Best Pubs in Edinburgh for a Self-Guided Pub Crawl

Sunday, 28th July 2019

Round up the troops for a fun-filled evening as you explore Edinburgh’s cobbled streets in search of the best pubs in town.


We’ve put together our favourite pub crawls in Edinburgh so you can throw away the tourist guides and enjoy a boozy self-guided tour of the Scottish capital.


Fill your tankards and get ready for a night you might not remember, but you’ll never forget.

Best Pubs in Edinburgh Old Town

Treat yourself to some well-deserved drinks after a long hike up Arthur’s Seat or a visit to the Queen’s official residence at Holyrood Palace with this fun-filled pub crawl through Southside and Edinburgh’s Old Town.


Get the ball rolling with your tipple of choice at Holyrood 9A- a friendly bar, nestled in the shadows of Arthur’s Seat. Pick your poison from a selection of over 20 beers, or if you’re feeling fancy, select a fruity mojito or punchy pina colada from their incredible cocktail menu.


Next stop is a 2-minute walk downhill to the charmingly named, Auld Hoose. If you’re with a big group, make sure to challenge yourselves to their giant nachos. This monster could feed an entire army, so make sure you arrive with empty stomachs. If you swing by on a Tuesday, they have an amazing pub quiz every week at 8 pm.


Bottoms up, it’s time to move on to pub number three.


St Andrews Brewing Co. is a beautifully designed bar with a funky interior and a huge selection of homebrews. These guys are proud of what they do and focus on offering quality, locally sourced beers. We love their Yippie IPA - a crisp brew with tropical fruits and refreshing finish.


Finally, when it’s time to call it a night, pop into the pub for a nightcap. This traditional pub serves some of the best medicine you’ll ever try. Enjoy their wide selection of beers, ales and whiskies as you soak up the friendly atmosphere and tune into some sport on the massive screens.

Rose Street Edinburgh Pub Crawl

Edinburgh’s Rose street is home to some of the best pubs in Edinburgh’s city centre. Sandwiched between the famous shopping destinations of George Street and Princes Street, this quaint cobbled street is bursting with charm.


Kick things off with a leisurely visit to The Abbotsford to sample their unbeatable selection of Scottish Ales. This outstandingly preserved Edwardian building is one of Edinburgh’s most historic pubs, featuring an original island bar carved from Spanish mahogany.


Once the hoppy juices are in full flow, take a short stroll to the Rose Street Brewery to catch the last of the evening sun in their outdoor seating area. We love the Nicholson’s Pale Ale or if you’re feeling adventurous, take a punt with one of their local guest ales.


When everybody’s glasses are empty, make your way down to The Kenilworth at 152-154 Rose Street to enjoy a cold brew in one of the cities most traditional pubs.


Finally, head next door for a nightcap at The Black Cat. Whisky lovers are spoiled for choice with the huge selection of Scottish malts which make for the perfect end to a memorable pub crawl of the capital.


The Black Cat is also one of the best pubs in Edinburgh with live music. Traditional Scottish bands perform live throughout the week from about 5 pm onwards. Take a look at their Facebook page to find out who’s playing before you visit.

Looking for somewhere to stay?

Here at Edinburgh Flats, we have a beautiful selection of holiday apartments located in the heart of Edinburgh. We’re committed to offering stunning holiday rentals and hassle-free service, so guests can focus on exploring this incredible city.


We’ll only ever be a phone call away if you’re looking for recommendations on what to see, where to go or more importantly, where to find the best whisky in town.

Other Articles You Might Like

Six Awesome Day Trips From Edinburgh

While Edinburgh has plenty to offer, from award-winning museums to an ancient Old Town, it’s also perfectly connected with other Scottish cities and villages. Our guide features our favourite nearby places, what to do there, and how to get there.

Places to Stay in Edinburgh: A Guide to Edinburgh’s Neighbourhoods 

Many visitors have heard about Edinburgh’s New Town and Old Town, but few know about the other fascinating neighbourhoods. Our guide walks you through some of the best places to stay in Edinburgh to help you make the most of your trip.

Written by Edinburgh Flats

Find your holiday flat

Popular properties