18 Best Edinburgh’s West End Bars – Drink, Dine, Dance!

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Edinburgh’s West End bars are usually enjoyed when grabbing ‘one more’ before getting a train at Haymarket or by the suited and booted workers clocking off at 5pm. But the area has more to offer from cocktails to ceilidh dancing, craft beer to pub grub. So let’s take a look at the best pubs in the West End Village and surrounding streets.

  • Kimpton 38 Charlotte Square – The Garden, lovely bright bar
  • Teuchters 26 William St – Ales, wine and food menu
  • The Green Room 19-25 William St – Lovely decor, wine cellar, serves food
  • Indigo Yard 7 Charlotte Ln – Popular beer garden serving food
  • Foundry 38 39A Queensferry St – Pub grub, nice decor, cocktails
  • The Voyage Of Buck 29-31 William St – Superb cocktails
  • Ghillie Dhu 2, Rutland Pl – Georgian hall bars. Weekly ceilidh dancing
  • The Huxley 1-3 Rutland St – Pub grub with live music
  • Mathers Bar 1 Queensferry St – Edinburgh institution

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Lothian Road

  • NQ64 25 Lothian Rd – Arcade games and drinks
  • BrewDog 50 Lothian Rd  – Craft beer pub, various locations
  • The Hanging Bat 133 Lothian Rd – Craft beer specialist, see our craft beer guide for more
  • Red Squirrel 21 Lothian Rd – Moder pub, nice atmosphere, dog friendly
  • Rooftop 51 at Moxy 2 Freer Gait – Castle views

Bars Near Haymarket Station

  • The Jolly Botanist 256-260 Morrison St – Casual cocktails
  • The Mad Hatter 8 Torphichen Pl – Cheery bar with private room to rent
  • Malones Irish Bar 242 Morrison St – Popular pub, live music
  • Ryrie’s Bar 1 Haymarket Terrace – Traditional Scottish bar

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