The festive season sees us reflect on the year that has past and look forward to the new one to come. And there is no better place to do this than a cosy, welcoming bar.

From a romantic roaring fire to a range of spirits to lift your own, Edinburgh is a city full of undiscovered hostelries. Here are six of the best Edinburgh bars to enjoy this festive season…

Ba’ Bar

If the all-day menu and range of craft spirits don’t attract to Ba’ Bar at Dunstane House, then maybe the warm, genteel ambience and welcoming atmosphere will. Popular all year round, there is a glow to this place at Christmas that makes it a must-visit bar.  

Find it: 4 West Coates, West End, EH12 5JQ check their website 

The Dome

If you want resplendent beauty, look no further than The Dome. Gargantuan and towering in proportions, whether it is cocktails or coffee – or afternoon tea – this bar has it all. There is an elegance that does not detract from being a cosy and welcoming establishment. If you want something classic with notes of the traditional, make The Dome your destination.

Find it: 14 George St, EH2 2PF  check out their website 

The Dome

Bramble Bar

Discover the cocktail menu in this popular, subterranean world. Mid-week is the quieter time if you have come to admire the décor and style. But if you want to experience the full buzz of this amazing bar, come on the weekend

Find it: 16A Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JE

Kyle Taylor

The Raeburn

Built in 1832 as a family home, this Georgian property has been brought back to life. Open to non-residents, it is a cosy, relaxing retreat from the stresses that the festive season can bring. It décor is warm and sophisticated, with traditional fare and drinks served simply, but without losing any of its yesteryear glamour.  

Find it: No 112 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, EH4 1HG check out their website 

The Raeburn

The Royal Oak

Bijou in size, the Royal Oak is an example of the hidden gems that lurk in this city. It may be small, but it packs a punch for those looking to be part of the folk music scene. Drop on by, take a seat and enjoy what the bar and local folk musicians have on offer.

Find it: Chambers Street, EH1 1J

royal oak
N Chadwick

Or why not enjoy a mulled wine at the Christmas Market

Mulled wine is a must at Christmas. A delicious warm blend of quality red wine with a hint of spice warms us from the inside out and there is no better place to enjoy a glass than at one of the many Christmas markets. Edinburgh’s Christmas runs from November to January and offers many ways to enjoy the view of the city, with plenty of family activities too.

Christmas Market
Graham Campbell

Edinburgh is a beautiful city all year round, but it takes on a magical air over the festive season. There is no denying the warm welcome you will receive in all the bars and hotels but why not take a step off the beaten track, and enjoy these bars over the holiday period?


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