The Best Bars & Pubs Around The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Photo of Tori Chalmers
22 November 2017

The Royal Mile, although a tourist trap for traveling folk in search of tartan, cashmere, and history, is laden with bars and pubs a plenty. Whether you like to start early or have a penchant for partying in the night, the drinking scene in Edinburgh is every o’clock. After an adventurous day touring the Castle and strolling the cobbled streets, check out the best bars and pubs in this regal area.

Deacon Brodies Tavern

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, British, $$$
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Deacon Brodies Tavern, Edinburgh
Deacon Brodies Tavern, Edinburgh
For quintessential pub vibes and the mandatory post-Castle pint, Deacon Brodies Tavern marks the spot. This real ale drinking den, with its traditional décor, smashing selection of tipples and drams, cask-conditioned beers, and lively banter, attracts tourists and locals alike. Sit at the bar and listen to the lulling sing-song tones of those inside, and delight in the best of Scottish pub grub. The vibrant history of this traditional tavern is as fascinating as the atmosphere within these intriguing walls.

The Devil’s Advocate

Nestled within Advocates Close in an old Victorian pump house, The Devil’s Advocate is the most delightful of sin bins. From the myriad of Scottish and worldly whiskies (there are over 200) to expertly picked craft beers, and enough wine to whet the appetite, punters will be well pleased. The inventive seasonal cocktails are heavenly too. Foodies can delight in the deftly skilled chefs, who conjure up new culinary artworks from the best of fresh Scottish produce on a monthly basis.

The Devil’s Advocate, 9 Advocate’s Cl, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 225 4465


Holyrood 9A

Bar, Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub, British, $$$
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Holyrood 9A is where the cool cats go. The wood paneling and chilled atmosphere is welcoming. Consider it the perfect pick to kick back after a gruelling day’s work. However, the real beauty is the food and drink. With over 20 beer and ale varieties, enough wine for a lifetime, fancy cocktails, specialty spirits, and the usual loyal suspects, expect enough liquid gold to fill your treasure chest. Food wise, this place is the bomb. Choose from over 15 types of gourmet burgers made from the finest local ingredients that are cooked to perfection. The sharing boards are a great light snack option amongst friends.


Gastropub, Restaurant, Bar, Cocktails, British, Wine, Beer, European, $$$
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Monteiths | Courtesy Of Keith Inglis Photography
Monteiths is an intimate cocktail bar and restaurant specialising in innovative recipes. From chic contemporary tartan accents to wood furnishings, relaxing vibes, top drinks, and great bites, it is no surprise that this boutique bar has won so many awards. A perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile, sip on expertly crafted cocktails and go wild with the excellent menu. This one should be your fail-safe loyal go-to bar when in need of a tipple.

The Bow Bar

Pub, Beer, British, $$$
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Interior of The Bow Bar
Enjoy the authentic atmosphere at The Bow Bar | Courtesy of The Bow Bar
A trusty favourite for locals since 1987, The Bow Bar is a down to earth compact pub, free from unnecessary bells and whistles. Stop in for fresh hearty soups, pies, and snacks, and bask in the friendly ambience of this traditional drinking hole. Those with a specific thirst and a penchant for a good time can’t help but gravitate to The Bow like a Scotsman to a kilt. With around 310 single malts, eight cask-conditioned ales, six kegs, and 50 international beers, consider this a must-try spot.

Divino Enoteca

For a sophisticated time, barrels of wine, and delicious Italian food, look no further than Divino Enoteca. This state of the art wine bar exudes an essence of understated luxury, with the cloud white marble counters and black leather chairs. Oh, and the wine list is longer than the Forth Road Bridge. Enomatic, the pioneering, state-of-the-art wine dispenser, provides bottles the necessary protection from oxidation, which means that every glass will taste just so. Sipping on the glorious selection of fine Italian wines in such a stunning setting will make you forget that you are on the Royal Mile.

Divino Enoteca, 5 Merchant St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 225 1770


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