Edinburgh's drinking scene is incredibly diverse. In the New Town area, there are stylish bars, bistros and restaurants that can easily stand alongside the best in the world, while in the atmospheric Old Town, with its cobbles and narrow closes, there’s an abundance of historic pubs.

Edinburgh’s quirky bar scene

Once labelled as the ‘Athens of the North’ for its innovative ideas and its intoxicating mixture of rich culture, vivid history and impressive exports, Edinburgh is an enchanting city that amounts to much more than the eye can see. A locale that is just the right breed of quirky, the Scottish capital is also known to have its fair share of intriguing bars and clubs that’ll get even the shyest of imbibers in the mood.

Home to a damn good burger and a sensational cocktail list, Foundry 39 at the end of George Street is a brilliant place to start. Order yourself a fascinating brew from their innovative menu and start the night off on a high note. In the mood to take it up a notch? Stroll into Edinburgh’s delightful old town and familiarise yourself with The Devil’s Advocate, a bar whose exposed brick walls, iron trusses and industrial lights provide it with the perfect, chilled atmosphere. Peruse their impressive selection of fine whiskeys or order a curious concoction from their outstanding cocktail list – the choice is yours. Last, but certainly not least, mosey on over to Juniper, an elegant affair at the heart of Edinburgh that’s known for its whimsically inventive tipples and its love of exotic and exciting gin, as its name suggests.

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