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Pub Tour in Edinburgh

Destination(s): Edinburgh

Edinburgh boasts an exciting array of theme bars and traditional pubs (some even supposedly haunted) that serve great selections of Scottish whiskeys and ales. So fancy a pub tour? Here's to the best pubs that tourists and locals alike love to drink in and are guaranteed to make your nights out in Edinburgh all the more memorable.

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Greyfriars Bobby's Bar

Greyfriars Bobby's Bar

  • 34A Candlemaker Row
  • tel:44 131 225 8328
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  • Edinburgh, EH1 2QE

This theme pub is named after the legendary skye terrier, who allegedly was so loyal to his master that after he died the pooch stood vigil at his grave in the adjacent Greyfriars Kirkyard for 14 years.  Boasting a black wooden exterior, it's interior is designed in a fauxVictorian style. The pub serves a good variety of ales and whiskies, but is also a fun bar to bring the kids, who can buy t-shirts with Bobby's image. Be sure to take a picture with the statue of the brave canine in front of the pub.
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Frankenstein Pub

Frankenstein Pub

  • 26 George IV Bridge
  • tel:0131 622 1818
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  • Edinburgh, EH1 2QG

One of the spookiest and most fun theme pubs in Edinburgh. Down shots from test tubes and watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show or the pub's very own Full Moon show during the Edinburgh Festival.
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The Last Drop tavern

The Last Drop tavern

  • 74-78 Grassmarket
  • tel:0131 225 4851
  • Edinburgh, EH1 2

Dimly lit, the Last Drop Tavern is usually packed to the brim with students, locals and tourists alike, which is somewhat surprising considering that a ghost is rumored to haunt its cellar. Legend says that the pub was named the Last Drop because this was where those condemned to die by hanging would have their last drink!

The menu is not very extensive, but come here for some Scottish cuisine like neeps and tatties or classic fish and chips and you won't be disappointed.

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Maggie Dickson's

Maggie Dickson's

  • 92 Grassmarket
  • tel:44 131 225 6601
  • Edinburgh, EH1 2JR

The popular Maggie Dickson's pub is named after a fishwife from Musselburgh who was accused of being a witch. She was hung in 1728 in the market square. But astonishingly, as her body was being driven back to Musselburgh, she awoke in her coffin. Under Scottish law she was considered legally dead and thus could not be hung again!

There is a long thin bar which is packed with a lively bunch of locals and students, especially at weekends. Stick around for quiz night on Mondays! Some days feature live music.
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Tolbooth Tavern

Tolbooth Tavern

The Tolbooth Tavern offers great food and drink at reasonable prices. The atmosphere is fun and chilled out. But beware...things keep getting knocked over at the Tolbooth and the resident ghost here is often blamed (even though it might not even be his fault - which seems a little unfair).

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Three Sisters (The)

Three Sisters (The)

The Three Sisters offers four different bars: A Gothic section, an American bar with pitchers and shooters, an Irish bar with confessional booths and Guinness, and the outdoor courtyard, where barbecues take place in the summer. The dance venue upstairs makes it a popular choice for stag and hen parties. The pub is named after three sisters said to have stayed here and performed at the Tailor's Hall. read more about Three Sisters (The)

Malt Shovel

Malt Shovel

  • 11/15/07 Cockburn Street
  • tel:44 131 225 6843
  • Edinburgh, EH1 1BP

This traditional pub is located close to Waverley Station and offers more than 100 excellent malt whiskeys and six cask real ales. The friendly staff and comfortable, wood furnishings makes it a great place to eat and drink while you're waiting for your train. Meals are reasonably priced and sometimes are served with an unusual twist, like Cajun sausages with chili mash. read more about Malt Shovel

The Doric Tavern

The Doric Tavern

  • 15 Market Street
  • tel:44 131 225 1084
  • Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

Located behind Waverley Station and opposite the Fruitmarket Gallery, this gastropub and wine bar is supposedly popular with intellectuals and the press. Tucked away upstairs, it's cozy atmosphere is conducive to discussing Proust or politics.
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Guildford Arms

Guildford Arms

  • 1 West Register Street
  • tel:44 131 556 4312
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  • Edinburgh, EH2 2AA

The Guildford Arms' revolving door is your portal to an exquisite Victorian pub boasting seven arched windows with intricately etched glass, a canopied centre bar, ten real ale hand-pull pumps and the striking Gallery Restaurant on the mezzanine. The food is reasonably priced and delicious, making it a popular choice among the busy bees working on nearby Princes Street. read more about Guildford Arms

Dome (The)

Dome (The)

  • 14 George Street
  • tel:+44 131 624 8624
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  • Edinburgh, EH2 2PF
The Theatre Royal Bar

The Theatre Royal Bar

  • 25-27 Greenside Place
  • tel:0131 557 2142
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  • Edinburgh, EH1 3

The Theatre Royal Bar is located just a few blocks from the Edinburgh Playhouse, is a favorite hangout spot for after-work crowds and theatergoers. So if you are in town during the Edinburgh Festival in August, take advantage of the bar's abundant outdoor seating and stop here for a drink before your next show. In the winter, bask in the glow of the Theatre Royal's French boutique-style décor as you cozy up inside next to one of two real fireplaces.

Serves a range of food including pasta, sandwiches, burgers, salads and soups - most cost under £10. They also offer a special Sunday roast menu.

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Voodoo Rooms (The)

Voodoo Rooms (The)

  • 19a West Register Street
  • tel:+44 131 556 7060
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  • Edinburgh, EH2 2AA