Pubs & bars, Child friendly

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The Kilderkin

67 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BT

Musical references abound at Kilderkin, with owner James’s album covers and vinyl adorning the walls, a wonderfully eclectic playlist on the stereo and a handful of playful evening menu pizza names. Hoinkytoink Woman marries nearby Oink’s pulled pork…

A Room in the West End

26 William Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NH

A Room in the West End’s signature dishes – haggis, neeps and tatties to start and their famous banoffee pie to finish – signal their strengths. This place excels at well cooked, comfortable dinners that will interest but not dominate the conversation.

The City Café

19 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR

Checkerboard floors, neon signs, Art Deco lights and booth seating – the City Cafe ticks most of these obligatory American-style diner boxes. An all-day menu covers familiar comfort food staples with mac and cheese, southern fried chicken and club…

The Compass Bar

44 Queen Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, EH6 7EX

While neighbouring restaurants have come and gone, The Compass has remained a popular haunt for locals looking for a good value meal in this quiet corner near Leith Links. Set in a huge room with high ceilings, scarlet walls and exposed brickwork…

The Left Bank

33–35 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NU

Informal service and a confident kitchen are the hallmarks at The Left Bank where tall windows and high ceilings create a sense of space in the wooden panelled brick studded room. Waiters exude a laid-back vibe among a diverse clientele from young…

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The Parlour Bar

142 Duke Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8HR

Note: as of September 2012, The Parlour Bar's kitchen was taken over by JustLoveFoodLeith. The review below is from the Eating and Drinking Guide 2012, published in April, and so won't reflect the new food offering. Tucked away at the bottom of…


61 Otago Street, Glasgow, G12 8PQ

Skinny’s is a bar going through what can only be described as a sea change. Upon the realisation that competing with long-established neighbours is not paying off they have resolved to concentrate on where they feel their strengths lie: in their food.

Bar Kohl

54 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EJ

Whisper it quietly to their competitors – Bar Kohl may well lay claim to the best burgers in town. Well-sourced and well-seasoned beef patties underpin an appealing all-day menu with a supporting cast of chicken, lamb and falafel options, sweet potato…

The Blue Goose Country Pub

27 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1TG

Although strictly speaking not in the countryside, the Blue Goose Country Pub, with its large comfy armchairs and roaring stove fireplace, could easily trick diners into thinking their surroundings are more scenic than just off the Lanark Road. However…

Café Royal Circle Bar

19 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA

Established in 1863, the Café Royal Circle Bar has decades of history woven into its stylish interior. The inviting leather-cushioned booths and the swarms of punters make it a good spot for people watching over a glass of wine. The room is dominated by…

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Church on the Hill

16 Algie Street, Glasgow, G41 3DJ

For someone who’s never seen it before, the Church on the Hill is pretty stunning – a refurbished church that looks like the Parthenon in Greece, facing on to Queen’s Park. It really is a lovely venue, and very popular with a cross-section of…

Clerk's Bar

74–78 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9PT

Popping up in place of Southside’s Dragon Way, newcomer Clerk’s Bar is off to a flyer. Hitching a ride on the blossoming bandwagon of craft beer and pimped-up bar food, its finger-licking fare with ribs, chicken and pulled pork all smoked low and slow…

The Golf Tavern

5 Links Road, Earlsferry, Fife, KY9 1AW

Don’t be fooled by the Golf Tavern’s quaint village pub-like exterior, for beyond the bar lies a substantial restaurant serving quality food to rival any regular pub grub. It’s affectionately known by locals as the '19th Hole’ given its proximity to the…

The Holyrood 9A

9a Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AE

From the same stable as its Southside cousin The Southern and Lothian Road hangout Red Squirrel, Holyrood 9a has impeccable pedigree when it comes to beer and burgers. With over two dozen draughts on tap including familiar craft beer favourites from…

Joseph Pearce’s

23 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA

An Elm Row institution, Pearce’s – as it is commonly referred to by its sea of regulars – appeals to a smorgasbord of clientele. On a Friday night you will find it stowed out with local office workers and residents, whereas daytime Monday to Friday is a…

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Merchant Square, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1LE

Tucked into a corner beneath the twinkling colourful canopy of Merchant Square, Metropolitan is the kind of flamboyant destination Glasgow does so well. The classic Victorian façade of the former Fruitmarket is dressed with art deco fittings, colourful…


12 Kings Court, King Street, Glasgow, G1 5RB

With lots going on, seemingly at once, this open and airy bar/venue is an old hand at giving its clientele exactly what it wants. Its staunch dedication to vegetarian and vegan food is as impressive in ethos as it is on the palate. Starters of homemade…

The Orchard

1/2 Howard Place, Canonmills, Edinburgh, EH3 5JZ

The Orchard has been serving the good people of Canonmills for almost a decade and it's easy to see why. On the surface, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the food available at here is standard pub grub. Dig a little deeper and you will find really…

The Vintage

60 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE

Since opening in 2013 The Vintage has won a host of awards and a reputation as one of the best places to drink and eat in Edinburgh. A joint venture with the Williams Brothers Brewery, this relaxed, friendly bar takes the idea of a gastro-pub and raises…

The Abbotsford

3 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR

The Abbotsford bar and Above Abbotsford restaurant are like brothers with diverse character traits – same parents but idiosyncratic behaviour. The boozer at street level, dominated by an island bar, is brightly lit, simply decorated and a popular…

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The Arches Café Bar & Restaurant

253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL

In the shadow of Central Station, under the railway arches which give the venue its name, the Arches is wonderfully schizophrenic. Sweat coats the walls and beats reverberate during club nights like Pressure – also the name of a cocktail in the bar.

The Bank Café Bar

443 Clarkston Road, Glasgow, G44 3LL

The Maclay Inns group, five of whose premises are featured in this section, tend to choose interesting buildings for their ventures that add a nice bit of character. In the case of The Bank it is, indeed, a former bank, now popular residential café/bar…

Bar G&V

1 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD

Update: Hotel Missoni became G&V Royal Mile Hotel in May 2014, with Bar Missoni re-branded as Bar G&V. The overall offering remains much as described in this year's review. Backed by its family-owned fashion house, Bar Missoni continues to…

Bar Gandolfi

64 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1NY

The wee sister of long-term Glasgow culinary heavyweight Café Gandolfi, this wooden-clad attic hideout is a real gem in the Merchant City. High quality food is what the Gandolfi name is renowned for and it is the same food on offer in the café that…

Bar Milano

2 Mains Avenue, Eastwood Toll, Giffnock, Glasgow, G46 6QZ

From its pleasantly neutral décor and friendly service to the suburban location, Bar Milano ticks all the boxes for a comfortable neighbourhood trattoria. It’s housed in a converted bank but where such buildings often possess a cold grandeur, the…