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Top Bars in Edinburgh - Your Favourite Edinburgh Bars

  • The Scottish capital is home to a plethora of top-notch bars, pubs and clubs. To help get a better idea of which nightspots to try, we asked you about your favourite bars in Edinburgh over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you told us...

  • 3 Sisters

    Bei Wu says:

    3 sisters all the way!!!

    3 Sisters is also recommended by: Sarah d'Arcy and Marga Abruñeiras Trava.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This big bar is spread out over a couple of levels, with a dance floor upstairs and a number of different rooms downstairs. There’s also a courtyard area with plenty of outdoor seating. It’s a busy spot and attracts a rowdy crowd who come to watch all kinds of sporting events while the enjoy a drink or two (or more).

    Location: 139 Cowgate.
    Opening hours: Daily 9am-1am.

  • Biddy Mulligan's

    Kathy Trithardt says:

    Biddy Mulligan's

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Opened back in 1993, Biddy Mulligan’s is an Irish-themed bar which hosts live music five nights a week. Once a month you’ll get the chance to take to the stage yourself at ‘Bandaoke’, a night of karaoke with music provided by a live band. Plenty of sporting events are shown at the bar, and it also serves a selection of Irish dishes which can be washed down with a pint of Guinness.

    Location: 94-96 Grassmarket.
    Opening hours: Daily 9am-1am.

  • Brass Monkey

    Caro Petot says:

    The Brass monkey 14 Drummond Street

    Hostelworld.com says:

    A small pub with a welcoming atmosphere, the Brass Monkey can get pretty busy at weekends. At the bar you’ll find a wide selection of affordable drinks to choose from. Best of all, there’s a back room set up like a giant mattress where you can come to chill out and watch movies daily from 3pm.

    Location: 14 Drummond Street.

  • Black Rose

    Black Rose is recommended by: Kathy Trithardt.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    At the Black Rose you’ll hear plenty of rock, metal and alternative tunes. The bar hosts a number of live bands, and every Wednesday it holds a rock karaoke night.

    Location: 49 Rose Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 12.30pm-1am.

  • The Basement

    Sarah Henderson says:

    The basement! So great :)

    Hostelworld.com says:

    There’s a really extensive menu at the basement featuring a huge selection of unusual cocktails such as ‘Jar Jar Drinks’ along with all the classics. A variety of tequilas, rums, whiskeys and vodkas are just a small part of the spirits on offer, with plenty of bottled and draught beers also available. Barmen are instantly recognisable here, thanks to their colourful Hawaiian shirts.

    Location: 10a - 12a Broughton Street.

  • Maggie Dickson’s

    Josh McCusker says:

    Every bloody one of 'em! But, most especially Maggie Dickson's.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Maggie Dickson’s is named after a fish hawker who survived her execution in Edinburgh back in the early 1700s. Today at the pub you’ll find a comfortable interior in which you can enjoy a large variety of malt whiskeys plus plenty more.

    Location: 92 Grassmarket.

  • The Jazz Bar

    The Jazz Bar is recommended by: Marga Abruñeiras Trava.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Live music is really important in this basement bar which hosts over 20 live shows a week including Saturday afternoon performances by a jazz trio. Opened in 2005, it’s a hugely popular jazz bar but you’ll also hear plenty of other types of music here too from acoustic to hiphop.

    Location: 1A Chambers Street.

  • The Rose Leaf

    Gemma Lockley says:

    The rose leaf. Not so much a bar, but they do fantastic cocktails in vintage teapots. Sweet :-)

    Hostelworld.com says:

    More restaurant than bar, the Rose Leaf serves up a huge selection of reasonably priced dishes from homemade waffles to mac and cheese. However, it does offer a selection of drinks for those looking for a tipple. These include cocktails which are indeed served up in old teapots!

    Location: 23/24 Sandport Place.
    Opening hours: Daily 10am-1am.

  • The Last Drop

    Rod Martinez says:

    The last drop, in Grass Market

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This popular pub is located in the Grassmarket area, right beside the place where public executions took place in Edinburgh back in the 18th century, which explains the name of the bar. It’s a small spot serving up wines, beers, whiskeys and more.

    Location: 74-78 Grassmarket.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 12.30pm-1am.

  • Pivo

    Pivo is recommended by: Jacqueline Scott.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    It is small enough inside Pivo, an Eastern European-themed bar with a wide selection of beers to try out. Shooters and a few classic cocktails also appear on the bar’s drinks menu. Chart music is what you’ll generally hear in Pivo, with the tunes provided by live DJs each night.

    Location: 2-6 Calton Road.

  • The Waverley

    Keziah Mastin says:

    It has to be 'The Waverley' although that's strictly a pub.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This bar is spread out over a couple of levels with a seating area upstairs along with the bar downstairs. Even though it looks like a bit of an ‘old man’s pub’, The Waverly actually tends to attract a pretty mixed crowd.

    Location: 1 St Mary's Street.

