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Rose Street

Rose Street is the ‘Amber Mile’ of Auld Reekie.

This legendary strip is one, long stream of traditional, rowdy and iconic boozers – it’s packed full day, and night. And, it is even the birthplace of the Rose Street bar crawl - one of Scotland’s most famous drinking games. You have to down a pint and a shot in all 12 pubs…

  • Three tiled images of Dirty Dicks, Edinburgh - including people sat at a table in the bar, the ceiling at the bar covered in bric-a-brac, and a sign on a brick wall

    01. Dirty Dick's

    159 Rose St, Edinburgh , EH2 4LS Tel: 0131 260 9920 |

    “Dirty old men need love too” – Dirty Dicks, 2016.

    Dirty Dicks could only ever be the first stop. Dick is a man of legend in Edinburgh. He lived in the 1850s, walking the streets and cleaning up horse manure – hence the name. He was loved around the streets, he even inherited a large sum of money, but died before he realised his legacy – and this pub, bought by descendants, is dedicated to the man himself. There are antiques lining each and every wall (in fact, you can’t even see the walls). There are pots, pans, ornaments and even gold clubs hanging from the ceiling, along with signs saying ‘dirty old men need love too’ (we couldn’t agree more…). This place is lit by candle light – it’s traditional and cosy - and serves beer, craft ales, wine and delicious food. It even has an actual fire. ‘Nuff said.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Saturday: 11:00 - 01:00
    • Sunday: 12:00 - 00:00

  • Three tiled images of Rose & Crown, Edinburgh - including real ale beer pumps, a man singing and playing guitar, and the outdoor seating

    02. Rose & Crown

    170 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BA Tel: 0131 225 4039 | www.roseandcrownedinburgh.com

    Experience Edinburgh’s crown jewels.

    The Rose and Crown is teaming with people – day and night. This unique L-shaped bar is everything you would expect when you imagine a Scottish pub. It’s a warm and friendly haunt, where tourists and locals rub shoulders. The cosy interior is all dark wood and rich furniture – it couldn’t be any more Scottish if it tried. There’s also live music five nights a week, and you can enjoy it all with a pint of the pub’s regular beer – Isle of Skye Gold Beer – or one of the many real ales and ever changing beers. There’s even a quaint little terrace where you can soak up the atmosphere of Rose Street – one of Edinburgh’s busiest drinking thoroughfares.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Sunday: 11:00 - 01:00

  • Three tiled images of The Shoogly Peg - including the exterior and outdoor seating, and the tables and seating inside the bar

    03. The Shoogly Peg

    133 Rose St, Edinburgh , EH2 4LS Tel: 0131 225 7135 | www.facebook.com/TheShooglyPeg

    This is, basically, a cosy front room on one of the rowdiest streets in Edinburgh.

    The Shoogly Peg is the younger sister of the Rose and Crown – and is gaining a huge reputation on the mean streets of the capital. This place may be small, but it has a big character, and it’s seriously quirky – a nice change from the retail madness. A large model gorilla has, occasionally, been known to sit in the window of the pub, along with a unique elephant’s head shelf lining a wall. There are no real ales on draught, but this place does specialise in a vast selection of bottles beers, and proper pub grub.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Saturday: 12:00 - 01:00
    • Sunday: 12:00 - 00:00

  • Three tiled images of The Black Cat - including the exterior, people drinking in the bar, and the spirits on the shelves behind the bar

    04. The Black Cat

    168 Rose Street, Edinburgh , EH2 4BA Tel: 0131 225 3349 | www.theblackcatbar.com

    Get yourself a wee dram o’ whisky at The Black Cat.

    This place is an independent pub, and it serves the finest hand-picked selection of Scottish whiskies. This is where you’ll get a real taste of Edinburgh. The Cat is authentic, small and cosy, but it’s not twee – although there are huge deer horns on the wall. But, you will find a variety of local beers, Scottish food and, of course, the whisky. The Black Cat is one of the busiest spots on Rose Street, and it’s seriously packed on the weekend. They even have a Scottish live band playing – so get your kilts on and get eating that haggis, laddie.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Sunday: 10:30 - 01:00

  • Three tiled images of The Kenilworth - including the exterior, the dark wood bar, and a man sat at a table in front of the bar

    05. The Kenilworth

    152-154 Rose Street, Edinburgh , EH2 3JD Tel: 0131 226 1773 | www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/restaurants/scotlandandnorthernireland/thekenilworthrosestreetedinburgh

    Discover the seriously traditional Kenilworth and get to grips with ol’ Scottish life.

