Stockbridge is a fairly affluent and trendy area of Edinburgh located to the north of the city center. Less frenetic than the center of town it shares the stunning architecture and quaint cobbled streets of the New Town, but has a more bohemian atmosphere.
Most venues in Stockbridge fall neatly into one of two categories. First you have the traditional bars, many of which have been serving a loyal following of locals for many years with little change. In such establishments you can expect a good range of ales and beers, comfortable and unpretentious interiors, and decent pub grub.
One of Stockbridge’s most popular traditional pubs is the delightful Antiquary in St Stephen Street. This cozy basement bar has been operating for almost four decades and has a relaxed charm which is hard to beat.
Alternatively you have the new gastro-pubs and cocktail bars. Trendy and chic, this new breed is popular with a young and affluent clientele, but welcoming to everyone. Some may not stay the course as competition can be fierce, but the best have already staked their claim to the affections of locals and visitors.
The Last Word Saloon should be your first stop if you love cocktails. If you are looking for some good food and drink, you will not be disappointed by Hamilton’s Bar and Kitchen.
So what are you waiting for? Eat, drink and be merry!
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