Top 5: Bars in Old Town

Has seeing shows all day left you feeling a bit parched? Let us help. We've chosen our 5 favourite bars in Edinburgh's Old Town. Happy drinking!

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Published 11 Aug 2018
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If you like some music with your drinks then Whistlebinkies in the centre of town is a good choice. There’s always something going on and its open until 5am, so if you don’t want to head home but also don’t fancy the clubs, you know where to go.

4-6 South Bridge @thebinkies


A one-time pop-up that’s stayed popped-up, Fireside has turned the units at the end of the Waverley Arches into an outdoor courtyard and indoor bar and performance space that’s full of charm. It's also host to a range of Fringe shows, and was the venue for this year’s Fest launch party. Not that we’re biased or anything.

East Market St @firesidearches


The back room of Bannermans is one the favourite haunts of the city’s rockers, but the main bar is a much more laid-back environment. It’s cheap, there’s plenty of space and it’s right in the centre of town.

202 Cowgate @BannermansBar

The Hanging Bat

A huge and ever-changing range of some of the best beers from all over the world, a mini-brewery at the back and super knowledgeable bar staff make this the place to get your ‘serious beer’ on during the Fringe.

133 Lothian Rd @TheHangingBat

Brass Monkey

Tucked in between the Pleasance and the Bridges, Brass Monkey matches a great location with a relaxed atmosphere. Much of that comes from the mini-cinema in the back room, packed with squishy mattresses and enormous cushions.

14 Drummond St @brassmonkeybar