Pubs & bars, Child friendly

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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 Golf Tavern

5 Links Road, Earlsferry, Fife, KY9 1AW

Don’t be fooled by the Golf Tavern’s quaint village pub-like exterior, for beyond the bar lies a substantial restaurant serving quality food to rival any regular pub grub. It’s affectionately known by locals as the '19th Hole’ given its proximity to the…

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…


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…

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…

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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…

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 Rio Café

27 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5QF

Filled with live music, cabaret, spoken word and open-mic nights, this retro-styled bar and café is a well-loved local lynchpin between the West End and Partick, and is a downright splendid place to while away the hours. Substantial, tasty meals such as…

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…

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…

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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…


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…

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.


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 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.

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232–246 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6ND

Formerly West End favourite Uisge Beatha, Dram has managed to fill the shoes of its predecessor, ensuring it remains a watering hole at the tip of everyone’s tongues. A sultry, warm venue offering a fantastic range of beers and wines, Dram is an ideal…

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…

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.


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…

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…

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Nobles Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

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.

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…

Church on the Hill

16 Algie Street, Glasgow, G41 3DJ

For someone who’s never seen it before, the Church on the Hill is pretty stunning – a refurbished church that looks like the Parthenon in Greece, facing on to Queen’s Park. It really is a lovely venue, and very popular with a cross-section of…

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 Left Bank

33–35 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NU

Informal service and a confident kitchen are the hallmarks at The Left Bank where tall windows and high ceilings create a sense of space in the wooden panelled brick studded room. Waiters exude a laid-back vibe among a diverse clientele from young…