/ Good Pubs in Edinburgh
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.
That's the spirit. Keep 'em coming.
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.
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.
Thanks for this. Off on the road now but will check this thread when I get there.
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.
Congratulations! It's great being in your 30s, no need to drown your sorrows!
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
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.
Never actually been. Meant to for ages. Must fix that.
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.
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.
Places to avoid given your specifications:
1. The Cowgate.
2. Actually make that the Cowgate given any specifications whatever.
Diggers, just off Gorgie Rd. (not central though - bit further out but worth the trip)
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.
Thanks to all who have suggested pubs on this thread. I will try and visit as many as possible tomorrow.
Tim Chappell: Points noted :-)
> Diggers, just off Gorgie Rd. (not central though - bit further out but worth the trip)
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.)
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.
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.
> 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.)
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