These old watering holes have fascinating back stories, particularly when it comes to how they got their names and some of the famous faces who frequented them.
We’ve dug through the Edinburgh Evening News’ archives to find a dozen pictures showing some of the oldest drinking establishments in Auld Reekie – some of them dating back to the 1300s.
1. The Oxford Bar
The Oxford Bar is housed within an original Georgian dwelling and has served as a public house for many a generation, the pub is chiefly notable for having been featured in Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus series of novels as the inspector's favourite watering hole. Photo: JPIMedia
2. The Sheep Heid Inn
Duddingston's Sheep Heid Inn is considered to be the oldest pub in all of Scotland. There's been a drinking establishment on this site since around 1360 and has served sorts - including the Queen in early 2016. Photo: JPIMedia
3. White Horse Bar
The White Horse has been located on the Royal Mile since the 17th century making it the oldest watering hole on the Royal Mile.These days, it is called the White Horse Oyster & Seafood Bar. Photo: JPIMedia
4. Beehive Inn
Just down from the White Hart in the Grassmarket is the Beehive Inn which can trace its origins back to the 15th century when a coaching inn was opened on the site. Photo: JPIMedia