The 8 best pubs in Edinburgh - according to the AA Pub Guide 2020

Compiling 2,000 pubs and bars for great drinks and amazing food, the AA’s Pub Guide aims to bring you the best pubs the country has to offer.

Tuesday, 2nd July 2019, 4:22 pm
These are the pubs you need to add to your "must-visit" list right now

“We make our selection by seeking out pubs that are worth making a detour for” explains the guide - these are the Edinburgh pubs that made the list.

The Bow Bar has it all - hundreds of quality malt whiskies, real ales poured from traditional tall founts, beers and traditional Scottish food, like haggis. It even holds a 10 day beer festival in January and July. 80 West Bow.
Pegged as one of AA's Pick of the Pubs, Cafe Royal is the home to incredible decor with beautifully stained glass and ceramic murals. Local ales are championed here, as well as fresh oysters. 19 West Register Street.

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The oldest food inn in Edinburgh, the Doric Tavern is all things Scottish. With award winning Scottish beers and quality Scottish produce, this is the place to be for a taste of Scotland. 1516 Market Street.
With their monthly brewery weekends celebrating all things beer, keep an eye out for their porcelain handed ale pumps that bear the Stewart family crest, who have owned and operated the pub since 1896. 15 West Register Street.
Hidden in one of Old Town's many closes, this pub opens up into a cosy interior decorated with railway memorabilia. With ales from Scottish microbreweries, there's something for locals and tourists alike. 24 Fleshmarket Close.
Another Pick of the Pubs, this gastro pub offers seasonal dishes with a modern twist. The charming and rustic interior is brightened by Scottish accents and a hint of Scandinavian influence. 1 Comely Bank Road.
Famous for its quality meat, game and seafood, this pub is situated in the heart of Leith's waterfront. Alongside the memorable wood-boarded and mirrored interior, guests are invited to enjoy live jazz four times a week. 3 Shore.
With over 300 malt whiskies, this pub is placed on Edinburgh's iconic Royal Mile. Alongside amazing drinks is an all day menu that makes Scottish produce its star - the Whiski is also famous for its fiddle music. 119 High Street.