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Edinburgh offers a real treat for this Saturday’s revitalisation meeting

For those heading to Edinburgh for this Saturday's Revitalisation meeting at the Caledonian brewery you’re in for a special day.

At the meeting, on 2 July, from 2.30 to 5pm, the brewery is offering attendees a free pie and a pint which will hopefully help to fuel a lively discussion in what is the first of two revitalisation meetings in Scotland - the other being in Glasgow on 26 August.

Beforehand, Edinburgh offers so much. Not just for sightseeing but also with its rich offerings of pubs and places to eat.

As well as being a capital city, Edinburgh is the leading festival city in the world, home to the phenomenal summer festivals, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wherever you look, the city buzzes with a sense of excitement all year round.

Packed with medieval tenements, narrow wynds of the Old Town and the sweeping elegance of the Georgian New Town, Edinburgh deserves its reputation as one of the most stunning and enthralling cities in the world.

With world-class visitor attractions, sightseeing in Edinburgh is pretty easy, and you can experience different centuries of history without even moving. Head to the bottom of the famous Royal Mile and you'll find the 17th century Palace of Holyroodhouse, the modern parliament building and the prehistoric extinct volcano famously known as Arthur's Seat standing proudly next to each other. And that's just one example!

With an unparalleled range of events, fantastic shopping, top-class dining, including four Michelin star restaurants, a fabulous bar and café culture, vibrant nightlife, a varied arts scene, relaxing spas and beautiful green spaces to unwind at, Edinburgh is a pure pleasure to visit and enjoy. Add to this, the spectacular surroundings of the majestic Lothians not far away.

If you’ve time, Edinburgh’s real ale pubs will leave you spoiled for choice. Here are just some of them or you may wish to use the pub finder on the website of Edinburgh and South East Scotland CAMRA:


Athletic Arms (Diggers)

Situated between two graveyards, the name Diggers became synonymous with this Edinburgh pub legend, which opened in 1897. Banquette seating lines the walls, and a compass drawing in the floor aids the geographically challenged. A smaller back room has a dartboard and further seating. Quieter now than in its heyday, though packed when Hearts are at home, it continues to extend a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike. Outstanding pies!

Golden Rule

A split-level Victorian tenement bar close to the Union Canal and the Fountainbridge entertainment complex. The pub is a real ale showcase, with a great selection from smaller breweries UK wide.

The Abbotsford 

One of the best real ale pubs in Edinburgh with a bar carved in Mahogany and an ornate Jacobean ceiling. Located on Rose Street this is one of the best real ale pubs in Edinburgh, both for the variety of ale, whisky, food and for its unchanged interior. 

Bow Bar Edinburgh 

Old town setting, unspoilt decor and a range of real ale’s and whiskies that keeps em coming back. Foremost the bar has a great range of real ale, guest ales and 150+ malt whiskies on offer. Bow Bar is one of Edinburgh’s best and unspoilt pubs, no music, no machines, a TV reserved for rugby.

Malt and Hops 

A proper pub serving proper beer to regulars and visitors by the Water of Leith. Dating back from 1749 the ceilings are draped with golf clubs, fishing rods, old tap signs, notes from around the world and a collection of ceramic beer jugs.

Thomson’s Bar 

A beautiful bar in Edinburgh that serves a pie and a pint in traditional style. Thomson’s Bar is situated on Morrison Street, central Edinburgh and has an old yet striking front and entrance.

Teuchters A Room In the West End 

An excellent range of real regional beers, lagers from over the world an exemplary whisky offering. Small corner pub in the heart of the West End, old sash windows, wood panelling and comfy furnishing with the occasional leather sofa and chair.

Guildford Arms

Large range of beers, good food and very well preserved fixtures and fittings, a smart proper pub in the East End. Located at the east end of Princes Street this is a comfy old style pub with a few twists.

Nobles Bar

Stained glass galore and amazing original features, this place has a cosy atmosphere. Nobles Bar is located close to the Shore area of Leith, there are many good bars and eateries vying for attention yet Nobles does stand out. 

Roseleaf Bar and Cafe

The Roseleaf brings a level of elegance and frivolity mixed with traditional fixtures, good food and service. Located on the Water of Leith a step away from the Shore this bar makes the very best of the original fixtures.

Barney’s Brewery and Beer

Proud to be Edinburgh’s only microbrewery, Barney’s brews a range of classic beers alongside the odd special. Barney’s started brewing at Summerhall in July 2012 in time to supply the venue’s Royal Dick Bar for the Fringe, but Barney himself … Read More

Cask and Barrel New Town

Proper pub with good beer, great for watching sport, a corner stone in the Edinburgh beer establishment. This new town pub is great for meeting and drinking at the bottom of Broughton Street. 

The Cambridge Bar & Grill

City centre hideaway serving good beer and great burgers in cosy surroundings. The Cambridge Bar is not a fussy place, it’s got a simple bar, tables and chairs, a couple of leather sofas.

Cafe Royal

Victoria Baroque design, tiled mosaics on the walls, beer, good wine and oysters. The Cafe Royal tucked away down a side street off St. Andrew Square is possibly one of the best bars in Scotland and the wider UK. 

Canny Mans

Cluttered or curious this pub is a one off in Edinburgh and well worth a visit. This is possibly the most unique and antiquated pub in Edinburgh, it’s like stepping back in time and finding that drinking must have been as good then as it is now. 

Mathers Bar

This is a genuine proper pub in the West End, it’s where the locals, workers and city visitors drink. Located at the West End of Princes Street all set in one room this pub has features galore. 

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