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Beer we go, then!Best Cafés, Pubs & Restaurants in Edinburgh: Skyscanner recommendsGet the locals’ lowdown on where to eat & drink in Edinburgh: Skyscanner staff reveal their favourite cafés, pubs & restaurants. 3. Sandy Bell’sIf this was just a great pub it would be reason to come here for alone, but they also offer regular free live music, which makes it unmissable. You don’t need to be the biggest fan of traditional Scottish folk to have fun here as the performers are always nothing less than engaging and the properly kept ales help make any music sound good to be honest. It is really handy for the Royal Mile and lots of Edinburgh Festival venues too. 7. King’s WarkGreat beers. Lovely staff. Superb food. A waterfront location. What more could you want from an Edinburgh pub? Yes the King’s Wark in the waterfront suburb of Leith does all this and more. Sip on a pint, enjoy wine by candlelight or tuck into fresh, local produce at a pub (they do a great steak and great seafood dishes too) that you just will not want to leave. Ever. 8. Caley Sample RoomIf you love beer, no we mean really love beer, you have to come here. This multi award winning venue is known for its ever changing simply superb range of lagers and ales. Rather than just importing them all from overseas, they are also keen to stock as many local beers as possible so check out their ales straight from the cask from the likes of Black Isle, Cromarty, Fyne Ales and Magic Rock. This western escape does decent food too.9. Sheep Heid InnThis wildcard is a real gem that well rewards the trip to Duddingston. This cute wee village within a city is a place of real charm and for a proper day out we recommend hiking up Arthur’s Seat then retiring here for a pint and a bite to eat afterwards. They have a nice beer garden for when the sun shines, while in winter it is a case of reclining by their roaring fire. 4. Waverley BarJust off the tourist clogged Royal Mile this wee boozer somehow remains a proper pub. They do a decent pint here, the craic is good and they sometimes have live music. A real central bolthole that all too many locals forget all about. Easily one of the most atmospheric drinking dens in this part of town.5. Joseph Pearce’sThis sounds quite a posh name for a pub and it looks pretty salubrious too. It is the sort of place you can come for a pint with your mate, chill with a date or even pop in with the kids, as they do a mean brunch and have high chairs. Bright and airy, a literal metaphorical breath of fresh air on the Edinburgh pub scene. Edinburgh has not really jumped on the gastropub fashion train, but if it did this would be one.6. Canny Man’sOk we will be honest here; over the years this quaint Morningside pub has sometimes been accused of being a little bit, well, unfriendly to non regulars. You can sort of understand as it is unutterably unique – with every nook and cranny festooned with all sorts of bric-a-brac – and some people want to come in and snap a few photos. The staff get sick of it, but when they realise you are just after what is a very good pint you will be fine. It dates back to 1871 so you are drinking in real history here! 2. Oxford BarFans of Inspector Rebus will need no introduction to the New Town’s Oxford Bar as this is where Ian Rankin’s fictional detective loves to drink. It is easy to see why as in real life it is reputed to be the haunt of off duty policemen and lawyers so beware! The real ales are spot on. Engage in conversation in the tiny bar as you enter or delve into the darker rear where a sign makes it clear that sleeping is very much allowed… 1. Bow BarNip off the cobbles of Victoria Street into this wee Old Town gem and you peel back the years to a time when pubs were made for meeting up and chatting away the day over superb real ales. They are one of the increasingly few Edinburgh pubs to still hand pump ales and they have a whopping 150 single malt whiskies to choose from too. The genuinely warm old world ambience here is something that the ye olde theme pubs just cannot get near. Usually standing room only.