A wee dram is just the thing to warm your heart on a cold day and you’re spoilt for choice in Edinburgh. There are many, many traditional pubs in Scotland’s capital, each with their own unique flavor, ambiance, clientele and selection of tipples. You’ll find some excellent fine ales, the best malt whisky in the world, and a wide range of imported drinks to satisfy any thirst.
One of the most beautiful traditional pubs in the capital is the Café Royal. This classic Victorian pub has a spectacular island bar, six large pictures composed of painted tiles on the wall depicting six famous Scottish inventors, wonderfully ornate cornices and woodwork, and an impressive selection of ales, wines and spirits.
If you want to enjoy a drink in atmospheric surroundings without having to shout then make for Cloisters. Real ale, great staff, dark wood, and a satisfying lack of music, make it a great choice for the mature drinker. You’ll find an interesting interior at the crowded, but cozy, Grassmarket pub The Last Drop. The name relates to the gallows and you’ll get a taste of Edinburgh’s macabre past in this pub.
The city center is very compact, so it’s the perfect place for pub crawls. Stop for one drink in each pub and see how far you can get, exploring the city and sampling different atmospheres as you go. It’s a great way to get to know the city and discover your favorite pub for the next time you visit.