Looking to grab a quick drink around the bustling Haymarket train station? You’re in luck as there are plenty of great bars close by.
(1 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EY, Time it takes to get the station: 1 minute)
We couldn’t make this list without mentioning the obvious choice due to its proximity, but that’s not all Ryrie’s has going for it. Described as a “little changed Edwardian public house” on its website, it’s a bar with keen links to the past, tracing its roots back to the middle of the 19th century.
It is also a crackling little pub with a range of over 50 Malt Whiskies, global craft beers and Scottish spirits, and with 6 Cask Ales on tap, it’s a great place to grab a perfect pint of that old Edinburgh staple, Deuchars IPA.
(182-184 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EB, Time it takes to get the station: 5 minutes)
Another bar that specialises in cask ales is Thomson’s Bar, a five minute walk from the station on Morrison Street, Thomson’s is named after celebrated Scottish architect, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson and on its brass taps you’ll find an excellent array of real ales from some of Scotland’s best breweries.
If you have time grab one of their famous steak pies alongside your pint to refuel before your journey.
THE JOLLY BOTANIST
(256-260 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8DT, Time it takes to get the station: 5 minutes)
If a gin and tonic is more your thing then a quick trip to the Jolly Botanist on Morrison Street is in order, home to over 80 gins from around the globe and with some of Scotland’s best and brightest brands furnishing the gantry you know you’ll find more than a few to sate your thirst.
Should you have time they have a small but well curated menu of pub grub options and if G & Ts aren’t your thing, the experienced staff are on hand to create some excellent gin cocktails or talk you through their range of whiskies and beers - be warned though it’s the slightly pricier option on this list.
(28 W Maitland St, Edinburgh EH12 5DX, Time it takes to get the station: 5 minutes)
For something a little more modern take a trip along West Maitland Street and check out The Mercat, with a decent range of craft beers, as well as a pretty impressive gantry filled with gins, malt whiskies and other spirits they do a roaring trade in cocktails. Recent winner of Forth Radio’s Best Bar Award it’s a great place to while away the time, drink in hand as you wait for your train.
(26 William St, Edinburgh EH3 7NH, Time it takes to get the station: 10 minutes)
A bit further out but worth the extra five minutes it takes to get to, Teuchters is an excellent bar that’s popular with rugby fans and offers a huge range of whiskies and beers.
Featuring around 90 single malts, 20-odd international & blended whiskies, a multitude of real ale and keg taps, three of which are rotated with guest breweries, it’s one of the best bars in the area for a half and half - plus if you fancy your chances, you can even try and win yourself a dram with their unique hoopla game, the Hoop of Destiny.
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