Drinking, Gambling, Bowling and More: A Great Night in Haymarket and Dalry

Take a short walk west out of the center of Edinburgh and you will find yourself in Haymarket and Dalry. Haymarket is home to numerous upscale offices and some beautiful Georgian terraced houses while Daly is primarily residential with a host of tenement buildings. Neither has traditionally had a great reputation for nightlife.

However, over the last decade that has begun to change. The opening of Fountianpark brought with it a great thirteen screen cinema with the city’s only IMAX screen as well as one of Edinburgh’s better casinos and a tenpin bowling alley. Some of the traditional, and perhaps rather shabby, bars in the Haymarket area have been replaced by lively new ventures such as the wonderful Jolly Botanist.

Thankfully the new has not entirely replaced the old as some of the city’s best loved traditional pubs are also to be found in the area. Pick of the bunch is Ryries Bar situated immediately beside Haymarket station in a charming Edwardian building but an honorable mention should also go to the Athletic Arms in Dalry. Affectionately known as “The Diggers” to its many proud patrons because it nestles between two graveyards, this local pub is always lively – especially on match day!

So leave behind the pricey clubs and pubs of the city center and let us introduce you to the delights of Haymarket and Dalry.



Thompsons Bar is a traditional Scottish Pub situated close to Haymarket Station in the West End of Edinburgh. While others have come and gone, and theme bars have proliferated, Thompsons has quietly and studiously got on with doing what it does...  Read More



Tenpin Fountainpark is a bowling and games center situated in the popular leisure center close to Dalry Road and Haymarket Station. As well as numerous lanes for ten pin bowling they also have a games arcade featuring a good selection of...  Read More



Cineworld operate a large cinema in the Fountianpark Retail Center on Dundee Street, close to Haymarket Station and Dalry Road. As well as thirteen cinema screens Cineworld Fountianpark is the home of Edinburgh's only IMAX screen offering...  Read More



Marcos Pool Hall was quite the Edinburgh institution, but it had become rather faded and scruffy. Now fully renovated and with a host of new features it is enticing a whole new generation of players to pick up a cue. The ground floor retains the...  Read More



Genting Club is a casino set in the leisure park at Fountianbridge, a short walk from Dalry Road. Like many casinos, there is no natural light inside but the décor is pretty tasteful and the ambiance friendly and comfortable. They are numerous...  Read More



Tucked away down a side street a short walk from Dalry Road is one of Edinburgh's best kept secrets. Away from the regular tourist trails nestles the Golden Rule, a traditional oak paneled pub with a loyal local following. Unassuming from the...  Read More



The Caley Sample Room has one of the largest ranges of draft beers and ales in Edinburgh. They serve German Wiessbier, Belgian Triples, American Pale Ales and beers from the world famous Brooklyn and Kernel Breweries. They also stock beers and...  Read More



The Athletic Arms (generally known as "Diggers" as it nestles between two graveyards) is a traditional bar in the West End of Edinburgh. It is a bit of a local landmark, and has a fiercely loyal clientele. However, it is also very friendly and...  Read More



The Jolly Botanist is an upmarket gin joint situated close to Haymarket Station. The interior has a shabby chic feel with Victorian style wall papers, distressed furniture scattered with throw cushions and sepia toned pictures on the walls....  Read More



Ryrie's Bar is a traditional Scottish pub situated immediately beside Haymarket Station in the West end of Edinburgh. Set in a beautiful Edwardian listed building, Ryrie's has retained is character and charm without feeling old fashioned or...  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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