  • Voodoo Rooms

    Keziah Mastin says:

    Favourite bar is 'The Voodoo Rooms'

    Hostelworld.com says:

    A relatively new arrival on Edinburgh’s lively bar scene, the Voodoo Rooms is a stylish spot opened in 2007. From the award-winning bar you’ll be able to sample a colourful selection of cocktails, along with plenty of spirits including speciality rums and plenty more. Live music and various other events are also held here.

    Location: 19a West Register Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 4pm-1am, Fri-Sun noon-1am.

  • The Tron

    Rachael Gilbert says:

    The Tron, a real hidden gem in the city centre, is in my opinion the best bar in Edinburgh for both students and travellers alike. Unlike some of the blander student pubs/bars, whose owners seem to think that as long as the prices are low the people will come, it has a relaxed and unique atmosphere, due to squishy sofas coupled with subdued lighting and plush velvet curtains, contrasted with traditional bar stools and tables. A friend and I recently went to Edinburgh and liked it so much we went there for each of the 3 nights we were lucky enough to be in the fantastic city. For those who have worked up an appetite by walking the Royal Mile, you can get a drink and a burger from the bargain price of £3.95. Perfect for when you need to relax with a wee dram after a long day :).

    The Tron is also recommended by: Jacqueline Scott and Enrique Pinto.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Spread out over three levels, two of which are below ground, this large bar is frequented by a younger crowd. Some of the Tron’s popularity may be down to the cheap drinks served up at the bar.

    Location: 9 Hunter Square.

  • Frankenstein’s

    Jacqueline Scott says:

    Frankenstein's is also good 3 floors,3 bars, food and good entertainment every night, even classic horror movies on a Tuesday night lol

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Spread out over three floors and boasting three different bar areas, it’s no wonder that Frankenstein’s is a busy spot. Each night you’ll find something different going on here, from karaoke on Sunday nights to Tuesday’s Monster Movie Night, where classic horror movies are shown in the bar at 3pm and 9pm. And you’ll be happy to know that there’s no cover charge to get into Frankenstein’s.

    Location: 26 George IV Bridge.

  • Kohl Bar

    Steve Pogonowski says:

    Kohl Bar has really good cocktails and vodka varieties, friendly staff, maybe bit more pricey than some other Edinburgh bars but low cost doesn't always mean quality (or unwatered drinks) there

    Hostelworld.com says:

    If you’re a fan of vodka then this is the bar for you as they boast a huge variety of flavoured vodkas. A number of cocktails are also available here. Each night, the entertainment comes in the form of R&B and hiphop tunes played loudly throughout the bar.

    Location: 54-55 George Iv Bridge.

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  • The Scottish capital is home to a plethora of top-notch bars, pubs and clubs. To help get a better idea of which nightspots to try, we asked you about your favourite bars in Edinburgh over at our Hostelworld.com Facebook page. Here’s what you told us...

  • 3 Sisters

    Bei Wu says:

    3 sisters all the way!!!

    3 Sisters is also recommended by: Sarah d'Arcy and Marga Abruñeiras Trava.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This big bar is spread out over a couple of levels, with a dance floor upstairs and a number of different rooms downstairs. There’s also a courtyard area with plenty of outdoor seating. It’s a busy spot and attracts a rowdy crowd who come to watch all kinds of sporting events while the enjoy a drink or two (or more).

    Location: 139 Cowgate.
    Opening hours: Daily 9am-1am.

  • Biddy Mulligan's

    Kathy Trithardt says:

    Biddy Mulligan's

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Opened back in 1993, Biddy Mulligan’s is an Irish-themed bar which hosts live music five nights a week. Once a month you’ll get the chance to take to the stage yourself at ‘Bandaoke’, a night of karaoke with music provided by a live band. Plenty of sporting events are shown at the bar, and it also serves a selection of Irish dishes which can be washed down with a pint of Guinness.

    Location: 94-96 Grassmarket.
    Opening hours: Daily 9am-1am.

  • Brass Monkey

    Caro Petot says:

    The Brass monkey 14 Drummond Street

    Hostelworld.com says:

    A small pub with a welcoming atmosphere, the Brass Monkey can get pretty busy at weekends. At the bar you’ll find a wide selection of affordable drinks to choose from. Best of all, there’s a back room set up like a giant mattress where you can come to chill out and watch movies daily from 3pm.

    Location: 14 Drummond Street.

  • Black Rose

    Black Rose is recommended by: Kathy Trithardt.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    At the Black Rose you’ll hear plenty of rock, metal and alternative tunes. The bar hosts a number of live bands, and every Wednesday it holds a rock karaoke night.

    Location: 49 Rose Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 12.30pm-1am.

  • The Basement

    Sarah Henderson says:

    The basement! So great :)

    Hostelworld.com says:

    There’s a really extensive menu at the basement featuring a huge selection of unusual cocktails such as ‘Jar Jar Drinks’ along with all the classics. A variety of tequilas, rums, whiskeys and vodkas are just a small part of the spirits on offer, with plenty of bottled and draught beers also available. Barmen are instantly recognisable here, thanks to their colourful Hawaiian shirts.

