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Edinburgh’s Top 5 Cosiest Bars


One thing is for sure: there is no shortage of cosy pubs and bars in Auld Reekie. They’re everywhere; hidden away down quiet alleyways, found deep beneath the streets in charming Old Town cellars or perched on the corner of a bustling street. But how to you know which are the cosiest bars in town?

Which of the city’s bars score highest on the cosiness scale? Which places are so comfy and relaxing that you’ll find it difficult to leave? With so many bars available to choose from, our top 5 list of cosiest bars will hopefully make your decision a little easier. They’re located across Edinburgh, giving you good reason to discover a new neighbourhood…..

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The Devil’s Advocate

Hidden down a narrow close in the Old Town, this bar used to be a Victorian pump house. It has since been transformed into what is arguably one of the city’s coolest and trendiest hangouts. The bar looks so inviting that you’ll struggle to walk past it and it’s the place to be if you’ve got whisky on your mind – they’ve got over 300 bottles to choose from! Or perhaps you just fancy an exceptional cocktail made by one of their award-winning bartenders. And if it’s food you’re after, make sure to book a table on the mezzanine level.

Our favourite tipple:
With such skilled and friendly staff to hand, we can only recommend you ask the bartender to decide for you.

The Devil’s Advocate, 9 Advocate’s Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1ND

Photo: Instagram @thesheepheid

The Sheep Heid Inn

You will have to venture a bit outside the city centre for this one but we assure you it’s worth the journey. This charming pub is actually situated in Duddingston Village near Arthur’s Seat so it’s the perfect place for a rewarding post-walk or climb drink or meal. Established in 1360, The Heid might very well be the oldest pub in Edinburgh – or even Scotland. This place is all about fireplaces, leather armchairs and bookshelves. Oh, and did we mention the skittle alley? It’s historical, cosy, fun and you won’t want to leave. When she was alive The Queen was a customer here!

Our favourite tipple:
How about a craft beer from Mexico? The Modelo Especial is a fresh, clean and citrusy lager.

Sheep Heid Inn, 43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh, EH15 3QA


Bramble Bar

Hidden away in a Queen Street basement, you might struggle to find this cocktail bar, but if you do it it’s definitely worth a visit – it’s been named one of the world’s top 20 bars. The Bramble cocktails are to die for and are served by the most charming and polite barmen. Slip your shoes off and sink into one of the cosy cushioned coves – it’s the perfect place to escape the city (in the heart of the city!) or for a romantic drink or two and one of the cosiest cocktail bars in town.

Our favourite tipple:
The Rheingold Express. It’s a heavenly mix of Bols Genever, cardamom, vanilla, lemon and crème de cacao. Yum!

Bramble Bar, 16a Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE

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Photo: Instagram @th3arthistorian

The Canny Man’s

You could probably spend a whole day inspecting all the nooks and crannies, memorabilia and odd artefacts inside this historic pub in Morningside. Established in 1871, Canny Man’s has become a true Edinburgh institution – and we think this half museum/half pub should be on every tourist’s list of attractions to visit. Just remember to bring cash because credit cards are not accepted.

Our favourite tipple:
It’s got to be their famous Bloody Mary. They’re so good that they were mentioned on the BBC TV show Saturday Kitchen.

The Canny Man’s, 237 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4QU

Photo: Instagram @underthestairsedinburgh

Under the Stairs

This is another hidden gem we love. The bar and restaurant is situated in the popular Grassmarket area where you might find yourself if you’re visiting the city. Full of cosy corners where you can enjoy seasonally inspired cocktails and locally sourced food, Under the Stairs is ideal for a break in between sightseeing. It’s the perfect place to escape the chilly Edinburgh winter nights.

Our favourite tipple:
A warming glass of fine red wine from Bulgaria.

Under the Stairs, 3a Merchant Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2QD

Stay in a home away from home

If reading this made you a little thirsty and keen to visit Scotland’s capital, don’t worry, Dickins can help you find the perfect home from home and you’ll never be far from the cosy bars mentioned on this list. Take a look at our fabulous self catering properties and see for yourself.

Did your favourite bar make our top five? If not, let us know in the comments below!

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