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Things we love:

It is full of little alleyways, castles and old school buildings like you’re straight out of Harry Potter (JK did write The Philosophers Stone in some caf here).
It is the world’s number one festival destination, Fringe Festival is 25 days long!
Hogmanay – aka the biggest street party in the world every New Year’s Eve.
Men don’t wear underwear when wearing a kilt… awesome

Things we wish we’d known:

Don’t wear stilettos, the streets are cobbled, which is annoying for the feet but makes the whole place look buff!
At 1pm every day a cannon is fired from Edinburgh Castle. Keep an eye out and watch people jump…
Edinburgh is one of the most haunted cities in the world.
Brewing in the 16th century was usually done by the brewster’s wife, you go girl.
One of the most popular cures for baldness in 17th Century Edinburgh was the application of burnt ashes of doves’ cr*p, nice.

Best bars in Edinburgh
Best bars in Edinburgh
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99 Hanover Street
99 Hanover Street

It’s pretty impressive when you enter this bad boy. Think big grand styled bar, stag heads, high ceilings, diamond shaped wine racks and large chandeliers. The lighting is sexy and dark, and red velvet curtains make it all the more Read More

Bar Kohl
Bar Kohl

Despite its noir exterior this place is made up of high-slung ceilings, stone walls and hanging light installations, giving it a stripped back look that works well. The layout consists of two rooms, both with tables. BarChick preferred to hang Read More

Bar Soba
Bar Soba

Soba is the new cool kid in town and we’re going to take a leap and assume that the name is ironic. A buzzing Asian fusion bar just off George Street, this place is loaded with drinks deals and a Read More

Blue Blazer
Blue Blazer

The Blue Blazer is a belting traditional Edinburgh pub located in the Old Town, just behind the castle. Boasting a serious back catalogue of over 50 whiskies, 70 rums and the finest selection of real ales, there’s no wonder it was Read More

Bon Vivant
Bon Vivant

Step one – enter the dim lit pub like hangout and grab a table or perch at the bar. Candles are flickering in large Champagne bottles as holders, old school drinks posters don the wall and the dark light means Read More

Bond No. 9
Bond No. 9

Off the heavily beaten city centre track, nestled next to Michelin-starred The Kitchin, Bond No9 is doing the cocktail thing, and well. The menu is great; large enough to still be interesting after a few visits and although quite sour-heavy Read More

Bramble
Bramble

Bramble we salute you for two things, 1. making Edinburgh pretty damn unforgettable (or more forgettable) and 2. those drinks, genius. When these guys say speakeasy, they mean it, we found ourselves loitering on a dark street corner listening out Read More

Garibaldi's
Garibaldi's

A decaying, sticky dance floor, a stripper pole for customer use and Trainspotting style toilets. You would think these were reasons not to visit Garibaldi’s on Edinburgh’s Hanover Street, but that’s where you’re wrong – they’re exactly why we love Read More

Oz Bar
Oz Bar

It was the locals who told BarChick about Oz Bar, and it’s a good job we didn’t judge this book by its cover. On the road up from the busily boozy Grassmarket, Oz Bar’s shabby exterior makes it look like the Read More

Panda & Sons
Panda & Sons

Panda & Sons is the brainchild of the international award-winning bartender Iain McPherson and he’s totes about simplicity. Nestled beneath Queen Street, the only visible aspect of the bar is the street level barbershop entrance. Descend to the basement and Read More

Secret Arcade
Secret Arcade

Usually when a place is named ‘secret’ the truth is, it ain’t actually much of a secret at all, but just wait till you try finding this one. BarChick wandered up and down about four alleyways before she found the Read More

The Bailie
The Bailie

This place has a fascinating distinctiveness that sets it apart from the rest before you’ve even sipped a drink. Previously known as The Grand Bar, and coined The Bailie in 1971 it’s been a popular local watering hole for over Read More

The Hanging Bat
The Hanging Bat

Beer and bats, f*ck yeah, what’s not to love? This place opened in November 2012 and is a paradise for both beer and bat fanatics. If you’re not really into the keg thing then you’ll admire this place for its Read More

The King's Wark
The King's Wark

The award winning 15th Century King’s Wark, nestles in the heart of Leith’s famous shore. This place is certainly worth a wee visit. The low ceilings and rough stonewalls tell of the building’s 15th-Century origins and create an intimate atmosphere Read More

The Last Word Saloon
The Last Word Saloon

Brought to you from the guys behind the amazing Bramble, this place is on fire boys (literally, there’s a fire to the right as you walk in). Set in the quieter part of town, head in off the street and Read More

The Lucky Liquor Co
The Lucky Liquor Co

When the Boys from Bramble and Last Word Saloon open a new bar, you know it’s gonna be love at first sight. This place ain’t no basement bar like we’re used to, for starters this bad boy is on street Read More

The Missoni Bar
The Missoni Bar

Who doesn’t love a bit of Missoni? Well they like it so much up here that they have got a whole hotel dedicated to it, and we loved it so much we just had to get a room. The bar Read More

Under the Stairs
Under the Stairs

Short and simple, this place is bloody decent. A quirky little basement bar/restaurant just a short walk from the castle, this place is teeming with character. Walk in and immediately feel like you’ve stumbled into granny’s living room (if your Read More

Victoria Bar
Victoria Bar

To find this little diamond you have to make your way out of the city center and down Leith Walk, it’s 5 mins in a cab or half an hour if you wanna stretch your legs – but it’s worth Read More

Villager
Villager

The dudes behind Voodoo Rooms own this place. They’ve kept the winning formula of good food and even better cocktails, but they’ve taken a slightly different tact with the vibe. Gunning towards more of the casual and cool, ghetto blasters Read More

Voodoo Rooms
Voodoo Rooms

This bar is an award winning bar and restaurant with six large rooms and four bars. Needless to say you could spend all day and night here. With a huge selection of cocktails and an impressive back bar (especially the Read More