Top 10 craft beer bars in Edinburgh
25 January 2016
- food and drink
If you like your beer, then you're in for a treat - Edinburgh has a wonderfully vibrant craft beer scene and a huge selection of bars to prove it. From the shores of Leith to the heart of the city centre, there are lots of brilliant pubs that specialise in craft beers dotted all over the city. Read on to discover 10 of our favourites....
This craft beer haven has a great atmosphere, offering a wide selection of both their own famous BrewDog beers in addition to a few guest names. The stainless steel and exposed brickwork look gives the bar a funky industrial feel, which offers a nice alternative in an otherwise heavily influenced rock bar area in the heart of the Old Town.
If you love beer then Brew Dog is the place to try something new, but if you’re feeling peckish then be sure to try something from their menu of homemade pizzas, which are some of the best in town.
143 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JS (website)
The Beer Kitchen
A relatively new spot for drinking in Edinburgh, The Beer Kitchen offers drinks and dining by Edinburgh’s very own craft beer specialists Innis & Gunn. With a large selection of beer on offer, served in various sized glasses, the bar is a great place for an afternoon lunch, after work gathering or taster session.
Make sure you save room for their glorious scotch eggs, which taste just as good as they look!
81-83 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9AW (website)
The Potting Shed
Great for those looking for something a little bit quirky, The Potting Shed offers a wide selection of tap beer. Staying true to its concept, its original design is based on a group of earthy characters who form the central inspiration for their food, beer and cocktail menus.
Expect country-inspired knick-knacks, wheelbarrows hanging from the ceiling, garden tools on the walls and other charming touches.
32-34 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BT (website)
The Hanging Bat
The Hanging Bat is the first bar in the UK not to offer pints, but don’t let that put you off! The Hanging Bat to serve their excellent selection in smaller measures so that you enjoy it more. Dedicated to the very best UK beer, you are bound to feel at home thanks to the friendly atmosphere and knowledgeable staff here.
Located on Lothian Road, it’s a popular post-work drink haunt for those who work in the West End, and is a great stop off en-route to town.
133-135 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9HX (website)
The Cambridge Bar
[Image: The Cambridge Bar]
Nestled on one of the wee back streets of the New Town, The Cambridge Bar is a little hidden away but well-known to locals for serving craft beer, ales and fantastic burgers. Dogs are welcome here, so feel free to bring along your four-legged friend.
The Cambridge Bar’s motto is to ‘keep it simple’, but their frill-free approach is a hit making it somewhere you are bound to return to again and again.
20 Young Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JB (website)
Nobles Café, Bar & Restaurant
The trendy Leith Shore area has become one of the hottest places in Edinburgh to visit, with a growing scene of cool bars and restaurants. Nobles stands out from the crowd with its gorgeous premises, featuring large stained glass windows and original Victorian features.
The ambience here is incredibly relaxed, so feel free to chat to the staff about the craft beers they have on offer that day, then sit back and relax while sampling your latest find from one of their quality local brewers.
44a Constitution Street, Leith, EH6 6RS (website)
Jeremiah’s Tap Room
A mix of Victorian pub meets trendy town bar, Jeremiah’s Tap Room is located on Elm Row, a must-visit street in the city centre offering an array of excellent bar options. Jeremiah’s Tap Room has a great selection of craft keg and cask line ales as well as an assortment of bottled options by smaller brewers, including BrewDog.
There is a large room at the back which is great if there’s a few of you meeting for a catch up, or take a seat in one of the comfy, cosy booths.
7-8 Elm Row, Edinburgh, EH7 4AA (website)
With the tagline ‘not all those who wander are lost’, Pilgrim’s sustainable ethos sees its interior almost entirely made out of recycled or upcycled material, from its bar made from hundreds of discarded suitcases to its original 1930’s cinema seating. They offer a variety of draught and bottled beer and cider options from various brewers including local favourite Innis & Gunn.
Even if you’re not a big beer enthusiast, this unique bar in Edinburgh’s Cowgate is definitely worth checking out for the funky interior design alone!
3 Robertson's Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1LY (website)
Holyrood 9A is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, just off the Royal Mile. This cosy offering lives up to its tagline, ‘great beer, great burgers’. Their polished pumps showcase 20 beer and ale varieties from across Scotland and the world. It’s a great place to catch up while sampling some fine ale options and tucking into their famous burgers.
9A Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AE (website)
This Lothian Road spot has long been a popular haunt for beer lovers. The bar boasts over 20 craft beers and ales on tap, including a great variety of bottled options. They showcase a wide range of Scottish brewers, including some local favourites such Edinburgh Beer Factory and Pilot. If you're feeling peckish then you can tuck in with their hearty menu, featuring big brunches and gourmet burgers. They also serve up a decent selection of vegetarian and gluten free options.
21 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2DJ (website)