CAMRA says: Built c.1780, the Thomas Purves Marwick interior dates from 1899 and was subject to a very costly renovation by Alloa Brewery in 1966 using the architects Covell Matthews. One of Edinburgh’s four impressive ‘single-room with island-bar’ pubs.CAMRA says: Built c.1780, the Thomas Purves Marwick interior dates from 1899 and was subject to a very costly renovation by Alloa Brewery in 1966 using the architects Covell Matthews. One of Edinburgh’s four impressive ‘single-room with island-bar’ pubs.
CAMRA says: Built c.1780, the Thomas Purves Marwick interior dates from 1899 and was subject to a very costly renovation by Alloa Brewery in 1966 using the architects Covell Matthews. One of Edinburgh’s four impressive ‘single-room with island-bar’ pubs.

Edinburgh pubs: 15 historic and culturally significant Edinburgh pubs which deserve ‘special local attention’

From beautiful bars with original interiors that make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time to proper old boozers that haven’t changed in decades, these are some of the best traditional pubs in Edinburgh.

Our list comes courtesy of The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), who recognise that a lot of pubs in the UK are so historic, that their cultural worthiness is equal to that of any statue or tourist attraction.

There are some incredibe pubs in Scotland’s capital – and CAMRA has included some of them in their list of the top 120 of ‘Scotland’s True Heritage Pubs’ guide published in 2018.

For those who just want an honest pint in a good old-fashioned boozer, there’s plenty Edinburgh venues to choose from.

Take a look through our photo gallery to see 15 of the Edinburgh boozers listed in the CAMRA guide – and why they were included.

For those who just want an honest pint in a good old-fashioned boozer, there’s plenty Edinburgh venues to choose from.

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