/ Good Pubs in Edinburgh

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Axel Smeets - on 10 May 2013

My good lady has kindly arranged for a birthday weekend in Edinburgh. I'm about to leave work for the long drive north but thought I would ask the resident UKC forum crowd if they knew of any decent pubs in and around Edinburgh.

Good ale pubs, no loud music, good selection of beers. Centrally located if possible.

I turned 30 yesterday so need some public houses in which to drown my sorrows.

Cheers all.
elsewhere on 10 May 2013
Axel Smeets - on 10 May 2013
In reply to elsewhere:

That's the spirit. Keep 'em coming.
Tall Clare - on 10 May 2013
In reply to elsewhere:

I was going to suggest that too - I've only been to Edinburgh once but we had very nice oysters whilst sitting at the bar there.
Eric9Points - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets:

Blue Blazer, Spittal Street. Near the pubic triangle.

Cloisters, Brougham Street. Just off Tollcros.

The Canny Man's. Caanan Lane, Morningside.

The Barony, Broughton Street.

The Bailey, St Stephens Street. Stockbridge.
J Brown - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets:

Kays Bar in the New Town, Jamaica Street:

http://kaysbar.co.uk/
Axel Smeets - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Eric9Points:

Thanks for this. Off on the road now but will check this thread when I get there.

Cheers all
dissonance - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets:

ticks some of the boxes.

http://www.brewdog.com/bars/edinburgh
Dave Garnett - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets:

The Guildford Arms, not far from the Cafe Royale (1 West Register Street)was excellent when I was there last year. Ticks all your requirements. Excellent beer (the only time this has ever happened to me in Scotland!), nice little restaurant upstairs with good food.
Dave Garnett - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Dave Garnett:

Found it now:

http://www.guildfordarms.com/
In reply to Axel Smeets:
>

> I turned 30 yesterday so need some public houses in which to drown my sorrows.
>

Congratulations! It's great being in your 30s, no need to drown your sorrows!

Fiona Reid - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets:

Lots of the good ones have already been mentioned (Cloisters, Blue Blazer, Brew Dog etc)

* Bow Bar, Victoria Street - lots of ales and lots of whiskys

A couple of more "trendy" bars with lots of good beers - no loud music just a bit more modern I guess.

* The Red Squirrel - Lothian Road, pretty decent food too

* The Hanging Bat - Lothian Road
tony on 10 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets:

The Cambridge Bar, on Young Street. Good beer, excellent burgers.

http://www.thecambridgebar.co.uk
RomTheBear - on 10 May 2013
Good international beers to be found in Brauhaus and Ventoux in the Tollcross area.
Climbing Pieman on 10 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets: If you are also after a large beer garden for the great weather Scotland has, and a student frequented pub, then The Pear Tree in W Nicolson Street used to be good many years ago (but as I have not been for years if its changed that is not very helpful for now sorry :-) ). Enjoy your visit wherever you end up.
Eric9Points - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Climbing Pieman:

The Pear Tree is still as it has been for many years.

Very studenty of course.

Leslie's[sp] bar at the far end of Causewayside is an often overlooked gem. A must see for connosieurs of Victorian pub architecture.

The bar in Summerhall, which overlooks the Meadows from Sciennes is good with very good Tapas.
nastyned - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets: I liked the Malt and Hops in Leith best.
Tim Chappell - on 10 May 2013
Rebus' watering-hole:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oxford_Bar

Never actually been. Meant to for ages. Must fix that.
Timmd on 10 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets:

My bro who's a musician and likes his beer used to like The Royal Oak pub in Edinburgh.

No idea if it's central or no though, or if musicians playing/jamming while you drink is your thing.
biped - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Tim Chappell:
> Rebus' watering-hole:
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oxford_Bar
>
> Never actually been. Meant to for ages. Must fix that.

It's a great little bar.

OP: Sandy Bells, Forrest Road and The Bow Bar, Victoria Street.
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Tim Chappell - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Timmd:


The Royal Oak certainly is central--it's on South Bridge, pretty much opposite Old College and virtually next to Thin's. I used to go there quite a lot when I was a student in Edinburgh.

As the name suggests, it's fairly solidly a Celtic pub too.
Tim Chappell - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets:

Places to avoid given your specifications:

1. The Cowgate.

2. Actually make that the Cowgate given any specifications whatever.
Fraser on 10 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets:

Diggers, just off Gorgie Rd. (not central though - bit further out but worth the trip)

http://www.edinburghpubguide.co.uk/PubDetails/Diggers_(Athletic_Arms)__The_163.html

yehti - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Timmd:
> My bro who's a musician and likes his beer used to like The Royal Oak pub in Edinburgh.

The Royal Oak is a great wee pub and is well worth a visit. It is very wee though so if there's more than just you and your good lady then you might struggle to all fit in!
Another pub I enjoyed and visited regularly when I stayed in Edinburgh was Doctors, it always had a three or four guest ales on along with the local regulars and there was a nice atmosphere.
Axel Smeets - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets:

Thanks to all who have suggested pubs on this thread. I will try and visit as many as possible tomorrow.

Tim Chappell: Points noted :-)

Cheers
Tim Chappell - on 10 May 2013
In reply to Fraser:
> (In reply to Axel Smeets)
>
> Diggers, just off Gorgie Rd. (not central though - bit further out but worth the trip)
>
> http://www.edinburghpubguide.co.uk/PubDetails/Diggers_(Athletic_Arms)__The_163.html


Truly terrifying :-)
Fraser on 11 May 2013
In reply to Tim Chappell:

> Truly terrifying :-)

Really, in what way? (Admittedly, I've not been in for years so my opinion can be taken with a pinch of salt, but do I have great memories of the place and they served a brilliant pint.)
Tim Chappell - on 11 May 2013
In reply to Fraser:

Well, when I lived in Gorgie, Digger's was where you went if you fancied getting your head kicked in.

However, my view may be unrepresentative, since I'm English, middle class, and annoying, and no doubt deserve to get my head kicked in.
Fraser on 11 May 2013
In reply to Tim Chappell:

Didn't know that - about the pub, I mean ;) - nor witness/experience it. Hearing your opinion though makes it sound like the sort of place I would ordinarily avoid. It's too far out for the OP anyway I imagine.
prog99 on 12 May 2013
In reply to Fraser:
> (In reply to Tim Chappell)
>
> Didn't know that - about the pub, I mean ;) - nor witness/experience it. Hearing your opinion though makes it sound like the sort of place I would ordinarily avoid. It's too far out for the OP anyway I imagine.

Its also changed hands and doesn't really have the same reputation it used to have. (And anyway the golden rule is round the corner and much better.)
prog99 on 12 May 2013
In reply to Tim Chappell:
> Rebus' watering-hole:
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oxford_Bar
>
> Never actually been. Meant to for ages. Must fix that.
Good beer selection, no music and a nominal tv for the odd football match.
aln - on 12 May 2013
In reply to Climbing Pieman:
> (In reply to Axel Smeets) If you are also after a large beer garden for the great weather Scotland has,

:D
Harry Holmes - on 12 May 2013
In reply to Axel Smeets: The Sheepsheid in Duddingston is my favorite. It can be combined nicely with a walk around holyrood too

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