Pubs & bars within 5 miles of Edinburgh

371 places within 5 miles

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Joseph Pearce’s

1.1 miles
23 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA

Hardened patriots might lament this venerable old boozer’s transformation from dingy haven to high-end Swedish ϋber-pub, but only the most misanthropic skinflint can really resent its success. Indeed, JP’s has an uncanny knack of catering to wildly…


0.6 miles
75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU

Meaning ‘home’ in Swedish, Hemma is the latest addition to Mike and Anna Christopherson’s string of Scandinavian style bars. And with its soft furnishings and quirky interiors, it does indeed have a laidback, homely atmosphere, despite the modern feel…

The Canons' Gait

0.8 miles
232 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DQ

The Royal Mile isn't short on pubs, so you've got to do something to mark yourself out. In the case of the Canon's Gait, part of the DM Stewart group that also runs the venerable Abbotsford and Guildford Arms in the New Town, various points of…

The Espy

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

There’s a laidback, Australian vibe to the Esplanade – the ‘Espy’ – bar and bistro on Portobello’s beachfront, with its cheery service, beer, burgers, live music and comedy, and tables overlooking, okay, not the Indian Ocean, but the Firth of Forth to…

The Brass Monkey

0.9 miles
14 Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9TU

There are plenty of things a pub will put on to help attract the punters: quiz nights, TV sport, DJs, knitting circles. Only the Brass Monkey, tucked along Drummond Street, does films. Which gives it a bit of a cult following, particularly among…

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The Mad Hatter

2.0 miles
8 Torphichen Place, Edinburgh, EH3 8DU

The Kilderkin

0.6 miles
67 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BT

From its location to its choice of pizza toppings, Kilderkin is slightly odd but pretty great. Initial impressions are of a slightly dodgy boozer, with its dim lighting, basic decor and unprepossessing exterior. Inside, however, you’ll find one of…

Drouthy Neebours

1.0 miles
1-2 West Preston Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9PX


1.3 miles
265 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8PD

Bigger and with a slightly more sophisticated vibe than Boda, its nearby sister venue, Victoria is able to fill up its extra space with clientele ranging from pushchair-wielding parents in the daytime to a fairly cosmopolitan crowd of an evening, with…

Laughing Horse @ The Metropole Cafe

1.1 miles
29–-33 Newington Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1NQ Scotland
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The Cloisters

1.6 miles
26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JH

Beer is now the only religion left in Cloisters: a dark sanctum of guest cask ales, and a shrine to craft beer bottles from Alloa to Australia. And lo, all else was sacrificed to the holy trinity of malt, yeast and hops. Once the token, no-nonsense pies…

The King's Wark

1.9 miles
36 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QU

With a history dating back to 1432, this is one of Leith’s most venerable buildings. Although it has only been in its present guise for a comparatively short 22 years, its stone walls, hardwood floorboards, open fire and dark wooden furniture lend it an…

The Ventoux

1.6 miles
2 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JH

There’s something surreal about The Ventoux, which makes it a splendid bar in which to hang out. At first, the theme seems bafflingly random, until, in the middle of your smoked German beer and pickled egg, the centime drops. Premièrement, it’s named…

The Basement Bar and Restaurant

1.1 miles
10–12a Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RH

Long-acknowledged by regulars in the Broughton Street area and from further afield as being an atmospheric wee hideaway for a late-night drink and a reasonable choice for a Mexican-flavoured bite to eat, the Basement’s recent purchase and refurbishment…

The Cumberland Bar

1.5 miles
1-3 Cumberland Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6RT

Recently acquired by the company behind city-centre boozers the Abbotsford and the Guildford Arms, the Cumberland Bar falls into the same category of old-fashioned Edinburgh pubs that enjoy a sense of character even without having been tampered with in…

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The Crafters Barn

1.2 miles
9 North Bank Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP

The Hanging Bat

1.7 miles
133 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9AB

The Hanging Bat might sit on Lothian Road, but inside is a frontier of beer and hotdogs, like a trendy, wild but sumptuous cabin, somewhere smoky and spicy in the American south. A gilt-framed blackboard charts 20 innovative, ever-changing British beers…


0.9 miles
3 Robertsons Close, Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1LY

Welcome to the Capital’s first licensed premises specifically designed to create as small a carbon footprint as possible. From the floor screed, reconstituted from the cement of demolished buildings, to the bar made with hundreds of discarded…


1.8 miles
65 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6ED

Perhaps the most unashamedly patriotic venue of the Swedish mini-chain, with the blue and gold flag hanging proudly outside, Sofi’s still draws in the punters – both local and from further afield. Inside it’s blessed with all the anti-Ikea kookiness of…

Blind Poet

0.7 miles
32c West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD
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The Bon Vivant Stockbridge

2.0 miles
4–6 Dean Street, Edinburgh, EH4 1LW

One way to sum up the contrast between this Stockbridge version of the Bon Vivant and its Thistle Street sibling is that there are no weekend DJs but instead there is brunch. Such are the priorities beside the Water of Leith. Otherwise it follows a…

The Granary

1.9 miles
32–34 The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6QN

The Jazz Bar

0.9 miles
1 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1HR

The Parlour Bar

1.4 miles
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…

Red Squirrel

1.7 miles
21 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2DJ

Red Squirrel follows a recipe of premium burgers and beer similar to its older sibling Holyrood 9a – indeed the menus at both bars are practically identical. Substantial burgers, including three vegetarian versions, dominate the menu and provide a…