If you’re looking for a pint in timeless, welcoming surroundings, Edinburgh is full of traditional pubs that tick both boxes. The Scotsman recent published a list of their top ten from our fair capital, three of which are close to our hearts.
Located next door to the King’s Theatre in Tollcross, a colourful clientele of theatre-goers, thespians and seasoned locals make up the average evening in Bennet’s Bar. The decor speaks for itself, the bar enjoys a healthy rotation of seasonal cask ales and the listed interior dates back to 1906. (8 Leven St, Edinburgh, EH3 9LG)
A contender, for the crown of the best folk pub in the city, Sandy Bell’s has plenty of character (and characters). Such is the reputation of its often impromptu gigs that it’s a point of pilgrimage for fans of traditional music from all over the globe. Best frequented in the evenings, when the place really comes to life. (25 Forrest Rd, Edinburgh, EH1 2QH)
The Blue Blazer’s two-room interior feels like it’s hardly changed in a century (because it hasn’t), unlike the more quasi-authentic bars further down towards the Grassmarket. Friday nights are always spirited and worth popping in if you want to a pub with a jovial atmosphere, and knowledgeable staff. (2 Spittal St, Edinburgh, EH3 9DX)
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You can read the full article from The Scotsman here.