These are 25 of the best pubs in Edinburgh according to the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2020

When it comes to pubs in Edinburgh, we're spoilt for choice - and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming.

Tuesday, 17th September 2019, 14:18 pm
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Luckily, CAMRA's Good Beer Guide can make that next pub crawl a little easier. These are 25 of the best pubs in Edinburgh according to their 2020 guide.

Head here for good beer in a traditional setting, with a mahogany gantry and island bar that have been installed in the bar since the early 20th century.
High ceilings and brewery window panels give this two-roomed pub a homely, old fashioned feel, with candles in the evening adding some ambience. It specialises in real ales from small Scottish breweries and is for adults only.
This pub has a huge selection of almost 400 single malt whiskies and international bottled beers. Ales come from all round the UK and gourmet pies are on offer from 12-4pm. It's a classic one-roomed ale house.

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CAMRA claim this pub has one of the finest Victorian pub interiors in Scotland, with ornate brass light fittings and ceramic tiled murals of innovators. The real ales come mostly from Scottish breweries.
This pub is a gorgeous renovation of a former 1920s cinema. In the main bar you'll find a screen backdrop with a smaller bar up in the gods - complete with cinema seating. Beers rotate and are sourced nationally.
CAMRA notes the diverse range of real ales from Scottish microbreweries and real cider at this Victorian pub. The interior has a large standing space and extensive seating areas.
There are twelve handpumps here dispensing range of real ales and sometimes a real cider. It's a big busy pub decorated with old prints of he building and surrounding area. There's a restaurant at the back serving food all day.
This pub is a great spot for grabbing a drink after visiting the castle. The real ales usually come from smaller UK breweries and it's one of Edinburgh's top spots for cider, with four different types.
This bar has a younger crowd but is welcoming to all, with large windows and comfortable seating inside over two levels. There's cask ale on the bar counter and keg beer on the back wall. Children are not permitted.
Head here for a journey back in time - this pub has barely changed since the late 19th century, with real Scottish ales and a real fire for those winter months. It's renowned as a favourite of Rebus and his creator Ian Rankin.
CAMRA recommends the real ales from mostly Scottish breweries at this rustic pub, which has original stone walls and wooden beams. The gantry also has a good range of single malt whiskeys.
This drinking spot is popular with LGBT fans of real ale, served without sparklers on request. There's also Westons Old Rosie cider on offer, great for sipping in the pub's comfortable leather sofas and armchairs.
This often busy pub has four changing beers which are sourced nationally. It's a cosy place with railway memorabilia decorating the interior and window seats and stools at the rear.
This pub is a modern version of a Scottish city or tenement bar, with a single room divided by a horseshoe bar. Several TVs screen sport with the sound off. It's a good spot to try ales from interesting UK-wide breweries.
Traditional features and interesting UK-wide ales make this a favourite for CAMRA. There are frequent tap takovers and the pub does a wide range of single malt whiskeys, gin and rum.
Housed in an 18th-century tenement terrace, this is a lovely small ground floor bar in the middle of a university area. Children are not permitted.
The name Diggers comes from this legendary pub's location between two graveyards. It's a favourite with locals and visitors and has great ales alongside outstanding pies.
Close by to the Union Canal and Fountain Park entertainment complex, this pub has a great selection of real ales from breweries across the UK. There's also live music most Saturday nights and a quiz on Tuesdays.
This pub is popular with locals, and has high ceilings and a largely wooden interior. The booths are comfortable and TVs show sporting events with the sound on low.
Half a mile from the zoo and just over a mile from Murrayfield Stadium, this is a small community pub with clientele of all ages. The ales come from a range of Scottish breweries and the pies are a favourite of CAMRA.
This cosy pub is a great real ale spot on Leith Walk, with two handpumps serving and ever changing selection. There's also a good range of bottled beers and a varied food menu.
One for vegans, the Brass Castle beers at this pub are all vegan-friendly. It's a welcoming pub with big windows, TV screens for sports and an old-fashioned bar gantry.
A must-visit: this pub was joint CAMRA Edinburgh Pub of the Year in 2019. It offers interesting ales from across the UK and holds occasional beer festivals. It's got ample seating in a cosy L-shaped room.
Go here for an excellent selection of malt whiskeys and the novelty of drinking in what was once the waiting room for the Leith to Abedeen ferry. At the rear is a large conservatory extension and smaller rooms.
Another Victorian bar, this spot maintains a traditional look with a more modern open plan to let in light. It offers three changing real ales from Scottish and north-east English breweries.