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5 Pubs In Edinburgh You Cannot Miss

If you are travelling to Edinburgh, then it is something you simply cannot miss. I can hardly say anything which is not positive about the pub culture in Edinburgh.  An incredible choice of Whisky, real cask ales and homemade ciders are definitely worth a visit. Add the fact, that there is usually always some live music in the evening – Edinburgh’s pub culture is an experience I won’t forget that fast.
From all the beautiful and fun pubs – some favourites have crystallised over my visit.

Here are my top 5 pubs that are definitely worth a visit when in Edinburgh:


The Royal Oak

Half of the town already asleep but you are still in the mood for a dram of Scotch? No worries, The Royal Oak got you covered until 2 am. This historical pub with two separate rooms offers daily live music, good selection of drinks and a fun atmosphere.


Jolly Judge

Hidden in between medieval alleys in the old town of Edinburgh, this small pub is easy to miss. Low ceilings, chimney fire and a cosy atmosphere make it a perfect place to warm up during a cold winter.
That’s the place when I entered with an annoying cold and sore throat, introduced me to the world of Hot Toddys. This actually became my miracle cure for colds 🙂


Ensign Ewartwhisky tasting pub

Without a doubt my favourite pub in Edinburgh. An old, beautiful place dating from 1690. Live music every night, a vast collection of quality whisky and Gins and of course the real ales on tap. Ask for the Whisky tasting board, you won’t regret.



People who know their business. In no other place have we been that kindly introduced and advised on different Whiskys. This traditional pub will spoil you with over 100 single malt whisky to choose from. With rotating Malts of the Month and Real Cask Ale, they will guarantee a good entertainment for hours.


The Royal Dick

Located close to the cultural centre of Summerhall (by the way, check out their regular Caileigh dance events). A very relaxed, cosy atmosphere which gives me the feeling of being my grandmothers living room. Bookshelves, an unusual choice of beers and ales and a rather young client.

Edinburgh stole a part of my heart and some of the pubs played a big role. Other attractions this beautiful city has to offer to deserve a separate post on their own. I have included five of the pubs I personally tested and loved, but I am quite aware there is a vast amount of other incredible places.
Have you visited a good pub in Edinburgh which is worth adding to the list? Please let me know by dropping me a message or a comment!

Have you visited Edinburgh? If yes, what did you enjoy most?