Relax in Bruntsfield and Morningside with a Pint and a Wee Dram

As you head south out of the center of the city of Edinburgh you pass through the bustle of Tollcross and find yourself in the leafy, relaxed surroundings of Bruntsfield, which gives way to the slightly more staid and traditional Morningside area. These are very popular residential areas with a mix of traditional Scottish tenements and some larger Georgian houses in the surrounding streets. They are also well-served by a mixture of different pubs.

If you want a busy atmosphere and trendy surroundings with prices to match then head for Hendricks in the heart of Bruntsfield. The choice of drinks is good, there’s some delicious food on offer, and the service is never less than professional. If you’re looking for a more traditional Scottish pub experience then The Hermitage at the far end of Morningside is very popular with locals and well off the beaten tourist track. For something a little different, why not try the eccentric but memorable Canny Man's.

The nightlife is a bit more reserved in Bruntsfield and Morningside, so if you just want to sample some great drinks and have a quiet conversation to unwind after a busy day then there are lots of good pubs to meet your needs.





The basement location under the Bruntsfield Hotel keeps this bar and restaurant tucked away and as a consequence it tends not to get too busy. There is a garden terrace through the back which is a real sun trap when the weather is nice. You'll...  Read More



If you want to unwind with a drink in a friendly and bubbly atmosphere then Bennets is for you. The staff is welcoming, it's popular with locals, and there's a nice patio area for warm days. The pub itself is very traditional with a range of...  Read More



You can't miss The Merlin on Morningside Road. It's a very popular pub with a wide variety of people. You'll find all ages and walks of life represented here, attracted by the comfortable, functional layout, and the very reasonable prices. If a...  Read More



The Hermitage is a welcoming, family friendly pub situated at the foot of Morningside Road. It is a familiar Edinburgh landmark which has recently been revitalized by new management, but retained its traditional charm. The beautiful stone...  Read More



Founded in 1456, The Golf Tavern sits on the edge of Bruntsfield Links, which used to be a golf course. You'll still find people playing golf on the Bruntsfield Links today and they're every bit as likely to end the round with a pint at the...  Read More



You'll find a quirky mix of bizarre brac-a-brac filling every nook and cranny of this traditional old pub. It looks unremarkable from the outside, but it's definitely worth taking a look behind the door. The range of drinks on offer is second to...  Read More



If you find yourself up in Morningside then you should certainly make time for a visit to The Waiting Room. This popular bar does a decent range of great value food and offers a fine selection of beer and lager on tap, and there's plenty of malt...  Read More



If you're looking for a quiet pint or a cheeky dram in Bruntsfield then Montpeliers is the place to visit. This well-stocked bar and restaurant is very stylish and offers high standards of service and quality. It's also very comfortable,...  Read More



The Blackbird is a laid back and welcoming pub situated in the trendy suburb of Bruntsfield. Set in a beautiful stone building at the edge of the Meadows, the pub combines the old and the new effortlessly. The interior is bright and airy during...  Read More

Henrick's Bar


This is a very comfortable and friendly wee bar and bistro that is close to the King's Theatre as you head out of Tollcross up towards Bruntsfield. It serves a great range of drinks and the seasonal menu offers classic pub grub and contemporary...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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