Edinburgh's top ten best pubs according to Tripadvisor

By Katie Williams

Edinburgh is not short of a place to go for some food and a pint.

If you're looking for cocktails for a fancy day out or just want a simple, no frills pint of lager, Edinburgh has it.

But when there is so much choice on places to go and things to do, sometimes it can be too tough to choose.

But fear not, because we've narrowed down it down to just 10.

READ MORE: Three of Edinburgh's most quirky venues to go for afternoon tea

The guide below is the best pubs in Edinburgh, according to Tripadvisor.

And now we are already planning our weekend.

The Piper's Rest Public House

The Piper's Rest is nestled in the old town, just behind The Tron and might be considered a hidden gem to some.

With decent Scottish pub grub and live music, it is no surprise it has been awarded Tripadvisor's Travellers Choice 2021.

One man commented on Tripadvisor: "Both my girlfriend and I absolutely loved our visit here!

"The food was delicious! I had the steak pie and my girlfriend had the mince and tatties, both great ‘comfort foods’ and really could not have been done any better! The staff were really helpful and friendly, engaged in some conversation too. We wanted to stay for the live music and one of the staff made a special effort to get us a table in the bar area when one came available which was really appreciate (young blonde girl, did not get her name).

"Live music was absolutely brilliant - could not recommend higher. Try the food!!!"

Follow them here.

Veeno Edinburgh

With many reviews calling it a 'trip to Italy', we can see why it is so highly recommended on Tripadvisor and it's another Travellers Choice 2021 awarded.

Veeno is an Italian wine bar and has an overall 'excellent' rating, with 327 people agreeing.

Along with their standard menu that is full of pasta, pizza and Italian tapas, they also offer a gluten free and vegan menu.

We'd order the cheese and meat board (£12.95) with a side of 'funghi e asparagi' otherwise known as mushrooms and asparagus. (£5.50)

Find them on Instagram here.

Brewhemia

Think steins, sausages, pretzels and plenty more Bavarian bounty. (Brewhemia)

Brewhemia is hard to miss with its beautiful exterior. The outside is covered in flowers and in gold lettering, 'Brewhemia' stands above it.

This bar is something special, with its band stand for live music, and long list of cocktails, Brewhemia has something for everyone.

And in October they put on Oktoberfest and you would be forgiven thinking you stepped foot into Bavaria.

They offer brunches, main meals, and a Sunday roast for when you need that comfort food.

One reviewer wrote: "Absolutely brilliant evening. We had a delicious meal and then live music started shortly after. Atmosphere was great. We didn't want to leave. We are already planning to visit again. Such a unique menu and fairly priced for Edinburgh. One of the nicest meals I've had. Also, highly recommend the wicked lady rose wine...amazing!!"

Froth & Flame

Not far from Haymarket station in Edinburgh's West End, Froth and Flame is there to welcome you with some decent and affordable food.

With their cheapest pizza only at £6.00 and there most expensive one coming in at just £11-we can see why it is popular and awarded with Travellers Choice 2021.

They also offer 'all you can eat' pizza, challenging the locals that if they finish their pizza, they can get another one for free!

We would accept this challenge and start with the Sarda pizza (£9.00) and wash it down with a craft beer, Charisma (£4.70)

Cold Town House

Cold Town House has one of the best roof terraces in the city (coldtownhouse/Instagram)

Prince William was spotted watching the match earlier this year in Cold Town House-so if it's good enough for Royalty, then it's good enough for us.

In the Grassmarket, Cold Town House has a stunning rooftop bar that looks over the city.

They even brew their own beer which you can try for £5 as well as a range of ales.

And if cocktails are more to your liking then they have a good selection including frozen slushies-not for kids!

We would go for the Strawberry Daiquiri slush (£8)

The Caley Picture House

The Caley Picture House has been ranked as one of the best pubs according to Tripadvisor (Wetherspoons)

This might be a bittersweet one for many.

The Caley Picture House used to be a well loved nightclub and music venue before Wetherspoons took over.

But while we might miss the dancing, the refurbished two story pub is impressive with an art deco feel.

Many people on Tripadvisor were also impressed by the 'incredible decor'.

Salt Horse Beer Shop & Bar

Not only do they serve a range of craft ale pints, but they also serve cans and bottles of beer for you to take away-with a whopping 400 to choose from, according to their website.

They also offer burgers, fries and chicken wings and beer tasting events.

And when the weather is on our side, there is also a beer garden to enjoy the sun.

You can follow them here.

Brewdog Lothian Road

Brewdog is known for their range of craft ales. (Brewdog)

Another one for the craft beer lovers, Brewdog has also been recommended on Tripadvisor.

With the low hanging lights and exposed pipework, some might call it 'edgy'.

One reviewer said: "Interior is very modern and spacious, and the set up really fits with the brand. There is also very good outdoor sheltered seating.

Great choice of beers and lagers, and plenty of options - mix of more classic choices, and some more unique. The food menu is decent - not the hugest choice compared to similar places, but this is understandable. Food has always been hot, tasty and filling."

It's also dog friendly, so your furry friend can have an evening out too.

The Voyage of Buck

Possibly not as well known in the West End to tourists, The Voyage of Buck has been praised highly on Tripadvisor with many commending the cocktails and food.

Labeled by customers as a 'lively' bar, it seems to be a favourite for locals.

Looking at the reviews, we can see why it's award winning and the food is a big hit with the rump of lamb dish being a big hit.

One wrote: "Brilliant place for cocktails and food, staff are so kind as well! couldn’t recommend this more, the interior is charming as well and I would love to go back when next in edinburgh! the smashed avocado was tasty and so were the cocktails! had some nice wines too lovely"

We would order the pork belly starter (£7.95), the lemon and mascarpone chicken (£14.95) and Lychee 75 cocktail (£12.00)

You can follow them here

Damm27

In Causewayside in the Old Town, you'll find this local bar that customers say is 'Damm excellent'.

The interior itself is appealing, with booths tucked away and warm teal accents, it is perfect for a cosy night out.

Calling themselves a 'contemporary gastro pub', they offer your classic lagers like Birra Morretti (£5.30) but also less known craft ales like Beavertown neck oil (£6.20)

Damm27 also offer an acceptable wine list and fizzes as well as a traditional cocktail selection.

One reviewer wrote: "Would definitely recommend. Great food in a chilled setting with great ambience.

"We popped in on a Tuesday evening without a booking and got a table. We both live in Edinburgh and this was our first visit. We had the soup of the day followed by fish of the day (red mullet) and French style burger. All delicious!!!"

We would order the cocktail Aegean Sunset (£9.50)


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