Pubs & bars, Child friendly

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DRAM!

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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 Skylark

241–243 High Street, Edinburgh, EH15 2AW

Among Porty locals, The Skylark’s become a much-loved hangout on the High Street since its owners tastefully renovated an old-man boozer in 2012, and possibly partly why the Foresters Guild pub has just had a trendy makeover along the road. Named after…

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 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…

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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.

Café Royal Circle Bar

19 West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA

Established in 1863, the Café Royal Circle Bar has decades of history woven into its stylish interior. The inviting leather-cushioned booths and the swarms of punters make it a good spot for people watching over a glass of wine. The room is dominated by…

Clerk's Bar

74–78 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9PT

Popping up in place of Southside’s Dragon Way, newcomer Clerk’s Bar is off to a flyer. Hitching a ride on the blossoming bandwagon of craft beer and pimped-up bar food, its finger-licking fare with ribs, chicken and pulled pork all smoked low and slow…

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…

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…

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Teuchters Landing

1c Dock Place, Edinburgh, EH6 6LU

Set on the water’s edge at the shore in Leith in an old ferry waiting room, this is one of the best spots in town for summer alfresco drinking. It’s popular throughout the rest of the year too, serving a wide range of cask ales and bottled beers with an…

The Blue Goose Country Pub

27 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1TG

Although strictly speaking not in the countryside, the Blue Goose Country Pub, with its large comfy armchairs and roaring stove fireplace, could easily trick diners into thinking their surroundings are more scenic than just off the Lanark Road. However…

Cross & Corner

1 Canonmills, Edinburgh, EH3 5HA

The taking upmarket of the local Edinburgh boozer finds one of its best expressions in Canonmills’ Cross & Corner, which was redeveloped in 2013 from its previous somewhat tired state into a stylish and welcoming stop in an area which hasn’t been…

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…

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…

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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.

The Caley Sample Room

42–58 Angle Park Terrace, Edinburgh, EH11 2JR

The clue’s in the name, and there certainly is a lot to sample in this open, gently lit room that feels at ease with itself. Eight real ales, 50 per cent Scottish, are on tap at all times. Local and international kegs of lager complement 40 choices of…

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…

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 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…