    Location: 10a - 12a Broughton Street.

  • Maggie Dickson’s

    Josh McCusker says:

    Every bloody one of 'em! But, most especially Maggie Dickson's.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Maggie Dickson’s is named after a fish hawker who survived her execution in Edinburgh back in the early 1700s. Today at the pub you’ll find a comfortable interior in which you can enjoy a large variety of malt whiskeys plus plenty more.

    Location: 92 Grassmarket.

  • The Jazz Bar

    The Jazz Bar is recommended by: Marga Abruñeiras Trava.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Live music is really important in this basement bar which hosts over 20 live shows a week including Saturday afternoon performances by a jazz trio. Opened in 2005, it’s a hugely popular jazz bar but you’ll also hear plenty of other types of music here too from acoustic to hiphop.

    Location: 1A Chambers Street.

  • The Rose Leaf

    Gemma Lockley says:

    The rose leaf. Not so much a bar, but they do fantastic cocktails in vintage teapots. Sweet :-)

    Hostelworld.com says:

    More restaurant than bar, the Rose Leaf serves up a huge selection of reasonably priced dishes from homemade waffles to mac and cheese. However, it does offer a selection of drinks for those looking for a tipple. These include cocktails which are indeed served up in old teapots!

    Location: 23/24 Sandport Place.
    Opening hours: Daily 10am-1am.

  • The Last Drop

    Rod Martinez says:

    The last drop, in Grass Market

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This popular pub is located in the Grassmarket area, right beside the place where public executions took place in Edinburgh back in the 18th century, which explains the name of the bar. It’s a small spot serving up wines, beers, whiskeys and more.

    Location: 74-78 Grassmarket.
    Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 12.30pm-1am.

  • Pivo

    Pivo is recommended by: Jacqueline Scott.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    It is small enough inside Pivo, an Eastern European-themed bar with a wide selection of beers to try out. Shooters and a few classic cocktails also appear on the bar’s drinks menu. Chart music is what you’ll generally hear in Pivo, with the tunes provided by live DJs each night.

    Location: 2-6 Calton Road.

  • The Waverley

    Keziah Mastin says:

    It has to be 'The Waverley' although that's strictly a pub.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This bar is spread out over a couple of levels with a seating area upstairs along with the bar downstairs. Even though it looks like a bit of an ‘old man’s pub’, The Waverly actually tends to attract a pretty mixed crowd.

    Location: 1 St Mary's Street.

  • Voodoo Rooms

    Keziah Mastin says:

    Favourite bar is 'The Voodoo Rooms'

    Hostelworld.com says:

    A relatively new arrival on Edinburgh’s lively bar scene, the Voodoo Rooms is a stylish spot opened in 2007. From the award-winning bar you’ll be able to sample a colourful selection of cocktails, along with plenty of spirits including speciality rums and plenty more. Live music and various other events are also held here.

    Location: 19a West Register Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 4pm-1am, Fri-Sun noon-1am.

  • The Tron

    Rachael Gilbert says:

    The Tron, a real hidden gem in the city centre, is in my opinion the best bar in Edinburgh for both students and travellers alike. Unlike some of the blander student pubs/bars, whose owners seem to think that as long as the prices are low the people will come, it has a relaxed and unique atmosphere, due to squishy sofas coupled with subdued lighting and plush velvet curtains, contrasted with traditional bar stools and tables. A friend and I recently went to Edinburgh and liked it so much we went there for each of the 3 nights we were lucky enough to be in the fantastic city. For those who have worked up an appetite by walking the Royal Mile, you can get a drink and a burger from the bargain price of £3.95. Perfect for when you need to relax with a wee dram after a long day :).

    The Tron is also recommended by: Jacqueline Scott and Enrique Pinto.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Spread out over three levels, two of which are below ground, this large bar is frequented by a younger crowd. Some of the Tron’s popularity may be down to the cheap drinks served up at the bar.

    Location: 9 Hunter Square.

  • Frankenstein’s

    Jacqueline Scott says:

    Frankenstein's is also good 3 floors,3 bars, food and good entertainment every night, even classic horror movies on a Tuesday night lol

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Spread out over three floors and boasting three different bar areas, it’s no wonder that Frankenstein’s is a busy spot. Each night you’ll find something different going on here, from karaoke on Sunday nights to Tuesday’s Monster Movie Night, where classic horror movies are shown in the bar at 3pm and 9pm. And you’ll be happy to know that there’s no cover charge to get into Frankenstein’s.

    Location: 26 George IV Bridge.

  • Kohl Bar

    Steve Pogonowski says:

    Kohl Bar has really good cocktails and vodka varieties, friendly staff, maybe bit more pricey than some other Edinburgh bars but low cost doesn't always mean quality (or unwatered drinks) there

    Hostelworld.com says:

    If you’re a fan of vodka then this is the bar for you as they boast a huge variety of flavoured vodkas. A number of cocktails are also available here. Each night, the entertainment comes in the form of R&B and hiphop tunes played loudly throughout the bar.

    Location: 54-55 George Iv Bridge.

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