Drinking outside Fishers Bar and Bistro, The Shore, Edinburgh
The Opal Lounge, George Street, Edinburgh
The White Hart Inn, Grassmarket, Edinburgh
Ye Olde Golf Tavern, Edinburgh
Relax and unwind in the bars and pubs of Edinburgh & The Lothians where you’re guaranteed a hearty welcome and great food and drink.
Edinburgh is renowned for its bustling pub culture where you can find somewhere suit all tastes and budgets, from exclusive bars to traditional pubs.
Sip cocktails in the trendy surroundings of the West End and George Street at bars such as Le Monde, or head in to the Old Town to visit Dragonfly on West Port and pick one of 30 different cocktails.
The city’s Grassmarket is another lively area of the city with a great selection of bars and pubs which are popular with both locals and visitors. Soak up the atmosphere of the historic buildings which surround the area as you enjoy a drink of your choice. Many pubs also feature excellent live bands, so look out for performances at Whistle Binkies, or head for The Royal Oak for traditional tunes. You can also find out more about the area’s historic bars on the Edinburgh’s Literary Pub Tour.
For another slice of history, stop off at The Sheep Heid Inn in Duddingston which is said to be Scotland’s oldest surviving public house. You can even try your hand at skittles in the pub’s traditional bowling alley. Or for one of the world's oldest golf pubs, enjoy a drink at Ye Olde Golf Tavern in the city's Brunstfield area.
Away from the city, there’s also many bars and pubs in the towns and villages of the Lothians, including the historic Prestoungrange Gothenburg in Prestonpans where you can sample beer from its on-site microbrewery.
The Phoenix Bar is a family run traditional bar with a contemporary twist, serving a wide range of largers, bottled beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and malts, with the new addition of three hand pulled ales.