The Royal Oak is a great place for a warm welcome. Picture: TSPL

8 of the cosiest pubs and bars in Edinburgh

From traditional pubs to candle-lit cocktail bars, the Capital has plenty of warm, welcoming spots to escape to when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Take refuge on a dark night and visit one of these cosy pubs and bars for a drink to warm yourself up in no time.

Heads & Tales (2 Rutland Place): The original home of Edinburgh Gin is nestled below The Rutland Hotel in the west end and is the perfect place to sample some gin. Picture: Edinburgh Gin
Heads & Tales (2 Rutland Place): The original home of Edinburgh Gin is nestled below The Rutland Hotel in the west end and is the perfect place to sample some gin. Picture: Edinburgh Gin
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The Hanging Bat (133 Lothian Road): Located on Lothian Road, this cosy little bar is a craft beer lover's dream and a great place to escape the cold while enjoying one of the best craft beer selections in the city. Picture: TSPL
The Hanging Bat (133 Lothian Road): Located on Lothian Road, this cosy little bar is a craft beer lover's dream and a great place to escape the cold while enjoying one of the best craft beer selections in the city. Picture: TSPL
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The Bow Bar (80 West Bow): Named the Pub of the Year Scotland 2017 at the AA Hospitality Awards,  the Bow Bar is a proper old school bar within walking distance of the Castle. Picture: Contributed
The Bow Bar (80 West Bow): Named the Pub of the Year Scotland 2017 at the AA Hospitality Awards, the Bow Bar is a proper old school bar within walking distance of the Castle. Picture: Contributed
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Bon Vivant (55 Thistle Steet): Looking to cosy up with a date? This bar oozes class from every pore (or should that be pour?). Its candlelit confines, cocktails and food make it a must visit on a cold night. Picture: TSPL
Bon Vivant (55 Thistle Steet): Looking to cosy up with a date? This bar oozes class from every pore (or should that be pour?). Its candlelit confines, cocktails and food make it a must visit on a cold night. Picture: TSPL
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