5 of the best bars on Leith Walk

Leith Walk has a great mix of bars and pubs. Picture: TSPL
Leith Walk has a great mix of bars and pubs. Picture: TSPL
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As one of the capital’s most vibrant up and coming areas, Leith is a great place to go for a drink or two.

With its recent regeneration, Leith Walk’s more traditional pubs now sit by side with an ever expanding cast of modern counterparts.

With a drinking hole fit for any occasion it’s one of the best places to head to for a night out, especially if you’re in mood for a pub crawl.


(362 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5BR)

One of the most popular pubs on the walk not just for its great value drinks offering and fun atmosphere but also for its board games, arcade games and indoor cinema - with daily screenings - which make it rather more unique than the usual pub.

With cheap pints aplenty (and a student discount) it’s hugely popular with a younger crowd but don’t be surprised to see some older faces thrown in for good measure.


(229 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8NY)

Small, cosy and the very definition of that most Scandinavian of concepts, hygge, which fits perfectly given their Swedish influence. Filled with vibrant, bright coloured walls and distinctive furniture, the homely feel extends to the quirky interior design, making it an excellent little bar to spend the night drinking Swedish ciders in or should you be looking to make the night more exciting, they also do a mean cocktail too.


(140 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5DT)

Occupying the premises previously filled by the notorious Meridian Bar, the Leith Depot is the perfect example of the rejuvenation of the area, with the site of a formerly rough boozer being turned into a charming little bar and music venue that draws in the crowds with its buzzing atmosphere.

The striking blue frontage hides a stripped back interior with exposed brick work and wooden furniture but it’s the huge windows, that offer great views of the Walk and let the sun in on warm days that are one of the most eye catching features - perfect for people watching.


(260–262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL)

Woodland Creatures has become a popular spot on Leith Walk amongst the sea of seasoned competitors making it well worth a visit. The indoor décor adheres to the name by sporting a natural motif, whilst its back room doubles up as a mini-cinema. Spacious, and with a varied wine menu to go with their commendable food, Woodland Creatures is another great spot on the Walk to enjoy great drinks, live music and a fantastic night out.


(23 Elm Row, Edinburgh EH7 4AA)

The stable mate of Boda Bar is another of the city’s hugely popular Swedish influenced drinking dens, Joseph Pearce’s. Housed within a site that’s been a landmark in the area since the turn of the turn of the 20th century, JP’s is warm, welcoming and a regular haunt for many Leith locals.

During the summer its beer garden is one of the best places on the Walk to be, pint in hand, as you soak up the rays.

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