Best Leith Pubs and Bars

Leith’s Best Bars and Pubs

If you live in Leith you’ll already be aware how many fantastic places there are to eat and drink. It’s crazy that we’ve not already done some round-ups of Leith’s best bars, restaurants and cafes – especially when you consider the amount of research we’ve carried out.

Leith’s thriving food and drink scene was one of the many reasons who chose to make it our home (thankfully a gym is pretty close by), it was also the birthplace of EdinBraw and the source of many hangovers. In just a few minutes you’ll understand why…

Leith’s Boundary

Before we dive in and share our favourite places to drink in Leith, it’s important that we set some boundaries.

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Leith can be found on the coast of the Firth of Forth, in an area to the north of Edinburgh. It’s easily accessible on foot along Leith Walk (a 25-minute walk from the York Place tram stop) or by bus (plenty of options, although you’ll never be too far away from a 7, 10, 14 or 22).

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Love Leith

Everybody Loves Leith, once you visit you’ll quickly understand why.

A few reasons to love Leith:

  • The Shore is a stunning area of Edinburgh, especially once the sun hits it at just the right angle – the golden hour in Leith is truly magical
  • You’ll never go hungry exploring Leith, as you’ll find out in our next guide (subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date)
  • There’s a real sense of community, you won’t find a more welcoming and friendly group of people than those living in Leith
  • Leith embraces cultural diversity and finds a balance between traditional and trendy
  • It’s a creative hub, attracting marketing and design agencies, artists and arts festivals such a LeithLate and Hidden Door
  • Leith loves independent retailers and restaurants, you won’t find many chains in this area of Edinburgh

Bars in Leith

There are so many great places for a cheeky pint, glass of wine or a wee dram in Leith, it might be quicker to list the places worth avoiding – but that’s not why you’re here, you only want to know the best pubs and bars in Leith

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Craft Beer

For craft beer in Leith, head to the Lioness of Leith, Salvation of Leith or Dreadnought.

The Lioness of Leith serves up some mighty fine food, including an EdinBraw Sunday roast, the Salvation of Leith has a range of burgers bursting with flavour and the Dreadnought is our new favourite Friday night hangout with their highly entertaining pub quiz.

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Traditional Pubs

Leith embraces the old and the new, and whilst quite a few bars have had the hipster treatment you’ll still be able to find some with bags of character (and filled with plenty of colourful characters too!)

The Central Bar on Leith Walk is a proper boozer with live music, prepare to get to know some locals and potentially have a wee boogie. The Carriers Quarters has a great atmosphere, cracking selection of beers and live music from The Jammy Devils every Sunday at 6:30. Malt and Hops another great pub in Leith, expect a no-nonsense boozer with a cosy fire and a few dugs to say hello to.

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Whisky Bars

If you’re visiting Scotland and looking for a dram in Leith you’re in luck!

Teuctar’s Landing is a cosy dockside pub with great selection of drams and some comforting food. Teuchtar’s Landing has a large whisky selection, including around 90 single malts and 20 international and blended whiskies. Feeling lucky? For £3.95 you can have three throws of the hoop of destiny and if you land on a single malt – it’s yours! If not, you can enjoy the Sheep Dip (don’t worry that’s still whisky and not some gruelling punishment).

If you’re lucky enough to be a member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, you can head to The Vaults in Leith for a few drams in one of Scotland’s oldest commercial premises, originally used as a wine warehouse, The Vaults offers up a sophisticated atmosphere in which you can enjoy sipping a few drams.

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Cocktail Bars

Want to mix things up and drink something a little stronger? Leith has plenty of options for cocktail lovers too, first up Mamasan’s on Bernard Street, a relatively new bar in Leith but one that’s right at home. Expect top-notch service, inventive drinks and whilst we haven’t eaten there yet, we have a sneaky suspicion the food is going to be worth a visit too.

Next up for lavish Leith cocktails, a place we could easily slot into every single one of our recommendations categories – The Roseleaf. This lovely bar serves up cocktails in teapots (known as pot-tails), perfect for a sophisticated night on the town – although once you start drinking in The Roseleaf you might end up staying there all night.

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Wine Bars

Wine lovers rejoice, Leith is also a great place to enjoy a glass or two of vino.

Our top tip for a sip of wine would be another relatively new bar and Edinburgh’s first wine café, Toast on The Shore. It’s great to see this amazing space finally being used, it sat as a vacant gallery for months and was screaming out to be given a makeover. Toast boasts a great selection of wine, some tasty treats and one of the best views of Leith’s shoreline – it’s a must visit during sunset.

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Pubs with Grub in Leith

We’ll be following this round-up with another devoted entirely to the best places to eat in Leith, but whilst we prepare that for you we’ll share a few of our favourites. For a boozy brunch, head to Nobles, their poached eggs and Bloody Marys are to die for. The Roseleaf is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner – it’s so good that I’m surprised we haven’t spent an entire day there already.

Love Leith Bars

As you’ve probably guessed, we love a drink every now and then and Leith has plenty of options whether you are into wine, beer or spirits. We’re keen to hear your recommendations, I know we’ll have missed out some top places and will be adding to this guide as we make new discoveries.

Let us know in the comments if there are any spots in Leith we should be heading to for a drink.


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