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 Some of the traditional, and perhaps rather shabby, bars in the Haymarket area have been replaced by lively new ventures such as the wonderful Jolly Botanist.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.