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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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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.


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…

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 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…

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…

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The Hill

94 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TB

Situated on a well-known corner of Byres Road, the Hill takes pride of place in an area which had long been dormant. Nostalgic images of the West End of Glasgow are hung against decadent wallpaper and contrasting exposed brick. This is a place to ‘Eat…

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 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…

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.

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…

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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…


427 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3LG

Closed in 2012, the Captain's Rest is much missed, as a bar and especially as a gig venue. But its effective successor Broadcast – situated much more centrally, practically eyeball-to-eyeball with nearest rival Nice 'n' Sleazy – promises to be just as…

Cottier's Bar and Restaurant

93–95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5PU

With leaded windows, fairy lights and gently flickering candles, Cottier’s does romance well. Hidden in the attic of a restored church and complete with gilded ceiling, the restaurant is elegant and intimate. The glamorous yet unpretentious feel of the…

Cruz Bar and Restaurant

14 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QN

A First World War minesweeper boat anchored right at the heart of Leith’s bustling Shore district, Cruz has to be among the most distinctive drinking venues in Edinburgh. A popular watering hole with the area’s young party crowd, Cruz serves up an…

Lock 27

1100 Crow Road, Glasgow, G13 1JT

There aren’t many Glasgow pubs where you can enjoy a pint while watching a swan glide past and therein lies the attraction of Lock 27. Situated along the canal, it’s a good spot for stopping off during a walk or cycle and enjoying a well-earned drink.

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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 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…


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…

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.