Pubs & bars, Child friendly

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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…

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 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 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…

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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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…

Sloans

62 Argyll Arcade, Glasgow, G2 8BG

Tucked down a cobbled lane off busy Buchanan Street, this venerable bar’s covered trestles are probably the nicest outdoor seating in the city’s epicentre. Inside is packed with period features, polished wood and brass, Victorian tiles and a claim to…

Hard Rock Café

20 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PF

Some restaurants are all about the expectation game. Launched in London over 40 years ago, the Hard Rock has since exported its rather cookie cutter approach all over the world, but should you go in expecting generous portions of decent, if rather…

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.

Chinaski's

239 North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DL

Charles Bukowski testified that it was “very important … to take leisure time”, and within the bar that bears the name of his notorious alter-ego Henry Chinaski there is plenty the man himself would consider faithful to this philosophy. It’s hard not to…

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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…

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 13th Note Café/Bar

50–60 King Street, Glasgow, G1 5QT

Situated in a great little section of the city, The 13th Note exudes hipster cool without appearing unapproachable. A recent redecoration has freshened up the interior without losing any of its much loved ‘lived in’ look. The décor aside, people make a…

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…

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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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…

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…

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 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…

Burger Meats Bun

48A West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 2RA

While the proliferation of burger joints throughout Glasgow has driven competition and upped the overall quality of the star attraction, it also brings the danger of uniformity. In many ways, Burger Meats Bun represents everything that has become…

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52 Canoes

13 Melville Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7PR

Take a deep breath, descend the stairs, and enter 52 Canoes Tiki Den. Part surf shack, part underground drinking lair, its low ceiling and deep-red walls are covered with an eclectic and entertaining array of the kitsch and colourful. Essentially a bar…

Firebird

1321 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TL

As befits a good neighbourhood venue, the atmosphere here is warm and welcoming. A chic interior of stripped stone and orange walls plays host to the thrumming backdrop of chattering locals who surely consider themselves lucky to have such a fine eatery…

The Grosvenor Café

The Grosvenor Theatre, Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ

Situated on Glasgow's cobbled Ashton Lane, the Grosvenor Café is a fine place to go for drinks and socialising, particularly ideal for big groups. The listed building remains charming and comfortable for a space that is so big. The quality of drinks are…

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…

Juan Chihuahua

373 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3HU

It is easy to be put off by the nightclub look of Juan Chihuahua, not to mention the strange name, but once you are inside and sampling the fresh and flavoursome Mexican food, you will forget any reservations you may have had. Owned by the same group…