Edinburgh and the Lothians

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Edinburgh and the Lothians - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Cafe 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 Cafe...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Juniper

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 4. Panda and Sons

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

    The very definition of a hidden gem, this Prohibition-style speakeasy is cunningly tucked away behind a barbershop exterior. Venture inside...Read More

  • 5. Teuchters Landing

    Leith | Bars/Pubs

    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...Read More

  • 6. The Holyrood 9A

    Old Town | Bars/Pubs

    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...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Whiski Rooms

    Old Town | Bars/Pubs

    This venerable establishment offers one of Old Town's most enjoyable whisky tastings: an informative and interactive experience with an expert...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Joseph Pearce's

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Malt & Hops

    Leith | Bars/Pubs

    First opening its doors in 1749, Malt & Hops has a fine waterfront location and serves microbrewery cask ales—with a selection good enough...Read More

  • 18. Regent Bar

    Abbeyhill | Bars/Pubs

    Billing itself as "the best real ale gay pub in Edinburgh," this popular drinking hole is warm, homey, and welcoming—and it's dog-friendly,...Read More

  • 19. Starbar

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

    Well worth seeking out, the tucked-away Starbar has a beer garden, table soccer, and—a rarity—a very good jukebox. It is also rumored to be...Read More

  • 20. The Basement

    New Town | Bars/Pubs

    This funky, cheerful bar has something of the 1950s jet-setter vibe—which might explain its happy-go-lucky mash-up of cocktails, Mexican food...Read More

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