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…

The Espy

62–64 Bath Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1HF

The Espy is a real neighbourhood favourite, full of coffee-drinking mums by day, families in the early evening and a casual crowd by night. The twinkling fairy lights and old pictures of Portobello create a comfortable place to come for a quiet pint…

The King's Wark

36 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QU

The Shore area abounds with good bars these days, but none can quite match the King’s Wark both for its classic ambience, with stripped-back stone walls and old-fashioned wooden furniture giving it something approaching the air of a rustic country pub…

Hemma

75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU

Holyrood’s Hemma has become one of Edinburgh’s go-to venues for relaxed family time. Although grabbing its share of the nearby after-work crowd, popular kid-friendly weekend brunches are the main event with chilled-out staff ensuring its nice and…

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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Traverse Bar Café

10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED

The Traverse Theatre has made a name for itself as Scotland’s hub for new writing over the last 50 years. Meanwhile its basement cafe-bar has become a beloved spot for creative souls and others looking for hearty food and a corner to hang out in. The…

The Cambridge Bar

20 Young Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JB

The Cambridge Bar is all about the burgers, and once it had a reputation for the best burgers in town, but is it still true? The menu offers beef, buffalo, chicken breast and veggie bean, either with your own toppings, or in the Cambridge’s own combos.

Bloc+

117 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 2SZ

A former art gallery on the popular Bath Street, Bloc+ has been a regular haunt for students and office workers since the turn of the century. A fine establishment that ticks all the boxes for an inexpensive bite to eat and good beer in a convivial…

The Lioness of Leith

21–25 Duke Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 8HH

The gentrification of Leith’s bar scene continues apace with this new opening, a foray into the previously little-developed Duke Street. Having been an old-style pub which has spent the last few years boarded over, the space now looks fantastic – a…

WEST Brewery

Building 4 Templeton Building, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, G40 1AW

Who would have thought you could set up a Bavarian brewery in the East End of Glasgow and establish yourself as one of the most talked about places in the city? Not many, but Petra Wetzel has done it with a charm, success, and character second to none.

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The Butterfly and the Pig West

2 Partick Bridge Street, Glasgow, G11 6PL

Moving in on Partick Cross is the Butterfly and the Pig’s new West End venture, combining cosy pub and restaurant with a wide, sunny tearoom upstairs. Prepare for a surprise, as behind the modern buff-brick, plate-glass façade they channel the same…

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…

Nobles Bar

44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6RS

It’s not hard to see why this big Victorian bar draws in locals and tourists for its real ales, music and food. From the colourful stained-glass windows and large wood panelled bar to the maritime décor, the look is impressive and the atmosphere lively.

BrewDog Glasgow

1397 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AN

With venues dotted about the UK, this place is renowned for the ever changing selection of own branded bottled beers. Their brews are famously free from preservatives, additives and chemicals which gives you the perfect excuse to guzzle a few more…

Molly Malones

224 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 2UG

There are hardly a shortcoming of Irish themed bars across the globe, and indeed Glasgow is hardly short of its own. But done right, you'd have to look hard to find a better kind of bar to enjoy an evening with friends or to catch up on a weekend's…

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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 Libertine

45–47 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1NX

A competition saw this bar named after the decadent 17th-century poet, the 2nd Earl of Rochester, but here’s nothing debauched about this Libertine, which neatly balances daytime bistro and night-time bar. Tall windows line both aspects, allowing diners…

The 78

10–14 Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow, G3 8NU

As part of the vegan/vegetarian empire which also includes Stereo and Mono, the 78 brings a laid-back West End vibe to meat-free proceedings. Known locally for its commitment to quality Reggae and dancehall, this bar offers a range of attractive choices…

Slouch

203–205 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HZ

What do you get when you cross a well laid out basement bar with a fantastic rock vibe, good food and a fine selection of booze? Slouch – a somewhat obscure gem in Glasgow’s city centre offering tasty bar food at a good price, with one or two unexpected…

Teuchters Landing

1c Dock Place, Edinburgh, EH6 6LU

Set on the water’s edge at the shore in Leith in an old ferry waiting room, this is one of the best spots in town for summer alfresco drinking. It’s popular throughout the rest of the year too, serving a wide range of cask ales and bottled beers with an…

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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…

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 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…

Manhattan's Bar and Diner

235 St Andrews Road, Glasgow, G41 1PD

The latest incarnation of this southside neighbourhood venue sees new owners opting for a US-themed bar and diner. The once open space has been split, with a sports-style bar on the right, complete with TV screens, bar stools and booths. Locals use the…

The Sheep Heid

43–45 The Causeway, Duddingston, Edinburgh, EH15 3QA

As Edinburgh’s oldest pub, having first opened its doors as far back as 1360, Duddingston’s Sheep Heid Inn has a true country pub feel despite being just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of town. Inside the bar’s main area, the decor is understated…