“Today’s rain is tomorrow’s whisky.” Yes, us Scots, do hold one of the world titles for our alcohol consumption. We know how to have a good time during all season (rain features heavily in all four anyway). You are safe in the knowledge that I am experienced and that you trust my local’s guide to pubs in Edinburgh.
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Pubs in Edinburgh
In at #5 Last Drop, The Grassmarket
Every night of the week, Edinburgh’s Grassmarket is buzzing. One of my favourite Edinburgh pubs can be found here. The Last Drop pub/bar has nice mix of tourists and locals, possibly because the music over the stereo is always banging. Las Drop also sell typical Edinburgh pub grub. The bar is called the Last Drop as it was the last stop for those about to face the noose in a public hanging (which would have occurred directly outside). I had a good first date here… (with Craig)
- Address: 74-78 Grassmarket, Edinburgh
#4 The Dome, George Street (yes, swanky)
The Dome is one of the more trendy bars in Edinburgh. Not to be missed at Christmas! The Dome erects a massive colourful Christmas tree, sells tasty (yet expensive) cocktails in a really plush setting. How do they get it to smell so Christmassy? Not a weekly haunt for us but a nice festive treat none the less.
- Address: 14 George St, New Town, Edinburgh
A smell sense-sation / The Dome – plush cocktail bar in Edinburgh
The Dome image by Andy G I Flickr 2.0
#3 Ghillie Dhu, Rutland Street (across from Princes Street)
Moving away from Edinburgh bars on George street, Ghillie Dhu on Rutland Street (near Princes Street Gardens) sets up a fun night for those searching for more traditional Scottish vibes. Every Friday night is ceilidh night! A must for tourists and locals alike. Get your dancing shoes on and be prepared to twirl (and kick and clap!) Ceilidh dancing in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital – you just can’t get more Scottish than that!
- Address: 2 Rutland St, Edinburgh
#2 Carrier’s Quarters, Leith
Carrier’s Quarters in Leith has a ‘pokey wee’ (small) back room with a fire. This Edinburgh bar sells fruit beer on tap and will typically see more locals than tourists. Love music in a pub smaller than your living room? Every Thursday and Sunday night, Carrier’s Quarters invites a band to play for a sing-a-long!
- 42 Bernard St, Edinburgh
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#1 Port O’ Leith (Friday or Saturday night)
‘Best pub in the world’ according to Joseph my American tour guide. Expect a mixed clientele, dancing on the bar, and the last song to be a Proclaimers hit. I lived next to this hot mess, it’s not for the faint hearted. Definitely one of the liveliest bars in Edinburgh on a Friday and Saturday night and worth the trip to the New Town of Leith. Port O’ Leith is an Edinburgh institution, a visit is a badge you can wear proudly. I am now saddened to say that the PoL has now been taken over by a company and has lost its soul to the gentrification process. They hunt is on to replace the old Port O’ Leith at our number one spot.
- Address: 108 Constitution St, Edinburgh
Port o’ Leith by Benny Traeger Hünersen I Flickr 2.0
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