Burn the Midnight Oil with Drinks, Eats and Live Music in Stockbridge

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!



St Bernard's Bar is a friendly and relaxed traditional pub in the affluent suburb of Stockbridge. In an area replete with gastro pubs and wine bars the St Bernard has stayed true to a more traditional form. Serving a generally older clientele it...  Read More



The Orchard is a relaxed and welcoming bar located on Howard Place, a short hop from the Botanic Gardens. The interior is bright and airy with a large l-shaped wooden bar and polished wooden floors. You can opt for a cozy alcove seat, or a table...  Read More



The Raeburn Bar is a cozy little pub attached to the Raeburn Hotel, Stockbridge. More than just a hotel bar, it hosts live folk, rock, blues and indie music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The interior is fairly snug, adding to the convivial...  Read More



The Stockbridge Tap is a friendly traditional bar at the corner of Raeburn Place in Stockbridge. A firm favorite with locals, the Tap has a very good selection of real ales and beers. Unlike many of its neighbors, it has resisted the urge to put...  Read More



Scran & Scallie is a gastro-pub run by the Michelin starred chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack. Situated in the affluent suburb of Stockbridge it is less formal than The Kitchin, or Castle Terrace but still significantly more refined than...  Read More



The Bon Vivant in Stockbridge (sister to the popular New Town Bar of the same name) is a relaxed wine bar and restaurant. The interior is uncluttered and stylish with an easy charm and the staff are very friendly. They have an extensive wine...  Read More



Hamilton's is a delightful gastro pub set in a charming cobbled street in stylish Stockbridge. The interior has a relaxed and informal air with comfortable leather booths and low slung sofas and an eye catching pop art mural. Hamilton's serves...  Read More



Maison Hector is a friendly and welcoming Stockbridge pub serving rather good pub food at pretty reasonable prices. The interior is an unassuming mix of leather benches strewn with scatter cushions, high backed bar stools and retro floral...  Read More



The Last Word Saloon (brought to you by the same people responsible for Bramble) is a deliciously idiosyncratic cocktail bar in the shadow of St Stephen's Church in Stockbridge. Tucked away in a basement, this dimly lit drinking den is populated...  Read More



Named after the book "The Antiquary" by the famous Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott, the Antiquary Bar is a cozy and traditional basement pub situated in St Stephen's Street. It has been open for almost four decades, and has changed very little...  Read More


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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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