Locals' pubs in Scotland

Grab a pint of ale or a whisky to wash down your reasonably priced meal in the company of true locals at these pubs in Scotland.

1) Malt & Hops

Malt & Hops is situated on the historic shore of Leith and feels like one of the last indigenous pubs left in this area. It’s a cosy space with an excellent selection of ales and whiskies. Great in the summer as it catches the last of the evening sun and equally as great in the winter with its open fire. Head to Malt & Hops if you want a genuine traditional Scottish no-frills pub experience.

green window Malt & Hops in Edinburgh

45 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh

+44 (0)131 555 0083

2) Kay's Bar

This is a locals’ pub. Once a Georgian coach house, it still has its original Victorian features. Stepping in is like stepping back in time, but don’t let that put you off as this is exactly the point in going. A warm welcome from Fraser and his team add to the homely experience. No gentrified pricing here, their prices are as humble as their pies. Lunch only.

people having a beer at Kay's Bar local pub

39 Jamaica Street, Edinburgh

+44 (0)131 225 1858


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3) Port O' Leith Bar

The Port O’ Leith has been an institution for anyone who knows this area. The stories and oral history to come out of this establishment are legendary and you get a feeling that these four walls have seen it all. The days of previous landlord Mary are gone but the spirit still lives on. Great vibe with loud music, excellent rum selection, lively locals and 35-ml measures.

Port o leith Edingburgh bar interior

58 Constitution Street, Edinburgh

+44 (0)131 555 5503

4) The Regent

The Regent is a gay bar but open and welcome to all. The cosy interior and layout make it a great place to hang out, with a straight up laidback vibe. They have a good selection of ales, and cider lovers should keep an eye out for the Old Rosie on tap. The Regent is in a great place and often missed by tourists either going to Leith, up Calton Hill or to the Parliament. So be sure to pop your head in, you can’t miss the rainbow flag.

blue face of the The Regent Edinburgh

2 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh

+44 (0)131 661 8198

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