuchters Landing is a perennially popular pub for its wide range of whiskies and beers, its excellent pub food (try the nachos with cheddar and haggis), and its pontoon for sunny days. It's also a great place for watching live sports. If you're feeling lucky, try the Hoop of Destiny game for your chance to land a vintage dram for a fraction of its usual price.

    1c Dock Pl., Edinburgh, EH6 6LU, Scotland
  • 7. The Dagda Bar


    This charming little drinking hole is an interesting mix of the old and new. At first glance, it's a very traditional pub with a dark-wood bar, beautiful embossed ceiling, and beer mats decorating the walls. But look closer and you'll also find a great selection of craft beers, hip shabby-chic decor, and a surprisingly young clientele.

    93–95 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9NG, Scotland
  • 8. The Holyrood 9A

    This warm, wood-paneled hipster hangout has a fine array of craft beers on tap, as well as an impressive whisky collection. It also serves some of Edinburgh's best gourmet burgers.

    9A Holyrood Rd., Edinburgh, EH8 8AE, Scotland
  • 9. The Jazz Bar

    This basement music venue delivers exactly what the name promises: jazz, in all its many weird and wonderful forms. Blues, funk, acoustic, electric—there's something new to discover every night of the week. There's usually a small cover charge (cash only), but this all goes to musicians, not the venue.

    1A Chambers St., Edinburgh, EH1 1HR, Scotland
  • 10. The Jolly Botanist

    West End

    Gin lovers are spoiled for choice at this self-proclaimed "liquor emporium." Take a seat amid the quirky period furnishings and flick through a menu of 70-plus gins from around the world, which can be enjoyed with your choice of tonic or as part of an inventive gin cocktail. There's also good bar food available.

    256--260 Morrison St., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 8DT, Scotland
  • 11. Whiski Rooms

    This venerable establishment offers one of Old Town's most enjoyable whisky tastings: an informative and interactive experience with an expert guide. The 90-minute Premium Whisky Tasting features five unusual drams you’ll almost certainly not have tasted before. When you’re finished, either browse the shop stacked high with tempting bottles or head into the bar for another dram.

    4–7 N. Bank St., Edinburgh, EH1 2LP, Scotland
  • 12. Bramble Bar & Lounge

    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 Edinburgh's great hidden gems. Expect superb cocktails, eclectic music (DJs spin most nights), young crowds, and lots of nooks and crannies.

    16A Queen St., Edinburgh, EH2 1JE, Scotland
  • 13. Cabaret Voltaire

    The vaulted ceilings of this subterranean club reverberate with dance music most nights, with an ever-changing lineup of cutting-edge DJs on the decks. The club also hosts regular live gigs and, during the Fringe, stand-up comedy shows.

    36–38 Blair St., Edinburgh, EH1 1QR, Scotland
  • 14. Cask and Barrel

    A spacious, traditional pub on trendy Broughton Street, the Cask and Barrel serves hand-pulled ales from a horseshoe-shaped bar, ringed by a collection of brewery mirrors. There is a second Cask and Barrel in Southside.

    115 Broughton St., Edinburgh, EH1 3RZ, Scotland
  • 15. CC Blooms

    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, it's been a mainstay on the gay scene since the early '90s, and can now count several other gay-friendly bars and clubs as neighbors.

    23–24 Greenside Pl., Edinburgh, EH1 3AA, Scotland
  • 16. Cloisters Bar

    Set within an old church parsonage, Cloisters now offers a very modern form of sanctuary: real ales, fine whisky, and good food at reasonable prices, with a total absence of music and game machines.

    26 Brougham St., Edinburgh, EH3 9JH, Scotland
  • 17. Joseph Pearce's

    One of eight Swedish bars and restaurants in Edinburgh owned by the Boda group, Joseph Pearce's has a distinctly northern European feel, despite its solidly Edwardian origins. Scandi-themed cocktails are popular here, as are the meatballs, open sandwiches, and other Swedish dishes. There's a children's corner with toys to keep the little ones occupied, and a sunny outdoor space in summer.

    23 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA, Scotland
  • 18. Kay's Bar

    Housed in a former Georgian coach house, this diminutive but friendly spot serves 50 single-malt whiskies, a range of guest ales, and decent bottled beers. Check out the cute little wood-paneled library room, with its tiny fireplace and shelves full of books.

    39 Jamaica St., Edinburgh, EH3 6HF, Scotland
  • 19. Leslie's Bar

    South Side

    Retaining its original mahogany island bar, the late-Victorian-era Leslie's Bar is renowned for its gorgeous interior and for serving a range of traditional Scottish ales and malt whiskies.

    45--47 Ratcliffe Terr., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH9 1SU, Scotland
  • 20. Malt & Hops

    First opening its doors in 1749, Malt & Hops has a fine waterfront location and serves microbrewery cask ales—with a selection good enough to be endorsed by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale). It also has a resident ghost.

    45 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QU, Scotland

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