10 unusual drinking spots in Edinburgh

Floating hotels, haunted pubs, secret bars and much more

Wednesday, 8th May 2019, 4:53 pm
Edinburgh has a vast selection of unusual and quirky bars just waiting for you to discover (Photo: Shutterstock)

From floating hotels, hidden bars and haunted pubs, Edinburgh knows how to take something as simple as going for some drinks and making it unique. For those looking for something a bit more unusual than the local, these are some of Edinburgh's unique spots for having a tipple or two.

Fingal is on Edinburgh's vibrant waterfront and is a floating hotel. Originally being used to help maintain lighthouses and their keepers across some of Scotland's most treacherous land, Fingal is now a 23-cabin boutique hotel.
A traditional looking pub, the Sheep Heid Inn has more to offer than first glance might have you believe. Claiming to be the oldest pub in Scotland, it has a historic skittle alley as well as a huge selection of drinks.
Perfect for those who love retro video games - that's exactly the theme of The Mousetrap! Showcasing electronic and traditional games, this bar has an arcade gaming area, loads of board games and a great selection of cocktails.

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Hop aboard the Lochrin Belle for Summerhall Drinks Lab regular gin tastings heading up and down the union canal. You'll be able to sample five brilliant gins - cruises run March to November.
For fans of the Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski, Lewbowskis is the place to be. With 30 different kinds of white Russians, The Dudes drink of choice, Lebowskis is definitely worth checking out.
With a permanent residency at the Edinburgh arches, The Pop Up Geeks are all about combining pop culture and good drinks. With a new theme (and drinks) every three months, your favourite show could be next.
One of Edinburghs most notoriously haunted pubs, it has a lot to offer for a night out - if youre brave enough. A free cinema, pool tables, music venue and home to the infamous black death shot.
PDT (or Please Don't Tell) mixes old school games with modern clubbing. Perfect for a quirky night out, PDT offers up pinball machines, pac man and poles for dancing on the tables.
Edinburgh is no stranger to secret bars, Hoot the Redeemer is one of the best - youve likely walked by without realising it. Hidden away on Hanover Street, you'll find a cocktail claw machine and an alcoholic ice cream parlour.
Brewhemia is a nonstop party with showstopping events every night of the week. Check out their 12 showcase beers on tap, 150 gins and cocktails and enjoy the show. This huge venue is spread across two floors.