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…

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…

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.

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.


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…

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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…

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…

Stravaigin Café Bar

28 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX

Since its debut almost twenty years ago this outlet has maintained a reputation for creative and interesting food that won’t be under threat any time soon. A bistro that boasts cucumber cannelloni, fried cuttlefish and crispy pig’s ear on its lunch menu…

The Sparkle Horse

16 Dowanhill Street, Glasgow, G11 5QS

A welcoming and inviting atmosphere is felt from the outset when visiting the Sparkle Horse. The quirky laid-back décor quickly reassures that this is a place to spend a lazy afternoon with family, or to enjoy an evening catching up with friends. Menu…

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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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…

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 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 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…

Inn Deep

445 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8HH

Tucked beside the river Kelvin, Inn Deep is somewhere to hide away from the world with a great beer in hand and a huge plate of food. Supplied mainly by Williams Bros Brewing Co, there is an impressive range, with three guest kegs and cask ales changing…

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The Lansdowne Bar & Kitchen

7a Lansdowne Crescent, Glasgow, G20 6NQ

MacLay Inns do bars very well and one of their oldest in Glasgow is no exception. A fantastic local tucked away in a basement just off Great Western Road, the Lansdowne is an enticing place for after-work drinks and bar food. More than this though, it’s…

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…

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.

Mrs Forman's Bar & Kitchen

2 Ravensheugh Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 7PP

Mrs Forman's Inn may have been established in 1822 on the edge of Musselburgh’s Golf Course (officially recognised as the oldest golf course in the world) but the latest management team have only just taken the reigns. The menu at this husband and wife…


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…

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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…

Bond No. 9

84 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX

Three distinct contemporary spaces make up Bond No. 9: the busy bar area filled with a well-dressed crowd; the conservatory where sport is shown, and the restaurant alcove tucked away from the main bustle and noise. It has a well-deserved reputation as…

The Bothy Restaurant & Drinkery

18 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6HN

The recent revamp of the Murrayfield Hotel's bar and restaurant has proved a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. Although obviously popular on rugby match days and concert nights, thanks to its position opposite Murrayfield Stadium, the Bothy is…

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.

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…