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Edinburgh Pubs & Restaurants

Edinburgh traditional pubs usually offer a wide selection of local or Scottish real ales and malt whiskies, and menus ranging from quality hot and cold meals to snacks. The interiors of traditional Edinburgh pubs are frequently late Victorian, and they often retain their original period features. It is not unusual to encounter an original island bar, Jacobean-style ceiling, beautiful stained glass windows and etched mirrors. These features serve to enhance the traditional atmosphere and charm of these traditional Edinburgh pubs.


Edinburgh Pubs

The Barony
The Barony, in the New Town at the bottom of Broughton Street, is a traditional Edinburgh pub, with an open fire and lots of wood and mirrors. It serves a range of traditional ales from proper brass pumps, plus the standard lagers, along with a good selection of wines and whiskies. During the day it serves bog-standard pub grub - decent pies, etc. which are reasonably priced, and the portions are good. It is a hangout of trendy-ish 20 to 30-somethings, with a smattering of old-timers and, being Broughton Street, the atmosphere is relaxed and genial. There is no music, so conversation is easy, and there are plenty of tables and chairs.

Nicol Edwards
A traditional Edinburgh bar made up of various cavernous rooms including a medieval banqueting hall, dance room and cinema. Open till 3am every night. Nightly standup comedy during the Edinburgh Festival.

Bank Hotel
Being located right in the middle of the Royal Mile, the Bank Hotel is a good meeting point for your first pint and is frequented by lots of tourists as they saunter up and down the Old Town thoroughfare. As the name suggests, this magnificent looking building was previously a bank which was originally built in 1923 and is a landmark on the Royal Mile.


Edinburgh Restaurants

Daniel's Bistro
Located on Edinburgh's harbour at Leith, near the former royal yacht Britannia, in a spectacular setting, Daniel's is a very popular and much loved bistro. This Edinburgh restaurant specialises chiefly in provincial French cooking and Scottish dishes as well as pan European cooking styles, and with a selection for vegetarians. Daniel's is probably the friendliest and most innovative bistro this side of the Galaxy. Taste of Scotland recommended. Snacks are available all day.

This award-winning restaurant has a now well established tapas bar, Barioja. The bar serves tapas all day, while the restaurant continues to offer its renowned quality of cuisine. The cosmopolitan atmosphere remains – just bigger and more charismatic. 1 AA rosette. Taste of Scotland recommended. Scotch Beef Club member.

Circus Wine Bar and Grill
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, Circus has something for everyone no matter what the occasion. The Head Chef has an excellent appreciation of a wide variety of dishes including extensive knowledge of Scotland's larder. Set over two floors, Circus has a relaxed wine bar where customers can simply unwind and indulge, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy drinks before and after eating. The extensive wine list covers both old world and new, with an emphasis on France.