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Edinburgh Pub Crawl (Self Guided), Edinburgh

Edinburgh is known for its sheer number of pubs, old and new, that offer various events, and provide the best drinks and food to their visitors. Many of them have live music performances that attract both locals and tourists, and although most traditional pubs are laid back and offer a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, some do have dance floors and double as nightclubs. Take this self-guided tour to discover the most popular pubs in Edinburgh Old Town.
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Edinburgh Pub Crawl Map

Guide Name: Edinburgh Pub Crawl
Guide Location: Scotland » Edinburgh (See other walking tours in Edinburgh)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: Helen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • World's End Pub
  • Scotsman's Lounge
  • Whistle Binkies Pub
  • The Royal Oak Pub
  • Sandy Bells Pub
  • Greyfriars Bobby Bar
  • The Last Drop Pub
World's End Pub

1) World's End Pub

If proof were needed of a pub steeped in history, look no further than The World’s End on the Royal Mile.
This pub takes its name from the City Walls which once surrounded Edinburgh. Back in the sixteenth century, following the Battle of Flodden and Scotland’s defeat by the English, Edinburgh had become a walled city for protection. The gates to the City, which formed part of the wall, were situated outside the pub and the brass cobbles in the road outside represent their exact location. As far as the people of Edinburgh were concerned, the world outside these gates was no longer theirs and hence the name, The World’s End.

The pub is billed as one of the ‘old style’, pulling in tourists who walk the cobbled streets and stop to quench their thirst. Above the bar, scores of foreign banknotes give a nod and a wink to the broad, international clientele who have drunk here. Complementing the ‘old-fashioned feel’, television is minimal, allowing the pub’s capacity of around 140 to drink in peace! Today, those venturing inside the tavern will find that its unique hospitality makes the world of difference.
Scotsman's Lounge

2) Scotsman's Lounge

The Scotsman's Lounge is located on Cockburn Street and is popular with locals and tourists who come to enjoy the live music that takes place each evening. It is very popular with lovers of bagpipe music. Guests have an impressive selection of drinks and food to choose from. The walls of the pub are adorned with various historical documents and pictures of pipers, creating a relaxed atmosphere that draws a great crowd.
Whistle Binkies Pub

3) Whistle Binkies Pub

This great pub attracts a number of different performers and offers diverse music styles from indie to traditional. The atmosphere is lovely, very warm and welcoming and is perfect for many occasions. It is a good place for having a drink with friends, chilling out and having a laugh while enjoying the eclectic music the pub has to offer.
The Royal Oak Pub

4) The Royal Oak Pub

The Royal Oak is a 200 year old pub and folk music venue in the Scottish capital city, Edinburgh. It is well known for its live music sessions and counts various high profile Scottish musicians amongst its former resident performers, such as Kris Drever, Bobby Eaglesham, Danny Kyle and Karine Polwart.

During the 1960s, The Royal Oak was owned by the former Heart of Midlothian footballer Alan Anderson, though during his time there, it was called 'The Pivot'. It gained a reputation as a folk music venue after Dorothy Taylor took over the pub in 1978, which she ran alongside her sister Sandra – a former star of The White Heather Club TV Show – until 2003, when the current licensee Heather Mckenzie took over.

In 2008, Magic Park Records recorded and released an album featuring musicians from the Royal Oak, entitled 'The Royal Oak: Best of Folk' and The Royal Oak's resident folk club (The Wee Folk Club) was awarded 'Club of the Year' at the annual Scots Trad Music Awards.

The Royal Oak features in Ian Rankin's 'Set in Darkness', an Inspector Rebus novel. The scene is – according to Rankin – his favourite of all the pub scenes in the Rebus series.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sandy Bells Pub

5) Sandy Bells Pub

This awesome pub is a very popular music venue and a good place to go for a night out. It offers a relaxed, stylish drinking experience and gets quite crowded on the weekends. It's a traditional pub with great music, a very friendly staff and a brilliant atmosphere.
Greyfriars Bobby Bar

6) Greyfriars Bobby Bar

If you are a dog lover the story behind the name of this old Edinburgh establishment will melt your heart. The bar occupies the ground floor of a Georgian building which adjoins Candlemakers Hall dating back to 1722. The story goes that Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye terrier. When his owner passed away in 1858 Bobby watched over his master’s grave at Greyfriars Kirkyard every day until he was buried with his owner there in 1872. Today the Greyfriars Bobby statue sits proudly outside the bar, you can raise a glass to him with one of their award winning ales. If you can’t decide what to drink they have their own in-house expert cask master to assist you.
The Last Drop Pub

7) The Last Drop Pub

Number 74/78 Grassmarket is home to a pub that has a name very evocative of Edinburgh's history: The last drop. A gallows is even represented by the name of the pub on one of the beams on the pubs entrance. This is where the prisoners could enjoy a last drink, the last drop, before they were hanged. The hangings were held on the square of Grassmarket, a small rectangular a few steps away from the pub, which was the theatre of numerous public executions. In between 1661 and 1668, no less than a hundred Presbyterian opposed to the entry the Anglican church in Scotland, rebels and thieves were hanged here. The Last Drop pub, called this way to commemorate the last hanging that happened in Grassmarket, is the only building in the area to have conserved its bare style and the exterior it had at the time.

Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.

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