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.

Thursday, 24th January 2019, 6:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th January 2019, 7:00 pm
The Royal Oak is a great place for a warm welcome. Picture: TSPL

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.

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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 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
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
The Devil's Advocate (Advocate Close): Squirrelled away in Advocate Close is this fun nightspot that is hugely popular for its stripped back interior, expertly curated cocktail list and knowledgable barstaff. Picture: TSPL
The Sheep Heid Inn (43-45 The Causeway): Fans of this traditional watering hole include everyone from local residents to royals, and with its welcoming atmosphere, delightful menu & drinks list, it's easy to see why. Picture: TSPL
The Canny Man's ( 237 Morningside Rd): Once dubbed 'the best pub in the wold' the Canny Man's is one of Edinburgh's quirkiest bars. So settle in, grab a pint and prepared to be blown away by its charmingly unique interior. Picture: Neil Hanna
The Royal Oak (Infirmary Street): As well as comfortable surroundings and a roaring open fire, The Royal Oak is also one of the best folk music pubs in the city with regular live music and folk sessions. Picture: TSPL