Most highly recommended Edinburgh bars in no order.

The Alchemist

Let us welcome you to our Edinburgh cocktail bar and restaurant, and with it, our first in Scotland! Embroiled in witch hysteria centuries ago, this city’s historic obsession with the dark arts marked the Scottish Capital as an ideal destination for our dark world of theatre served.

Even more fittingly, situated a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle and the infamous Witches’ Well, you’ll find us ensconced on the fourth floor of St James Quarter, Edinburgh’s contemporary retail and lifestyle district. Enter our den of molecular mixology and let our creative cocktails and darkly delicious dining enchant you.

Panda and sons barber shop

An inconspicuous façade at first, but then a journey through a barbershop and down some seedy stairs to a door concealed as a bookcase reveals the speakeasy watering hole that is Panda & Sons. Steeped in vintage luxe and oozing the brooding charm of a Victorian gentlemen’s parlour, this hidden haunt is a stage of smoke filled bell jars and glass spirit stocked cabinets. Panda & Sons is laced with old fashioned hospitality and charming décor beckoning the style of a prohibition drinking den. Vintage trinkets and nifty nooks characterise this space, with rich leather furnishings and dark wood surfaces creating a warm ambience perfect for some casual supping.

Devil’s advocate

The Devil’s Advocate is a bar and restaurant situated in the historic and atmospheric Old Town of Edinburgh, in an old Victorian pump house hidden away in Advocate’s Close. Featuring a mezzanine dining area and a 300 strong whisk(e)y shelf, our food menu boasts seasonal and Scottish ingredients that change monthly.

Rabble Taphouse and Grill

Classy yet Casual

Step into Rabble, an effortlessly hip bar and restaurant with ten stylish boutique hotel rooms located in the heart of the city.

The Sheeps Heid

The Sheep Heid Inn is a premium pub, bar, and restaurant with its very own courtyard, centrally located in the heart of the picturesque town of Edinburgh.

The Sheep Heid Inn is a beautifully restored pub, bar, and restaurant that’s perfectly equipped to accommodate all of your dining requirements, no matter what the occasion.

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, this charismatic establishment was a favourite amongst past monarchs and poets, and today, it’s one of Edinburgh’s oldest surviving watering holes.

Exuding endless charm and character in every corner, this stylish restaurant and bar is renowned for offering an outstanding variety of seasonal favourites and classic pub food dishes that are sure to satisfy your appetite.

The Ivy

The Ivy on the Square brings relaxed, sophisticated all-day dining with a touch of theatre to the heart of Edinburgh. You’ll find great British classics, Asian-inspired cuisine and fantastic vegan and vegetarian dishes just a stone’s throw from Princes Street.

Open seven days a week, the restaurant includes a vibrant dining space, alongside a bar and striking mezzanine terrace overlooking Edinburgh’s historic St Andrew Square just off of Edinburgh High Street. Whether you’re booking for breakfast, brunch, dinner or lunch, holding a business meeting or just shooting the breeze with friends, it’s the ideal destination.

We don’t do everything by the book though. We understand the joy of grabbing the moment and seizing the day, so we make sure we keep a number of tables unreserved for those spur-of-the-moment walk-ins.

Either way, you’ll find a warm welcome, delicious food, incredible cocktails and friendly, knowledgeable service.

The Jolly Botanist

The Jolly Botanist is a specialist gin bar, located in the West End of Edinburgh – voted “Best new Pub 2015”. With its unique old Victorian style interior, the bar has a very welcoming & distinctive character.

The Secret Arcade Vodka Bar

A hidden vodka bar serving every vodka known to mankind

The worlds end pub

The World’s End is a traditional Scottish bar set on Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile. Our bar retains it’s traditional feel welcoming guests from all over the world as well as the friendly locals. Join us here at The World’s End for a real feel of Scotland.

Biddy Mulligans

Situated in the heart of the historic Grassmarket, Biddy Mulligan’s Grocery & Grog has become world renowned for bringing its authentic Irish atmosphere to Edinburgh.

Open seven days a week, expect a warm welcome and plenty of craic…

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The three Sisters

The Three Sisters has become a bit of a Cowgate institution over the years, situated in Edinburgh’s Old Town, we’re the one stop shop for everything sport, scran and bevy related. Have you tried one of our new sourdough pizzas? Cooked in our stone baked oven, our pizzas are handmade and finished with lots of lovely fresh toppings.

The next time you pay us a visit you might not recognise us, our main bar area has received an extensive refurb. Expect state of the art lighting and big comfy booths with their own individual TV to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.

Our Courtyard is the perfect place to grab an ice cold cocktail after a hard days shopping. Complete with hanging blossoms, astroturf and picnic benches to soak up the Scottish sunshine. Not forgetting our XL projector screen which is still showing all of your favourite sporting events outside.

Drop in for a visit the next time you’re in the Cowgate, we’re all pals here!

The voyage of Buck

The cocktail menu is spread across five key cities, showcasing the flavours, emotions and people encountered by Buck on his many voyages so you too can travel the world through drinks and conversation.

Our approach to drinks

By creating a menu inspired by a city or culture we are able to showcase various flavour combinations and create drinks that are truly original.

Much like chefs – our bartenders are able to employ techniques and experience to give you something that is exciting and constantly changing.

Team Buck