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Top Pub Picks in Edinburgh’s Old Town

Whether you call Edinburgh your home, or you find yourself visiting for a couple of days, The Old Town is unmissable. While the secluded secret courtyards, closes and cobbled streets are distinctive elements of The Old Town, so too are the marvellous pubs and bars that line the streets.

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Whether you are looking for a relaxed daytime drink, or are planning on partying through the night, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite spots to guide you through The Old Town. It’s sure not to disappoint.

If you’re starting early, why not use Cafe Hubto carb-up before you set off? Cafe Hub serves up some delicious hub-made food, and is a great place for breakfast or early lunch.  If you are lunching here, then pick from our Scottish gin list or choose from our Single Malt Whisky Selection. Plus, The Hub’s brilliant location right at the top of The Royal Mile means it is an ideal starting point for your subsequent visit to the bars and pubs of the capital’s Old Town.

Our second stop is a visit to The Jolly Judge on the Lawnmarket, which conveniently is just across the road from The Hub. The Jolly Judge promises a cosy atmosphere with log burning fires and wood beamed ceilings. Being snuggled up next to a fire with choice from a wide range of malt whiskies, real ale or cider is sure not to disappoint!

The Devil’s Advocate, hidden away in an old Victorian pump house, can be found on the popular Advocates Close, which is just off the Royal Mile. With a focus on seasonal delicacies in its cocktail menu and an extensive selection of over 300 of the world’s best Whiskies, The Devil’s Advocate is always a firm favourite.

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For our next suggestion, Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar can be found in a row of Georgian houses on Candlemaker Row and is a pub with a truly unique and historical character. A generous selection of real ales will fit well into our historic pub crawl.

Last, but certainly not least, our final suggestion is The Last Drop, down on the Grassmarket. Its name is a morbid reference to hangings that took place here and there are rumours the pub is haunted by the spirit of a small girl. Although a relatively small and cosy pub, it is big on character. With a decent selection of wine or Whiskies, this is a wonderful place to end your journey.

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For locals and tourists alike, whatever you plan for your time in Edinburgh, the highlight of your trip is sure to be a visit to some, or all, of our suggested pubs and bars in The Old Town. However, we won’t make any promises about your sore head the next day! And why not keep The Hub in mind for the morning after? The breakfast menu will certainly be the best hangover cure!

 

 

 

 

 

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