    This unique and eclectic pub is revered the capital over for its unusual range of real ales – it’s a proper man’s pub. The vast selection features Scottish craft beer - including the likes of Stewart Brewing, First World Problems and Brewdog, Dead Pony Club - as well as English favourites and beer from around the world. It also lays claim to ‘the original gin palace’ in Edinburgh, with over 140 years of botanical heritage (any place with such dedication to booze is a friend of ours). This place, converted in 1904, is seriously buzzing, with a real welcoming feel. There’s a large square island centred on a mahogany drinks cabinet, and it draws in massive crowds. This is our kind of venue.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Thursday: 10:00 - 23:00
    • Friday - Saturday: 10:00 - 00:00
    • Sunday: 10:00 - 23:00

  • Three tiled images of Element, Edinburgh - including the exterior, seating inside the bar, and the bar itself

    06. Element

    110-114 Rose Street, Edinburgh , EH2 3JF Tel: 0131 225 3297 | www.elementedinburgh.co.uk

    Element is a different world on the historical Rose Street.

    It is the complete opposite of the majority of pubs on Rose Street. And, since its revamp, it’s won Best Bar and Restaurant in Edinburgh at the Forth Awards – this place is fancy. It’s a gorgeous, boutique-style bar on the traditional Rose Street. The new design features a Scottish-inspired mural from artist Lynsey Jean Henderson, tartan chair coverings and has a huge space for larger groups. It’s at odds with the traditional boozers on the street, but it’s just as busy – and it doesn’t sacrifice on its authentic Scottish offerings. Whisky is a big deal on the menu, with all sorts available – including Islay, Highland and Island blends – and you can also sample a huge range of gin.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Sunday: 12:00 - 22:00

  • Three tiled images of Auld Hundred - including a black and white close up of a woman singing, the exterior, and the interior

    07. Auld Hundred

    100 Rose Street, Edinburgh , EH2 2NN Tel: 0131 225 1809 | www.auldhundrededinburgh.com

    This is the OG on Rose Street.

    Auld Hundred has been around for donkeys, since the 1800s, and is the earliest of the many pubs on this famous drinking street. Set in a former Mission Hall, hence the name, and it’s so traditional that you better be prepared to don a kilt to get through the door (that’s not strictly true, but let’s go with it…). This place is a classic, with a traditional wooden bar dominating the rooms and serving up all of the usual Scottish tipples – Auld Hundred is dedicated to drinking the proper way. Cask ales and whisky are the big sellers, and you can get a true taste of Auld Reekie. But, the real draw is the wrought iron staircase leading up to the hidden dining room, where you can get all of the Scottish comfort dishes. We’ll see you there…

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Thursday: 11:00 - 00:00
    • Friday - Saturday: 11:00 - 01:00
    • Sunday: 11:00 - 23:00

  • Two images of Milnes Bar - including a black and white close up of the bar, and two people behind the bar

    08. Milnes Bar

    35 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PJ Tel: 0131 225 6738 | www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub/milnes-bar-midlothian/s1453

    This place dates all the way back to 1910.

    Milne’s also links back to the literary history of the city. One of its rooms is even named the ‘Little Kremlin’, as many members of the Scottish Renaissance would meet there and talk politics. This large venue has a main bar with authentic stone floors and a real Scottish atmosphere, which can be entered down a flight of stairs from Hanover Street – it’s seriously secretive. Pictures of various poets even dot the walls, but this old-school boozer is renowned in the capital for its huge selections of cask ales and craft beers from around the world. On top of that, there are also 40 Single Malt Scottish whiskies available, alongside an extensive range of spirits.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday: 11:00 - 01:00
    • Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00 - 23:00
    • Friday: 11:00 - 01:00
    • Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 - 23:00

  • Two images of The Abbotsford - including one of the dark mahogany bar, and a bottle of whisky with glasses placed in front

    09. Abbotsford

    3-5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR Tel: 0131 225 5276 | theabbotsford.com

    This was actually designed by famed pub architect, Peter Henderson

    The Abbotsford is Edinburgh’s best preserved elaborately designed and ornamented bar to have survived from the ‘Golden Age’ of Scottish pub design. The dark brown, Spanish-style mahogany island bar is the real star of the show – it’s even a tourist attraction. Intricately carved railings divide the island up into small serving ports that you have to almost stoop to order through. It’s completely at odds with the ‘typical’ Rose Street pub, and it has even played host to famous Scots – including Billy Connolly and Robbie Coltrane. There’s also a good restaurant upstairs that serves traditional Scottish delicacies as Cullen Skink (don’t ask…). Are you ready for an unforgettable last night of freedom, wee laddie?

    You can experience even more of lively Rose Street, and the surrounding nightlife areas on our Edinburgh stag weekend page.

    • Opening Times
    • Monday - Thursday: 11:00 - 23:00
    • Friday - Saturday: 11:00 - 00:00
    • Sunday: 11:00 - 23:00

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